My dog is a pug, and although he's a pretty good watch dog, I doubt he understands the concept of guarding much of anything. But having said that, given that he's by my side pretty much 24x7, most likely an intruder would have to go through me to get to him, so given the rather stout make my day law we have in Colorado, I more than likely would be able to articulate a real perceived threat to me and would be able to use what force I felt necessary to stop the threat.
Bottom line, I think the intruder would be put down before my pug would be.
That may not be the exact scenario that was presented, but it's about the only one I can realistically conceive of happening to us.
Attacker was in my house using a deadly weapon. No question, castle doctrine is in full effect.
People love dogs. Love them. Women especially love animals. I don't think there would be a conviction even if you told the jury you felt you weren't in danger, but you just wanted to save your dog's life. E.G...
Man jailed and banned from keeping pets for life after brutally killing his Jack Russell dog | Mail Online
This guy killed a dog that bit his child and people don't think he was punished harshly enough. I always figured if I had a dog that bit a friendly person, I would have to put it down.