I have an interesting question for you today. Have you ever given any thought about what the perfect type of dog would be for a prepper to own? If not, well, you’re not alone. Until recently, this thought hadn’t actually occurred to me either.
Unfortunately, we recently lost our beloved English Mastiff to bone cancer. This was especially difficult for my husband as this was HIS dog. We adopted her and she chose him right away.
Now that we find ourselves with a void in our lives, we’ve been talking about getting another dog and the thought that occurred to me was, if I was going to pick a dog that would be ideally suited for a prepper, what would it be?
When thinking about this, it reminded me of a concept that many preppers believe in and that is that in a survival situation, if you are going to make it through the crisis, everyone has to contribute in some way. It’s my opinion that a group, when working together, is much stronger as a whole than if all of the people in the group are on their own. Think of a wolf pack; a pack of wolves is much stronger and more dangerous than several lone wolves.
With this in mind, I think that it would probably be a good idea for our family to select a dog that won’t just be dead weight but rather one that will be able to contribute to helping the family survive in a crisis.
We’re not at the point that we’re ready to make our decision yet but I thought I would share some of my thoughts with you in this article. Below are three things that have been on our minds as we have been trying to make our selection.
- One strategy would be to choose a dog that could help secure food. This would most likely be some type of hunting dog. A dog that is breed for and trained to hunt could help our family secure food if we ever have to bug out and leave our home. Some thoughts that come to mind are German Shorthaired Pointers, Labrador Retrievers, or perhaps a breed that specializes in hunting small game such as rabbits.
- My second thought would be choosing a dog that could “pull his own weight”. I mean this in the literal sense. A large breed of dog such as a Newfoundland or Bernese Mountain Dog that is bred for draft work could be trained to pull a cart full of survival supplies. These larger breeds could also be helpful in carrying things as they make very nice backpacks that are especially designed for dogs to carry. One drawback to this strategy would be that they would need to eat more since they are bigger dogs so we would have to account for the extra food that they would require.
- My last thought would be to get a breed that could help with security such as a German Shepherd or Doberman Pinscher. Not only could they act as a deterrent to people who might have intentions of harming your family or at the very least, stealing your family’s supplies, they could actually help protect your family from these types of people.
Does This Rule Out Small Breeds?
My initial thought was that small breeds should immediately be ruled out since they wouldn’t really be able to “contribute” to helping our family survive. Then I remembered that my mother-in-law has a little Miniature Schnauzer that already serves as an EXCELLENT early warning system. Anytime someone drives up in their driveway, knocks on their door, or even walks into their yard, he starts barking loudly. A dog that could do the job of alerting you to people who may be approaching, could be extremely helpful. Sure, any of the dogs that I’ve already described could perform this job but an advantage of a small breed would be that they eat very little so we wouldn’t have to pack as much dog food as we would for a larger dog.
Some Other Factors to Consider
Some other things that are worth considering are:
- Is the breed relatively healthy in general? The last thing we want to be worried about is dealing with a dog that is prone to a lot of health problems since we may not have easy access to a veterinarian. This brings up something that is important to consider. If your dog has to be on medications for an existing health condition, make sure that you have plenty put back for a rainy day.
- What are the breed’s grooming needs? In a survival situation, there will be many chores that need attending to. Spending hours grooming the family pet could detract from your focus as well as consume valuable time and resources. Another way of looking at this is if you have a family with children. If you do, the chore of grooming your pet could give children something to occupy their time and provide them with a sense that they are contributing in some way.
What Are Your Thoughts?
As you can see, there are many things to consider if you’re selecting a dog with the intention of them helping you survive during a major natural disaster or doomsday scenario. As mentioned above, we’re still contemplating which breed will be right for us. My current thoughts are that a dog that is versatile and one that can fill as many of the roles outlined in this article as possible would be ideal.
I’m really curious to know what breed you would select if you were choosing a dog strictly from a preppers perspective. Please take a minute and share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below.
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