Safest dog breed to keep with poultry? Golden Retriever?
I grew up with Australian Shepherds and don't remember them killing any birds, but maybe being a kid I just missed it. Our Aussie/lab mix "played" a half-grown duckling to death a few months ago and is suspected in the recent death of a prize drake that had its throat torn out.
My girls really want a Golden Retriever. Are they more trustworthy, as a general rule, than other breeds? I know they're bred to retrieve ducks, but I didn't think that meant they like to kill them. My understanding is that a well-bred golden is extremely gentle to the point of being useless as a watch dog. I know that personality varies a lot within breeds, but I'm just looking for a general idea. Plus, I always thought of goldens as being pretty "homogenized" - that is, they all look and act pretty similar compared to other breeds. I did want a good watchdog but I guess now gentleness is more important, especially with young kids in the household.