The Predator Defense Dog Breed Standard
Breed History – The Predator Defense Dog (or Pred) is a farm utility dog bred to preform a multitude of jobs including predator defense work, farm guarding, family protection & hog catching. Developed by Jason W. Price in the rural farmland of Eastern N.C. in the early 2000’s, the breed was first officially recognized by the Animal Research Foundation (ARF) in 2012. The breed was started by crossing a Giant line of Rottweiler with old time Johnson American Bulldogs (specifically the old Rebel Rouser/Mean Machine lines) . After those original crosses there was also a minimal amount of XL working Pit Bull blood added in (both hog catching lines & catch weight gamedog lines were used) to further improve grit & drive without sacrificing too much size .
General Appearance – The Predator Defense Dog is a large, well muscled dog, athletic & powerful, He should give the impression of strength, speed, endurance, & agility. He should have a fearless, no nonsense expression.
Height – Males: average 25- 31 inches at the withers. Females: average 22-28 inches at the withers. (There is no limit to height as long as correct form, athleticism, & overall working ability is not compromised.)
Weight- Average weight for males is 85-150 pounds; average weight for females is 75-110 pounds, with the dogs at the lighter end being slightly better suited for hunting & catch work, & the dogs at the heavier end being better suited for “Farm Guard” type work. (There is no limit to weight as long as correct form, athleticism, & overall working ability is not compromised.)
Head- Large, broad, & powerful with a bear like expression, forehead well arched when seen in profile.
Muzzle- Square & strong with a slight taper. The jaws should be very well developed & extremely powerful housing large strong teeth that meet in a scissor or even bite, a slight (close fitting) underbite is allowed, but not sought after. ( Teeth lost or broken while working should not be penalized.)
Nose- Wide open nostrils. Any color acceptable.
Eyes- Almond in shape. No preference in color, heterochromia (two different colored eyes) is also allowed.
Ears- Pendant, medium in proportion, triangular in shape; set well apart & placed on the skull so as to make it appear broader when the dog is alert. Ear terminates at approximately mid to lower cheek level. Correctly held, the inner edge will lie closely to the cheek.
Coat- Medium in length, straight, coarse, dense, & lying flat with a thick undercoat, some fringe allowed on neck, rump, & thighs.
Color- Any color or markings are permissible. Black, tan, red, sable, white, brindle, & blue being the most common colors (as well as combinations of those colors).
Neck – Medium in length. Thickly muscled & extraordinarily strong. Throat can be moderately wrinkled.
Back- Short & powerful with a slight slope from withers to croup.
Shoulders- Broad & Muscular.
Body – Muscular with a broad Chest, ribs well sprung with deep brisket. The lower stomach line lightly tucked up.
Fore Legs – Well set, muscular & strongly boned with straight strong pasterns.
Rear Legs – Powerful, robust, & Very thickly muscled with sturdy stifles leading into hocks with good angulation.
Feet – Round, compact with well arched toes, turning neither in nor out. Pads are thick & hard, nails short & strong.
Tail – Should be docked to approximately 1/4 the original length, (or less).
Gait- The Predator Defense Dog should be very agile, he should move fast, sure, & powerful with a strong fore reach & a powerful rear drive.
Description – The Predator Defense Dog is a farm utility dog, bred to protect the farm & family from from large & dangerous Predators like wolves, coyotes, & bears. The Predator Defense Dog is bred to have the courage & boldness to meet an attack from wild predator head on, it has the size & durability to withstand a robust attack, & the grit & resolve necessary to stay the course until the danger is vanquished or eliminated! With it’s high preydrive, the Predator Defense Dog will work tirelessly to eliminate farm pariah & nuisance animals such as foxes, coons, & feral hogs. The Predator Defense Dog is the perfect working dog for the outdoorsman, It’s right at home guarding the farm & family from both two legged & four legged intruders throughout the night, & has all the endurance & perseverance needed to move over rough territory on long treks throughout the day.
Character- Fearless & self-confident, the Predator Defense Dog is a dog that is intelligent with a strong willingness to work. He is a dog of extreme hardiness that is tough & diligent.
Serious Faults – Fearfulness or shyness, Lack of proportion, undersized, deafness, Blindness, swayback, slight bone, narrow skull, lack of substance, aggression towards owner, aggression towards the children of the family, Sluggish or sloppy gait, lack of energy or dullness, undershot or Wry jaw, Hip dysplacia, cow hocked, Dwarfism or any other malformation or breeding extreme that could hinder his working ability.
Cosmetic flaws – slight overbite or underbite, hocks that lack good angulation. One or both ears erect or partially erect. (on uncropped dogs.)
Breed Notes –
* Scars received while working & hunting should be seen as a badge of courage & Shouldn’t be penalized.