The 7 best dog breeds for survival and protection

Through the years, dogs have constantly proven why they deserve to be called “man’s best friend.” They’re affectionate, dependable, protective, and smart, making them the perfect companion to have when SHTF. (h/t to

However, there are many different dog breeds to choose from. They all have various pros and cons but if you’re not sure what kind of dog to get, check out the list below for seven of the best dog breeds that will suit the prepping lifestyle.

1. Akita

The Akita is a large breed that hails from Japan. Akitas are suitable guard dogs, and they are loyal to their friends and family. This breed can be very loving to people it spends most of its time with.

While the Akita is a very alert breed, they need to be trained well. If they’re not adequately socialized, Akitas may be hostile toward people they’re unfamiliar with.

Akitas would make great dogs for preppers because they are strong and intelligent.

2. Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamutes resemble their wolf ancestors. These dogs are particularly smart and they’re great hunters. However, compared to other large dog breeds, they have a relatively long lifespan of about 12 to 15 years.

As a large, strong breed with great endurance and energy, Alaskan Malamutes are a great choice for preppers.

3. Bernese Mountain Dog

While they’re not as popular as the other breeds in this list, Bernese Mountain Dogs are strong and capable. These dogs are calmer and more good-natured than other breeds, which makes them ideal pets for when SHTF.

Originally trained to work on farms, Bernese Mountain Dogs are great at herding. These dogs are strong enough to pull carts heavier than themselves, and they’re very protective and loyal to their family.

4. Border Collie

Border Collies are one of the most intelligent and energetic breeds, making them excellent work dogs. This breed has been used as herding dogs for thousands of years.

Border Collies are incredibly smart and they’re one of the easiest breeds to train. These dogs are always eager to please their owners and they will do almost anything for you.

5. German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs)

The German Shepherd is one of the most intelligent dog breeds. These dogs can be trained to master different tasks, and they are often seen working with law enforcement officers or on active duty alongside military personnel.

Originally trained to herd sheep, GSDs are also often used as efficient guard dogs. Additionally, GSDs are known for their strength.

If you have children, consider getting a German Shepherd. With proper training and socialization, these dogs can be “very gentle companions and family protectors.” Their intelligence and protective demeanor make them a good choice for active households.

German Shepherds would make for great dogs for preppers because they have extraordinary trainability, high fear factor, and incredible stamina. Lastly, and most importantly, German Shepherds are loyal.

6. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers, sometimes called Labs, were often used as hunting dogs. Labs were originally trained to retrieve fishing nets because of their excellent swimming abilities, which is due in part to their unique webbed paws.

Labs are a great choice for preppers because of their intelligence, kind nature, and amazing hunting abilities. This breed is very smart and easily trained.

Labs have an excellent sense of hearing and smell, making them the perfect guard dogs. (Related: Pro tips: Simple ways to keep your home safe from burglars.)

7. Rottweilers

Rottweilers are another breed that is often used as guard dogs. As one of the largest breeds, Rotties have an intimidating presence that could scare away potential attackers when SHTF.

They were originally bred to pull carts and herd livestock, but in modern times Rotties are regarded as one of the best breeds for guard dogs.

If you want a protective companion, get a Rottweiler. These dogs are intelligent and they have a great sense of smell and amazing hearing. Rotties are dedicated and loyal to their family, and they will protect them at all costs.

Even if disaster doesn’t strike, you can benefit from having one of these dog breeds as your pet. Everyone needs an intelligent, loving, and loyal companion like a well-trained dog that can also protect you when SHTF.

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