The Right Dog For The Job

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by theggman, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. theggman

    theggman In the Brooder

    Jul 13, 2014
    what dog is the best for guarding poultry??

    anyone tell me what dog is the best please
  2. Rocky Rhodes

    Rocky Rhodes Songster

    Oct 5, 2013
    North Georgia Mountains
    [​IMG]Welcome from Georgia!!! I'm not really sure which breed is the best, but I know some people use Great Pyrenees. Good luck with what ever you choose!!
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
  4. capayvalleychick

    capayvalleychick Songster

    Jan 26, 2010
    Guinda CA
    For large acreage, find an LGD breed like Pyrs, etc. For smaller acreage, research the English Shepherd, to see if this breed might be a good match for you. That's what I have, with great success. You do need to give them some training and they require more human companionship than an LGD. But, most are great farm dogs and good with poultry. If you do decide on an ES, make sure that the individual dog has the correct temperament for being with poultry.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Some people like Anatolians or a mix of them with great Pyrenees - they are better for large acreage.

    Usually people get very young pups and have them grow up with the chickens - they still need training and guidance.
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Try and avoid bird dogs. (Poodles, spaniels, etc) Pyrenees sound good for chickens. Some people say boxers are good too.

    But all dogs have that natural instinct to hunt. Some dogs are different than others. I have a poodle who doesn't bother the chickens. While my grandparents have poodles who are always trying to kill the chickens. Train the dog well. Teach him to leave it. Then after he knows leave it, start putting the chickens all over him. You may have to put a muzzle on him when you do this. Most dogs get very scared when you do this. They then end up protecting the chickens or just leavening them alone.

    Defiantly check out this link

    Good luck!
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2014
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I have no idea. But Mountain Peeps X2 Most dogs see chickens as dinner. So be very careful with dogs around your birds and train the dog well.

    Good luck and welcome to our flock!
  8. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. The best guard dog for poultry, not matter what the breed, is a well trained one. Many BYC members can tell you, to their sorrow, that dogs and poultry generally do not mix well. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck in getting a well trained dog for guarding your poultry.

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