# Is “What land animal a large pack of trained war dogs can't kill?” a good fit for the site?

What land animal a large pack of trained war dogs can't kill?

This question seems like a classic "List of X" problem, but it's scoped so strangely that the list could go on forever, or contain nothing at all.

The question seems to be asking for a list of animals, past and present, that could survive being attacked by a pack of war dogs. Which to my mind seems like an incredibly long list...

But it goes on to say that "Pack size is anything greater than 5 dogs." Which opens up an infinity problem... You could literally smother an entire world with near infinite dogs.

Beyond the obvious scope problem, this really feels more like a worldbuilding puzzle/golf problem than a legitimate question. I could be overthinking that bit, just a feeling.

Is this question really on topic? Seems like "too broad" might fit, but I didn't want to shoehorn it without some discussion.

Thoughts?

• I feel if the number of dogs were specified then it would be fine. – Bellerophon Jun 2 '17 at 15:44
• @Bellerophon There's​ still an incredibly long list of potential answers... – apaul Jun 2 '17 at 15:45
• Depends on the number in the pack. I also suspect, assuming a decent number of dogs, it is shorter than you think. – Bellerophon Jun 2 '17 at 15:51
• It wouldn't take a infinite number of dogs. A mole of dogs would be roughly the same mass as the Earth. – sphennings Jun 2 '17 at 15:52
• @sphennings I was very tempted to post a hyperbolic answer, but I was pretty sure that it wouldn't be very "helpful" – apaul Jun 2 '17 at 15:56
• Setting an upper bound on the minimum number of dogs to kill an animal would fit with the hard science tag of the question. – sphennings Jun 2 '17 at 15:57
• @sphennings it would still be incredibly broad – apaul Jun 2 '17 at 16:01
• "What is the minimum mass needed to crush any animal?" is a perfect question for this site. – sphennings Jun 2 '17 at 16:03
• @sphennings I see what you did there... – apaul Jun 2 '17 at 16:09
• @sphennings I'm thinking that you would still have to specify an animal that needed crushing. Expecting​ a list of animals and the required mass for crushing, would be expecting a bit much. – apaul Jun 2 '17 at 16:14
• @apaul34208 "Minimum mass needed to crush any animal", is asking for the lowest mass that will work for all animals, not a list of the lowest masses that will work for each animal. – sphennings Jun 2 '17 at 16:26
• @sphennings I got that, just trying to steer things back to the question at hand. – apaul Jun 2 '17 at 16:34
• In my opinion, the way the question is framed makes it borderline on topic (as in the stated frame). The filters/constraints just simply make it at best a very long answer that can be easily negated by more predators. What the question needs to do is establish Herd Prey Stampeding / Defending is acceptable or not. Prey that can outrun the Predator is acceptable or not. But most importantly the Predator needs to have constraints or has been pointed out we might just as well reference the encyclopedia of every animal that has ever existed. – Enigma Maitreya Jun 2 '17 at 17:58