Let me begin by setting the record straight: I do not hate dogs. In my 72 years Ive had 9 dog companions and cried like a baby when each died or had to be put down. The only reason we dont have one now is that it wouldnt fit our retired lifestyle cats and chickens can be left overnight or for a day or two without needing outsider care. That being said, I would never, under the best of circumstances, trust a dog around chickens. I dont care what breed or how it was raised/trained as sooner or later the prey/play behavior will kick in and the dog will do damage to the birds. Now Ive lost chickens and ducks to a variety of predators: weasels, skunks, raccoons, possums, foxes, rats, hawks and, maybe, coyotes. The one thing common to all those losses has been that the chickens killed were, unless the animal was disturbed in the act, partially or fully eaten. The predator attacked the chickens because it had a need to eat, the chicken was on its diet and they were not going to go to all that effort to waste any. While I didnt like that outcome and had done whatever I could to prevent it, I do understand. But dogs are not predators and Ive also lost far more chickens to them. In every case the chickens killed were not eaten. Rather they were played with, tossed around, sometimes carried off and usually tortured in the process. I had one lame broody that couldnt get away so a pitbull just pawed her to death. All the dogs were well fed and, supposedly, cared for and trained. They just saw the chickens as an easy target and took advantage of the opportunity. All of the dogs were known to me, none were mine, and the neighbors apologized for what happen usually after refusing to believe their dogs could do such a thing. Some did offer to compensate me, but I didnt take them up on it because I wasnt sure exactly what to charge and figured theyd balk at $100 a bird. While most are well aware that Id be within my rights to off their dogs, I care enough for animals to refrain from thatbesides there is no sense making enemies over this. It is just that I now do not let the chickens free-range when the neighbors dogs are out or call and have them confined before I do. The point is, if you think your chickens are safe around your pet, think again. If you are keeping, or planning to keep, both chickens and dogs youd better be sure there is a foolproof way to keep the two species separated. Trust me, without protection youre going to have a tragedy sooner or later.