PEDATOR DEFENSE DOG FAQS
1. Q- What is the Predator Defense Dog?
A- The Predator Defense Dog is a farm utility dog, it was bred to protect the farm & family from large & dangerous Predators like wolves, cougars, & bears. The Predator Defense Dog is bred to have the courage & boldness to meet an attack from a wild predator head on, it has the size & durability to withstand a substantial attack, & the grit & resolve necessary to stay the course until the danger is eliminated! With it’s high preydrive, the Predator Defense Dog will work tirelessly to eradicate farm pariah & nuisance animals such as foxes, coons, & coyotes; as well as being used to round up & catch feral hogs. The Predator Defense Dog is the perfect working dog for the hunter & outdoorsman, it has all the endurance & perseverance needed for long treks throughout the day, & is right at home guarding the estate from all kinds of intruders throughout the night, no matter if that threat is man or beast.
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 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 serious “nerve testing” types of training until at least 18 months old or more!
3. Q- What breeds were used in the development of the Predator Defense Dog?
A- The breed was started by crossing German Rottweilers with old time Johnson American Bulldogs (the old Rebel Rouser/Mean Machine lines). After those original crosses there was also a very small 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 doing predator control work!
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 behavioral wise) then it should get along quite well. If not socialized early, two dogs of the same sex (& especially two large alpha males) can potentially become confrontational. If raised around chickens, cats, & livestock from a puppy, the Predator Defense Dog should get along very well with livestock, & in fact the PDD will be your livestock’s first line of defense from predators! These dogs have high prey drive unlike traditional livestock Guardian Dogs who lack prey drive. These are extremely intelligent dogs who know the difference between a threat and family but should always have supervision and never be left alone with livestock. This is a farm utility dog and not a LGD. The PDD are intelligent and affectionate, which makes them great, protective family dogs.
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 controllable, well behaved adult.
9. Q- Which is better suited for a family with children, Male or Female?
A- Males & females both can make excellent family protectors.
10. Q- How big will my Predator Defense Dog get?
A- The average weight for an adult male Predator Defense Dog is between 100-160 lbs. Females average 85-120 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 full blooded Predator Defense Dog to another!