Does anybody else have a Vizsla that is an awesome guard dog?
I know Vizslas are supposed to have a "strong protective instinct", but boy, "strong" is an understatement for our Gus! It's probably because he is scared of strangers in general, but now, when he hears a noise at night, not only does he bark, but he gets out of bed and sprints down the hall barking and growling to check it out! I am pretty sure that if a stranger broke into the house he would bite him.
Just thought I'd brag a little about my boy, since I'm usually complaining about his fear behavior. There is a bright side- In the case of stangers coming to my front door when I am home alone, the fear aggression actually makes me feel safer. Who needs a rottweiler?
Unfortunately Kobi is such a "great guard dog" that he has to be crated at night. Car doors, random noises, strange dogs... all trigger him leaping out of bed and barking. It's not quite as fun when you're trying to sleep. The only way he'll NOT do this is if I stay up like two hours later than normal and go to bed then.
And ironically, once he's in his crate, he doesn't care to bark at anything at all :P
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If robbers melted when touched by dog licks then my Mac would be the best guard too! Mac will bark if anyone touches the door when we are in but once they come in he just jumps up and trys to lick them to death.
Skippy is great at alerting us to noises and people around the house. He's especially alert when only one of us is home. But, like an alarm system, once you get past the sound effects, that's pretty much it. It's interesting that he doesn't bark when he's alone and we come home - it's only when someone's home that he makes sure that everyone knows he's there.
Not my boy, but I have a German Shepperd mix for that. She is fully cocked at the drop of a hat, doorbells and knocks on the TV set is enough to set her off. While my V just wags his tail waiting to play.
I'm not sure I would call Riley a "guard" dog, but she's definitely an "alert" dog. Any strange noise outside our house gets her immediate attention. At first, she lets out some low barks and if it doesn't go away she gets VERY loud! Now, if anyone came in the house she'd be more likely to *lick* them to death than anything else. : She sounds terrifying, so I'm sure someone would think twice about breaking in to our house.