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What is a good dog to have around chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by clheck28, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. clheck28

    clheck28 In the Brooder

    May 30, 2008
    My children having been asking for a dog but I am having a hard time coming up with a dog that would be suitable to live with our chickens. We let our chickens free range on a pretty regular basis and I hate to start to confind them just because we get a dog. Does anyone have any suggestions on a good dog to have around chickens?

    Thanks for any suggestions!!
  2. momofdrew

    momofdrew Songster

    lab/ rotty mix and lab /chow mix both are great around my birds but they are older dogs and arent jumpy... I would think a puppy would have to be taught to go easy...
  3. okiehen

    okiehen Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    I would stay away from the working breeds and bird dog breeds.
    There are a lot of small family type breeds that would be okay get a puppy and its in the training.
    Best of luck.
  4. congohelium

    congohelium In the Brooder

    Sep 5, 2008
    Monroe, WA
    My toy poodles are well behaved around my chickens. The youngest one likes to make them jump in the air sometimes. He thinks everyone wants to play with him.
  5. Samarai Jenn

    Samarai Jenn Songster

    Nov 12, 2008
    We have a great dane, great pyraneese, newfoundland, and a boston terrier, and they're all very good around the chickens, and the other animals here.
  6. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Songster

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    We have a collie and a golden retriever who are very good around all our animals and chickens. Some of our chickens freerange and my daughters two pitbulls are always over here. They lay in the grass and walk right past the chickens they have no interest in them at all. Right now I have a 5 day old baby pygmy goat in the house (her mothr abondanded her) my golden Murphy thinks she is a puppy and wants to play with her. They get along just great. If you train your dog not to bother the chickens they should be OK I really don't think the breed matters its the dogs personality that matters.
  7. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Quote:NOT A HUNTING DOG! Trust me on this one [​IMG] I love my dog, but she likes to eat chickens. Turns psycho around birds....

    I would think a Lab would be good as someone else suggested. Maybe like a small dog? Lhasa Apso? Labradoodle? NOT a terrier...
    Good Luck
  8. kaya's farm

    kaya's farm Songster

    Aug 6, 2008
    southern VT

    this is red our australian cattle dog he is great and very protective of everything around his house.
  9. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Every Aussie weve ever had has been great with the birds and all the other animals as well. [​IMG]
  10. arabookworm

    arabookworm Songster

    Oct 27, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    just get a puppy that is about the same size as the chickens or smaller and toss him in with them. they'll teach him some manners quick! [​IMG]

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