Crazy chicken lady
I lucked out with my dobie who loved the chickens for their treat (poop) production. With that said, it took us a year of keeping the chickens in a run before we felt safe to introduce them to the dog, and free ranging. Sadly my dobie passed in February of this year. She would have been 15 in May. My heart is ready to love another dog. My dobie was a very, very, very, very stubborn dog. She was smart enough to pretend to be dumb, which made her challenging to train, and she was aggressive to new people at first. This time around I was hoping to get an easier-going dog without the goal of protection. Unfortunately most dogs not bred for protection were bred for hunting. I know it ultimately comes down to the individual dog, and my dobie was a prime example of breaking the norm, but what breeds have worked well for you all? My end goal, and I'm prepared to take time for introduction, training, and overall caution, is to allow the dog to roam freely among the flock when I am outside. I live on 5 acres but am surrounded by hundreds of acres. Closest neighbor is a good ways away, so I'm not concerned about people here, just chickens. Also cats so we have five of those.