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6 Best Dog Breeds for Preppers

6 Best Dog Breeds for Preppers
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In a dangerous world, the right dog can help you survive outdoors, hunt, and keep you safe.

The vast majority of dogs are easily trained to fulfill a wide array of tasks. However, each breed has particular instincts that helps it excel in a specific area.

If you are wondering what are the best dog breeds for preppers, you will have to factor in your preferences and needs.

Whichever breed you choose, training the dog and spending as much time as possible with him will help you discover his strong suits and weak points.

1. Siberian Huskies

Siberian Huskies are not only strikingly beautiful but also very clever, devoted and a good worker. Huskies like to dig, jump over fences and chew through. Dubbed “escape artists”, huskies are always alert and full of energy. However, it’s worth noting that this breed requires extensive exercising on a daily basis and a lot of training. The Siberian Huskie is a good breed for preppers who have a lot of free time on their hand and who are ready to invest time and effort into teaching the dog everything he needs to know.

The Siberian Huskies lifestyle should include hikes, long walks, bike rides and even playing Frisbee. Adult huskies need a lot of space to roam. They enjoy people’s company and they love playing with other dogs.

2. Collies

The Collie is extremely intelligent, adventurous and fearless. They are loyal and make for loyal companions. Widely known as great family dogs, Collies would make an excellent prepper dog due to its hunting and guarding instincts. It’s not difficult to train Collies. Treated gently and given encouraging reinforcements, pups easily transform into clever and loyal adult dogs, ready to defend their master.

Collies are very social and thrive on people’s company. They should never be left alone too long, otherwise they can become fearful or shy. This popular breed has been used in the past for rescuing, herding, searching and guarding.

3. Pointers

Pointers are great for bird hunting. Their excellent eye sight helps them spot predators and intruders and they can be trained to alert you. This breed loves to roam freely and requires a lot of activities to stay fit and entertained. Energetic and athletic, pointers need to run on a daily basis. Pointers don’t make good watchful dogs, but excel at hunting. In a dire scenario where you have to hunt if you want to survive, a Pointer will be your best companion.

4. Bernese Mountain Dogs

The ideal choice for outdoors, the Bernese Mountain dogs, or the Berner, is calm, clever and good-natured. It is great for protection and herding. Easy to train, the Bernese Mountain dog is helpful for preppers because they can withstand tough weather conditions, have a lot of energy and are great trackers. This breed will help you carry supplies and pull carts. Berners are easy to train and very loyal. However, they are very sensitive and can be hurt by severe corrections.

5. Giant Schnauzers

The perfect breed for guardianship, the Giant Schnauzer is imposing, muscular and brave. The Giants require a lot of care and attention but are very loyal and eager to please. They are suitable for preppers thanks to their courage, alertness and very high intelligence. Giant Schnauzers require a lot of activities and exercise on a daily basis. Generally a healthy breed, Giants are easy to train and are extremely fond of their masters. Their main characteristics are obedience, guarding and agility.

6. Doberman Pinschers

Dobermans’ reputation precedes them. When we think about them we imagine a ferocious dog. But there’s more to them than meets the eye. They are trustworthy and very loyal. They boast incredible guarding abilities and are very protective. Dobermans are always alert and they are also fearless. For this reason, a Doberman Pinscher will always act if he thinks his master is in danger. Dobermans are very intelligent and reliable. At the same time, they are playful, require a lot of roaming space and daily physical exercise.

A Last Word on Dog Breeds for Preppers

If you’re thinking about getting a new dog from abroad, you will have to be prepared to deal with paper work, pet passports and vaccinations. Flying with a dog can be stressful and it’s important to note each airline has their own rules. For your peace of mind, you can rely on a company that offers professional pet moving services. An experienced team will walk you through the process and help you get your new dog to the destination safely.

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9 Comments

  1. Great Pyrenees are absolutely wonderful guard dogs for preppers and they are very good with kids and family. They know when to turn it off and on so to speak. They can go from serious guard to family dog in an instant. They love cats too! Pyrs have been my go to dog for many years for guarding livestock and people alike.

