a Dog suitable as a watchdog
.Good watchdogs are alert, intelligent dogs that raise
the alarm by barking. Quite often they are small dogs that do
not necessarily make good guard dogsBelow
is a list of dog breeds that generally act as watchdogs, alerting
owners to intruders and strangers
Dog breeds that make good watchdogs:-
Some suggestions for Dog Breeds will be good watchdogs.
Feisty and independent, can be affectionate and good with
children and other animals if socialised with them from
an early age. Good temperament with a possessive nature
towards owner, which makes them good all-round family dogs
Good natured small dogs that make excellent pets . Very
attractive and distinctive with a predominately white coat
and a pocket-sized appeal, they do not need particularly
long walks and are just happy in big houses or small flats
Good with children and other pets they make excellent gentle
and loving companions.
Small impressive looking dogs who often prefer the company
of their owners to other dogs. Not demanding with a gentle
demeanour. They are gentle and friendly dogs who are easily
housetrained. Not requiring lots of exercise they are
happy in big houses or small flats
The cairn is typical terrier; plucky, spirited, inquisitive,
hardy, clever, stubborn and scrappy. It is responsive
to its owner's wishes with a desire to please. It enjoys
playing with children and is tough enough to withstand
some rough friendly play. Not requiring lots of exercise
they are happy in big houses or small flats
Alert, spirited, bold little dog that is also friendly
and affectionate.Devoted to owners and usually good with
children and other pets Chihuahuas have strong personalities
and tend to bond with one adult. Their tiny size makes
them easy to handle. They are easy to train, require little
grooming and they are happy in big houses or small flats
Available as long or short haired
varieties, Small but active little dogs. Friendly with
family and other pets but can become a "one man dog".
Playful, friendly, brave and fearless. They need little
grooming and exercise and they are happy in big houses
or small flats
Small dogs but full of energy and character, Popular and
well known they make ideal family pets but can also be
used as a working dog. Affectionate
and loyal is good with children especially if raised with
The Maltese is a tiny, docile breed that is extremely
affectionate and loves to be pampered it is among the
gentlest mannered of all little dogs, and its trust and
responsiveness are appealing Easy to train, they love
to play fetch and learn tricks. They do not shed but require
regular brushing to keep their coats from matting. Like
other non-shedding dogs, they are a good choice for allergy
sufferers. A good pet in limited accommodation, the Maltese's
exercise needs are minimal
Feisty, independent, brave, curious dogs that are constantly
busy, Intelligent and easy to train, a good family dog
easy to train and god with children and other animals
Alert and playful enjoys human company.
Intelligent they are reasonably easy to train good with
children and other pets make
Norfolks are charming small, active teddy bears of
dogs that are friendly and amusing companions.
Outgoing, fearless dogs that enjoy playing with children.
Feisty but friendly little dogs, lots of energy and enjoys
play. Good family pet who enjoys children and other pets
if socialised early. Intelligent and easy to train.
A small pretty and lively dog ideal as a companion or
as a loving easily socialised dog for families Its beautiful
coat is prone to frequent shedding and needs to be combed
at least daily. These dogs make wonderful lapdogs, and
they are relatively quiet, compared to other small breeds.The
breed is also relatively hardy.
These vivacious, extrovert little dogs will bring a smile
to any face, although sometimes they can be noisy. They
just love to snuggle up and nap in a person's lap. They
usually prefer adults to children and get along well with
other pets. They are intelligent, feisty dogs and have
a low need for exercise. Despite having fluffy coats they
do not need much grooming.
The miniature poodle is lively, amiable, playful,
eager to please, responsive and obedient making it one
of the most popular varieties of dog. Quite sensitive,
tending to be devoted to one person, may be reserved with
strangers. It is good with children, other pets and dogs.
Some tend to bark a lot.
Good natured, affectionate and dependable dogs
full of spirit but responsive. Highly intelligent making
the easy to train. great family pets, good with children
and other animals
Bold, courageous and confident dogs
they are calm ,affectionate and protective but often not
very demonstrative even with their owners.Very intelligent
and one of the easiest dogs to train, however this should
be done from early age. Good with kids and other pets
but can be very protective.
Loyal but independent dog that bonds with owner
and family. Intelligent and moderately easy to train.
Lively and full of energy with an alert and curious nature.
Good with children and household pets but can be wary
and aggressive with strange dogs.
Very popular pets, active
and playful they can sometimes be feisty and independent
but they are also affectionate and loyal.
Alert dogs they make good watchdogs.
Affectionate and loyal towards owners and great with children
if raised with them.
Friendly with strangers and other dogs if well socialised.
Yorkshire Terrier -
Small but feisty, tenacious and courageous.
Popular dogs that are intelligent and easy to train, learning
commands quickly .They love human companionship without
being too clingy Good with children and strangers
Very affectionate and loyal. Their long coat can be trimmed
to a shorter length for ease of maintenance. They do not
shed and are good low-allergy dogs.
There are some basic areas that anyone, whatever their lifestyle
requirements, should consider before making the choice of what
type of dog would be most suitable.
These start with details about your lifestyle:-
(Previous dog owners will probably have assessed these points
already but their lifestyle and requirements may have changed).
to Choosing a Pet Dog
contains a further, broader, range of information that you should
consider before choosing any new pet dog.
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For Your Lifestyle.
Breeds that will best suit your
needs (little or lots of exercise, little grooming, elderly
owners, easily trained, suitable
in flats etc.)