What Kind of Dog WIll Not Chase Chickens?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by leecey411, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. leecey411

    leecey411 Songster

    May 31, 2007
    We would like to get a dog. What breed is the best at living with livestock? It would be a house dog but I do not want it trying to eat my duck, and chickens when its outside. Thanks
  2. azelgin

    azelgin Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    S.E. AZ
    Any dog breed would be fine. As long as it's WELL TRAINED. I have Terriers and hounds. Neither bothers my chickens, cows, or mules.
  3. conroy

    conroy Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
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  4. cluckcluck42

    cluckcluck42 Songster

    Oct 4, 2009
    I've asked myself this question a lot when we were thinking about getting a puppy. We ended up with a german sheperd mastiff mix and he is the most adorable thing. He is learning not to mess with any of the household animals and to respect us as The Authority. It is all about training, and German Sheperds are so smart and want to please. Basically any dog you want can be a good dog around chickens if they are raised right. We are going to get a Great Pyrenees when we get a LGD.

    I would really recommend getting a puppy, and not a full grown dog. I prefer to adopt adults but when dealing with something like this you would really benefit from a puppy. It is definitely easier to teach a dog not to bother the chickens then deal with the problem later on.
  5. BubAnna Angus

    BubAnna Angus In the Brooder

    Aug 15, 2010
    Tipton, MI
    I think azelgin is right - just do a lot of controlled exposure to them as a pup & you should be fine.
    I have an aussie that won't chase the birds or the rabbits, unless I ask her to move them up.
  6. thebritt

    thebritt Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    Quote:This is true, If you start young enough. I've heard that dogs with a high prey drive, such as Malmutes, Huskies, Spitz, etc, can be particularly challenging, but I think most dogs are trainable - they just can't be trusted alone w/the ducks/chickens, etc until they are fully trained, which can take months of supervision. We got a 12 week old terrier/cocker mix on the 4th of July, and he certainly had to be told that chasing chickens and ducks were not an option (the geese took care of themselves!). He's now about 18 weeks old, and doesn't even look at the birds - but we still keep an eye on him!
  7. FarmerJamie

    FarmerJamie Songster

    Mar 21, 2010
    Well-trained is the key. We have a 6 yr old terrier that will try to kill anything that moves. It took about 3 weeks, now a year later the 2 alpha hens go mouse hunting with the dog around the coop when we move it. Evidently mouse is good eatin'.
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2010
  8. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan

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  9. chickendude

    chickendude Songster

    Jun 4, 2009
    Dutchess County NY
    The only dog that won't chase chickens is a dog with no legs. [​IMG]
  10. Thats like asking "What rooster will not crow?". Any dog will chase chickens if not properly trained. If they kill them, thats another story. Our golden pup is in training now. She does chase them, but when she gets them, she holds them down gently and sniffs them.

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