I have to brag on what a good "rooster to be" my cockerel was last evening. I'm a first time flock Mama and mine free range. Every now and then my oldest shih-tzu, Bailey, she's 11, gets a wild hair and wants to chase the chickens. Last evening was one of those times. Bailey was off after anything that would run! Sammy, my cockerel got her attention by running in front of her and led her off in a completely different direction until I could get my hands on Bailey and take the "bad dog" back in the house. I told my husband that's what a rooster is for, he protected his flock from a predator. So, I truly am a firm believer that having a "brave rooster" around is good thing!