Dog breed to get along with chickens and family

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Rosekitten, Jan 16, 2019.

  1. Rosekitten

    Rosekitten In the Brooder

    May 11, 2018
    Pembroke, GA
    So I'll be moving in another month or two, once we have the land set up and everything in order I plan to start my own chicken flock. I've grown up around livestock and had pet chickens all my life so I'm not new to the ranch style living idea. But all my life I have only ever owned or grew up around Labs or the tiny dogs that were adopted in the family.

    I presently have three cats, a lab/retriever (she'll be 1-2 years old by the time we get to where I can adopt a new dog) and two kids that are on the young and loud side.. I wanted to see if there was any advice on a breed I should keep an eye out for that gets along with kids, pets and chickens at the very least but other livestock as well would be preferred..

    I'm not sure where or how to even begin finding a breed that suits this sort of life style.. I know my biggest struggle with our current pup is that chickens run... and that kicks in her drive to chase being the breed mix she is.. it's something she is gradually getting better about but I don't trust her off a leash around them that is for sure.

    Also in case area and weather is an issue, I'll be moving to the middle of NC heh.
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  2. Rusticwool

    Rusticwool Chirping

    Aug 12, 2018
    My Blue Heeler is awesome with my chickens! He is super smart and easy to train. Once he knew the girls were off limits, he kept a respectful distance. He dosn’t even give them a second look now.
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  3. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Hi Bug

    Feb 6, 2018
    Hi Hannah
    Every single breed of dog can get along with chickens and your family if you are willing to put in the effort to train them.
  4. imnukensc

    imnukensc Crowing

    May 22, 2017
    SC Midlands
    Basset hound
  5. scootermagoo

    scootermagoo In the Brooder

    Jan 13, 2019
    Agree-any breed CAN get along with chickens and other livestock if trained, but there are definitely breeds that would make it harder if they are very high prey drive.
    My old Doberman was FANTASTIC with my chickens and son...our new one that just turned two has a much higher prey drive. She listens and will back off the birds/cats/whatevers around, but you can tell she's really fighting her instincts.

    Great Pyrenees are GREAT livestock guardian dogs, and if raised right are also great family dogs-but do tend to prefer to be with their flock of animals than the humans. Very independent.
    Bernese Mountain Dogs are a lot like the Great Pyrenees, but less independent and seem to be more family oriented. Both are very large breeds with the health issues that come with that.
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  6. Rosekitten

    Rosekitten In the Brooder

    May 11, 2018
    Pembroke, GA
    I know any breed can be trained. I was just curious if there was any I should research more into. Like I said the lab/reteriver rescue mix we have is slowly learning that chickens are not prey. She gets along fine with everything else like cats and other dogs. Just chickens seem to be a temptation to her.. she's far better then when she was as a pup.

    I'll be at home most of the time so training and exercise isn't a real issue with any breed.
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  7. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I have a Maremma and he is a fantastic Dog. Look up those.
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  8. Animals45

    Animals45 Crowing

    Nov 8, 2018
    I think a Anatolian Shepherd would be good or a Great Pyrenees.:)
  9. ronzxcvb

    ronzxcvb Chirping

    May 6, 2017
    Chester South Carolina
    A Livestock guardian dog (LGD) is probably what you are looking for
    There are a lot of Different breeds, so you should be able to find one with the specific traits you are looking for. But training and the dogs personality are more important than the specific breed of LGD
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  10. AB03Sam

    AB03Sam In the Brooder

    Dec 30, 2018
    Alberta, Canada
    Look into Livestock Guardian Dogs for sure. My personal favourite is the Great Pyrenees.

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