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What Kind of Dog WIll Not Chase Chickens?

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Hi,
We would like to get a dog. What breed is the best at living with livestock? It would be a house dog but I do not want it trying to eat my  duck, and chickens when its outside. Thanks

post #2 of 38

Any dog breed would be fine.  As long as it's WELL TRAINED.  I have Terriers and hounds.  Neither bothers my chickens, cows, or mules.

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a sleeping one lol

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1 super/great husband, 3 kids, 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 angora rabbits, 11 chickies - 1 bantam(EE pullet,) 2 Black Australorps, 2 Barred Rocks and 5 Silver Laced Wyandottes, 1-Cuckoo Maram rooster - and 7 ducks (3 Khaki Campbells and 4 Rouens)
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I've asked myself this question a lot when we were thinking about getting a puppy. We ended up with a german sheperd mastiff mix and he is the most adorable thing. He is learning not to mess with any of the household animals and to respect us as The Authority. It is all about training, and German Sheperds are so smart and want to please. Basically any dog you want can be a good dog around chickens if they are raised right. We are going to get a Great Pyrenees when we get a LGD.

I would really recommend getting a puppy, and not a full grown dog. I prefer to adopt adults but when dealing with something like this you would really benefit from a puppy. It is definitely easier to teach a dog not to bother the chickens then deal with the problem later on.

post #5 of 38

I think azelgin is right - just do a lot of controlled exposure to them as a pup & you should be fine.
I have an aussie that won't chase the birds or the rabbits, unless I ask her to move them up.

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Originally Posted by azelgin 

Any dog breed would be fine.  As long as it's WELL TRAINED.  I have Terriers and hounds.  Neither bothers my chickens, cows, or mules.


This is true, If you start young enough.  I've heard that dogs with a high prey drive, such as Malmutes, Huskies, Spitz, etc, can be particularly challenging, but I think most dogs are trainable - they just can't be trusted alone w/the ducks/chickens, etc until they are fully trained, which can take months of supervision.  We got a 12 week old terrier/cocker mix on the 4th of July, and he certainly had to be told that chasing chickens and ducks were not an option (the geese took care of themselves!).  He's now about 18 weeks old, and doesn't even look at the birds - but we still keep an eye on him!

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Mom of 1 amazing daughter, step-mom to 5 awesome young adult people, wife of very helpful and understanding husband, AND caretaker of 29 hens, 2 ducks, 2 geese, 6 dogs, 6 cats, 2 mustangs, 3 pygmy goats, 1 lionhead rabbit, 1 green-cheeked conure, 1 cockatiel, 1 parakeet, 1 rat, goldfish, and 1 box turtle.
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Well-trained is the key.  We have a 6 yr old terrier that will try to kill anything that moves.  It took about 3 weeks, now a year later the 2 alpha hens go mouse hunting with the dog around the coop when we move it.  Evidently mouse is good eatin'.


Edited by FarmerJamie - 8/17/10 at 6:06pm
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Edited by vicki2x2 - 8/17/10 at 8:50pm
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post #9 of 38

The only dog that won't chase chickens is a dog with no legs. wink

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post #10 of 38

Thats like asking "What rooster will not crow?". Any dog will chase chickens if not properly trained. If they kill them, thats another story. Our golden pup is in training now. She does chase them, but when she gets them, she holds them down gently and sniffs them.

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