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What's the best dog for protecting the flock?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by McGoo, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    I've been researching different dogs for protecting my gals. I was hoping to not have to get a really large dog, but I definitely want an easy dog that's good with people, other dogs and children. Any ideas? What's been your experience?
     
  2. brooster

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    Jun 14, 2007
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    The best watch dog is a guinea the second best is a goose.
     
  3. sclanimals

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    I bred Rat Terriers for that purpose. Mine have always earned their keep by being our protectors. I watched a Rattie take on a HUGE raccoon and win once. Awesome Dogs!!!
     
  4. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    guess I should have mentioned that I have a hawk problem and unfortunately they like guineas and geese. I'm thinking about a big dog that's really going to deter hawks.
     
  5. newchickowner

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    I have an Aussie and she's awesome!!!
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    She's about 60 lbs.
     
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  6. Critter Crazy

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    Apr 19, 2007
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    I have a rottweiler! he is awsome, even if he does steal the chickens scraps on occasion![​IMG]

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  7. newchickowner

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    My aussie does that too. The chickens steal her dog food all the time. So I guess she returns the favor when I come out to treat the chickens! She's so funny! I'm sure she is the single most important reason I haven't lost any chickens since she came along! She's always patrolling our property!!!
     
  8. blueroo

    blueroo In the Brooder

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    I think it might depend on the dog. It would need lots of training I would assume. I usually see dogs kill chickens.
     
  9. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Annatolian Shepherd- they are tha best they look like a big cream colored st bernard-ya gotta get em when they are 8 weeks old and raise them in with the chickens- then a border collie or aussie for backup

    the annotolian shepherd guards the birds

    the border collie/aussie-well i dont know what they do
     
  10. newchickowner

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    Just look cute and jump around like "whater we gonna do today Spike? Huh? Huh?" [​IMG]
     
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