Schutzhund training

Schutzhund training

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:

Golden retriever rated 84.6% on ATTS

Golden retriever nanny dog rated 84.6% on 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!


Tosa Inu fighting dog rated 100% on ATTS.

  • 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.

This is the American ATTS site.

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.