Originally Posted by perchie.girl
Originally Posted by Alaskan
Dogs are good when they are old and stay still and don't bug you, but not so old that the incontinence and house soiling starts.
Outside only ranch dogs are fine, but spouse thinks all dogs must be house dogs.
I liked the ranch dog we had when I was growing up. It never killed chickens, it barked whenever anyone drove up the drive, it kept deer and coons out of the garden, and killed all snakes on sight.
It was also excellent if you needed to track a deer.
That was an excellent dog, and I don't think it ever tried to get me to pet him.
His name was "Dog" when we took him to the vet, at home we called him "Wolfgang"
The dog that currently lives in my house is one of those "designer" dogs.
I told spouse that if we HAD
to get a dog, I wanted one that would never move, and that would be garunteed to never kill my chickens, a very obedient dog, and a dumb dog, but perfectly house trained.
Spouse thought that we needed a dog that would run around and play fetch with the kids. :
We got an "Aussiedoodle"
And yes, it killed a bunch of my chickens before I trained it to not touch them. -sigh-
Youd like sight hounds Like Rhodesian Ridgebacks... Bigish dog prefers the great out doors bred for hunting Lions. But Sighthounds dont have body odor like scent hounds.
A good Aussie or Quieensland heeler are incredibly smart but you have to work with them. and Give em a job to do or they get out of balance.
While I love cats I dont care for all the "stuff" that goes along with. Bad experience on my part. I would rather have a mouser dog like a Jack Russel or Rat Terrier. Those dogs need to be in the house though especially in your climate.
Surprisingly a full sized pure bred poodle is on one of my favorites list. Smart General purposed dog bred to do all things from Bird dog water dog to livestock dog.. They run about sixty pounds. And a Team of them actually finished the Iditerod one year.
My dogs live with me in my house and share my bed if its cold. Due to my climate and terrain I have to have short or wire haired dogs. little to no grooming. necessary.
And even my most trustworty intellegent non hunting dog is never left un attended with my poultry... no need to place temptation in their path. The Terriers.... will never be allowed out in the poultry yard without supervision. My doggy door access leads to a dog yard with coyote fencing so they can go out do their business check their parimeter and come back in.
You are right about a good pure bred poodle, in standard size. Years ago, I had a standard poodle that was great with all other animals. When our cat had kittens, she wouldn't leave them to go eat, and do her business unless he was watching them. They'd meow, and he would put his nose right next to them in the drawer (yeah, she had them in my bottom dresser drawer) and I guess it made them feel secure, because they would settle down. What was funny was when those kittens got a little older, and could get out of the drawer. The poor things were confused as to whether to follow him, or their mama. If they tried to nurse on him, that's where he drew the line. He would grab them gently by the scruff of the neck, just like their mama would do to carry them, and he'd take them and set them down by their mama. Our pet bunny would often snuggle in near him, and they would both be laying there sleeping. The cockatiel often perched on him while he was laying down, and would even hitch a ride on his back when he walked around the house. He didn't really like dog biscuits, but every time my mother went to the drive-thru at the bank they would send him dog biscuit. He would accept it graciously, and hold it in his mouth until he got home, then give it to our other dog. He was 18 when we had to have him put to sleep, but he was a great dog, and poodles don't shed.