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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    I think you should reconsider the herding breeds. Generally their prey drive is lower than a lot of other dogs. They want to chase something, but not kill it. They do tend to be very intelligent and independent thinkers, though. But that makes them more trainable.

    Of the non-herding dogs I came up with French Bulldog and Boston Terrier.

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    Hmmm.....yorkie?

    Small, medium-high energy (but can be tired out indoors). Lower prey drive as far as terriers go, and at least more easily managed. If kept clipped, coat is no biggy. Highly trainable. Would love to do agility in the casual way the family wants to. Probably a little smarter than they were looking for, but easily managed because of size.

    Also, globally, one of the most common breeds so you'll probably be able to help them find a good breeder easily.

    So many of those traits contradict, by the way.

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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    Just did a basic breed quiz and it came up with cocker spaniel, corgi (lol prey drive) and miniature poodle (although the intelligence there might be too much)


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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    Miniature Poodle or Bichon maybe. (I'd say avoid Toy Poodle if there are lots of animals on the farm since they might be a little too small for safety). Yorkie as mentioned by blenderpie is a good one to look at too.

    If it is very hot where you are, I'd avoid the snub nosed breeds like Pugs, Bulldogs, Frenchies and Bostons.

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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    What about a Stabyhoun or, if that's too big, a Kooikerhondje? Or maybe a Bichon Frise or an English Springer Spaniel?

    Or, if they are flexible on size as long as they get low prey drive, a livestock guardian like a Great Pyrenees or a Kuvasz will leave their other animals alone. A Great Dane would, too.
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    Poodle or spaniel is what came to mind. But they have hair. Maybe a whippet?
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    Bichon or Poodle is the only thing that came to mind? They've kinda cut off a lot of great breeds.

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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    Hmmm.....yorkie?
    My cousin's yorkie tries to chase and pull the tail feathers out of chickens, so maybe that's not the best option...

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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    Yea dont do ANY terrier, not only do have have a healthy prey drive, but it's an unpredictable one too.


    Springer spaniels are very hyperactive and abit trickier to train.

    I second on the large guardian breeds, they seem to be a better option


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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    Boston Terrier was my first thought.


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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    Why does everybody keep mentioning boston terriers? I'm to understand that they have very high, unpredictable prey drives, like most terriers


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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tuco View Post
    Why does everybody keep mentioning boston terriers? I'm to understand that they have very high, unpredictable prey drives, like most terriers


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    Never seen a Boston Terrier around here with a high prey drive. They weren't bred for high prey drive/working. They were bred for companionship. They aren't like "most terriers" imo at all because they were never used for ratting, etc.

    http://www.akc.org/breeds/boston_terrier/index.cfm
    http://animal.discovery.com/breed-se...n-terrier.html

    And just to add - "unpredictable prey drive"? I don't quite understand this. Something small runs, they chase..? You can curb it, but obviously, it's not as easy as having a dog with low prey drive...

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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    Are bostons really good for agility though? Forgive me if that's a stupid question, I've just never personally seen one doing it and it seems like the smushed face would pose problems in respect to it.


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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    Bostons are quite athletic and can do very well at agility.


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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by ireth0 View Post
    Are bostons really good for agility though? Forgive me if that's a stupid question, I've just never personally seen one doing it and it seems like the smushed face would pose problems in respect to it.
    Yeah, I mean... I know they're super athletic, but I have no clue if the smushed face would be alright if they are doing something like agility. That's why I wasn't sure if it was a 100% match, but every Boston I have met has been suuuuper athletic

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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    There's a big difference between 'really good for agility' and 'can do agility'. Most people who want to do agility should go with the latter especially if you've never done dog sports before. Most people don't last and most don't want to live with the really competitive dogs on a day to day basis. Especially if you stop doing sports after 2 years (average time for people to last in dog sports/showing)

    Bostons are far from one of the more popular agility breeds but you do see them competing pretty well sometimes.
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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    Loved the Brussels griffons I have met (the old rose nursery we used to frequent had a pair with a litter-- great Dogs and I dont naturally like little dogs)...

    For just low prey drive and biddability I would say Bernese Mt dog. they are big and have long-ish coats though (his coat is really much easier than my Giant schnauzers')... And we neutered him to slow him down, he would have done well in Agility. We have a child, cats and free range chickens-- he is great with all of these...
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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by taquitos View Post
    Never seen a Boston Terrier around here with a high prey drive. They weren't bred for high prey drive/working. They were bred for companionship. They aren't like "most terriers" imo at all because they were never used for ratting, etc.

    http://www.akc.org/breeds/boston_terrier/index.cfm
    http://animal.discovery.com/breed-se...n-terrier.html

    And just to add - "unpredictable prey drive"? I don't quite understand this. Something small runs, they chase..? You can curb it, but obviously, it's not as easy as having a dog with low prey drive...
    Unpredictable as in rather than a pitbull where you know regardless of the situation he's gonna go for it, a boston would go from all good with one pigeon, but bolt for another, they don't have as much if a drive as their terrier counterparts, but it's still their and stronger than most of the non hunting alternatives.


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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    Pug? They're very friendly and love their people and are not usually focused on much else. They can sometimes be a challenge to train, but not because they don't want to please.

    And, they're hilarious.

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    Re: Dog breeds with Low Prey Drive? Recommendations?

    I'm not thinking a pug for agility......

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