How long would your dogs survive?

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  1. mrose_s

    mrose_s BusterLove

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    Follow on from another thread, how long do you think your dog would survive if POOF all humans gone?

    I thik Buster could do quite well. I think at first he'd have a few squabbles with other dogs as he can be quite dominant, after that he'd either wke up to himself and sit in line or he'd become a leader.
    He's a champion tracker, great at finding prey animals, as far as I know he's never caught anything so he'd have to fix his skills.
    i already know he can well and truely look after himself if another dog picks on him and his coat type will mean he'll be a bit uncomfortable when his coat drops but other than that he'll be fine.

    Sophie, probably not so well. She's a bit older now and might not be able to hold her own as well as she once could. She's slow and would probably have to rely on scavenging. She'd also get cold in the cooler months.

    Mac is very versatile, I think she'd stick with buster and follow his lead. She'd naturally end up on the lower part of whatever pack she's in though and would rely on them a lot.

    Harry I don't know, I don't actually think he'd fare very well without a human looking out for him.
     
  2. Paige

    Paige Let it be

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    Spanky would manage. Nothing holds him down and his coat type is pretty much perfect for where we live in Canada. Bandit, however, would die. No question asked. He'd probably he the first dog in history to commit suicide. He gets easily depressed. Miley would be someone's dinner.
     
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    Lilavati Arbitrary and Capricious

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    I have my suspicions that Sarama could take care of herself. She had a thick coat, strong prey drive, brains and guts. But she'd not be happy with her new life.
     
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    oc_spirit Snow Girl

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    I strongly believe Ronan would have no problem surviving at all. He has the coat and he has the brains. Yes he has some issues with other dogs but its not that he's always out looking for a fight. If he sees another dog he doesnt immediately go into attack-mode. We only risk a fight if he is forced to meet that other dog (ie. owner brings their dog into his face). When loose, he would simply avoid the other dogs unless another one made the first move. Then he would simply handle the situation (a light scuffle or Ronan would realize the fight is not worth it and back away - he has really good judgement for that). He has already proven many times that he has the complete instinct to chase - catch - kill - devour. His old owner would tell me stories from when they would go camping in the sticks. They would bring kibble for Ronan but he would never eat a single bite of it. Instead the whole trip he would be living off squirrels and chipmunks LOL Where Ronan might risk his life is if he would see OC being attacked. Ronan would do anything to save OC and that could mean severe injury during a counter-attack.

    OC I'm a bit on the fence about. He has the coat type and he has the instinct to chase - catch - kill -devour BUT I dont know how strong his instinct to survive is. By that I mean his instinct to make decisions with the future in mind. Where Ronan would know that the huffy dog who insists on guarding his bed of pine needles isnt worth the time of day, OC may try to interact anyways which would get himself in trouble. However if OC would follow Ronan (which he would likely do) I think he would learn quick after a couple mishaps and settle into the new lifestyle very quickly.
     
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    adojrts New Member

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    I know that all my dogs could and would hunt. Could they completely avoid trouble with coyotes and other dogs? I don't think Sprout would, she is tiny plus she really is socially inept. Hailey is getting old and has a trashed patella (bad injury), so I doubt she could travel for great distances or hunt for long distances. Bobbi, Petie and Kiah would have the best chance BUT I doubt any of them could survive unless they found a den for winter months or travel far enough south, they all are all smooth coats.
     
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    darkchild16 We are Home.

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    Walker would probably survive. Tytus and Patches heck no they are to much of a people dog. Whisper would be someones meal. Scirrocco would until the extreme temperatures came.
     
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    Amstaffer New Member

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    In her day (she is getting old) Athena would have done pretty good in a warm climate. I think she could survive on rodents.

    Sal on the other hand w/o Athena's guidance (he is not a hunter) would most likely die of a broken heart or starvation.
     
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    Sweet72947 Squishy face

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    I think Daisy would do ok, as she is a really good scavenger, lol. As long as she found somewhere warm to go in the cold winter months, I think she'd survive a while. Benji would probably get eaten by something :/.
     
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    maybe a few hours. maybe.
     
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    planet molosser CASSA

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    Jlo will survive the best high defense high hunt. age 5 High distrust and only trust humans with a call to her
    Ali her mom would back her up and is doing well age 7. Her love of humans would get her killed.. She would sneak into peoples houses for a smooch.
    Tasha would do well even at age 11 she took on a Coyote the other day but it got away she lost her speed,. But something would DIE trying to kill her.
    Would only look for us and not trust any human.

    Bear is going on 11- he would die first heavy molosser type, teeth worn down, slower now and without to protect him he would go. Would revert back to half wild without human intervention.

    Coz would at age 8 still be kicking but could die if the humans he loves and approched were hunters - his love of humans would kill him in a wild state.

    Teddy would be stupid enough to take on anything that got in his way for breeding and when he got older the younger k9 would hurt him bad. He now is teenager stupid at age 3 young male. But agile and speed middle name... He also would approuch humans in agoofy state and possible get shot for being big and brindle.

    Ice and Spirit and Pebbles youngest would do well strong natural instincts and young enough to adapt to a wild state.

    Tanky Wanky due to neglect by his previous owners would DIE. His structure is horrible and he would be injured fast age 6.

    Bam Bam the working LGD would go one and do well compared to all of them since he has NEVER lived inside and thou he loves attention he can and has lived without it.

