When most people think of "Survival Dogs," they picture Dobermans, pit bulls, German Shepherds, Mastiffs, Great Danes and other breeds that can fight, protect, kill and are generally protectors. But don't discount the non-sporting classes and some of the cerebral skills they can supply. A short real-life example follows.
My wife and I owned a purebred Dalmatian we had raised as a puppy, affectionately nicknamed "Cookie." Cookie was a stud long before the "101" franchise wrecked the breed and filled puppy mills with the breed. However, back when he provided stud service, he was very hearty and very successful and we met many bitch owners who were friendly and kind and who would seek us out for multiple services. It was no surprise when this well-mannered and friendly young man knocked on our door and asked about our stud. We talked for a while and he wished to use our service but only had one request: he wished us to bring Cookie to his bitch. This is not normally how it is done, but we agreed. We only had one more requirement; the meeting.
The young man stood on our front lawn as I brought Cookie from the front yard and as soon as Cookie locked eyes onto the young man, his demeanor completely changed. His hackles went up, his tail and head went down, and he would not approach him. He was making a low, guttural sound that wasn't a growl but it was meant to tell me he wasn't happy. I told the young man that I would discus it with my wife and we would get back to him.
Needless to say, Cookie was a member of the family and the instant the man left I threw his number away. Five weeks later, I found out he had been arrested for scamming breeders out of their dogs and then selling them to experimental labs. I don't know if Cookie had a sixth sense or he could smell "lab Stooge" on this guy, but Cookie's judgement was much better than mine. Cookie has since past away, but I will always trust a dog's judgement far more than a human's. My survival dog will be doing my psychological screening as well as other duties!