Difficult Dog Breeds – High Prey Drive

Some dogs love to run, others like to retrieve,
and some can’t stop themselves from chasing anything that moves! These dogs have high prey drives, or a primal
instinct to hunt. This can sometimes lead to a difficult living
situation if you have cats or other small animals, or if you like to take hikes in nature,
so let’s see which difficult dog breeds have the highest prey drive. You’re Watching Animal Facts! 10. Siberian Husky Prey drive is a primal hunting behavior. Not only has it been bred into certain breeds
over hundreds, sometimes even thousands of years, but it also comes from the DNA of the
ancient now extinct wolf-like canines that dogs originated from. As a Spitz breed, Siberian Huskies originate
from some of the oldest breeds of dogs, ones that still have much of the DNA of those ancient
canids that first set foot in the camps of early humans. Many people know the Siberian as a friendly,
loving dog, even toward other dogs and strangers. Yet, at a moment’s notice, they are likely
to chase down and put down a small animal without a second thought. It is easy to see why many are drawn to the
Siberian’s wolf-like looks, but be aware that this athletic, intelligent dog can be
independent and challenging for first-time dog owners. Early Siberian Huskies were often kept on
a lean existence. This was especially true in summer when the
tribes of its native Siberia had no use for sled dogs and often turned them loose to hunt
for themselves. Because the prey drive is instinctive and
cannot be ‘unlearned’, no amount of training is likely to effectively suppress this desire. Can you have a Siberian Husky if you have
cats or other small pets? In some cases, yes, and I’m sure many of
you will say so in the comments, but a Siberian Husky that can peacefully coexist with cats
or other small fluffy animals is indeed a rare dog. Due to their beauty, Siberian Huskies are
one of the most wrongly purchased breeds around. Many new owners don’t take into consideration
their temperaments and particular quirks and are often left with an unruly, albeit beautiful,
dog. Many Siberian Huskies are either lost, killed,
or given to shelters due to uninformed owners. If you are thinking of purchasing a Siberian
Husky or any other dog, take a lot of time learning about the breed. 9. English Springer Spaniel The English Springer Spaniel was bred over
generations to be an efficient hunting machine. It will boldly crash through thick undergrowth
to flush out and retrieve game for its owner. To do that, like most hunting breeds, the
Springer must be intelligent, able to follow commands, brave, strong, tough and possess
a high prey drive. Because of this sometimes-extreme hunting
instinct, independence, toughness and high energy levels, a considerable number of Springers
find themselves in rescues each year. Springers are friendly family pets and do
well with both children and other dogs. The family cat, not so much, and certainly
not your guinea pig or pet bunny. While Springers certainly make great family
pets, with high energy and loving loyalty, prey drive should certainly be taken into
account when taking one into your family. 8. Bull Terrier Although allegedly bred for pit fighting in
the nineteenth century, the Bull Terrier has mellowed considerably over the past couple
of centuries. Today it is a lovable companion dog to its
humans. But there still is a streak of fierceness
where small animals are concerned. The Bull Terrier should only be taken on by
pet veterans. It is sweet natured and playful, but its instincts
can make it difficult to handle. The Bull Terrier has a strong prey drive and
will chase anything, including cats. Although, the Bull Terrier can get along with
cats if it grows up with them. But, it’s not uncommon for a Bull Terrier
to not get along with other dogs, especially smaller ones. 7. Irish Wolfhound First and foremost, though frequently referred
to as a ‘gentle giant,’ the Irish Wolfhound is a hunter. And not just any hunter. This is an ancient breed whose origins are
truly lost in antiquity and whose function was to hunt by sight, hence it will chase
anything it sees. The Wolfhound, like other members of the sighthound
family, has been bred for millennium to have a strong prey drive hard-wired into their
dispositions. This trait is still strong today. There is no training it out of them. As with any dog with a high prey drive, a
new owner must accept this inherent trait as a part of the Wolfhound’s heritage and
it must be respected, at all times. As a hunter, they will give chase to deer,
and other game such as squirrels, rabbits and more. Some may be okay with cats and others may
not. Regardless of their upbringing, a wolfhound’s
instincts will likely surprise you one day. In spite of their disinterest or trustworthiness
over the years towards other small creatures, any such surprise will likely have very unpleasant
consequences. And, the responsibility lies solely with the
owner, not the dog. 6. Pharaoh Hound Pharaoh Hounds are lively, funny, and make
great additions to many types of homes, but not really those with other small pets. There are many owners with both Pharaoh Hounds
and cats. However, it is important to recognize that
Pharaohs have a very strong prey drive. It is best if a Pharaoh Hound puppy and kitten
are raised together but adults have been introduced successfully. Owners should always be careful to never leave
the two alone while not at home and never let the Pharaoh Hound play a chase game with
