Call it your "survival dog," ... "prepper pooch," ... "retreat hound," ... or whatever.
Haven't seen this topic come up before, ... but what type of dog would make the 'best' survival companion for you (and your family or group) following a catastrophic apocalyptic event? Just so we don't get too ridiculous on the SHTF premise, let's stick to the more realistic ones (no mutant zombies). E.g., weather-related (long-term Katrina-type disaster); epi-plague/pandemic flu; nationwide cyber-"hack" by NoKo which shuts down the entire power grid, etc. Something big, but realistic.
A mixed breed mutt? Pure-bred this or that?
It would seem like the pampered lap-dogs that are food-picky and need to be professionally groomed every week or see a vet once month just won't make it.
A buddy has a dog that's a German Shepard/Pyrenees mix. Great family dog, super-smart. Not real big though, and she's really not a 'hunting' dog. But does that matter?
Or would a large dog be more useful? I once had a Bull-Mastiff. Also a great dog but it got hip dysplacia and eventually died.
Another buddy has an Aussie Shepard which he says is the smartest
dog he's ever owned. Maybe intelligence and train-ability would trump size for a useful post-apocalyptic companion?
Opinions and/or recommendations?