The American Pit Bull Terrier is a medium sized dog with a short coat and well-defined muscle structure. The American Pit Bull is a very intelligent dog that is extremely loyal and has a high desire to please. The Pit Bull, a happy, loving family dog, is also a working dog and is suitable for a wide range of working disciplines and duties due to their high energy and endurance. In the United States they have been used as search and rescue dogs that save lives, general family dogs, police dogs, border patrol dogs, and hearing dogs to provide services to the deaf. Like the Rottweiler, Pit Bull’s have received undeserved negative publicity and reputation. If trained and treated well, they can be a great addition to any family.
The Belgian Malinois is an alert, high energy working dog. The Belgian Malinois is also from the herding group, and are very intelligent and extremely trainable with a strong desire to work. Although the Malinois is sometimes mistaken for the German Shepherd dog, the Belgian Malinois is more of a stream lined, lighter boned breed. The Malinois has incredible agility and power for their size. Belgian Malinois’ are confident dogs that love their family members and are natural protectors.
Intelligent, courageous and alert, the Belgian Tervuren is marked by its devotion to work and family. Elegant in appearance, the Belgian Tervuren’s color is a rich fawn to russet mahogany with black overlay. The Terv owes its name to the Belgian village of Tervuren, the home of M.F. Corbeel, an early devotee of the breed. Excelling in obedience and agility competitions, this breed also makes an excellent therapy or guide dog for the disabled, as well as being outstanding at their original job of herding.
The well-conditioned middleweight athlete of dogdom, the Boxer is a powerful dog with an intelligent and alert expression. While they are instinctive guardians, the Boxer loves to be with his people. This personality has allowed them to succeed as couriers during war time and as seeing-eye dogs for the blind. Appearing in both fawn and brindle colors, the Boxer currently ranks as one of the most popular dogs in the United States according to AKC® Registration Statistics.
The Bullmastiff is a strong and powerfully built animal that possesses great intelligence and a willingness to please, making them ideal family companions and protectors. Although large, the breed remains both agile and active and is successful in conformation, obedience, agility, tracking, carting and therapy work. The Bullmastiff’s coat may be red, fawn or brindle.
Noble, majestic, and powerful in presence, the Cane Corso is a muscular and large-boned breed. One of two native Italian “”mastiff type”” dogs that descended from the Roman canis Pugnaces, the breed’s name derives from the Latin “”Cohors”” which means “”Guardian”” and “”Protector.””
The breed’s coat is short but not smooth (like the coat of a cow), very coarse and thick in order to be perfectly waterproof. It can be black, gray, fawn or red, with brindle variations and a black or gray mask also acceptable.
A square, medium-sized dog, the Doberman Pinscher is muscular and possesses great endurance and speed. He is elegant in appearance and reflects great nobility and temperament. The properly bred and trained Doberman has proved itself to be a friend and guardian, and his intelligence and ability to absorb and retain training have brought him into demand as a police and war dog. The Doberman’s short, hard coat can be black, red, blue and fawn.
Very loyal and reliable, always alert, watchful, active, independent, with persistence, intelligence, prepared to be obedient and gifted with the true shepherding temperament. The Dutch Shepherd Dog works willingly together with its owner and he deals independently with any task which is assigned to him. He is neither aggressive nor shy.
Known for their loose-jointed, shuffling gait and massive, short-faced head, the Bulldog is known to be equable, resolute and dignified. A medium-sized dog, they are not your typical lap dog, but would like to be! They are one of the most popular breeds according to AKC® Registration Statistics due to their lovable and gentle dispositions and adorable wrinkles. The Bulldog may be brindle, white, red, fawn, fallow or piebald.
A powerful and muscular French breed, the Dogue de Bordeaux is a molossoid (mastiff-type dog), “dogue” meaning Mastiff in French. A massive head and stocky body are trademarks of the breed. Americans became aware of the Dogue de Bordeaux when he appeared as drooling, messy “Hooch” in the 1989 Tom Hanks’ film, Turner and Hooch. The breed’s short, fine coat is fawn-colored, ranging from a dark red to a light fawn.
The German Shepherd is an extremely intelligent dog with incredible workability. The German Shepherd was developed originally for herding sheep throughout Germany. Due to their loyalty and protective nature, the German Shepherd is one of the most sought after dogs in the world. The German Shepherd dog truly is a wonderful animal and not only do they make good working dogs, they also make superb family pets. Police departments and military forces around the world use these incredible dogs because of their willingness to please their handlers. You will find these dogs to be great pets and great protection dogs. Due to their history, they are able to work large areas well, which makes them especially useful in the protection of large estates.
Large and powerful, Neapolitan Mastiffs are known for their massiveness – massive head, massive bone, and massive body. Despite their fierce appearance and serious demeanor, Mastini are generally peaceful, steady dogs. The breed’s trademark is the loose skin that covers their bodies, the abundant wrinkles and folds on the head and their rolling and lumbering gait. Their short coat can by gray (blue), black, mahogany and tawny. Some brindling and white markings are allowed.
The Rottweiler is first and foremost one of the oldest, if not the oldest, of herding breeds. The Rottweiler is a large size, heavy boned dog with abundant strength. Rottweilers are very intelligent dogs with a willingness to perform any type of work or service. The Rottweiler is self confident and will respond instantly to any confrontation before them. Rottweilers are used by police and military and make exceptional protection dogs. A common misconception about Rottweilers is their extreme aggressiveness and tendency towards unprovoked confrontation. While they have been on trial many times, it is an unfortunate, and undeserved reputation. Rottweiler’s- when treated well and trained properly, are extremely loving, obedient dogs.