5 Best Guard Dog Breeds For Your Chickens & Poultry

Dogs and chickens can be best friends, or worst enemies. Honestly the correlation between these two species depends on many things, such as breeds, the owner and his/hers capability to train them, the characters of the particular animals etc. There are however some dog breeds that are particularly famous for their abilities to keep their poultry safe. This is what made us, the typesofchicken.com team to prepare for our readers an article about the best dog breeds that can keep you, your family and your poultry safe and show pure loyalty.

1. The Akbash

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The Dog

A very large breed by nature and originating from Turkey, the size of The Akbash matches their intelligence and ability to recognize friend from foe. Very friendly towards you and your poultry, in a calm situation they remain calm and enjoy chilling around your property. Very observant they can fend off most of the predators that can attack your chickens. With long legs and a white coat the Akbash are very scary for those who do not understand their peaceful nature.

The Dog’s affect on your flock

As with any dog it is best if you raise them together with your chickens. Introducing a pup to your flock will make it easier for your chickens to get used to it and gain trust. If you introduce an all grown up Akbash to your flock it may be a bit dangerous because of the natural large size of the dog.

2. The Komondor

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The Dog

Muscular and heavy, originating from Hungary the Komondor are considered one of the largest dog breeds in the world. With their long white coat the Komondor can blend in almost perfectly with a flock of sheep. What you need to know about this breed is that sometimes they tend to get overprotective and attack innocent strangers. When they see a Komondor people may get a bit confused because their fur natural look is like it is dirty but in actuality no matter how much you groom it the natural hair will still get “greasy” and knotted.

The Dog’s affect on your flock

As we mentioned above it is best to introduce the dog at its early stages of life so that the chickens can get used to it and vice versa. Because of the natural dirty look of the Komondor introducing a big scary dog to your flock may lead to the chickens pecking at it out of fear. But if you raise a good and well-mannered Komondor along with your flock you will never have to be afraid of any predator disturbing your flock.

3. The Tibetian Mastiff

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The Dog

The Tibetian Mastiff is not an actual Mastiff but the name is added because of their large size. They require a lot of training and patience, but if properly prepared they can be very sufficient guard dogs. Their size and natural instincts can make them a huge threat to any predator that can attack your poultry. What is different with this breed is that they are very active during the night.

The Dog’s affect on your flock

Don’t train this dog unless you are sure that you can do it properly. It is most important in this case that you train your Tibetian Mastiff in your chicken`s presence. But because they are very active during the night the effort and money you put into this dog will pay off due to feeling of safety you get.

4. The Pyrenean Mastiff

The Pyrenean Mastiff

The Dog

Unlike the Tibetian Mastiff the Pyrenean actually is one of the Mastiffs around the world. A white coat with black/grey spots you can rely on this dog breed to keep you, your family and your chickens protected. Known for their high levels of toleration with the flock and people close to them the Pyrenean Mastiffs are one of those breeds that if you want to properly train you need start that at the puppy age. This is very important to know before deciding to get your own Pyrenean Mastiff.

The Dog’s affect on your flock

The Pyrenean Mastiffs are known for their tolerance. This makes them one of the best breeds that you can raise along with your flock of chickens. Your curious chickens will be able to take a look at the dog and get familiar with the small Pyrenean Mastiff. And just because they are patient and tolerant that does not make them bad guard dogs, the Pyrenean Mastiff can be deadly to predators.

5. The Pyrenean Mountain Dog

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The dog

Unlike their Mastiff cousins, the Pyrenean Mountain Dog has a history of being a guard dog. This makes it easier for them to adapt to the environment around your poultry. They are also very good with small and gentle animals. Much like the Tibetian Mastiff this breed is also known for staying aware and awake during the night which can help you a lot if you have a problem with more adaptable predators such as foxes and hyenas.

The Dog’s affect on your flock

Well this is the dog you want to have near your chicks. I have personally seen a Pyrenean Mountain Dog playing with 6 pullets and 2 cockerels – AMAZING. When you introduce a pup of this breed to a well maintained flock, you will have a great time raising these two species together.

