Written by: Kate Voss
Dogs are our best friends, our loyal companions, and can be our protectors too. They are there to welcome us home with a big lick on the face and to cuddle with us before bed.
Burglars only spend an average of one minute attempting to get into a home. If there is an obstacle, such as locked doors or an intimidating dogs, chances are the burglar will leave your home and try a different one. Dogs’ sense of smell and hearing make them the first the notice if something is wrong, usually long before a human could. So although installing a home security system is always a good idea, if you train your dog to guard your home and family, and also train it to be a gentle dog, you will find yourself with the perfect burglar alarm – and one that loves you back!
But not all dogs come in the same package, today we will explore the best “Small Breed” watchdogs:
Small, Yippie dogs
These breeds simply scare away intruders with their constant and high-pitched barking.
Maybe best known as the dog in the Taco Bell commercials, the Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog available, and quite possibly the yappiest. They are loyal, affectionate, and very energetic. They are not recommended for children due to their pack leader aggression and their “small-dog” attitude. They get up to six pounds and love to bark. Because of this, they can act as a great watchdog for warding off intruders. Their shrill bark is guaranteed to wake up family members, maybe even neighbors, in the case of a home invasion.
Miniature Schnauzer: These pups are stocky and strong with high intelligence and obedience to owners. They are great hunting dogs and their loud howl is a great way to protect your home. If trained correctly, they will be well socialized and affectionate, so they would make great family dogs. They are also great for apartments because they can remain calm indoors if they get enough exercise.
Beagles: Much like the movie Shiloh, Beagles are known for their affection and loyalty to their family. They were originally used for hunting, so they should be in households only with dogs and no other animals. Their distinct hound howl is what makes this dog a great
watchdog. Beagles also have a great sense of smell, so they can protect your yard from
intruders, or even alert you of a fire.
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