Scottie dogs may not be able to do anything other than scare off potential trouble makers, but that’s still better than nothing, according to the Home Security Store, which distinguishes between a watch dog and guard dog:
A watch dog often acts as an alert, barking to warn the homeowner of an approaching stranger. A guard dog has the physical capability to stop a thief and guard the owner and his property. Out of a group of dog trainers the top three guard dogs are a bullmastiff, doberman pinscher, and rotweiler. The top watch dogs are a rotweiler, german shepard, and scottish terrier. (A chihuahua ranks 8th and poodle ranks 10th.)
This isn’t the first time Scotties have been praised for barking above their weight either.