  2. Tim WoodArt Tim WoodArt

    I believe that it should be noted that the possibility of inbreeding among purebred dogs is becoming an ever increasing problem, and choosing a crossbred animal with the characteristics from two or more breeds might be a better choice. If one is to have a dog that is reliable, healthy, and loyal, then these characteristics can be found easily in a dog with a varied ancestry. I believe that the inbreeding problem is so important that a crossbred animal is the only good choice. A dog that will have few, if any, health problems as a result of inbreeding is not only wise, but necessary considering the future.

  3. Denver v Johnson Denver v Johnson

    I HAVE AND AMERICAN STAFFORD BULLDOG
    SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT HE IS A PIT BULL
    BUT HE IS NOT
    I WAS GOING TO HAVE A
    D.N.A. TEST DONE
    BUT AT THE LSU VETERINARIAN SCHOOL OF ANIMAL MEDICINE
    IN BATON ROUGE LOUISIANA
    BUT THEY TOLD ME THAT THESE TYPES BREED OF DOGS ARE SO CLOSE
    THAT A D.N.A. TEST WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO REALLY TELL WHAT BREED IT IS FOR SURE
    THESE DOGS D.N.A. IS THAT CLOSE
    I AM A DISABLED VETERAN AND THIS AMERICAN STAFFORD BULLDOG
    REALLY TAKES CARE OF THIS OLD MAN
    WHAT IS THE OPTION OF THIS BREED OF DOG FOR A PEPPER DOG
    MY DOG IS A HOUSE INSIDE DOG
    HE IS ALWAYS WITH ME
    HE IS A VERY GOOD NATURED DOG
    ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEM WITH ANYONE COMING OVER TO VISIT
    HE JUST WANTS TO PLAY
    NOW IF SOMEONE TRYS TO GET INTO MY TRUCK WHEN I AM NOT IN MY TRUCK
    WELL LET’S JUST SAY
    AFTER WHO EVER IS GOING TO (TRY) TO (GET INTO MY) (TRUCK)
    HAHA LOL
    AFTER SEEING THIS BIG BOY AND HE IS ABSOLUTELY NOT HAPPY ABOUT SOMEONETRYING TO GET INTO MY TRUCK
    MY DOG IS ABSOLUTELY NOT GOING TO LET ANYONE GET INTO MY TRUCK ARE HOME
    HAHA LOL

  4. Mike Dd Mike Dd

    I’m a Doberman person have had them for years and will probably have them when I die.
    However, all that was said about Dobermans is true but what was not said is important.
    Dobermans will generally NOT risk their own life because you command them to. There must be a ‘pack’ reason. A doberman will not go into a burning building simply because it is told to. It will go into a burning building if there is a danger to a ‘pack’ member in the burning building.
    When there is no other instructions, a Doberman will follow last instructions given. Don’t tell a Doberman to “run” without a qualifier, “run to Billy”, “run to the house”. They may not return for quite some time.
    Dobermans are intelligent, loyal, and have a very strong self preservation imperative. They are also wonderful family (read pack member) members.
    A friend, who was a Police Dog Award Winning Champion many times (27 years as a Canine Police Officer), told me when I asked why he did not use dobermans (always Shepard types) said “because they are too smart and will not blindly do as they are told”.

  5. Ray Alarcon Ray Alarcon

    I am a life long owner of German Shepherds and think they should have made this list.
    In my opinion they are the best all-around dog (herder, hunter, protector, worker, sturdy, intelligent, and loyal family dog). They can do most anything a prepper would want out of their canine.

  6. J2 J2

    Dogo Argentinos and Chow Chows. Both very protective and super smart. Both very tough.

  7. crusty crusty

    I have owned or worked with most of those dogs, and only one would make my first rough draft list.
    And it seems to me that whole statement about “preppers with lots of free time: is a bit antithetical with “prepper”.

  8. John John

    I don’t understand the picture of a book on foraging with a note on why Siberian huskies are a good SHTF dog breed. Am I missing something?

  9. CrazeeMomma CrazeeMomma

    I was surprised to not see German Shepherds on the list. The above list is great for breeds that are not common for preppers to think about it for security, etc however.

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