The American Temperament Test Society (ATTS) rates dogs on their appropriateness for Schutzhund type work (police training, border patrol, customs, military training), which is very different from being a companion or service nanny dog.
Checking the ATTS is one of many forms of research you should do in preparation for bringing a nanny dog into your home and life. Evaluate all aspects of any breed before making a commitment.
Now called Vielseitigkeitspruefung für Gebrauchshunde in Germany (versatility test for working dogs), participants in Schutzhund are not actual police or military personnel – they are regular civilians who wish to engage in similar type training challenges with their dogs.
The ATTS consists of three parts – tracking, obedience and protection. Boldness, aggression and the ability to attack fully and without hesitation are required of a Schutzhund title holder, however these are not characteristics desirable in a nanny dog.
When considering a potential nanny dog for yourself or your family, look for ATTS scores in the nanny dog range. Nanny dogs rate between 70% – 85% on the ATTS:
- Bernese Mountain Dog 84.7 %
- Bloodhound 71.9%
- Bouvier des Flandres 85%
- Collie 79.4%
- Golden Retriever 84.6%
- Newfoundland 87.2%
- Nova Scotia Tolling Retriever 70.6%
- Old English Sheepdog 76.6%
- Otterhound 70%
- St. Bernard 81.8%
- Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier 71.4%
If you are looking for a nanny dog, the following breeds rating 90% – 100% scores in ATTS are to be avoided. These are not nanny dogs!
- Belgian Malinois 91.5%
- Boerboel 100%
- Bull Terrier 91.9%
- Dogo Argentino 93.3%
- Dogo Canario 100%
- Korean Jindo 100%
- Presa Canario 91.4%
- Staffordshire Bull Terrier 90.3%
- Thai Ridgeback 100%
- Tosa Inu 100%
This French website provides a chart of the breeds tested by ATTS. http://www.angesgardiens.ca/FR/TTstats-fr.html
This is the American ATTS site. http://atts.org/breed-statistics/statistics-page1/
Note: Not all breeds have been tested, and there are several cases where as few as one to three dogs of a particular breed were tested, so those results may or may not be representative of the entire breed.