Penny caught a bird in flight!
Cooper I have to watch out for. We have numerous small white furry dogs that the owners think its okay to let run outside with a hunting dog around. Cooper is almost always on a lead, unless he's in the woods. He will grab any small dog that gets in his face. Thank goodness no fatalities...He's gotten the reputation of being a mean dog which he is anything but.
Here's a photo of Koda and Wiley lounging in the sun.
Even if Koda chased an unfamiliar cat, she knows that cats are not prey and would not try to kill them.
My oldest male started on kittens at 8 weeks old just when we brought him home, caught and shook to death. My female gets sparrows in the yard constantly. They both double teamed a groundhog, throwing it into the fence until dead at less than a year old each. Neighbors cats are on alert all the time. I warned them I will not break this behavior and to take care of the cats or my pack might do it for them. Stupid cats have wreaked havoc on neighborhood rabbits so one less is good news to me. Both dogs have dug wounded rabbits out of holes on many occassions and finished them off.
My english pointer came close countless times to catching squirrels as they would make her mad with their tail shaking and loud chattering at her.My GSP is very fast but the bunnies are a slight bit faster (at least so far).
I forgot. Last year a rabbit brought her babies to nest under a bush not even 2 ft from my front door. Of course, the my pups would make a made dash to the bush everytime I opened the door. I ended up putting one of those metal playpens around the bush and dug a path underneath for mommy to get back and forth. Took a couple months for the babies to leave, but fortunately they stayed safe. What a dumb rabbit...if she only knew there was a cat in the house as well.
My puppy has gone after birds and squirrels before but he's never been quite fast enough. He's still only a year old though so he has plenty of time to practice his technique.
Plain and simple, they call it prey drive.
That's what our fuzzy friends were bred to do. That is one of the things that is so impressive about our fuzzy friends.
Without the prey drive they would not be bird dogs.
Sorry to you PETA people trolling this site.
Dang....do you guys ever worry about something getting ahold of them in a scrap?
The day mine caught a raccoon was the day I recognized how much more training I needed. The dogs were fine but I was never more scared for my dogs in my life.
Here's a funny example of Adenine's prey drive. He couldn't quite get this one. lol.