16 Dog Breeds You Want On Your Football Teamby Coach Lilly 1.27.15
Quarterback – Border Collie
The Quarterback is unquestionably the smartest position on the football field. He needs the ability to make changes quickly, think on the fly and be responsible for all 10 offensive players on the field. The Border Collie is rated as the world’s smartest dog breed. In addition to being a K9 genius, the Border Collie is athletic and a natural leader.
Featured pup: Gator
Receiver – Greyhound
Wide receivers have to be tall and fast. Nobody can argue that the tall, lean Greyhound is the best option for wide receiver. Their keen eyesight and explosive speeds make them the perfect option for getting past the defensive backs to catch the ball. In fact, Greyhounds can reach up to 43mph in just six strides.
Featured pup: Maddie
Tight End – Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is the most popular dog in the United States. It is a playful dog that is easily trained and assimilates to work easily. It is energetic and has a knack for chasing and retrieving items, a quality that is necessary for catching the football. Sometimes the tight end needs to block, and labs have been known to reach weights of over 100 pounds.
Featured pup: Boomer
Fullback – Rhodesian Ridgeback
The fullback should be similar to the running back, but a little more aggressive, slower and a little larger. Most of the time the fullback will be opening holes for the running back, but when he isn’t, he is protecting the Quarterback. The fullback is expected to run head first into the space behind the defensive line. The Rhodesian Ridgeback was bred to hunt lions, hunting linebackers should be no big deal for this breed.
Featured pup: Zak
Running Back – Doberman
One of the 20 fastest dogs there is, the Doberman is durable and eager to please. A running back needs to have a quick explosion to make it through the holes in the line of scrimmage and enough agility to juke on the linebackers. Sometimes you may ask him to sit back and block – you need a dog that won’t be afraid to protect his teammates. The Doberman has all of those qualities.
Featured pup: Kyuss
Center – Saint Bernard
The center acts as the QB for the offensive line, calling out coverages, blitzes and being reliable enough to deliver the ball to the quarterback. The St. Bernard can weigh in at up to 180 pounds. Known for being intelligent and stubborn, the Bernard is perfect for this position
Featured pup: Sasha
Offensive Guard – Newfoundland
Considered by many to be a nanny dog, Newfoundlands have been called “gentle giants,” and are one of the most loyal breeds of dog. Utilizing its size and protective instincts, the Newfoundland would make an excellent protector on the offensive line. On average the guards are the fourth largest players on the field, the Newfounland’s size makes them perfect for this position.
Featured pup: Leroy
Offensive Tackle – English Mastiff
The tackle is usually the heaviest person on the field. Their job is to protect the edge of the line and keep the edge rusher from reaching the quarterback. In running situations they need to push with their weight and move the defensive ends back several yards. The English Mastiff, known as an intelligent, calm, and patient dog, will protect its territory naturally. While not an aggressive breed, this dog will do what it takes to protect whoever they consider to be family.
Featured pup: Brinkley
Free Safety – Australian Cattle Dog
The Free Safety is often considered the quarterback of the defense. They have to be smart, fast, and responsive while maintaining high levels of energy. The free safety’s first responsibility is defending against the pass and maintaining coverage on the Quarterback. The Australian Cattle Dog has all the abilities to play this position, and the intelligence to direct the rest of the defense.
Featured pup: Velcro
Cornerback – Saluki
The cornerback position is one of speed and agility. They need to anticipate the quarterback, follow the receivers, intercept the ball, or tackle if needed. Salukis were bred as hunting dogs, with prey including gazelles and jackals. While the Greyhound may be considered the fastest dogs, the Saluki can maintain speeds up to 42mph for much longer distances.
Featured pup: Jude
Strong Safety – Pit Bull
Strong Safety is a jack of all trades on the defense – often helping protect the pass, but typically positioned closer to the line for run support. The strong safety must be larger than the free safety, and is often compared to a linebacker. As a confident and energetic breed, the Pit Bull is the perfect fit here. Determination and adaptability is what every free safety needs, and the Pit Bull will get the job done
Featured pup: Sandy
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Outside Linebacker – German Shepherd
Outside linebacker has to be fast, smart, courageous and aggressive. The German Shepard has all the skills that it takes to succeed here. Duties include containment, pass rush and sometimes pass coverage. German Shepherds are also known to be exceptionally skilled at ignoring distractions.
Featured pup: Rainer
Middle Linebacker – Rottweiler
Inside Linebackers need to be fast for coverage, and strong enough to take on blockers. They should also be confident when asked to blitz. The Rottweiler has the big muscular body and is fearless. When the offense creates a hole, you want the Rottie on the other side.
Featured pup: Del
Nose Tackle – Resa Canario
The Perro de Presa Canario is a mastiff breed from the Canary Islands. Weighing in at 126 pounds of muscle, this dog can be very imposing. This is a headstrong breed, with a high prey drive and sense of territory. The nose tackle is lined up across from the center, and will often have to compete directly against the center and one guard. This is considered the most physically demanding position on the field. The Presa Canario can easily handle it.
Featured pup: Rox
Defensive Tackle – Alaskan Malamute
The defensive tackle needs to be big and aggressive. Their job is to create a dog jam in the middle and take blockers out of the way so the linebackers can stop the run. The Giant Alaskan Malamute is an ideal fit. Its work history of pulling large sleighs across the Arctic gives it the strength to push in the middle and occupy one or two offensive linemen.
Featured pup: Avalanche
Defensive End – Great Dane
The defensive end is responsible for containment and rushing the quarterback. They need to be big, but lean enough to get the job done. The Great Dane would be ideal here as one of the taller breeds. The Dane can put pressure on the offensive line, and can reach a paw high in the air and congest the passing lanes. Averaging about 170 pounds this dog is still quick enough to give the quarterback a run for his money.
Featured pup: Ferdinand
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