My sister, friend, and I are planning to move into a house together soon. We are all short young girls and my mother is worried about our safety being on our own. So I was thinking about getting one of these breeds to make us feel safe and my mother not have to worry. I currently have a male German Shepherd… He is the sweetest dog ever but he is getting older and I wanted to get a puppy to grow up with him. He's great with all dogs large and small and will hopefully teach the pup a little bit of what behavior is okay and whats not. I'm planning to start running and would love a partner. My friend has a pug that she may or may not take with her (depends on if her family will let her because they love him so much)
So I guess what I'm asking is which breed would be able to:
Keep danger away just by its looks.
Get along with other dogs and animals.
And great with kids as well since I have alot of nieces and nephews.
I know alot of that depends on training and socialization. Even though I have experience with shepherds I'm leaning away from them because I want to try something new and because they are so popular that not as many people are afraid of them anymore… I've read alot about all these breeds but I'm having a hard time deciding which is best for me. Thank you!
(I'm most in favor of Dobermans but will they be ok left alone for a few hours? Are they good with kids?)