The majority of great watch dogs tend to be on the smaller side….

The majority of great watch dogs tend to be on the smaller side. As I introduce my first installment of my “Watch dog” list, the first two (2) happens to be breeds of the larger variety.
.
.

The Shar Pei of #China is known for its distinctive wrinkles and black/purple tongue but from a trainers point of view it’s “sharp, shy” nature places this dog as an attentive and alert dog ready to alert when they hear a noise. Initially bred to hunt and protect, along with its sharp, shy nature these three (3) aspects lends to what makes this breed an ideal #watchdog
.
.

Fun fact: Oct 8, 1970 a #SharPei named “Herman Smith’s Lucky” was registered by the ADBA (American Dog Breeders Association) as a Chinese Fighting Dog four (4) years after arriving as the first Shar-Pei to America. This was a courtesy to Mr. Herman Smith. Interesting note is that the ADBA was known as a registry, registering only “game bred #PitBull terriers” at the time.
.
.

Another larger Asian breed places itself as a competent watch dog on this list. The #ThaiRidgeback is a natural watchdog bred to eradicate vermin and cobras. These senses in the breed has helped it develop keen hearing and scent discrimination along with its aloofness toward strangers translates it to very good watchdog.
.
.

Fun fact: The Thai Ridgeback is very rare outside of #Thailand with only 300 or so in the US. Being isolated gave the breed little opportunity to introduce other breeds into its genes pool which aided in its purity.
.
.

The first small breed on the list is from #England. The #JackRussell terrier is a #dog primarily bred for hunting that’s prey driven and highly energetic needing a ton of stimulation to keep focused. Combining these traits in a pocket sized package can be difficult for the novice but when achieved due to their never ending energy and vocalness make for excellent watchdogs.
.
.

Fun fact: Originally the breed was not “white” in color. The reason for change was to distinguish the dog from its prey when chasing in the fields. In 1819, John Russell purchased a small white and tan terrier female named “TRUMP” who epitomized his idea of the Fox Terrier in both color and workability. Her infusion introduced the “white” color into the breed.

Honorable mentions: Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu
.
.

.
#dogstagram #doglover #instadog #instagood #like4like #lhasaapso #shihtzu #history #puppy #puppylove (at ToastWhittier)

Posted in china, dog, doglover, dogstagram, england, history, instadog, instagood, jackrussell, lhasaapso, like4like, pitbull, puppy, puppylove, sharpei, shihtzu, thailand, thairidgeback, watchdog