There are several breeds that come to mind.
I do not care for the GSD, it is over bred in my opinion, and anything with a bit oif show blood makes it suspect for HD, because of the set, which
encourages it, through that "sloping hip"
I like a breed of dog, though rare, is related to the GSD, and may well be an ancestor of the Doberman, and that is the Beauceron, which is also known
as the French Shepherd.
This dog is just as good as the GSD, but a little more independence, which is great IMO. They have done studies where dogs that are bred to be up
under people have a tendency to NOT think well for themselves, like the border collie for example, and though a hound is not a good choice for an
obedience dog, it scores well on independent thinking tests.
The beauceron has a good inbetween coat, often with the heavy guard hairs of the Rott, and the inner coat of the GSD, but lay's flatter. This is a
thinking breed of dog, I have seen them think their way into and out of trouble many time, and it never fails to amaze me. Their size is a good one
too, they tend to be a little taller than GSDs, but weigh a little less.
There is a book, and I cannot for the life of me remember the name, but the man who wrote it does all kind of protection training, and he made a
point, something about a 40 lb Malinos hitting the arm of a PC hopped up suspect, and the man walking off with the dog attached to his arm, but of a
40 lb pit bull hits you, you are going DOWN.
Pound for pound, the pit bull is the strongest dog in the world. I was at the Dover Nationals a few years ago, and watching in amazement as a 22 lb
pit bull by the name of Tiny Tim pulled 220 lbs.. 100 times his own weight.
The reason that pit bulls make such good fighting dogs, is they have learned to ignore pain.
They are a highly intelligent breed, and very motivated by the need to please their owners, so a pit bull will pretty much turn into the dog you want
it to be. If you want a people friendly dog, that is what you have, if you want a terrible guard dog, that is what you have.
Further, these dogs have been trained in many disciplines, herding, hunting, tracking, you name it.. There is a saying, a pit bull can do anything any
other breed of dog can do, and then whup that other breed as well.
Someone mentioned the American Bulldog.. well... Depending on the type, they can be too large, (70-120 lbs), and brachycephalic, which can give it
Also if the AB is NOT bred from say hog hunting stock, you might end up with a dog that just does not have the physical structure to handle physical
I will say the same thing goes for pit bulls, sad to saw, but the ones best suited for a survivor companion are going to be the ones bred from
fighting stock, NOT the AKC/UKC watered down version.
Along with the Maremmar, I would like to mention a similar breed.. The Kangal Dog. Some people think the Akbash, Anatolian, and Kangal are the same
breed of dog in different forms, (like the Mal, Turv, Groen, and Laek Belgian Shepherds). These dogs are primitive types, with strong pack loyalty,
and the ability to care for themselves in the wild.
Unlike the pit bull, who would likely need some help to get through a winter, (though I know of one feral pack that was alphaed by a female pit for
several years, even through one of the worst non super blizzard winters I have known), these breeds are used to temperature extremes, and have been
I would avoid any highly independent breed. The Northern breeds are great pack dogs, but they don't take instruction well, even the sled bred dogs.
Basinji's and Canaans are a little too independent for my tastes, and don't IMO have the bite to back anything up. Canaans are good in a pack
situation, but do you REALLY want at least 10 of them underfoot when you don't need them, and no where to be found when you do?
These dog evolved where lions and leopards roamed, and those that were smart enough to hide swiftly, and quietly when the big kitties went hunting
where the ones that survived and bred. EXCEPT when they were in a pack, at which time they banded together, and would chase off the big cat.
Caucasian Ovcharka would be an EXCELLENT heavy duty winter survival dog, and I would like to put in for an honorable mention two more breeds.. One is
the Canis Panther.. Look it up,, This would be a great dog for warmer climates. And last of all, The Black Russian Terrier.
The problem with MOST of these dogs, is for me, they are just too big, though they CAN hunt for themselves.
I'd prefer a dog in the 50-70 lb range in a survivor, so I suppose if I had to, I would cross my beaucerons with my pit bulls, and breed for the best
of them both, which is how these breeds were created anyway, breeding for ability, and not just for paper, or pretty looks.
Also, someone said something about having a dog that was trained to hunt.. Please remember, dogs are not stupid, they know the difference between a
small child, and prey, ESPECIALLY hunting dogs. Think about it, how many people have a lab that regularly goes out and brings in shot down fowl.. that
dog has tasted blood, some people may even give the dog a bit of the birds he brings in now and again as a reward. Do you REALLY think that this dog
is going to turn and try to eat the masters kids?
Lets look at hog hunting dogs, which uses a bunch of coonhound crosses as bay dogs, and some kind of AB type catcher dog. These dogs are active HARD
hunting dogs, and they know the difference between that boar and the kids.
If anyone has any questions about the kind of dog we would need in a survival situation, and if it would be safe with children, I would advise you to
go and re read Ole Yeller, who in MY opinion was either a pit bull, or a black mouth cur, which is a pit bull derived breed.
Take away the thieving parts, and that is the ideal dog.
Not too big, smart enough to think on his own, obedient enough to work with people, brave enough to stand against anything, and loyal enough to die
for his owner.
What BREED of dog would be best, is all academic. The best breed of dog is any breed that can do the job, without an excess of health issues, and
[edit on 9/3/2007 by FalseParadigm]