Watch: Would your pet protect you in the event of an attack?
An experiment into canine behaviour suggests that when it comes to guard dogs, size doesn't matter. In fact, it proves that even the smallest dogs can put up a big fight.
Published on the 03/12/2019, 17:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:22
Humans and canines have lived side by side for thousands of years. Many experts believe wolf packs attached themselves to early nomadic tribes, feeding off scraps while guarding against dangerous outsiders.
Fearsome protectors or modern-day lapdogs?
And while many pooches still make a living protecting humans, today's domestic dog is very different from its fearsome ancestors.
Fell asleep on my guard dog perch. Dribbled only the sofa. Do you think the human will notice? pic.twitter.com/bfVCHjpwk8— The Friendly Staffy (@FriendlyStaffy) November 29, 2019
So do our cuddly pets still have the natural instincts to protect us or have all the doggy treats and snuggles turned them into big softies?
Well, one US TV show decided to find out!
Inside Edition set up fake home invasions with several pooch owners to see how their dogs would react.
The first test looked at Perry, a five-year-old Labrador, and her human, Michelle Kellaher. Michelle had high hopes but was quickly disappointed after Perry headed straight for the door at the first sign of trouble!
Then it was Ruby's turn to show what she was made of. And as a Labrador/Pitbull mix, surely this pup would put up more of a struggle?
Unfortunately not! Ruby showed some concern for her owner, but ultimately ran off with her tail between her legs! Obviously she doesn't know she's half Pitbull!
Some surprising results
That left Frodo and Dobby, an adorable duo who look like they scared of their own shadows.
But when the masked intruder broke into their house, the tiny pair jumped right into the action, fighting off the bad guy with some ankle snaps and lots of barking!
The famous America novelist Mark Twain once said:
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight that matters; it's the size of the fight in the dog."
It turns out he was right all along!