Australian Shepherd Question

I raise sm. to med. parrots. How "safe" is Aussie w/birds in total proximity?

Both my G. Shep. and G. Retrievers have always been terrific (when trained), but I'm wanting a smaller dog...

    In Australian Shepherd - Asked by Anonymous - 1/7/2013 1:58:01 PM
Dogs are predators and birds display behaviors that may trigger that instinct. Aussies have a better chance of being raised, trained and socialized to be safe with small animals and birds than some breeds, but I would still never leave ANY dog unattended with birds or small pets. Even a dog that has been good for years may see something that triggers prey drive. Also, some Aussies have a harder time controlling their impulses than others, no matter how much training they have. So if you did get an Aussie, you need to get the right one.
    Answered by paws4Hisglory - 1/9/2013 6:33:17 PM

Some Aussies have a stronger prey drive that others. Aussies wouldn't nessesarily be any more likely to do anything to birds that a german shepherds or goldens. If you get a puppy, ask the breeder if the parents have a strong prey drive. Also you would need to socalize your puppy very well to your parrots. If you would adopt a adult dog, be sure to see if they know anything about it's background because it could of had a history of chasing or harming birds. If that dog has a history of a strong prey drive it could be almost immposible to fix. Like the other person said if you get an aussie, it needs to be the right one and should never be unatended. We have two cats and i toltally trust her with long as there is not a bone around. Hope this helps.
    Answered by Anonymous - 1/26/2013 11:40:45 AM

Aussies have working drive, some more than others, the threat of bacterial infections from your birds to the dogs is also a concern. Crate your dogs when you can't be with them, and vacuum daily.
    Answered by Anonymous - 11/24/2013 11:03:45 PM