    Justice my non breeding pet from CA_ would be killed 3rd to Tank and Bear.
    She lacks common sense, and pack drive the pack would leave her to die .
    And human would shoot her the minute she went OFF for no reason.
    But her sigthhound speed would keep her alive past Tank and Bear..

    Working pack dogs would outlive any solitary dog of any breed.
     
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    FoxyWench Salty Sea Dog

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    dodger would join the suicide scene, hes off himself 3 seconds after realizing "mommy aint comming home"

    If in a warm climate vixie and rosie would probably pack together and probbly coupld survive on rodents and bugs, but both are also veyr people orientated and probably wouldnt last more than a couple weeks
     
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    Teddy no way.He might have the coat for it but he is to big of a mommas brat.He already Will Not play all day while I am at work.He would commit suicide if he thought I was never coming back to him.
     
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    I think Zeus would do just fine. He is a great hunter and has good instincts. He'll take care of himself.

    Voodoo, I dunno. He's a curious, problem-solving dog, but I think that may get him into more trouble than he could get out of. He's also not really a hunter, certainly not the way that Zeus is. The one time he caught/killed a young bird was completely accidential. He wasn't really trying to kill the bird: he was very unsure as to what to do.
     
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    I don't think either of mine would live through one whole day. Bear would come close. he's got the coat for the colder weather and he'd fight off attacking animals. WHen it came to food, he'd either have to eat sticks or grass. He's not a hunter and doesn't have a high prey drive. I've never seen him kill anything.

    Dixie has the high prey drive and could make food from lizards. She's just too curious though. She'd get herself in some deep trouble wanting to investigate something. I think if she was a little more grown up and out of her puppy stage. She would have a good chance.
     
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    houndlove coonhound crazy

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    I think both of mine would do just fine. First, Conrad would rid the neighborhood of all cats. Marlowe I think would probably go after the wild turkeys. Next on Conrad's agenda would probably be the deer (that dog is FAST and agile running through the woods like woah). They're both excellent hunters and have a lot of street smarts and are totally unafraid to scavenge whatever carcasses present themselves. Conrad's got a nice thick coat too, but don't underestimate the light-coated dogs. If they are living outside full time, they tend to acclimate to the cold pretty well and don't shed as much so their coats get thicker. A lot of coonhounds are kept outside 365 days a year and they have very light short coats and it doesn't seem to hurt them.

    All in all I think they'd pack up just fine with the rest of the local dogs and acquit themselves quite well. Without the humans and our pesky cars around I think they'd live good long lives.
     
  16. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    Nikki would have been just fine back in the day, I'm sure of that. Now when she's old and arthritic, not so much. Nikki honestly doesn't care what we do and is sneaky enough to find out how to get what she wants.

    Trey would be lost. If you leave him outside on accident, he sits next to the door and never moves and he gets so upset. He cannot think by himself, I've decided and needs the rest of his 'pack' to keep him feeling secure. He is by far the most submissive dog I've ever seen. Beau would shrivel up and die right away. His life revolves around his people and he is totally devoted to them. Rose might do okay, but she's tiny. She has the strongest prey drive of all our dogs, and she's crafty. But as soon as it rained, she'd get upset and want back inside. She hates the rain.
     
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    Xerxes wouldn't just survive, he'd be the leader of a pack of huge dogs and a good number of fertile females, each willing to do his bidding. Their territory would be 10 square miles at least and they'd feast on venison and squirrel every day. And you'd always see his pack, but you'd never see him.

    Winter would be tough, but if any dog can think of how to deal with the cold, it's Xerxes.
     
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    Pshh, i doubt Oakley would last long honestly...

    He'd prob be too busy running after squirrels & bunnies (but not catching them...) to realize he was hungry. He has a strong prey drive, but only to chase...when he comes close to catching, he freaks out and lets the animal go, or slows down, lol. Maybe it would kick in...who knows though.

    He is also a huge lazy butt, and while I know he is capable of figuring things out, will often get bored of doing so, or decide its not worth the minimal effort....
     
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    Meg has a lot of the survival skills she would need. She's experienced at catching and killing rodents, and since she's an easy keeper, she wouldn't need a ton of food to stay alive. She's great at finding water to drink in areas where there appears to be none when we are hiking. She can find a warm(er) place to curl up and sleep almost anywhere.

    But without people around, I think she would just curl up and shiver herself to death. She is so people-oriented that I'm not sure she could make herself care if nobody was around.
     
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    SizzleDog Lord Cynical

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    If they stuck together, Ilsa and Ronin might make it. Ilsa is one of those natural born leaders. She's got a great prey drive and has killed wild animals before with no trouble (squirrels, rabbits, and birds - one VERY large bird once).

    Ronin is a good follower, as long as he had a clear alpha bitch to follow he'd be fine. His prey drive is through the roof, but I don't know if he'd just chase instead of chase and kill. He's very agile and fearless when it comes to unsteady surfaces.

    Here in Iowa though, they'd die from the cold... unless they could find a *very* warm place to hole up.

    Ada has the coat to survive, but that's about it - she's more of the "people give me food so I don't have to find it myself!" mentality... SO says that Ada won't get out of bed for anything less than a Tremendous Twelve, if that gives any indication of her dependence on humans for food! She has very little prey drive, she'd probably herd her prey around in circles and then try to play with it, unfortunately.
     

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