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Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
Siberian Huskies (vs Alaskan Husky which are bigger animals with much bigger appetites) are VERY fuel efficient. Mine often doesn't need to eat everyday, a plus in lean times. They eat when hungry, not just when they see food.
Originally posted by blahdiblah
How is your dog going to protect you or alert you to danger if its pulling a cart?
Originally posted by METACOMET
This is a great thread and ill try to keep this short. I spend 24 hours a day with dogs. I work with specialist dogs for a living. Due to my work, one of my guys is a German Shepherd.
IMO Schutzhund trained GSD(germanshepherddog) are an ideal situation X dog. It is arguably in a league of its own when you talk about a dog you would want in a situation X. Even among working breeds.
However, my vote would go to The Australian Cattle Dog. It is roughly a cross between Australian kelpie, the dingo, and the smooth collie. They have the stamina to withstand extremes of temperature and the resourcefulness to forage and to feed itself on an omnivorous diet like a wild dog.
The breed's strong work ethic rivals the GSD, but their intelligence is above and beyond anyother dog I'am aware of. They are simply amazing.
Check out this video of "skidboot". This is the NORM I have witnessed with Australian Cattle Dogs. In the end though, the key is always the right owner.
Google Video Link
[edit on 6-8-2007 by METACOMET]
If they were domestic, I'd choose a Dingo. Smart, brave, obviously good hunters, and they dont bark!
Originally posted by resistor
They do have their problems because of over breeding, and that’s why I think a GS/Lab mix might be just what is needed in a sit-x. Mixes usually drop any of the inbred problems, and tend to bring out some great characteristics.
Of course you’d have to pick out the right individual, not every pup is going to fit the bill.
he’s a rescued dog and so is incredibly loyal (I couldn’t run him off with a stick),
literally the only problem I have ever had with him is keeping him out of the neighbors yards when I let him out. The first time we had a tornadic storm come close last spring, he was all up in my face, yapping and obviously trying to warn me. He usually sleeps on the floor at the foot of my bed, but that night he slept right beside me all night. I would cut off and eat my own arm before I would my dog. (and share it with him) Probably a foolish and emotional statement, and I should probably add that I’ve never been truly hungry.
I would caution against any dog with a shortened muzzle or ears that are not upright. These traits may have their specialized uses, but are always a detriment to survival. See any wild canid for confirmation. A shortened muzzle means a reduced ability to cool the body, and I never understood the floppy ear thing. A dog with a proper nose should have no need of floppy ears to help channel the scent, and upright ears are obviously how nature designed them, and so more effective. I’ve no doubt there are many breeds that would make effective helpers in a sit-x. As mentioned before, training, training, training.
Originally posted by FalseParadigm
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.