Gamefowl genetics and the public’s perception.

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    I found this post on Facebook about live stock guardian dogs and the genetic traits they are bread for and couldnt help making the correlation to gamefowl and how people can be perfectly fine with using these animals for what they have been bread for but not be ok with the genetic traits of gamefowl. I want to hear y’alls opinions.

    Working at the animal shelter, we hear all different reasons why people need to surrender their pets to us. Moving, allergies, frequently escaping from the home, divorce, etc. But when it comes down to surrendering a heeler (Australian Cattle Dog), it’s almost the exact same reason every time.

    “He’s biting us”
    “Being very nippy”
    “He keeps chasing my kids and biting their ankles”
    “Too mouthy, and getting rough”
    “Going after people and/or other animals”

    These photos (credit to Jeff Jaquish) show exactly why the dog is displaying this behavior. They are bred to work. They are bred to herd and handle large livestock, even the mean, nasty ones. Not all cows are nice and go where you want.

    They are bred to bite.

    So you take this fluffy cute puppy, raise it in a pet home and not provide any drive satisfaction, that breed’s genetic make up of specific desires and needs come out. One way or another. Biting, destruction, running away.

    Research the breed before you commit.

    Know what individual breeds are bred to do, and within those breeds know what breeders breed for in traits because there are so many degrees of traits within a breed standard. Pet home vs working dog. (Note: pet homes still have variations of drive levels.)

    And if you don’t have cows, or able to provide the sole purpose that dog was bred to do (hunting, racing, detection), give it another type of job (dog sports for example) that can satisfy the dog mentally and physically. Plus train, train, train!

    Most importantly, it’s a life time commitment, so make it a happy one for you and your dog by getting to know your dog’s world better.

    Update: my post is in regards of dog behavior, genetics and drive satisfaction. I’m not saying if a dog bites or “mouths” it’s meaning the dog is aggressive. In addition, a dog with working traits can still make a good family dog when their needs are met. Also if you own a dog that bites, seek a professional to determine the underlying reason.


    I had to put my blue heeler down he bit my wife Gina twice second time she had to get stitches.


    That’s horrible, I just couldnt help thinking why the public has a problem and believes should be a felony, when 2 people release 2 chickens and them doing what they naturally do due to there genetics. But a working dog doing what it was bread for is ok because it’s in there genetic makeup.


    I love blue heelers but they are something else… Only domestic dog with wild dingo blood in their genetic make up. Much erroneous thought processes of public perception seems to stem directly from a disconnect with what animals were bred for. Our ancestors bred animals for purpose and work. Our modern time lacks much of the environments needed for them to do their jobs or people who live the lifestyles the animals were intended for. I’ve spent past five years searching the country for good blue heeler lines. The two have found are old lines maintained by an old cattle rancher in Texas and a man in Midwest who ABS (a company that collects bull semen for artificial insemination) bought their bloodlines from. Bet 80 or 90 years ago would have been alot more quality lines readily available. The show ring and pet industry is the death of the working dog as we know it. People will always maintain them because they are useful but not in demand as in days gone by.

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