the cat. Don’t let your Pharaoh Hound run off-leash
in an unfenced area. Its strong prey drive will take control and
it will chase other animals for miles. Backyard fences should be too high to jump
or climb, and preferably solid so it can’t see through it. Underground electronic fencing won’t stop
a Pharaoh Hound with something interesting in sight. 5. Saluki The Saluki is an ancient sighthound breed
originating in the middle east. While not a rare breed in America, this elegant
breed is still fairly uncommon. This is not necessarily a bad thing as Salukis
have very distinct personalities with unique needs. The Saluki is not a breed for everyone! Not least of those unique personality traits
is the Saluki’s extraordinarily high prey drive. Like most sighthound breeds they will chase
anything that moves, especially if it’s small and furry. If they can catch it, and they likely can,
as the Saluki can reach a speed of 43 miles per hour, they will most definitely kill it. The Saluki’s great speed, while awe-inspiring,
also means that they are hard to catch if they get away. Otherwise, the Saluki is a loyal dog that
appreciates plenty of time on the sofa with family. And, if sately introduced at first and at
a young age, there is a high likelihood that your Saluki can live with your cats, especially
if introduced at a young age. Although you will most likely have issues
bringing a new cat into a home where a Saluki already lives. 4. Greyhound All sighthounds are hunters, plain and simple. let no one dissuade you of this fact. And the Greyhound is likely the most well
known of the sighthound breeds. At home this is a docile, and mostly lazy
family dog. But, like the Saluki, the Greyhound is capable
of some pretty amazing speeds at burst up to 45 miles per hour up to about 250 meters. With speeds that quick and for that far, there
are few small animals that are capable of escape. And, you are definitely not going to catch
your Greyhound until it wants you to. Sighthound vision has evolved differently
to dogs with flatter faces, with a visual streak that facilitates better peripheral
vision and a propensity to chase fast moving objects. They were after all bred to give chase to
foxes, rabbits, and deer. A Greyhound should never be allowed to run
off leash except in a securely fenced area, because your Greyhound could be off after
a squirrel before you even see what it is chasing. 3. Jack Russell Terrier Developed in England some 200 years ago to
hunt foxes, the Jack Russell Terrier, also known as the Parson Russell Terrier, is a
lively, independent, and clever little dog. He’s charming and affectionate, but he’s
also a handful to train and manage. This is a dog for experienced dog owners only! Even today, the Jack is a skilled hunter thanks
in no small part to an insatiable prey drive and a fearless terrier fire. If there is another dog that can match the
drive and determination of the Jack, it’s likely another Jack. Their strong prey drive can sometimes be a
hindrance in “normal”, household circumstances when they will often see cats, and other smaller
animals as prey. This is one of the reasons why they are popular
with farmers who keep them around as excellent pest control. The other animal’s welfare aside, the Jack’s
unwillingness to end the chase can sometimes land them in quite a bit of trouble, such
as getting lost or running into traffic after a squirrel. 2. Airedale Terrier Often call the King of Terriers, the Airedale
is the largest of all Terrier breeds with large males weighing up to 64 pounds. While there are many reasons the Airedale
should be avoided by novice owners, the prey drive of this amazing hunting breeds tops
them. The Airedale can also be aggressive towards
other dogs which makes him difficult to handle at times. It is said that the Airedale doesn’t start
fights — it finishes them. Consistent, positive obedience training is
a must, as is a securely fenced yard. 1. Rhodesian Ridgeback The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a medium-large
dog originally bred in southern Africa to hunt large game, including lions. It was previously known as the African Lion
Hound. Needless to say, that tiny lion that lays
about your living room will likely not pose much of a challenge for this tenacious hunter. That said, the Rhodesian is a loyal family
companion, but that high prey drive is a good reason to consider other breeds, especially
if you have small pets, cats or other smaller dogs. Dogs that have a noticeably high prey drive
can be difficult to deal with. They often chase everything that moves. This can include everything from small animals
to other people. Prey drive can not be trained out of dogs. It’s a natural instinct that can be trained
away. While you can’t get rid of this behavior completely,
there are things that you can do to keep it under control. Dogs with high prey drive will need a lot
more training than those that don’t. You’ll need to be able to manage your dog
when distractions are around. The goal of training is to set your dog up
for success and to make your dog think before acting on instinct. Instead of attempting to get rid of an innate
behavior, you’re giving them the tools they need to move past the problem. Also, much attention needs to be spent on
training your dog to recall, so that you can get your dog back if something does go wrong. Here’s some more videos that you’ll like. Thanks for hanging with me. If you’re a subscriber, thank you. If not what are you waiting for? And, as always, catch you next time.

