Famous for its energy, intelligence, and tenacity, this is a breed built to survive whatever nature (or God’s wrath) throws its way. Call the Border Collie our prototypical Apocalypse Survivor and Thriver. It can outrun competing apex predators and prey alike, confound hostile intelligences (like aliens or mutants) with its complex maneuvers in the field, and it can apply its intellect to solve unfamiliar challenges in a brave new world. Border collies, uh, find a way.
This supremely capable guard and hunter hails from Italy, and after the mole people turn Rome into a giant sinkhole, the Cane Corso will protect its masters. Strong enough to evade the mole people’s vice-like grips, it’s resistance to the tilling of Earth’s soil will earn it a place of independence in the new subterranean world order. The mole people will rule below, but above ground, the Cane Corso will make them fear to tread.
Size isn’t everything when the world is ending, and this little sparkplug proves it. Owners and acquaintances alike will praise (and curse) this breed for its seemingly-endless energy. Originally bred as a fox hunter, diving into burrows to drive out its quarry, this breed won’t go hungry when the kibble dries up. As the rats take over human cities, cleaning the scraps off our collective corpse, the Jack Russell Terriers will have their feast, too.
When the Klenthraxi warships exterminate the human scourge and move on to the next solar system in their survey, the Standard Poodles of the world will frolic in the wreckage. Happily, they will mark their territory with their much-maligned enthusiasm. Like the barbarians of old, they will ruthlessly assert their dominion over the planet. Earth will have a new ruling class, and it will be hypoallergenic.
The most ancient of all #dog breeds, and for a reason. For thousands of years, Basenjis have been chasing down prey, defending the pack, and outsmarting competitors. Their fierce independence will allow them to contend with the eldritch demons who consume all of humanity, and their native climbing ability is perfect for navigating the rubble of skyscrapers left behind.
Big Dan and Little Ann are exemplars of the Wildnerness Survivor, stalking prey and doing battle with cunning foes. Coonhounds of all variations are bred for heartiness, intelligence, and above all, a keen sense of smell. These hounds will smell trouble coming from (at least) a mile away, and they’ll be ready. A cougar might give ’em trouble in a tussle, but that’s what packs are for. Driven by instinct to form hunting parties, they’ll be a formidable band of brothers (and sisters) following the collapse of civilization.
If you want a preview of what Earth will look like after nanobots are seeded into the atmosphere, causing uncontrollable storms and foul weather, visit Scotland in January. While there, braving the freezing seaspray and pervasive muck, you’ll meet this robust little bread. Cairn Terriers have a wiry outer coat that keeps them dry in the wettest storms, and their dense, fluffy undercoat keeps them warm through the depth of winter. Cairn terriers are tailor-made for weather that makes Seattle look positively balmy, and they’ll thrive in weatherman-in-hell scenario caused by our new nanabot overloards.
Dogs have been humankind’s best friend for millennia, but what happens when humanity disappears? After the comet strikes, or aliens invade, or ebola goes airborne, our four-legged friends will have to fend for themselves.