Is it normal for a dog to eat a bird?

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Not all dogs will catch and eat birds, but many can, and do.

dogs are not big hunters of songbirds the way cats are.

But they can kill birds-songbirds and other fowl-and will often eat what they kill.

And of course if you feed a dog poultry or other bird meat, it will eat it.


Dogs kill birds because of their instincts.

Some dogs have even been bred specifically to catch birds and bring them back, like Labrador Retrievers.

Prey drive is not a bad thing on its own.

Some people use their dog's keen skills for shows or hunting trips.


6 Best Breeds for First-Time Bird Dog Owners

  • Labrador Retriever.
  • German Shorthaired Pointer.
  • English Springer Spaniel.
  • English Cocker.
  • English Setter.
  • German Wirehaired Pointer.
Like the other retriever breeds, the poodle is an all-rounder, both a waterfowl retriever and an upland bird flusher/retriever. He can hunt waterfowl in any of the various ways: from a shore blind, from a boat, from a field blind and in jump-shooting.
A beagle is not a traditional bird dog, but people have been using them to hunt pheasants, grouse, doves, quails, and woodcock for centuries. Beagles can trail the birds for a sizable distance. They are experts at flushing and pointing at birds, and can even change their barks to tell what they are running.

Laws and regulations in other states address the legality of bird-dog fees in other ways.

But, oh yes, some states laws call that brokering, especially if there is cash changing hands.

State law may require the "broker" to be licensed, or outright prohibit the practice.

Border Collies are notable for keeping an eagle eye on virtually everything. Being so nosey and vigilant, they are innately disposed to learn tracking and nose work. Tracking refers to a dog's ability to recognize and follow a scent trail by sniffing on the ground.
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