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NONE. Dogs are BIG, fat, stinky, attention seeking things. Cats are 100% better and cleaner
We have an Australian Terrier, she's an awesome dog. I wouldn't trust her with chickens, but if introduced as a pup, I'm sure it would be ok. She's fine with our cat...
I HATE staffys
We now have only Stafford terriers they have been superior in every way
Naturally gentle with kids
Can relax and chil but can be active
No health issues that are common with the breed
So low maintence
Not expensive to feed
Calm but can be playful
Can't catch rabbits or other animals possums and things like that.
Low maintence coat doesn't shed too bad they don't seem to smell anywhere near what some of our other breads have
I seriously cannot fault them and everyone else I know who Kwan them has the same experience
I'll never own another breed now
We have a cattle dog. 3 kids and we go camping, fishing, hunting ect and she comes with us. Great with our cat, chickens on the other hand not so much. One got out of the pen and all I found from it was a few feathers and a bit of it's intestine so we've had to really make sure they can't get out and she can't get in. Also very easy train as they are smart dogs, but have to keep her stimulated as she will tear the yard apart if she isn't. Learnt that the hard way lol
American bulldog beautiful bread great with kids have a read up about them.
Jack Russel. Does not take up alot of room in the car for camping trips fishing etc. Lot on energy. Eats alot less then bigger dogs. So for protection the bark is the main thing but a dog bite a dog bite.
You sound just like us and we are going to get a German Shepard. As a pup though so it can be trained by me and assimilate into our lifestyle from the start!! We love animals and it will be a great addition, as well as being protective!
We have a similar lifestyle to you (and 6 year old, 3 year old and 5 week old). We have a Moodle. He was a little nippy at first but we easily trained him out of it very quickly.
We are looking at getting another dog soon and will be going for a Cavoodle as we think it's his Maltese side that makes him nippy (have met a few Cavoodles now and none of them nippy).
Friends of ours have a cavoodle. She loves camping, walking, playing with the kids, lives in and outside and they have chickens and ducks! She has been fine with them all. She can get clipped, so easy to take everywhere.
Op here I should add we have a cat and chickens as well but chickens spend most of their time in the pen
Jack Russell’s are such a great family pet. Not too big but full of life and energy. Loyal to all family members and will definitely let you know if someone is about.
If you have chickens and a cat don't get a German Shepard, no amount of training will help they won't be able to resist.