Hilarious photos of very friendly guard dogs undermining their warning signs
Aside from a barbed wire fence or a CCTV camera, a 'Beware Of The Dog' sign can be seen as a legitimate security step.
From two adorable fluffy Pomeranians to a disinterested cat and even a moose, the reality - and wonderful irony - of what lurks behind the threatening sign has been exposed.
Absolutely terrifying: Hilarious photos showed the cute canines that lurk behind threatening signs, like this adorable pair of Pomeranians
A Golden Retriever puppy somehow failed to be menacing as it held a 'Beware of Dog' sign between its jaws
One Beagle named Joey with the saddest eyes around incited sympathy rather than fear as it peered through the doors
The images showed the cute canines that sat behind the sign, and - in one occasion - even lay behind, as they absentmindedly sunbathed.
One snap showed two Pomeranians that somewhat belied the menacing side they sat either side on, which read: 'warning - Protected by guard dogs'.
Commenting on the image, Katherine Dagold joked: 'Who knows the owners could be evil scientists and those are little vampire pomorainians.'
Another user added wryly: 'They will kill you with cuddles.'
A tiny Lhasa Apso puppy tried - and failed - to scare off intruders with its glare
Lounging around, this dog had clearly ranked 'having a rest' as higher on its list of priorities than protecting its territory
One particularly uninterested grey tabby cat peered through the railings of a garden gate, prompting users to suggest it was 'plotting'
And the irony of a puppy holding a 'Beware' sign was not lost, as several photos showed a Golden Retriever and a Lhasa Apso puppy trying - and failing - to scare off intruders with their glare.
But it wasn't just dogs that strangers should be afraid of - cats were also found lurking behind the signs.
One particularly uninterested grey tabby cat peered through the railings of a garden gate, prompting users to suggest it was 'plotting'.
One shocking image surely caused a double-take from passers-by, as instead of a dog, a gigantic moose lurked in someone's garden
One caring owner made allowances with their 'Beware' sign for their short-legged dog, the Dachshund
That won't scare off the intruders! One cute pooch seemed more than ready to give any potential burglars a friendly lick
One ventured: 'I'm not sure about the dog that's the scariest thing there. There's also the cat. I can see the cat plotting.'
Another concurred: 'He's got that deceptively laid back look. Instead of a wolf in sheep's clothing, a rottweiller in a cat suit?'
One shocking image surely caused a double-take from passers-by, as instead of a dog, there was a gigantic moose in someone's garden.
This friendly husky rested its snout between the railings as it radiated menace and intimidation
At first glance, this snap of a wooden door was nothing out of the ordinary - until the tiny but vicious chihuahua peeked its head through the corner
Just lounging around: One dog chose scratching its back on the grass over its guard dog duties
Peering out from behind a pitiful metal railing, the beast seemed unperturbed by its setting.
One caring owner made allowances with their 'Beware' sign for their short-legged dog, the Dachshund.
Customising the sign to suit their dog's temperament, they displayed a warning that read: 'Death from the ankles down' - accompanied by the miniature silhouette.
A for effort! A tiny black French bulldog gave its best attempt at a loud bark
An owner got creative with their warning sign, writing: 'Beware of the dog' and adding: 'The cat is shady as f*** also'
Feed me? This pooch seemed to be more interested in getting a doggy treat
One snap seemed to invite the intruder in with the open gate, so confident was the owner in their tiny dog's ability to protect the house.
A user commented sarcastically: 'Yupp! Looks like the mailman's nightmare...'
And one beady-eyed viewer noticed what looked like a destroyed toy in the far right. commenting: 'Is that a mauled tiger in the background?'
One snap seemed to invite the intruder in with the open gate, so confident was the owner in their tiny dog's ability to protect the house
A black and white snap showed an adorable dog that belied the sinister sign: 'Enter at your own risk'
Confused? One cat seemed to think it was a dog as it stood defiantly under a 'Beware of dog' warning