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    Dog Breeds That Bond WIth Birds

    Does anybody know any dog breeds that bond well with birds or smaller animals? Or dog breeds that don't hurt smaller snimals?

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    Re: Dog Breeds That Bond WIth Birds

    IMO any animal has the chance of a momentary snap or scratch of annoyance with a bird and is not woth the risk as we can say we totally supervise when together, the phone rings and attention get's diverted. Many do it quite happily. On another forum a member was lamenting the loss of her bird as the dog and bird co existed happily for 14 years...till one day....

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    Re: Dog Breeds That Bond WIth Birds

    I was thinking if I left the dog and bird in different parts of the house it would be okay. I heard labradors were quite gentle dogs and could be tamed to be with smaller animals.

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    Re: Dog Breeds That Bond WIth Birds

    Labs are BIRD dogs. They were bred to retrieve birds and they are hunters.

    My collies are with Rosco all the time. They love her and snuggle her, too. I wouldn't trust them alone with her because they could step on her or crush her, but as far as I am concerned, supervised play is perfectly acceptable.

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    Re: Dog Breeds That Bond WIth Birds

    I think it depends on each individual dog. Kyan didnt show any interest in birds same as Mia shown no interest in cats until Kyan realised that if you chase it it will run away and pack mentality kicked in for the pair of them. Though that is a breed thing for them.

    But I have seen clips on youtube and other site with husky, malamutes and samyodes (sp?) and a whole range of breeds getting on with cats birds everything.

    They all have their own personalities and also I think it can depend on how you train them or how they were raised and simply never leave a smaller animal unattended with a dog that you aren't sure of, or have even the smallest doubt lingering in the back of your mind with.

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    Re: Dog Breeds That Bond WIth Birds

    There is no breed in general that is good with birds, it's all about the individual dog. My Golden Retriever is awesome with Diva and I supervise when they're together but I don't really have to worry about him hurting her. She will preen him and he just lays there...if he gets annoyed he gets up and walks away...but I wouldn't say every Golden is that way.

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    Re: Dog Breeds That Bond WIth Birds

    No matter what dog you end up getting, you hope for the best, plan for the worst.

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    Re: Dog Breeds That Bond WIth Birds

    Just remember that dog spit (any mamal spit actually) has bacteria that can cause your bird to get very sick or even die. I have never heard of it happening, but it does happen and its something to keep in mind.

    Animals no matter how docile are still animals and you should never leave your bird alone outside of the cage with another animal able to hurt him.

    You should never leave your bird alone out side the cage ever IMO (in a normal house, with celing fans, other pets, electric cords. ect), except in special cases where people have dedicated bird rooms or an aivery.


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    Re: Dog Breeds That Bond WIth Birds

    Cats are really the only animal you have to worry about with saliva and bacteria.

    I have a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. I bought the breed because they are not hunting dogs (though they were once used for hunting). My dog is great with the birds. He loves to play with them and he listens if I tell him to back off.

    My last dog was a German Shepard/Doberman/Husky mix and she loved birds. She also helped me raise baby squirrels.

    But each dog is different. I got my Corgi as a pup because I wanted to be sure he would grow up around birds and it wouldn't be an issue.
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    Re: Dog Breeds That Bond WIth Birds

    I agree, every dog has a chance, even 'well-tempered' breeds. However, you might have an easier time if you stay away from hunting dogs like labs and brittneys...and small high-strung terriers.


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    Re: Dog Breeds That Bond WIth Birds

    I have cats, used to have a dog, I just make sure that they are outside when it is the bird's time out of the cage. In an apartment or house setting I would just have the animal in another room, making sure that any people in your place do not open the door accidentally, maybe a notice on it.

    We have ceiling fans. I have BIRD written on all switches just in case I or hubby don't think and go to switch one on. We also have a system that the doors are locked. If he comes home and door is locked he knows the bird is out, I unlock it, go down the hall and close that door, yell to him ok, he comes in (trying to keep cats out) yells to me he is in and out we come from the hallway. A bit off topic here but you can have animals co existing if well adhered to strategies are in place.

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    Re: Dog Breeds That Bond WIth Birds

    I had a cat who was raised around birds since he was really little. He kinda learned that messing with the birds was so not worth it, from my wrath and the birds. One of my foster moms has dogs who werent raised around birds, so they aren't allowed out in the same room as the birds.

    But I never ever left them unsupervised. It's just a personal judgment call. Better safe than sorry though.


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    Re: Dog Breeds That Bond WIth Birds

    My lab loves to sit and watch my birds when I bring them to my parents house if I'm going to be staying there for a while... however, he is not allowed in the room AT ALL if they are out of the cage. He's a hunting dog, and I don't trust him enough for them to be out around him. However, I feel okay with him being near their cage, AS LONG as I am around to watch. If I leave the house, he's locked out of the room they're in. But if I'm home, the room stays open and he can watch them if he pleases, but usually he'd rather hang out with us.

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