Skip Nav
Valentine's Day
Get in the Mood For Valentine's Day With One of These Romantic Movies — Reenacted by Dogs
Animal Videos
The Cutest Baby Polar Bear in Ohio Officially Has a Name
This Train Station Cat in the UK Just Got a Fancy Job Purr-motion

What Makes a Good Watchdog?

Do Tell: On a Scale of One to Watchdog, Where Does the Pet Fall?

If someone tried to rob my house, I wouldn't be surprised if North decided to help the criminal sniff out all the goodies in between begging for head scratches. Sure, my pup will let out a bark if someone knocks on the door or, heaven forbid, rings his immortal enemy (read: the doorbell). Other than that I can't see him crying out if someone came on in without making any announcement first. Are your pets supreme watchdogs or cats, or would a perpetrator not even get a second glance from the furry friends?

Image Source: Thinkstock
Around The Web

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

Join The Conversation
Skeptic52 Skeptic52 5 years
My husband's Weim? 9 My Cavalier King Charles? 4 She'll bark until you want to pull your hair out, and she's insanely RUDE when guests are over. It takes her like 10 minutes to shut up, and that's no exaggeration. The same person could come over a hundred times and she'd still bark at them. I have to actually take her out of the room or put her outside. BUT, she really just waddles around them and tries be the center of attention. She wouldn't actually protect us. And, if someone leans down and pets her she just wiggles.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
Missy Puppy the terrier mutt would bark at ear-splitting levels, forcing me to open the bedroom door and see what was going on. She might bite, but I think she'd be more likely to use me as a human shield. Lakota Dog the Rottweiler, may she rest in peace, was not a watchdog at all. If I have my timeline right, she may have perked up her ears and growled a little bit when I got my car stereo stolen. Afterward, though, she snuggled with me on the couch for hours and made me feel better. :) I miss Lakota.
vabeachbum vabeachbum 5 years
My dog would probably not take kindly to a home invader... he will bark if is he sees or hears someone outside to let us know that someone is there. And he gets his hackles up if he does not like something about person. Usually he is a super friendly dog and will gladly be petted by strangers or anyone that comes to the door, but in the three or so years we have had him I can think of two times we have been on walks when he reacted negatively to someone who was literally just walking by. I am one of those people who thinks pets can tell things about people that we sometimes can't... so if he acts like he does not like someone, I pay attention!
shepptacular shepptacular 5 years
well our dog barks when people are too close to the door but oddly enough when someone rings the doorbell she doesn't get too upset ...I still think that she coud tell the difference between an invited guest and an uninvited one
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 5 years
My dog will bark, but that is about it. And that is only if he's in his cage for the night. If someone broke in while he was out, he'd just happily jump on them... maybe pee a little.
stellaRuby stellaRuby 5 years
My dogs would bark and alert us that someone was in the house, but they would not be much help after that. Hopefully, the intruder would not notice that the three dogs barking @ them do not weigh more than 50lbs. combined.
kurnu kurnu 5 years
My hubby and I say the same thing about our bulldog, Kofta. She looooves people bc she was so cute as a puppy she expects and loves attention. In the walks she stops to be petted and when people come to the house she lets them know they are welcomed, wags her tail and shows her belly. We didn't want an aggressive bully but maybe we overdid it.
Ellenora Ellenora 5 years
Zena is a certified watchdog, no doubt about it. If someone tried to rob us, she'd bark like crazy and probably bite said offender. She's incredibly protective, actually. Under that incredibly cute and nice exterior, is a watchdog that'll growl, snarl, and snap if you smell wrong or become aggressive. Even when she permits a guest in, she's always watching the guest to make sure he/she doesn't become a threat.
Latest Dogs, Cats, and Other Pets