We’ve previously discussed the ins and outs of personal protection dogs: What they are exactly, what one can expect from them and how to go about finding the right one to suit your particular needs.

Now, we’d like to tell you about some personal protection dog breeds that are out there right now. For that, we decided to go to the experts; in particular, Patrick McDonnell, the owner of Ultimate K9 out of Milwaukee.

“There aren’t really a top 10 best dogs for personal protection,” McDonnell said when we asked him. “But I have my favorites.”

McDonnell shared his thoughts on a few protection dog options that might suit one’s needs. Scroll through the photo gallery above to see the personal protection dogs he recommended.

This article on personal protection dogs was originally published in ‘Personal & Home Defense’ Spring 2017. To order a copy, please visit

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