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32 Responses

  1. Caodhan Mawhinney says:


  2. Mary Ellen Thompson says:

    Could you name more common difficult breeds? The average dog owner may never own a Pharaoh hound or Saluki.

  3. FRUIT BATS says:

    Hi lovely dog!
    you look cute! Lovely video

  4. Viking Dogmanship says:

    My JRT's have no problems with any of our farm animals? Actually have had 14 jrt's in all and all of them handled hanging around our chickens, rabbits, cats or the guinea pigs. But this breed is certainly not for the faint hearted, its everyday training from early on❤

  5. Meri K says:

    There is also jagdterrier that is not as common because they are not good with other dogs, strangers or kids.They have a very strong natural protective instinct of their owner and home so if not socialized early that might lead to big problems. Also they're not for first time owners since they're very stubborn and have a very high prey drive, since they were first bred they had to be handled with protective gloves since they were kept in cages and only taken out for hunting. They're best for one person that it takes as a leader or a small family with a maximum of 4 members, but the dogs leader has to be very clear or itll get confused and not listen to anyone. They're great dogs I've personally had 3 but the breed should be added to the list and would definitely take at least second place.

  6. Sandra Stanfield says:

    Pleas do a video featuring the Shorkie

  7. Vanessa ButtuhFly says:

    The sweet baby counting is just ADORABLE ?????

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  9. kavita deva says:

    Thanks for the video. I learned a lot with this one. I was surprised about some of the breeds that had high prey drive. And I was interested to know that you cannot train this out of your dog if it has a high prey drive.

  10. William Haddon says:

    There is a quite a big difference between the Parson Terrier and the Jack Russell terrier. The Parson terrier has longer legs than a Jack Russell. A Parson terrier was bred more for running after vermin outside. The Jack Russell are quite a bit smaller and were mainly used for chasing vermin out of holes. Due to the smaller more compact stature. Both are good dogs for catching rats and rabbits excetera. Both breeds of dogs come in smooth haired and wire-haired. They both make exceedingly good dogs if you want something to alert you when someone is in close proximity to your house.

  11. Lily Seven says:

    All great dogs for the right owner, but not for me. Thanks for another great video.

  12. Janus Loggins says:

    Thank you for an interesting and informative video! I don't think the hunting breeds would be for me.

  13. E says:

    could you do a video on the top 10 medium to large dogs for apartment living?

  14. HappyHoney41 says:

    You forgot beagles. They are insanely persistent. Especially when Mr. Squirrel is up in the tree…

  15. Pikachu Vlog says:

    Dog bro ???

  16. Linthoisana Yumnam says:

    Dogs descended from a now-extinct subspecies of the gray wolf not wolf-like canines.

  17. Peldyn - Life with Cats says:

    My dog has started trying to catch the cats and is a chicken killer. I am so sad as he is very gregarious and great with people

  18. scott mccoy says:

    Their called English bull terriers not just bull terrier

  19. KP says:

    I've got every single one of those dogs and a herd of cats in my house, it's not too bad.

  20. Mjau says:

    Can you make video about croatian tornjak and posavac hound? It doesnt say much on the net so you will have to ask many people about this 2 breeds. But they are cool and I would like you to tell something about them. Thank you

  21. majda vojnikovic says:

    My mix breed Bruna has extreemly strong hunt instict, what is worst she teaches my other mix breed dog Joe… When is a cat in their sight there is no stopping them.

  22. feuriger Stern says:

    Pharoah hounds are beautiful! But I don't like hounds for reasons discussed in this video.

  23. D Roman says:

    Belgian Malinois and Border Collies should have made the list. Salukis, Pharaoh hounds, + greyhounds are similar. Listing them separately is a bit redundant.

  24. Pat Manchester says:

    The German Hunting Tarrier and the Patterdale Terrier both have REALLY high prey drive. These little dogs can take down a child and will think about doing it, too.

  25. Knuddel katze says:

    How about dachshund and beagle? If a dachshund smells something interesting, he's gone!

  26. Madeleine Carlson-Widolff says:

    When in doubt… hounds & terriers were bred for giving chase! My 30 lb terrier mix kills squirrels.

  27. Puddin Tane says:

    High prey drive will jump the fence and Chase the neighbors small dog down and eat it.

  28. Captain Thunder ceo Nelson says:

    One like equals me feeling better about my dog haven't cancer

  29. Sabrina Doctor says:


  30. Rebecca Goldsmith says:

    A story from a woman who worked in a Siberian Husky rescue 40+ years who truly taught NEVER RISK SMALL WITH SIBERIAN HUSKIES. She rehomed them with cats + for many years. Was at home with her Huskies and cats who had lived together 6 years with not even a growl. Husky suddenly ran over and bit the head off the sleeping cat. Please NEVER RISK IT. This is why many rescues wont home with ANY small furries even a small breed dog. And having personally dealt with many husky attacks aimed at my chihuahua, never get one of these dogs lightly.

  31. Borden Fleetwood says:

    "Siberian huskies can't be trained to live with cats…" TRUTH. We've managed to… Convince… ours that the cats are actually permanent puppies. This was not easy, and means that the cats are constantly being "trained" by the bigger dogs, but they live a decent coexistence.

  32. anita tichacek says:

    My Dachshund has the same drive I don't understand why they have not been put on the list

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