My husband and I are considering getting a dog. The breed that seems best suited to our lifestyle is a standard poodle. My biggest concern and priority is that our parrots are safe. I realize that this is mostly a training thing, but I also know that there are many dog breeds that would just be a bad idea (e.g. any sight-hounds, bird hunting dogs, etc...).
Does anyone have a standard poodle? How does it get along with your fids?
tia,
~angela
My husband and I are considering getting a dog. The breed that seems best suited to our lifestyle is a ... until recently, an Irish wolfhound. It can be made to work, if you are willing to work at it. JMO

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My husband and I are considering getting a dog. The breed that seems best suited to our lifestyle is a ... any sight-hounds, bird hunting dogs, etc...). Does anyone have a standard poodle? How does it get along with your fids?

I don't have a poodle but do have a springer spaniel. When I have the dog in the house my scarlet macaw usually tries to attack the dog. They cannot be in the house together without close supervision. Although the dog was well trained to leave birds alone by a previous owner who kept chickens, she would still defend herself if a bird bit her and could easily cause the bird serious injury or death. For the sake of both your birds and the dogs, I'd recommend you either keep them apart or at least under very close supervision. I'm sure there are many cases where dog, birds, and cats have shared long and natural lives sharing a common room with no incidents of injury, but many have also been killed. Why take the chance?
hmm.funny..I've had greyhounds(sighthounds) for years with many birds and don't have any problems. I also know of many, many other greyhound owners who raise birds. Of course, I'm sure there are problems with dogs of any breed being around birds, but please do not just make a blanket statement about hhow certain breeds are "just a bad idea". We also have a lab who is excellent around the birds, even though she chases the wild birds outside. IN fact, when we had a hawk terrorizing my outdoor aviary, she would regularly chase it away and jump the fence to follow the hawk for blocks before coming back pleased as punch that she chased it away.
hmm.funny..I've had greyhounds(sighthounds) for years with many birds and don't have any problems. I also know of many, many other ... jump the fence to follow the hawk for blocks before coming back pleased as punch that she chased it away.

Yes, you're correct - I shouldn't make blanket statements. I have 2 cats who live indoors and I have never had a problem...obviously these mixed species households can and do work. However, I had the cats before I got my birds. If the birds had been here first, I would never have adopted my kitties. And while I'm sure that there are loads and loads of sighthounds and bird hunting dogs that are absolutely safe around birds, I don't want to deliberately introduce a breed that was specifically bred for hunting small animals into my household. It just seems like a totally unnecessary risk.
~angela
My husband and I are considering getting a dog. The breed that seems best suited to our lifestyle is a ... bird hunting dogs, etc...). Does anyone have a standard poodle? How does it get along with your fids? tia, ~angela

Many of us do it, and it works fine. You do of course need to train the Dog well. The biggest concern is the bird. Our animals will not bother the birds, they have been well trained. The Macaw however is ALWAYS jealous of ANYTHING that gets attention other than him. Even a well trained pet would most likely bite back if a Parrot grabbed it. So as long as you don't let them "play" together you should be fine. I often see pictures of birds sitting on top of the other pets, cat or dog, to me this is WAY too much risk.
You should have no problem training the Dog to not go over and try to knock over a cage and such though.

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(Lazarus Long)
My husband and I are considering getting a dog. The breed that seems best suited to our lifestyle is a ... bird hunting dogs, etc...). Does anyone have a standard poodle? How does it get along with your fids? tia, ~angela

Training. If you get the poodle as a pup, you should be able to train it to ignore your parrots.
Everyone said I was nuts to take in a cat when I had birds. Nonsense! Persia (the cat) initially was very curious about my (now RB) parakeets but after a few squirts with the water bottle and a resounding "NO!" she learned, okay, leave them alone. Now, she just sort of chirps at the birds on the patio and completely ignores my Nyasa lovebird.

I don't, however, let Peaches (the bird) fly around loose when Persia is in the room. I wait until the cat is snoozing and close that door, then out comes the bird for play-time.
It's always a good idea to be cautious, regardless of what you think you may have taught your animals.
Good luck!
Jill
My husband and I are considering getting a dog. The breed that seems best suited to our lifestyle is a ... bird hunting dogs, etc...). Does anyone have a standard poodle? How does it get along with your fids? tia, ~angela

As said It is Not the breed of the dog it is the training and the owner I have happily lived with my birds and a American Pit Bull Terrier and a lab mixed with husky and border collie and Rotti.She chases birds when she is running in the fields to play, BUT Never shows a bit of interest in the ones in the home even the finches which move around a lot. When my Quaker or conure get the moving as they are out of cage most all day she just ignores them even when they walk by her the pups well they needed to be told a few times leave it when the birds were higher but they never really paid that much attention and after a couple leave its they also ignored heck I had a bird i babysat for a lady who was in the hospital The bird would say Floor and i would put the dogs out the room he knew when they were there he was not happy getting down Once he got used to them he never paid them any attention and came right down.
I also have fostered several dogs Mostly American Pit Bull Terriers never had a bit of trouble they were crated when no one was home so I knew that they would not have any problems they were supervised and they knew the Leave it command as soon as they were able to sit.

All in the ownership
This is the case with ANY dog in any situation they are only what we mold and train them to be
Tara