In America, 100+ years ago, every farmhouse kept a feist. A feist was a general breed of dog, like a hound or a retriever, except that the feist was usually a smaller terrier type dog kept for hunting and varmint control. These dogs were very similar to the Jack Russell Terrier, the Rat Terrier, the Patterdale Terrier and the Fox Terrier. They kept them for a variety of reasons, but I’m sure you can imagine how having one or two of these little dogs could come in handy in a scenario where there is no trash pickup for several weeks and the rat and rodent situation becomes an issue. These little dogs were literally bred to hunt and kill rats and mice.
I lived in Latin America for a few years, in several different cities… in a few different countries. And I always found it interesting that most people had smaller dogs, rather than larger dogs. Big dogs, big problems; little dogs, little problems. There were some exceptions, but one evening… after talking with one of my neighbors, he remarked that the reason he kept 4-5 yippie little dogs was that they were cheap to keep, they didn’t eat much, and there was no way somebody could get onto his property without these dogs alerting. They’re fast, and it would be difficult for a burglar to kick one… let alone all of them… without waking up the man of the house.
I did an hour+ podcast with Jack Spirko at the Survival Podcast where we talked in-depth about my thought about Dogs For Preppers. I also put together a short book you can download off Amazon if you have a kindle reader… it runs about $3 bucks, if you’d like to learn more.
Edit: Survival Podcast episode, here:
Dogs For Preppers, here:
But for my money– a little Jack Russell Terrier type dog or a rat terrier would be the best breed for when the shit hits the fan. Not only for the above reasons, but if it’s necessary to bug out and stay with family or in a hotel… or even if you need to leave the dog at a boarding facility or rent a small apartment termporarily– many times you can get away with a 30lbs or smaller dog in places you can’t with a 150 lb. Rottweiler.
So, while it’s very much a personal opinion– As a professional dog man for over 25 years, I’d go with a feist.