I did extensive research in my quest to find a protection dog AS WELL as a family dog. I wanted a well-trained, responsive, well-bred protection dog, but equally important was a dog that would integrate well into our family that included three young children.
Our search for the perfect canine companion had us speaking to several “professionals” in the protection dog field. Some were instantly crossed off our list after hearing comments that ranged from “Our dogs are trained to attack you must never ever leave them alone, let alone with children” to “do not allow other children to hold anything in their hands while playing with your children” - Others upon detailed discussions were “taking orders” for dogs that were in Europe, would ship them, then keep them in their facility for a few weeks then ship them off to a new home.
The latter situation happened when we purchased a dog directly through a European breeder/trainer who assured us that the German Shepherd he was shipping to us was well-suited to be in a family environment and safe around children. Regrettably, after just one day I knew that his temperament was simply too aggressive and too unpredictable to expose certainly to my own kids, much less someone else’s. Ultimately, the shepherd was placed in a great home as part of a police canine unit and is much happier chasing bad guys than chasing children.
When I was initially referred to Advanced Canine Systems, and during my first conversation with Joseph, there was an immediate sense of trust. His vast experience coupled with a genuine love and respect for dogs was evident during our conversations and subsequent visit to his facility in Malibu. Based on Joseph & Michael's recommendations we selected a young Belgian Malinois named Bruder. Bruder is absolutely everything Joseph said he would be and more. His manners are impeccable, he is responsive, loving, and so very eager to please. He is a very happy, well-adjusted dog who is sound in body and mind.