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    Hawks and little dogs

    The other day I was outside reading and watching Riley as he was playing in the backyard. We live on a hill - the house is on a flat spot and then the hill swoops down. There are some trees on the hill. The entire property is fenced so Riley has free run. He likes to stand on the edge of the hill and watch the neighborhood and sometimes he'll explore the hill. He's 10.5 pounds. So he's at the edge of the hill and I'm under the patio cover and all of a sudden I see a hawk swoop down. This bird had a HUGE wing span. Then the hawk circled and started back. I stood at the top of the hill waving my hands and generally make a fool out of myself. Would a hawk go for a 10.5 pound dog? Riley is never outside alone but he's not tethered to me outside either.
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    Re: Hawks and little dogs

    Not sure about 10.5 pounds. I know they go for rabbits.
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    One of my friends in high school had a pet duck that weighed something like seven pounds and it was snatched by a hawk while in the backyard. The duck didn't make it. Anyway, just be SUPER careful if you see a hawk around...I saw one circling the other day and even though it didn't get anywhere near Henry, I still snatched him up and went inside.
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    We had a pair of nesting red-tailed hawks in the middle of our local dog park. A skipperke (sp??) was sniffing around the base of the tree and one of the hawks was watching him intently.

    I suggested to the owner, a librarian, that she might wasnt to keep an eye on Max, since the hawk seemed more than a little interested in him.

    She told me, "Oh a red-tailed hawk can only carry 10 pounds and Max weighs 12 pounds, so I'm not worried."

    I told her that just meant that the hawk would probably drop Max from a considerable height after it go tired.

    I'd keep an eye on your dog.
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    Keep a close eye on your pup! I do know of hawks, owls and eagles taking small dogs and cats.
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    The other day I was out in the yard with my dogs.One of my cats snuck out of the house.I let her sit in the yard with me on occasion.Normally the dogs leave her alone and she wanders off into the yard by herself.That day the dogs wouldn't let her pass-they kept trying to play with her.I saw a shadow fly over,looked up and it was a hawk.It flew between my house and the neighbors-only about 10-12 feet above my cat.I think the only thing that saved my kitty was the fact that all 3 of my dogs were standing near her-and they all weigh between 25 and 35 pounds.Now that I know a hawk is patrolling the neighborhood-the kitty doesn't go outside.I live in the middle of the city-so hawks usually aren't around-now that I know this one is,I'll be extra careful.
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    Ah thats scary, watch your dog like a hawk...wait um . I would use a bb gun or airsoft gun or a singshot to scare it off. I'd use a slingshot since i have great aim with it...just need a rock and scare the living poo out of it if it ever comes close...

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    We have lots of hawks in this are so when I had small dogs they were not to be out without someone there. They are cable of that size dog as older adults, and even if they grab your dog the tall ens on that bird could do enough damage. I am not a bird expert by any means but I don't think a hawk would be able to tell if your dog is ten pounds over the books limit.
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    We don't have hawks in our area because I live in the city. But if I did see one I'd scoop my dog up and go home because right now snoopy is only 3 pounds.

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    Re: Hawks and little dogs

    Quote Originally Posted by Durbkat View Post
    We don't have hawks in our area because I live in the city. But if I did see one I'd scoop my dog up and go home because right now snoopy is only 3 pounds.
    Yeah wouldn't want to risk that!!

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    There are numerous stories about hawks making off with small breed dogs. I personally know of one story of 2 rat terriers outside in their yard alone. A hawk decided that one of the dogs looked very interesting. Had it not been for the noise the dogs made, causing their human to come outside, one of those dogs wouldn't be around today. Same with coyotes. I don't care if your yard is fenced. A hungry coyote will jump a 6' fence with no problem if hungry enough. Small dogs, correction... any dog should not be left outside alone.
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    Re: Hawks and little dogs

    YES absoluty watch your dog very carefully when hawks and eagles are in the area. We live near train tracks and there is a pair of golden eagles that nest near us and we also see great horned owls. Both of those birds are known to take animals as large as skunks (up to 12 pounds) and raccoons (up to 35 pounds) for their dinner so a 10 pound dog would be a piece of cake for them. And red tails can take large prey as well. We had a lady bring her 18 pound shih tzu into the vet for stitches on his chest because a red tail had tried to carry him off. The dog was too big and too squirmy for him luckily.
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    Re: Hawks and little dogs

    A eagle can carry more then 7 pounds, same with red tail. Mostly when a eagle catches a heavy fish they swim to shore.

    I know people who own Hawks and falcons, train them to fly around catch stuff and come back.

    Its quite amazing, saw a peregrine falcon go like 200mph in a dive catch a pigeon, lol all you saw was feathers fly up.
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    I live in an area with hawks,owls,coyotes,foxes and the like. My daughter has a small Yorkie. Several times when she was visiting, hawks have flown by circling the house, and owls are a problem too. I would be careful especially at night with the owls. The Yorkie does kind of look like a big rabbit with the ears. None have actually swooped down to attack her, but I would still be very careful, David
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    Re: Hawks and little dogs

    hawks? as if dog owners didnt have enough to worry about!
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    Re: Hawks and little dogs

    Whenever I board a dog 20 pounds or less (or even if they are heavier but "look small") I always leash walk them. We live in the country and I often see birds of prey. I'm probably overly anal about it, but people entrust their dogs in my care so I think over-cautious is warranted. They can play off leash inside where I *know* there are no predators!
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    Re: Hawks and little dogs

    Ok, Riley is never outside alone, although my DH has left him there a couple of times but he's been given the riot act about not doing that again. The only reason Riley didn't get taken the last time was because he was in an awkward place to grab him, I think, that and I was making so much movement and noise. Now at night when I take him out I use a leash.
    A couple of years ago I was taking a walk and a hawk decided to grab some of my hair for its nest. I was knocked to the ground (initially thought I was being attacked by a person until I heard the wings) and lost a big chunk of hair. So I have some major fear of hawks.
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    Go to youtube and search Golden Eagle vs deer. There is no doubt eagles and hawks can kill stuff weighing more the 10 lbs in a flash.
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