Maybe this is an irrelevant dog lover post, but for those interested in the safety and security that a dog can provide both PRE and POST SHTF, I encourage you to do your research and pick up a German Shepherd (GSD). Granted, other dogs out there will serve similar purposes but from someone who has owned many dogs and has now owned a male (pure) GSD for about 1.5 years I am mind blown at the asset this guy is to our family. As I sit here typing this on my back patio, my boy Zeus is literally sitting in the middle of my back yard pulling security. Ears up, facing out, scanning left to right continuously…it’s crazy just how in tune he is to his surroundings and how viciously he will protect what he calls his own. From a layman’s perspective (who did lots of research) here is why you should own a GSD.
1- Intelligence: Again I’ve owned many dogs in my life and my GSD has to be the most intelligent and capable learner. It’s almost as if you can see him problem solving…it really is crazy.
2- Loyalty: A big one in anyone’s book, he loves his family and is truly suspicious of all others…almost to a fault.
3- Utterly Fearless: Sure there are little dogs who charge big dogs, but my boy is truly fearless. Just google stories of heroism from GSD’s both on the police force and on the battlefield, I have no doubt my boy would charge into a hail of bullets to save one of our family.
4- Big Baby: As strong, fearless and mean as these boys are when they are around their family they are the biggest babies ever. Great family dogs and awesome companions. I can’t tell you how many times this killer has climbed up onto the couch and laid his 100lb body on me while licking my face…ridiculous!
5- Situational Awareness / Intuition: As previously stated these beasts are super smart and they recognize threats long before they materialize. I would have no problem with my boy walking my daughter through a rough part of town late at night.
Look if you already have a dog that’s great but if you are in the market I might suggest a GSD. Be aware they are very high energy and need room to exercise…and they shed like crazy. If you are willing to deal with that you’ll have a companion that will literally not hesitate to put its life on the line for the safety and security of your family.