PREDATOR DEFENSE DOG FAQS
1. Q- What is the Predator Defense Dog?
A- 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.
2. Q- How long does it take for a Predator Defense Dog to mature mentally?
A- Predator Defense Dogs are a large breed of dog, like most large breeds they can take a bit longer to mentally mature than some of the smaller working breeds like terriers & bull breeds. On average a Predator Defense Dog will start to move into their adult mental maturity between 16-24 months of age. It is recommended to not start any really harsh “nerve testing” types of training until at least 18 months old!
3. Q- What breeds were used in the development of the Predator Defense Dog?
A- The breed was started by crossing large & powerful lines of Rottweiler with old time Johnson American Bulldogs (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) .
4. Q- Can I breed my Predator Defense Dog to another breed & register the pups that come off of it as a Predator Defense Dogs?
A- No. The only way you can produce true Predator Defense Dogs is to breed one registered Predator Defense Dog to another registered Predator Defense Dog.
5. Q- Is the Predator Defense Dog a fighting dog breed?
A- The Predator Defense Dog is not bred to be a “match dog” (bred for the purpose of fighting for sport, spectating, & gambling) however the Predator Defense Dog is bred to be the elite in predator control, to perform this task the Predator Defense Dog must have an inherent desire to pursue & eliminate all kinds of farm pariah & dangerous predators such as wolves, coyotes, & bears . As you might have imagined it takes a dog that is very capable & gritty to be effective at this feet!
6. Q- Is the Predator Defense Dog a good prospect for protection work?
A- Yes, the Predator Defense Dog has a natural instinct to protect & can make for a very poweful & formidable protection dog. when guarding the family, the PDD can bring the same intensity & ferocity into man work as it has when catching hogs & doing predator control!
7. Q- Will my Predator Defense dog get along with my other dogs, chickens, & livestock?
A- If you raise your Predator Defense Dog puppy up with your other dogs, (& let him know from an early age what you expect of him behavior wise) then it has all the potential to get along very well. Typically males & females will get along better than two dogs of the same sex. If you bring a large aggressive dog in after your PDD is grown & already set in his ways, then it’s very likely you might have some problems. If raised around chickens & livestock from a puppy (along with proper training) the Predator Defense Dog can be socialized to get along well with livestock.
8. Q- Are Predator Defense dogs good with the family & children?
A- Yes. The PDD breed can make a great family dog, they are very loving & friendly with their human families & love attention. As with any large & powerful dog breed, it’s imperative that firm training is established at an early age so that your dog will grow into a controlled & well behaved adult.
9. Q- Which is better suited for a family with children, Male or Female?
A- Males & females can make excellent family protectors, however If I had to pick one I’d say that (on average) the female Predator Defense Dog is usually a better choice for a family with smaller children. They are naturally more motherly & gentle with the children of the family & at the same time can be a real mother bear if a stranger tries to trifle with them! Once again either sex can be a great family dog, training & control is the key!
10. Q- How big will my Predator Defense Dog get?
A- The average weight for an adult male Predator Defense Dog is between 85-150 lbs. Females average 75-120 lbs.
11. Q- What is the life expectancy of a Predator Defense Dog?
A- A healthy specimen should be capable of reaching 12-14 years.
12. Q- Who would the Predator Defense Dog be best suited for?
A- The PDD was originally bred to assist hunters, ranchers, & farmers, however with the extreme grit, drive, power, & athleticism the breed has come to be known for, it is really starting to grab the attention of protection dog enthusiast & people looking for a dependable family guardian.
13. Q- What Registry is the Predator Defense Dog registered with?
A- The Predator Defense Dog is currently recognized by & registered with the DRA & the PDDCOA.
14. Q- Is the Predator Defense Dog a bandog?
A- NO, the Predator Defense Dog has absolutely nothing to do with any bandog program. The Predator Defense Dog is a distinct breed with it’s own unique history, breed standard, purposes, & breeding criteria. The PDD has developed completely separate from any of the myriad of breeding programs calling their breedings “bandog” or “bandogge” etc. Although there are many reasons that the Predator Defense Dog is not a bandog, the most fundamental difference is the fact that you can mix ANYTHING with a bulldog or mastiff & it can be called a bandog, however you can only produce true Predator Defense Dogs by breeding one registered Predator Defense Dog to another!