I need some input from the wise dog mamas.
My two dogs (GSD and lab/shep) are both fairly prey driven. They've killed rabbits, moles and snakes. One of them recently brought me a (live, unharmed) possum. The other met the business end of a skunk at close range and took a shot right in the face a couple of months ago....They're housedogs, even. They don't like being outside unless I'm out with them, so all of the predation they do is either on a 10 minute potty break, or while I'm outside too.
Last night one of them killed a cat. I was outside, but they were way down in the yard and it was dark. When I heard the ruckus, I called them, inspected their faces for injuries and brought them in for the night. I discovered the cat this morning. My yard is fenced, it wasn't my cat, I knocked on doors, it didn't belong to any of my neighbors....I don't know which dog did it. I would guess the GSD, but really, it could have been either. Not that it matters.
I don't like living with cats, so I won't be getting one, but I have considered adopting a small (10-15lb) non-shedding dog for my middle child to call her own (I would be ultimately responsible, of course!)
My dogs go places with me all the time. They have met small dogs many, many times. Neither of them have ever shown any inclination to be aggressive with little dogs, even when little dogs are barky or squeaky, or rude and jumpy. Off lead and in the yard, though, that might be a different story.
Until now, I hadn't really worried about my dogs harming a small dog. Should I worry about it?
mom to dd (11) and dd (9) and ds (3) and (x2)