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The Best Watchdogs
Benjamin and Lynette Hart wrote a brilliant little book called The Perfect Puppy: How to Choose Your Dog by Its Behavior (1988). Unfortunately, the work is currently out of print.
The Harts interviewed 48 veterinarians and 48 obedience judges and asked each of them to rank-order 56 of the most popular dog breeds along 13 characteristics. Then, they compiled the results to make it possible to compare each of the 56 breeds, one to another, in some important ways. Fortunately, watchdog barking was one of the variables about which the Harts polled the experts. The term "watchdog barking" refers to the dog's tendency to bark at the things that you want a watchdog to bark at, like intruders and vandals. So we need to draw a distinction here between watchdog barking, which is a good thing up to a point, and inappropriate or excessive barking, which is definitely an undesirable trait.
It should be noted that, for all breeds, males and females make equally good watchdogs.
The Best Breeds for Watchdog Work -- Taken from The Perfect Puppy
Click here for instructions on how to train a first-rate watchdog.
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