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Will Your Dog Protect You if an Intruder Breaks Into your Home?

Friday, May 10, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

You may think that if you have a Pit Bull or Rottweilers, you’ll be protected if an intruder breaks into your home. The truth of the matter is that they may not even bark, let alone bite an intruder.  The following excerpt is taken from CBS in Atlanta. It involves staged break ins with the results of each.

CBS Atlanta put five breeds known for being instinctive guard dogs to the test by staging break-ins at their homes and watching their reactions. Some yelped at the fake intruder, most whimpered, one did tricks, another let the intruder carry her out of the home in his arms — and none of them fought him off.

Jeff Schettler of the Georgia K9 National Training Center played the part of the burglar, dressed up in a protective suit in case the dogs attacked. He hardly needed it: Only one of the dogs, Kevlar, a 100-pound German shepherd, nipped at him before scurrying away and cowering.

“Even when they are in their own home, they can be a bit nervous,” Schettler told CBS Atlanta.

Ryan and Rihannon, the owners of Roxie, an 85-pound Rottweiler, have had their home burglarized before. They even have a mark on their front door where a burglar broke in. They told CBS Atlanta that they adopted Roxie to fend off future intruders.

But when Schettler entered their home, Roxie did little more than let out a few barks. She mostly eyed the intruder from a distance and whimpered — but did nothing to stop him.

“I hoped that she would, you know, live up to her reputation as a protector and, you know, give him a chomp on the arm,” Ryan said.

And the dog that did tricks for Schettler as he invaded her home? That was Bindi, the 29-pound pit bull. Yes, pit bulls may get a bad rap for being aggressive and ferocious, but Bindi just waved at the would-be burglar with her paw.

The other dogs involved in the tests were Calico, a 38-pound Brittany spaniel, and Star, a 10-pound papillon mix.

The results may be disappointing to some, since two of the test breeds — German shepherds and Rottweilers — have been listed among the 10 best breeds for guard dogs. But Schettler said that no matter what breed the dog is, if it hasn’t been trained to protect, it likely won’t fight back against an intruder. It’s also worth noting that when Schettler entered each home, he didn’t exactly cause the kind of ruckus that a real burglar likely would.

We would like to thank CBS in Atlanta for providing this valuable information!

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