Great dogs. The one I had was protective of the family and property, super good with my daughter but as a male he usually wouldn't pick a fight but if the other male dog did he'd end it fast. That dog could brawl. Hated cats. Great with female dogs.Any thoughts on Akita’s?
Like my Southern Black mouth Curs I have at present, they were raised for hunting so it's in there blood for that type of dog. Both of these Breeds have a unique trait of sifting out dirt bags from good people. If any of my shady buds would try to enter the house they didn't get in, The good could walk right in. Both breeds, no matter how tight him-her and I were, if I were to play fight with the family he was always on there side. I suggest a female if you have the choice.
I'm no dog whisper but I think to be successful if your trying to make a family dog you need to get a puppy and start from scratch.
You and the Fam are great people to try and make a rescue work, pat yourself on the back.