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Rat Terriers and Ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DuckyGurl, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. Does anyone have a rat terrier and ducks? Or chickens? Advice? We are looking at some BeaglexRat terrier puppies. Please give advice!

  2. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Songster

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    We don't have rat terriers, we have dachshunds. The ducks and doxies never meet....or there would be fewer ducks. The prey instinct in the doxies is just too strong. Unfortunately, ducks are fenced when dogs are out, and dogs are in when ducks are out - only way to prevent population decline in our household.

    Found this info on rat terriers. Says they make good farm dogs.....http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/ratterrier.htm
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2011
  3. hennyannie

    hennyannie Songster

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    I am more concerned with the beagle part. Their instinct to chase things is so strong.My Rat Terrier is extremely layed back and although he wasn't raised with them gives no problem and doesn't chase them. BUT having said this if you are getting a young pup and you work hard with it around the ducks and chickens it may do really well with them.
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2011
  4. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Crowing

    Apr 11, 2009
    Newaygo Michigan
    I have a toy rattie, he never bothers the chickens. I think he is afraid of them since they are all bigger than he is.
  5. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

    Apr 27, 2011
    Browntown, VA
    I would say you are bargaining for the mix of most un-trainable dogs. Beagles like to hunt - run away and hunt. They are barky too.

    I have a friend that has 13 rescued dogs (presently). One is a vicious Chow / Golden mix she saved from being destroyed. It has attacked her. She has owned all sorts of dogs her entire life. The one breed she will never own again is a Rat Terrier! After over 10 years, it is still not house-broken.
  6. hennyannie

    hennyannie Songster

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    Quote:Same with my nieces rat, he thinks they'll eat him! Mine is 15lbs.
  7. BoutrosBoutrosGalusGalus

    BoutrosBoutrosGalusGalus Chirping

    Jul 18, 2011
    san jose
    We got a Cairn Terrier a few weeks ago and its behaving itself for the most part. I keep it leashed when around the birds. It ignores the birds for the most part but it still gets excited at the flapping of wings.

  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    My rat terrier would sooner kill and eat them than look at them.
  9. I have two Terriers mix. One is a Chiuaua rat terrier mix and the other is the daughter of my first, with Boston terrier and Jack terrier. At first they would sit and stare intently at the indoor pen we had when the ducks were little. Runky, my female, would sit and shake. She did this again when we started putting the ducks in thier pen during the day. I was very carefull to not have the dogs and ducks in the open together till they were like 3 months old. One day my son let the dogs out while I was allowing the ducks to free range. The dogs did nothing but sniff and back off. Plus it didn't help that I came charging at them like a freight train! lol

    So a few weeks later I wanted to see what would happen if I allowed the ducks to be around the dogs. I let the ducks out and everything seemed fine. The dogs were very curious but under my strict watch and correction, I made them keep thier distance and said "No!" a lot even if they were just looking. So we started letting the ducks out in the yard, but ONLY if someone was out there to watch. After a while we started to see that the dogs and ducks were use to eachother and didn't bother eachother at all. I would watch from the sunroom and everything was fine. I would let them out and cook dinner while checking on them, all was still fine. Now I let my ducks out all day with the dogs and there have been no problems. We do however have to feed the dogs away from the ducks. The ducks will try to eat their dog food and the dogs are very defensive over their food dishes. So to keep tempers from flaring, we feed them in the sunroom where the ducks have no access. Snacks or treats are handled the same way, it has to be seperate. They can share water bowls but that's it!

    If tempers do flare it has to be corrected right away.

    For a while there when we first let the ducks out, they would run and throw themselves at the dogs. Not sure what they were doing but if the dogs got too close, they would get attacked by the ducks. So the dogs would avoid the ducks. They would be careful to walk way around the ducks to keep from getting railroaded by them. It was actually kinda funny to watch. The dogs would just sit there and take the abuse! lol

    Now they kinda are like buddies. Sometimes we will find them all asleep under the same tree, or I have seen all of them resting on the hot tub cover. I have also seen the ducks run to see what the dogs are barking at in the back yard. They will run up behind the dogs and peer through the fence with them. They also come running with the dogs when we I call. In a sense it's like having 4 dogs.

    I have been lucky so far, I know the risk and it could happen, but I think it also depends on the temperment of your dogs. You have to play it one step at a time to see how they will react.

    I forgot to say...the dogs and the ducks are pretty much the same size of eachother, not sure if this has anything to do with it?
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2011
  10. LemonDoodles

    LemonDoodles Chirping

    Jul 6, 2011
    Huntsville, AL
    I have a rat and she had zero interest in the ducks. But she also runs from treats and isn't scared of fireworks so I guess that she might not be the best gage. Goofball.

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