What makes some, better watch dog breeds than others?
A watch dog can be any size because their main job is to be mindful of what is going on in their environment and then relay their findings to you.
This means they must be alert, have a great sense of hearing, and sound the alarm if something just doesn't sound right to them.
The best watch dogs are those that know when to bark, usually when there is something novel in their range of sight and hearing.
These dogs do not bark constantly, but have honed their discriminatory senses to alert you when they do sense something different.
Most all dogs will bark if excited at seeing something such as a squirrel or rabbit hoping across the grass.
Some breeds will alert you visitors some of the time. The best watch dogs are those that are consistent in their efforts.
Are watch dog breeds protective? It depends. There are some great watch dogs that are also protective, but these are dogs that could do some serious damage if they did take matters into their own hands (err, I mean paws).
Many protective breeds are also very independent and need
extensive training to be a good protection or guard dog. Some of the natural characteristics you might see in a guard dog include:
There are many more dogs that could have been placed on this list. If your great watch dog is not here, why not tell us why he should be listed.
At the bottom of the page is a place where you can tell us what kind of dog you have and what his watch dog abilities are like. Oh, and don't forget to upload a picture or two of your great watch dog.
AND, what if your breed is listed on this page? We want to hear from you too. Tell us all about you great watch dog and add a few photos too.
Loyal, Independent, Loving
Affectionate, Loyal, Playful
Sensitive, self-confident, bold
Curious, Spirited, Cheerful
Graceful, Mischievous, Alert
Energetic, Clownish, Teritorial
High energy, Friendly, Smart
Friendly, Confident, Adaptable
Fast, Independent, Close Companion
Stubborn, Inquisitive, Spunky
Friendly, Fearless, Energetic
Gentle, Devoted, Happy
Aloof, Determined, Loyal
Intelligent, Friendly, Happy
Agile, Alert, Territorial
Affectionate, Loyal, Obedient
Bold, Active, Determined
Friendly, Playful, Spunky
Tenacious, Happy, Friendly
Domineering, Stubborn, Lively
American Staffordshire Terrier
Black Russian Terrier
Bouvier des Flandres
Do share your great watch dog here. Not the dog, just their story. Don't forget to let us know what breed it is, and how long you have owned him or her. Be sure to tell us why he is a great watch dog.