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Posted : 2/3/2008 12:56:36 AM
if so what kind of a dog is it
Disclamer: no i do not want a dog to catch rats or mice i am just curious
Posted : 2/3/2008 1:18:50 AM
Read up on terriers!
Posted : 2/3/2008 8:11:05 AM
Jack/PArson Russel Terriers come to mind. My parents' oldest one was the best darn mouser I'd ever seen. That said, our Siberian/GSD mix was pretty good at killing small rodents, too.
Posted : 2/3/2008 8:14:06 AM
rat terriers, jack russel terriers- can take out rats far better than cats, not so sure about mice, cats might be better there
Posted : 2/3/2008 8:49:32 AM
I think that a terrier would be the best domestic canine mouse hunter and probably better than many cats. My old lab mix caught a mouse in a barn once, so I guess that shows that any dog breed can catch mice.
Wolves and coyotes catch and eat mice as a part of their regular diet so they must be pretty good at it. Are they better than one of the wild cat species? I'm not sure there's a way to tell...
Posted : 2/3/2008 12:16:43 PM
If Gypsy had her way, there would be NO tree rats in our town. The squirrel population here is BIG and I have had her go UP IN a tree at the end of her leash after one of the little beggars. She would be happy to kill them for me! Sooo, ad an Am Staff (a terrier), she fits the bill!
Posted : 2/3/2008 12:27:11 PM
German pinschers were originally bred to be "ratters."
Posted : 2/3/2008 12:34:46 PM
Posted : 2/3/2008 1:30:21 PM
On a serious note, terriers are probably best at rodents that go to ground, but in general my money is on a cat with good instincts. (Some domestic cats are lazeeeeee, but I have 3 feral rescues and they take pest control seriously.)
Posted : 2/3/2008 7:37:02 PM
As a kid I had a rat terrier; he caught many mice in our house. Currently I have a cairn terrier. We get rats due to our bird feeders. He hunts them down and gets them. Most terriers were bred to kill vermin.
Posted : 2/3/2008 10:15:38 PM
Chinese Cresteds were also historically used as ratters on ships.
My little terrier keeps us rodent free, and would like to keep the pet stores rodent free, as well
Posted : 2/3/2008 10:56:17 PM
My black lab mix is a really good mouser. But she can't get into the ceiling.. Lol.
Posted : 2/3/2008 11:02:35 PM
My golden retriever likes to catch mice, actually, he'll just get down and sniff them, and they actually have heart attacks! As sad as it sounds, it's kinda funny
Posted : 2/4/2008 11:14:51 AM
Posted : 2/4/2008 12:32:48 PM
any dog can be a ratter.. proof is in the working dog forum i go to. but some favourites of theirs would be the patterdale and the plummer - but the plummer is a bit of a hot topic depending who you ask. some are lovers, others are haters and it all has to do with the man that "made" them"
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