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Saw the post about camping with your dog and made me wonder so to pass the time till archery season I was wondering what would be the best dog for a survival situation. Different dogs have different qualities, size, temper, hunting ability, ease to feed and transport. I also know that different breeds could be better if you were going to stay in your home or you were on the move. So I was wondering what you guys thought would be the best breeds for if you
1)had to stay put in your home
2)had to travel by foot
3)best all around breed for either.
We currently own a scottish terrier, she is a good security alarm even with no power, in a bad situation having her around would keep the kids calm, small so she doesn't consume alot of food, very easy to transport so if we had to move on foot she could easily and could be are portable alarm. However she isn't much for protection with as small as she is, though she would probably try and protect our kids if forced to. I would like to eventually get a mastiff, I think it would make a wonderful dog for staying in, good with family, protective, big enough to provide defense, however they do require alot of food and water and if you had to move long distances might not be the best breed to go with. I'm thinking something along the lines of a sheperd or akita (owned both before) may be the best choice for a dog that could be a family dog but in a chrisis situation could be used as a valuable tool, big enough for protection, not to hard to feed, and able to stay put or move. What do you guys think?
 

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honestly I'd go with coonhound. We had when I was a kid. That dog would slip his collar off every night and go kill a few animals coons/possum/muskrat/rats whatever was available and drop a pile of dead animals at the door and be sleeping in his dog house covered in mud when we'd get up in the morning. Can't beat a dog that goes and does the killing and doesn't hesitate to share the kill with you.
 

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I think I'd keep my beagles. They are small, and I can hunt pretty much anything with them. Small game to deer if need be.
 

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I agree with the beagles ability to hunt and or be an alarm system but I think there downside in a survival situation could be there smaller size not sure they would offer alot in the way of protection, but there ability to provide food might outweigh that.
 

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You're right about them not being any good for protection. Might have to keep a german shepard and a beagle.
 

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the articles I saw on the rhodesians said they were easy to train good working dogs, good for protection, but I've never actually seen one or had experience with them, how much do they run, do they interact well?
 

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Don't know about how they interact with other but they love running and could go all day long. Absolutly gorgeous dogs.
 

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I would say a chow chow. They are decent sized dogs but not high strung so they don't need excessive amounts of food. They can handle extreme cold and are reasonably protective.

They are also delicious, in the event you can't find any survival food. The meat is perfectly marbled with a fine texture. The breed originated in asia as a food source (truthfully). A chow chow, served with wild onion and some root of queen ann's lace could keep you well nurished for 2 weeks.

Finally, their pelt can make a very warm garment in a survival situation.

Here is some info on the chow's history:
http://www.barkbytes.com/history/chow.htm
 

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very good points in support of the chow, the one downside I see is that in the couple chow's I've known people to have they both have turned and bit there owners or owners family member, not the most trusting dog if your bugging in or out with kids you don't want to have to worry about the dog causing a trauma to a friendly person and using up valuable supplies. I just don't think I could trust a chow or chow/mix, need to know it's loyal and will act accordingly in high stress situations.
 

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Go south and hunt hogs behind some pit bulls, they get a bad rap due to idiots but a great dog if trained right, for a survival situation i would take a well trained pit bull over anything.
 

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In college two of my fraternity brothers that I lived with had pitbulls one female/one male, I found them to be wonderful little dogs, and would be capable protectors, never hunted with one, though I wonder with there shorter coats how they would fair in a colder environment if you had to camp or move from your residence, but nonetheless I do see value in there ability to protect and be loyal.
 

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TATERDAVID said:
Go south and hunt hogs behind some pit bulls, they get a bad rap due to idiots but a great dog if trained right, for a survival situation i would take a well trained pit bull over anything.
Along those lines there is also the Dogo Argentino. Heres a pic of one sitting next to a pitbull. They are used in the same capacity in pig hunting as pitbulls are.
 

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A friend told me about a breed called the cane corso, basically an italian mastiff, after googling it, it appears like it would be a rather formidable dog, good with protection of its family but not quite as big as an english mastiff, a little more agile and muscular, anyone have experience with these as far as intelligence or ability to work with them? Don't know if they could be taught to hunt or track or not.
 

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You beat me to it!Airedale hands downs,that's an easy choice!
 
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