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The Best Watch Dog Breeds

Through many centuries, man has used watch dogs to warn of possible danger. Dogs fit the mold of man's alarm since they are by their nature protective animals. There are two terms used for dogs that protect: guard dog and watch dog. They mustn’t be confused. The term guard dog refers to a dog that both alerts its master to danger and is a powerful act against any intruder. The term watch dog refers to a dog who alerts its master danger is there, but will unlikely defend his household.

Watch dogs don't have to be big-built or aggressive. It is sufficient for the dog to bark when danger arrives. Barking itself is usually enough to divert the intruder. Despite the fact that any dog able to bark at strangers being fit for watch dog, there are certain dog breeds who excel in their ability as watch dogs.

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is one such dog. Sturdy and yet compact, it is a great asset for protection. The powerful bark of the dog should always be enough to call attention to an intruder, and is also a loyal and loving dog perfect for the family.

American Eskimo

A dog that comes in sizes varying from small to medium, the American Eskimo can be a great watch dog since it was bred especially for that purpose over several hundred years ago. It also can become very close to its family, warding off any stranger that approaches. A great breed of dog for watching over property and people.

The French Bulldog

By its nature the French Bulldog is moved to protect its friends and family. Despite lacking the most powerful bark,
it is always aware of any nearing danger in the form of odd intruders and strange noises.


Even though it is tiny, The Chihuahua bears a great bark and will make sure you know when someone is approaching your home.

The Pekingese

The Pekingese, a regal toy breed of dog, has an enormously great bark that challenges even that of the Chihuahua. It takes delight in getting being fussed, yet steps up to the job of family alarm in a sure manner.

The Miniature Pinscher

Often supposed (mistakenly) to have descended from the Doberman Pinscher despite being the older breed, The Miniature Pinscher is a cross-breed of Terrier and Greyhound. It is always very conscious of what is going on. And, should it suspect something unsafe approaching, will tell its master.

Irish Setter

Full of energy and gorgeous to look at, the friendly Irish Setter seems to have a lot going for it in the physique department. The dog will alert its family of any possible danger, yet it isn’t likely to attack the intruder despite its large size.

Standard and Miniature Schnauzer

Each of the two German breeds -- the Standard and Miniature Schnauzer -- are fantastic as watch dogs. As well as having a protective nature, they all also have intelligence and reliability.


Being a good hunting companion and watch dog is a tall order. It is an order that the Scipperke, bred to fill such orders fulfils.

Norwegian Elkhound

A breed of dog whose ancestors served alongside the Vikings, is another great choice as watch dog. It is fit and bold.

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