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The Best and Worst Dogs for the Zombie Apocalypse

//The Best and Worst Dogs for the Zombie Apocalypse

The Best and Worst Dogs for the Zombie Apocalypse

One aspect of preparing for the coming Apocalypse that isn’t often considered is how man’s best friend fits in. As you would expect some dog breeds are better and some are worse in terms of zombie apocalypse preparedness. There are a number of aspects that should be considered including size, approachability, intelligence and herding instincts. Here is what to consider with these traits:

  • Size – Zombies are on average 5′ 9″ for males and 5’4″ for females and they are not flexible so they cannot bend down to scratch smaller breeds. For this reason it is ideal to have a dog that is 16″ or less at shoulder. Recommended breeds are Dachshunds, Corgis, French Bulldogs.
  • Approachability – To protect others from your dog if it does get infected you want one of the less approachable breeds. This will slow the spread of the virus. Breeds that are considered dangerous are good. Breeds that are hypoallergenic are breeds to avoid. Recommended breeds are American Pit Bull Terriers, Rottweilers, Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds.
  • Intelligence – Just because zombies aren’t only interested in you for your brains, a nice big juicy brain can be quite enticing to a zombie. For this reason, avoid the brainier breeds. Dumber is more betterer. Recommended breeds are Afghan Hounds, Basenjis, Bulldogs.
  • Herding Instincts – Zombies often lose their footing and continue forward in a crawling motion. Dogs will be safest if they avoid the biting and scratching end of the zombie. Herding breeds are best as they will attempt to herd the undead from the flanks and hindquarters. Recommended breeds are Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, Border Collies and Corgis.

Corgi is the Best Dog Breed for Zombie Survival
Best Breed: Pembroke Welsh Corgi – On the strength of it’s size, herding instinct and it’s ability to appear less intelligent due to its cuteness, Corgis are the ideal breed for the Zombie Apocalypse.

Poodle is the Worst Breed of Dog for Zombie Survival
Worst Breed: Standard Poodle – Thanks to medium height, approachability, intelligence and lack of herding instincts, the French clown of dog breeds will not be man’s best friend in the coming apocalypse. This breed should be avoided in urban areas and non-urban areas adjacent to cemeteries.

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  1. LA February 1, 2011 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    ROFL……
    Might interest you to know that poodles are not from France…. they are from Germany. 😛

    • Emmi May 12, 2015 at 10:51 pm - Reply

      WTF German shepards are not in there they are highly intelligent dogs and trained as police dogs and military work and have strong teeth grip and strength we have two purebred German Shepards and u should see them at work they could shop your arm in half

  2. Jim C. February 7, 2011 at 7:18 am - Reply

    Then why the hell aren’t they called German Poodles? See its that kind of second guessing that will get you killed in the next Z-War.

  3. Jason February 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Please also consider the Cardigan corgi as well.

  4. admin February 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    The Cardigan does seem like a contender as well, though I’m wondering if the tail will play a role in the coming z-pocalypse. When faced with a ‘herd’ of zombies from multiple directions, the Pembroke might have a slight advantage in not having one. One can only speculate, however. Given the Caridgan’s ferocity and devotion to it’s pack, it would most certainly be a wise choice.

  5. andrew May 11, 2011 at 8:23 am - Reply

    The zombies wont know what dogs have more brains then others so smarter breed is better to have. i have a super small maltese, so shes probably screwed when this happens LOL. my cat is ballin out this atmosphere so she’ll be fine. lol

    Long story short i would get a german shepard or something

    • jesse June 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      i agree fully with the german shepard EXCEPT for the fact that it is huge

      • Pine October 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm - Reply

        Actually a working line German Shepherd especially with East German/DDR bloodlines would be relatively good sized. Most of them average between 55 and 75 pounds, which is not as large as people think (especially not when compared to the large lumbering Labradors that have become popular.) A relatively good sized, well bred shepherd from working bloodlines (meaning those bred primarily for sport or military/police work) would be my weapon of choice come Z-Day. After my Aussie, who is arguably the biggest bad ass I know.

  6. St. Louis June 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    I’m currently starting to breed Pembroke Corgis and German Shepards for offensive and defensive strategic zombie warfare. The corgis will be an outer defensive wall, confusing and tripping up the zombies. If the zombies happen to penetrate those defenses, I’ll send out the Shepards.

