Peter Ellis wrote:
Huskies and shepherds can do a number on people too. Personally I know noone that has been attacked by a Pyrenees and a few who have been pretty seriously bitten by shepherds (unprovoked attacks) and witnessed one huskie attack.
C. Hunter wrote:As a dog trainer, I don't want to say ignore the genetics, because they certainly CAN play a role- but they're not everything, and especially in non-purpose-bred litters, trying to count on a dog to be what their genetics say they should be, behaviorally, can be a bad idea. They may be, but they may not be- you have to evaluate the dog in front of you, not just what they should be on paper.
Tracy Kuykendall wrote:Any dog I own has to be a multi-tasker, they're allowed to hunt, but only what I choose for them to hunt, they're expected to watch over my property and possessions without using anything as a chew toy, and finally they're supposed to alert me when something comes around that's not normally around. You can do this with most dogs but it takes time and training. I've used anything from pit bulls to hounds to Jack Russels, you just have to take the time to train the dog. I don't have much experience with the guarding dogs but any dog will revert to being a dog and doing dog stuff if you don't work with them almost daily IMO. One type of dog that has been bred for doing what we're talking about are cur dogs, but even with these dogs selection and training is key. I currently own a Blue Lacy (a cur type) he's a proven blood tracker, will find and bay hogs (ferals), keeps coons, cats, skunks, and other non desirables off the property. His continuing education is to leave the chickens out of the mix, he's very good as long as things are calm but in the excitement of chasing other varmints he's still wanting to go-go-go after everything else calms down. I'm thinking that he associates the chickens raising a ruckus equals something for him to get, so if he runs through them and gets them fired up another coon will magically appear. Which reminds me, you also need to keep a dog excersised, pent up energy leads to bad habits more often than not and patrolling the perimeter fence is just another routine.
Tracy Kuykendall wrote:It will depend on the dog, as a whole hounds are headstrong and will have a tendency to roam. I have seen some that were decent general purpose farm dogs though, have seen more hound/cur crosses used for this purpose.