I am considering getting a family guard dog and have been doing some research on which breed is the best fit for my family. I have narrowed it down to German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers. I am aware that both breeds are known for their loyalty and protection abilities, but I am unsure which one would be the best fit for my family.
I have a wife and two young children, so I need a dog that is not only protective but also great with kids. We live in a residential neighborhood, so I don't need a dog that is too aggressive or territorial. Ideally, I want a dog that is obedient, trainable, intelligent and has a strong protective instinct.
I have read that German Shepherds are great family dogs and have been known to be used as service dogs and police dogs due to their intelligence and loyalty. Whereas Dobermans are known for their speed, agility, and high energy levels, and are ideal for families that enjoy outdoor activities.
Overall, I want a dog that is a good companion to my family and also doubles up as a guard dog when needed. Based on my preferences, which breed would be the better choice for my family - a German Shepherd or a Doberman Pinscher?
Thank you in advance for your help and advice!