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  • Cathy

    The one thing in common with all of the breeds listed was the comment “trained”. ALL dogs, if trained properly can be a “guard dog” of some sort. We have been most successful with our “pound puppies”. Mostly mixed breed rescue dogs that were taught from day one that the chickens were NOT food and WERE to be protected. I can confidently let my girls free-range with my “mutts” in attendance and know they will NOT be harmed by dog or predator.

    • Wolanski

      How do you teach them chickens are are not food and to be protected?

      • Cathy

        Lots of patience and time! 🙂 We started with the dogs on the leash during feeding time and free-range time. Introduced them to the chickens gradually so they learned first not to hurt them. Then we progressed on to guarding them. Again, patience and time. For us it has been well worth the effort in the long run. I can leave the hens to free range with the dogs in attendance. They have protected them well on several occasions.

  • Anthony

    Oh very handy to know because after all these are very popular dogs, NOT!

  • Nanette

    My hound mix is great with our girls, yes the husky is not. I simply get the dogs in for an hour or so and let the girls out to wander.

  • What an irresponsible article! These are NOT breeds for a novice or casual dog owner. They were bred to protect large numbers of grazers in wide open spaces not chickens in a coup or on a few acres. Bred to work as a pack, to aggressively protect their flock and make decisions on their own does NOT create dogs who eagerly will do your bidding. The time, skills, training and socialization needed to make these dogs an asset rather than a liability (as in potentially lethal) is a LOT more than most potential owners are willing or able to provide.

    To get the best dog for the job it pays to think about what is needed first. What kind of predators is common in your area? Are there children present? A lot of visitors? Do you want an all around farm dog or a firece protector? From Rat Terrier to Australian Shepherd to Hovawart there are many breeds that make excellent additons to a farm stead.

    Whatever your choice find a breeder whose dogs are actually doing the job you want your dog to do. Be honest about your expectations, go with the pup the breeder suggests and you’ll set yourself up for success. Avoid breeders who just want to make a quick sale and resist the urge to “rescue” a puppy or dog from a bad situation. If you don’t like what you see contact the proper authorities. If you want more than just a yard dog stay away from mutts, no telling what you’ll get unless it’s a cross of two purebreds bred for similar tasks.

  • Martha Ebrecht

    I had Komondors for years with my cattle. They are the best. They can think for themselves and solve problems. Also very loyal and brave. They may not be easy to find, but is is certainly worth the effort. Check with sheep or goat farmers. State sponsored Market bulletins are a good place to start.

  • Katie in Ky.

    This would be more beneficial if you listed dogs that are common in the United States. Also, for a dog to be a good protector of my flock it must first be good with my family. I don’t want a massive dog that’s going to consume 100s of pounds of food per month and can easily crush my 2 year old daughter. :-\

  • Larry R. Lingefelt

    The Catahoula Cur is one of the best with children & chickens Or any other animal with just a little training . they are very smart dogs . they do not need any training with children if they are raised with them they will protect them from anything .

    • B Rowe Cooper

      Larry R Lingefelt, I have to Catahoulas and both do very well with our chickens, goats and sheep. We also have our children, our partners children and many friends and family with children who stop by the farm on a regular basis and our dogs do very well with everyone.

      I think the key with catahoulas is to actually have work for them to do. They are very active and very vigilant and can be known to nip and bite when they are scared or unsure unless well trained and actively worked. At least, that is my experience.

  • Carol niklaus

    I agree, best to get a healthy pup….herding mix, and allow it to grow up with chicks and hens. I got chickens AFTER the dog was already 3 and had some tragedies with killed poultry because the dog hadn’t been raised with them. He was a PB Blue Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog)…a fabulous dog, 100% with kids, dogs, cats, people….just not chickens. Can’t blame the dog.

  • James Firimonte

    I have a dog that is part retriever and shapei. At night he flushes out small predators like coons and possums that are a big threat, plus he is a reliable guard dog. He interacts with my chickens while they are out free ranging. Best dog that I ever had.

  • Bradley Dehart

    I raised a jack russell,rat terrier mix in the coop with grown hens and she does well. She doesn’t harm chickens and she chases varmints away.

  • Kerry

    Believe me Huskies are NOT to be trusted. Mine is a loving dog but I cannot let my chooks into the house garden or she will (and has) eaten a chook. Solution: make sure they are separated at all times.

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