German Shepherds and chickens - good combo?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by happytxchick, Jul 25, 2009.

  1. happytxchick

    happytxchick Egg Song Acre

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sulphur Springs, TX
    We were looking to get a GS to raise from a puppy with our chickens to train to protect our chickens. Any opinions/experiences related to GS dogs and chickens. We also have three kids under age 10. We want it to be a good blend all the way - dog, chickens, and kids. Please help me sort this out.

    Thanks in advance for your advice!
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    As a kid we had two GS.

    Both killed chickens, but both were then taught not to and they did OK

    I have a female Golden Retriever that my 13 week old chicks sit on top of!
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2009
  3. Uppity Peon

    Uppity Peon Chillin' With My Peeps

    It really depends on the dog and how well it is trained. I would not trust any dog loose around the chickens unless it was well enough trained to never bolt out the door ahead of me (even for a cat or squirrel chase), and always come when called no matter what.
  4. worldwidechick

    worldwidechick Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 8, 2009
    Central Kentucky
    Not such a good combo in my experience. I LOVE GSD's but they are not allowed here while I have chickens. They just love to chase things too much. I could not break mine once a chicken was killed.
  5. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    I have no experience with them and chickens, but I know they are very intelligent dogs, problem solving smart, and are very trainable. They are also great guard/attack dogs so there is a pro/con here you must consider. I suppose its that way with every breed one way or another, but for a lgd, i'd pick a gs personally because it's what I've worked with before.
  6. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2008
    A very trainable breed and any well trained dog does well with chickens.

    I've had several GSDs around my birds and even though a couple needed some training, they all did great around the birds.

  7. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    You might do better to get one of the livestock guardian dog breeds instead.
  8. brewster's roosters

    brewster's roosters Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 22, 2009
    Brown City, MI
    I'd be careful. We have three dogs: cocker spaniel, beagle, redbone coonhound. All leave bigger chickens alone. However, the two hounds do not seem to be able to resist smaller ones, especially those around the size of wild birds, and will catch and kill them intentionally or otherwise.
  9. cassie

    cassie Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 19, 2009
    Depends on how well teh dog is trained. I can tell you that when I have had trouble with dogs after my goats, the dog was either a GSD, a Husky, or a Malamute.
  10. happytxchick

    happytxchick Egg Song Acre

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sulphur Springs, TX
    Thanks for all of the views. I welcome more if anyone else would like to chip in. Thanks again!

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