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Pretty much any large (40# and over) dog will deter anyone thinking about messing with you. All dogs have teeth and I think that is what most people who are wary of dogs are wary of. Darker colored dogs are also more discriminated against when it comes to people judging “friendliness”. The breeds you mentioned are somewhat similar in features (prick ears, larger than 40 pounds, etc) but their individual breed traits are vastly different.

Firstly, if you are getting homeowners insurance, figure out what breeds may be banned or not covered. Dobermans, Rottweilers, Huskies, Pit Bulls, and other “fierce looking” breeds are regularly banned.

Ask yourself how much time and commitment can you devote to this dog? Dogs need structured walks, play time, training time, etc. How much time can you devote to a new dog as far as exercise? Most bigger working breeds require hours of exercise a day to be happy and not destructive.

Keep in mind that pretty much any dog will protect their owners if they are adequately taken care of and loved. Not many criminals will mess with a dog, despite the way it looks, because all dogs have teeth and can cause a lot of potential damage.

My suggestion is to rescue a young dog, maybe a year old. There are plenty of dogs that match your description there. Is there a reason you want a puppy versus an adult dog? A puppy is the work of a young adult x10.
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