Jim Goss wrote:everyone,
So in the post zombie apocalypse world what would be the best breed of dog to increase the chances for human survival, and why?
Now same question only this is an apocalypse brought on by humans/natural disaster/aliens and why?
mrinku wrote:There's good eating on a Saint Bernard. But you'd have to FEED it too...
But I'd probably go with a ratting dog like a Jack Russell Terrier. You can always rely on the rat supply.
You do make a good point, unfortunately, on both. But then again, this also depends and goes on the assumption that unlike the Will Smith film, "I am legend.", when his beloved German Shepard "Sam" was bitten by another "infected" dog and she too contracted the biological agent and "turned". As I said, assuming dogs (God willing) would be immune to what ever 'bio-fubar' humanity lets loose.
Just a side note; I do believe "Legend" was a rewrite of the 70's Charlton Heston film, entitled IIRC, "The Omega Man" But I really enjoyed both.
Ooohh, I've been waiting for this new forum. I kept trying to post on lefora, and it just wouldn't work. So I hope everyone will pardon me for resurrecting it here.
The "best" breed of dog? Well, that depends on what you want the dog to do. There are just too many possibilities out there, and not all of them are obvious choices. Then there are the real world problems that are inherent with breeding for appearances and not health or work-related abilities. Ultimately, I believe, in a post-apocalyptic setting we would begin selecting dogs for their utility or other capabilities and "breed" would drop in significance. Mutts would abound. Pure breeds that currently do a lot of police/military work would be more likely to retain their distinctiveness.
Mutts are probably not as "sexy" as a Tibetan Mastiff, Rottweiler, or Caucasian Shepherd (seriously, if you don't know the first and last breeds do a Google search ), but they're a lot more practical.
Were I designing a supplemental kit to the Dark Futures line, I would probably would not sculpt a specific breed. I would make something somewhat generic. It would have a good size, a somewhat medium to heavy build, and a head that had influences from multiple breeds. A couple poses with a few optional heads (one broader, one more more narrow, one with erect ears, etc.) would go a long way, and much of the rest could be done with paint.
As far as the origin of any zom-pocalypse, I wouldn't worry about aliens. I mean, it could be aliens, but it needn't be (cue Giorgio Tsoukalos meme). I would be more on board with a "World War Z" situation or a bio-experiment gone wrong. And, so far as I'm concerned, any bio-experiment would have had its origins with something that's been here for quite some time already. Experimentation would only have refined whatever it is that causes the zombies.