to some stupid trespassers dog!
I agree with the comments about a rooster not being able to fend of dogs.
Keep the area fenced and a shotgun ready for the next dog attack.
A fence, and shotgun are the best route. Gamefowl are typically better protectors of your birds towards other animals, but I wouldn't dare try with my roosters. They may attack a dog, but a 6 pound rooster versus' a 200 pound dog just doesn't work out. IF you are going to try it, find a American gamecock, and give him long spurs. Orientals are too slow, and don't typically fly well. They also don't grow very long spurs, so they would just get themselves killed if you could find one that would fight back. At least with a American gamecock you would have a better chance of him at least one eyeing the dog.
Not to mention, Oriental fowl require much more care. A American gamecock can take care of himself, given no other roosters are around. Or you could simply throw him in a pen, give him access to water, and toss some feed in with him once a day and he will do fine. Orientals are slow growers and can get big, so if you get one young and feed them a feed too high in protein, they can get too heavy and go down on their legs like Cornish. The tight feathers make them vulnerable to the cold (but mine do OK at around low teens as long as I keep the wind off of them). Young birds shouldn't use a roost, or one not too small because it may cause their breast bones to be indented etc due to flexible bones until they age a little more. Older birds need wide roosts to support the massive body, and you can only put the roost about 2 feet off the ground (or this is preferred) otherwise it can cause leg/joint problems because of again- the massive body and they are poor flyers so they can't really slow down much or catch their fall with the wings.
Shamo's are great birds, and I know that they are now an "exotic, must have" bird. But they require special care.
Edited by DTchickens - 1/23/11 at 11:33am