THE SURVIVOR’S DOG: PROS AND CONS
Hands down, the Lab is the world’s most popular dog. Its webbed feet make it an excellent swimmer. In fact, its original job was to retrieve fishing nets in England in the early 19th century.
Pros: Excellent hunting dogs, they have high endurance and are strong swimmers. They are very trainable, intelligent and possess excellent hearing and sense of smell.
Cons: Labs can overheat easily in extreme heat and can be loud and clumsy at times. Their lovable nature makes them questionable protection dogs. They lose focus easily when around prey in the field.
Originating in Germany, the shepherd line of dogs is only 120 years old and was developed to efficiently herd sheep in the fields. It is the foremost police and military dog and is extremely popular among those wanting a dog for protection, personal assistance or search-and-rescue.
Pros: German Shepherds exhibit high endurance, speed, agility and strength. They have a very strong work ethic and pose quite a formidable presence when used as protection. They possess the best hearing and sense of smell and are very intelligent.
Cons: Thanks to their popularity and breeding, they can be plagued with hip dysplasia and other health problems.
Originating in Rottweil, Germany, the Rott is a very old line (from the Roman era). They are a very strong and intelligent breed.
Pros: They are the best dogs for personal protection, given their reputation and intimidating appearance. They are very intelligent and easily trainable. They have a very strong body and can carry/pull a great deal of weight.
Rotts have excellent senses of hearing and smell.
Cons: They do not have a great endurance and can overheat easily. Rotts are not good hunters/retrievers, and their breed isn’t respected for being a “safe” dog around strangers/public.
Jack Russell Terrier
The Jack Russell was developed for its ability to hunt foxes. The breed hasn’t changed much for the last 250 years. These dogs possess a high level of energy and require a great deal of exercise. They are tenacious and persistent, making them wonderful hunting/tracking dogs.
Pros: One of the best characteristics of Jack Russells is their endurance level. They have exceptional hearing and smell, and their small size means they eat less and take up less space.
Cons: They aren’t very intimidating, and they’re not very quiet—due to a high amount of barking. They are not coldweather dogs, and their drive makes them difficult to contain.