Good day everyone,
I'm looking to get people's preference on the structure and size of their given protection dog and why (all breeds welcome).
Now that my boy is over 3 years he is close to being what he will be for the rest of his prime. He's a compact 25.5/30 and weighs in at 96lbs of pure bone, fur, and muscle. Honestly, I couldnt be happier with how he turned out. I wanted a rottweiler right around 100lbs but super athletic. A compact rott has the ability to generate force from a short distance much faster than a leggier dog. The distance between the front and rear legs + the muscle mass in the dog makes it the pefect combination to explode into action. My reasoning for this is that at that size he will have the perfect weight and speed combination to dominate a human being in training or when called upon. Being a former rugby and bobsleigh athlete myself, I'm also biased towards a dog that resembls me most (aren't we all?).
My personal view, breed aside, is that most dogs 60-80lbs lack bite power and physical dominance in general. My bitch would fall into this category. She bites hard and intense but can be slung around at 77lbs. I have caught one Mal and 2 GSD's that certainly would rival any protection dog but they were the exception (I have caught over 400 dogs and 10 different breeds). On the flip side, dogs well over 100lbs seem to wait for the bad guy to come within striking range and overpower with their size-not very explosive at all on the bite (but man some do bite hard!). I have never come across a very large dog who "desired" to bite the bad guy no matter what obstacle is in front of him. Kind of a "come close enough and I'll kill you" attitude but not one to go after the man with speed and determination. My goal when searching for my last breeding cobmbination was to get the best of both in a dog-thank God, mission accomplished!
I'm interested in why you guys have your favourate breed and why based purely on physical attributes. There are traits in many breeds (and even lines of rotts) I really admire but for me it keeps coming back to the size and speed combination a compact rott gives (and other dogs who fall into this range).