Canadian Dogs Bravely Challenge Huge Cougar to Defend the Home

Written by Angie Menjivar
Updated: July 11, 2023
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Key Points:

  • In the video below, two domestic dogs–a husky and a German shepherd–encounter a cougar.
  • While dogs usually demonstrate dominance over domestic cats, these two have their work cut out for them, as the cougar is much larger and more dangerous.
  • Fed up, the cougar finally lunges at the persistent husky.

Cats exude confidence — they walk through paths not meant for them and still manage to act as if they own the space. Now, big cats? It gets a lot more intense. Dogs get intimidated by the little creatures we call pets, so can you imagine when the cat is bigger than the dog?

This incredibly large cougar has that same swagger as a domesticated cat and has wandered over into what appears to be the front yard of a home. The two pet dogs do what their instincts tell them to do, and they start barking wildly, circling the cougar.

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The husky in the video bravely defends its territory against an intruding cougar.


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The cougar does a couple of turns, assessing the situation before its patience quickly runs out. If you own a dog, imagining this happening to your furry besties can make you feel queasy. The cougar lunges forward toward one of the pups so quickly its image becomes blurry.

Luckily, it was just an intimidating lunge and not a full attempt to devour the dog. The cougar is annoyed, hungry, and feeling outnumbered. It hisses and keeps turning about, trying to ensure that neither dog has a vantage point.

The dogs keep barking and the big cat keeps hissing. It takes a little bit to make out the species of each dog — the most defensive is a husky and there’s a German shepherd whose barks have a lower and more intimidating tone.

The footage gets shaky as the cougar seems to realize that even though it outsizes the two dogs, there’s nothing there for it to explore or feast upon. It approaches the two dogs several more times as they work toward intimidating and guiding the cougar away from the home.

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Cougars are large cats, and although not usually aggressive, have been involved in attacks on domestic animals, as well as humans.


Finally, you hear the person behind the camera say, “Whoa, whoa!” But, if the barks haven’t impressed the cougar, a human voice won’t do much. However, that husky is not going to let anyone come near its home. It continues its intimidation tactics, running around erratically yet strategically around the cougar, keeping it guessing.

The German shepherd stays behind as backup, never failing to use its own vocal cords for those menacing barks. The tension doesn’t stop from beginning to end and, just as the video cuts, the cougar once again lunges toward the husky.

Witness the Stand-off in the Video Below!

A large, intimidating cougar approaches the wrong home in Victoria, Canada.

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Angie Menjivar is a quirky cat mom with a love for books, thunderstorms, and comfy couches where she cozies up with her laptop to write her heart out. Her writing style combines engaging storytelling, vivid imagery, emotional resonance, and educational depth to create a compelling and informative reading experience for readers like you! Her passion and humor stamp her work with a voice all her own and her sense of wonder creates a fantastical narrative that allows you to explore the fascinating world of wildlife through new eyes.

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