    Hopefully, by the time that happens, I’ll have had time to build an underground safe-house/layer (layer just sounds cooler) with enough food and water to wait it out.

  7. Hugo June 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Corgis ARE the best dog for the zombie apocalypse! Makes perfect sense…I must begin the breeding process immediately! My army of corgis will herd those pesky zombies to their doom!

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  9. Judith August 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    I had no idea dogs or any type of animals were able to catch the virus as well? Are you sure?

    • admin August 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      There’s no way of knowing how far the zombie virus will mutate…better safe than sorry.

  10. Nannie Stvrestil August 27, 2011 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Lol her dog got a pamper on

  11. Iona Glade August 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    ~Senses my dear ‘mother’ but does not sense her…human~ Hmm maybe she traded him for a dog after all ~grins~

  12. Clement September 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    zombie dogs would freak me out

  13. Unkown September 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Wouldent german shepards help to?

  14. Trudie September 9, 2011 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Good to know my corgi will hang in there for the zpoc. The instincts are strong with this breed.

  15. Ludzi September 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Corgis rule!!!

  16. Anneliese September 29, 2011 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    I have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. He could definitely survive the zombie apocalypse, so maybe I should start training him for it…

  17. Sean January 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    What a load of crap that is based on such facts like, opinion. Ill take large breed dogs with me, you can keep the sshhmediums. I gotta Dane that is Huge, while being agile enough to clear the tailgate in my lifted 4×4 Dodge. Smart and will take down zombies like a ups delivery man.

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  19. renee barclift April 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    the corgis are also good at zoomies, so the zombies could never catch one!

  20. Pine October 18, 2012 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Poodles are actually wicked smart, and used to be used for hunting for many years before the rise in popularity of other gun dog breeds. They are tough and intelligent, and wicked athletic. They are the sort of dog who can be taught to do almost anything.

    Also as a point of order: afghan hounds are not ‘dumb’. They are in fact a highly intelligent breed with a low degree of cooperation. They are basically too smart to be compliant. Same with Basenjis. In fat the smartest dogs I have ever worked with as a breed are Basenjis and border collies. I actually used to work with this one Basenji (a small dog averaging 22 pounds) who would climb the 10 foot gate of his kennel, drop down to the ground on the other side and go down the line of kennels opening up the doors for the other dogs. He was the kind of smart that was insanely difficult to work with, and difficult to motivate. They are not very trainable because they are not willing to be compliant, but they are the farthest thing from dumb.

    As a dog trainer I have been working with protection and police/military dogs for quite a while. I put my stock in a two fold approach – the use of small dogs and large dogs. Because zombies aren’t the only problem out there; other survivors will be trouble too. And nothing says “back the F-up” quite the way a big loud German Shepherd does. I also have an Aussie that is a fully trained protection dog that I would trust toe to toe with any working bite dog out there. Too bad he’s 8 and basically in retirement these days, not that he knows that.

  21. Mohawk1369 December 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Australian cattle dog….small smart mean and loyal and if u get one that’s tricolored (white red blue) they already look like zombie dogs

  22. BUM BUM April 8, 2013 at 5:11 am - Reply

    wrong American pit bull terriers are very approachable and are one of the most docile dogs in the world

  23. dojo June 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Dutch shepherd just like the German shepherd but a little smaller (used by police as attack dogs)

  24. Lily February 14, 2014 at 4:21 am - Reply

    Fun article, but my poor poodle! 🙁 She might be big enough to grab onto or scratch, but she’s smart and quiet. I really think she would have a good run before we were killed. We would be killed, though. I’d be too concerned trying to protect her. My old as dirt family Pomeranian on the other hand…. almost as smart as the poodle, but doesn’t understand the concept of “I KNOW THERE’S DANGER BUT BE QUIET.”

  25. Jessica March 14, 2015 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Poodles were bred in Germany and standardized in France. That is why some people call them french poodles. But the name poodle derives from the german word for puddle because they were used to hunt prey in the water.

  26. Dean May 12, 2015 at 11:12 am - Reply

    I do not think German Shepard would be the best dog as they are prone to do a lot of barking and zombies are drawn to noise I personal would have a bull mastive very quite and are bred to guard they are very loyal and there size would help knock and pin zombies down as they are bred to do this

  27. Dave July 17, 2015 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Another thing to factor is putting a pack on the dog. My vision of the zombie apocalypse is you would be very nomadic. I figure a strong work dog to help carry supplies would prove to be very useful.

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