Dog Breeds

18 Dog Breeds with Low Prey Drive

Dogs are loyal and caring and just too lovely to be around. Sometimes, however, it may be hard to keep them home. This may be because of their high prey drive, making it difficult to keep them around other animals. If that’s something you are struggling with, here are 18 dog breeds with low prey drive you can consider getting home.

1. Great Pyrenees

These were originally bred as livestock watchdogs. This makes them a great low prey drive dog for your home. This is because livestock watchdogs were required to be around prey animals most of the time. These dogs, therefore, are known to let small animals be and would never chase them away.

However, this dog would also need a big space to live in. Therefore, if you live on the outskirts of a city or a farm, this dog can be a delight to be with. It is low maintenance and would not give you trouble. However, if you expect it to settle in a cramped apartment, you would be making it unhappy.

Several reasons make it difficult to raise them in an apartment. Firstly, they shed a lot of hair. Secondly, they bark a lot. Thirdly, they are hard to train and this may create issues for those living in noisy neighborhoods. Besides, they have a lot of exercise needs.

If your focus is on getting a low prey drive dog home, the Great Pyrenees is a great option only if you can also cater to all its other needs. Otherwise, you will face a lot of problems.

2. Golden Retriever

dog breeds with low prey drive

These dogs are considered very easy to train and also make great companions. This is why they are loved dearly by people all around the world. However, it is not commonly known that they also have a low prey drive.

The Golden Retriever is great around cats and even friendly, gels well with children and is also comfortable with bigger animals and birds. It has an amiable disposition and that is just one of the advantages of getting it home. They are large but not very large and this makes them a perfect addition to any family.

Sometimes though some retrievers can have a high prey drive. Therefore, you need to discuss it with the breeder at the time of purchasing. The rule applies to both puppies and more mature dogs. If you have even a small doubt, you should get the dog examined by a vet just to be sure.

3. Maltese

A beautiful compact dog that can make any heart melt, the Maltese have a low prey drive and are usually friendly with other animals, especially cats, and children and other family members.

You may ascribe this behavior to their compact size and their laziness.  They are very lazy and do not like to indulge in a lot of work and this involves chasing other animals.

The Maltese make for great dogs for home also because they shed rarely. This makes their maintenance easier. If you are looking for a dog that has a low prey drive and also barks less, the Maltese is ideal for you. If you get it home, you are sure to be very happy.

4. French Bulldog

These dogs not only have a low prey drive but also have a propensity to bark a lot less. This makes them a great option, especially if you are looking for an alternative to the Maltese. You can get them home and just let them be. They won’t be predatory to any other pets that you may have, such as cats and the likes.

The disadvantage with them is that they have a very small nose that makes them prone to several breathing issues. This makes chasing stuff and animals difficult for them. Even if they attempt something like this, chances are high they won’t be successful.

Most importantly, these dogs are great for keeping at home and won’t be a source of trouble to you or your neighbors.

5. Japanese Chin

One of the cutest dogs out there, the Japanese Chin makes excellent playmates. Getting them home comes with a number of advantages such as they are lightweight, playful and are easy to maintain and raise. Above all, they are good apartment dogs so you don’t have to worry about space constraints while thinking of bringing them home.

Since these are lapdogs, they are playful but not to an extent that it gets aggressive. In fact, the Japanese Chin is known to be friendly with cats and other animals that you may have at home. They are also known to be calm and have a friendly disposition. It goes without saying that they have a low prey drive.

If you don’t like overly aggressive dogs and dogs that are churlish, you can think of getting a Japanese Chin home.

6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These dogs value a comfortable life above anything else. These are cute lapdogs who would rather spend their time getting rewarded by you. They love the attention that their cuteness warrants from one and all and are not really interested in chasing after other animals.

They can also adapt easily to a small apartment and all they need from you is love and affection and attention. If you have other pets, you can be assured that the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel won’t be a source of trouble for them.

They have several characteristics such as a calm disposition, sensitivity and dignity and that comes in the way of chasing other animals or preying on them. They were bred to keep members of the royal family company and therefore, make great companions.

If you have a soft corner for dogs with a regal air and low prey drive, don’t think twice before getting them home.

7. Akbash

A livestock farm dog originally from Turkey, the Akbash has a low prey drive which is why it can keep you and your pets company without being a source of trouble. They are not really a breeze to train but if you start young, you can train them really well making it easier for you later on.

They are affectionate and usually exhibit low to mild energy levels. Their exercise needs are moderate which also means you won’t have to worry about walking with them or playing with them regularly. You must, however, keep them engaged else they will get bored and exhibit restlessness.

8. Havanese

Havanese dogs are ideal for those who love playful companions. This essentially means that while they are outgoing, they are not aggressive and predatory. They have a low prey drive and are comfortable with other pets, kids and even guests. As long as they get your love and adulation and some treats, they are happy to be simply playing around.

They are great lapdogs and you are sure to attract attention when traveling and moving around with them in your lap. The only issue with these dogs is that they are prone to several allergies, from stuff such as pollen and grass, that may make them sick too often.

These allergies irritate these cute dogs and they end up scratching themselves making wounds and allergies worse. Therefore, you would have to be careful about this and you are good to go!

9. Pomeranian

Also known as the Zwergspitz, Pomeranians are the smallest of the spitz breeds. They have a regal appearance and are known to have smitten many members of the royal family including Queen Victoria.

These fluffy and cute dogs can make anyone instantly happy. The good news is that they have a friendly disposition towards other animals also. This is because of their low prey drive and sensitive demeanor.

High on energy, the Pomeranian will make you not just happy but also active since it loves to exercise. You would be happier if you invest in their leash training from an early age. While it would love to play with you and love receiving attention from you, this dog won’t be a trouble to other dogs, cats and animals.

10. Papillon

Papillons are known for their propensity to make friends and running around, they have a low prey drive which is why you won’t see them chasing around other animals. In fact, they would gel well with any other pet that you may have at home. There is a small thing that you should be mindful of. They could irritate and pester other animals, especially cats if they don’t respond to their playfulness.

Instead of chasing after animals, they would love to snuggle with you on the couch. They are compact and high on energy which makes them exceptional playmates. They don’t like to be isolated so if you are accustomed to a busy life with a lot of moving around, you would have to carry them around with you. Their compact size makes this incredibly possible.

11. Vizsla

Originally from Hungary, the Vizsla is an incredibly versatile pup that can be a charming addition to any household.

They are beautiful to look at and have a great shiny coat, to begin with. Despite being a hunting breed, the Vizsla is likely to not chase around small animals and therefore, won’t be a source of trouble for other pets and small children, if any, in the house. They are incredibly active and are likely to keep you fit and energetic as well.

The only downside to getting a Vizsla home is that they have short life spans and may not live for more than 9-10 years. Once you get attached to them, it would be very hard to let them go. However, if your concern is a good and charming dog that has a low prey drive and is also easy to raise, they could be an excellent choice.

12. Old English Sheepdog

Despite its size, the Old English Sheepdog has a number of features exhibited by livestock guard dogs. They love watching animals and other things and not so much chasing after them. This makes them a good choice for you if you want to bring home a dog that has a low prey drive.

You would, however, have to invest in their maintenance and grooming much like the Maltese. They are not the calmest dogs around but certainly won’t trouble other dogs,  pets, animals and strangers.

There are other advantages of getting an Old English Sheepdog home. They are apartment friendly and work well with even novice owners owing to their good adaptability.

13. Keeshond

A great companion dog, the Keeshond is also known for its low prey drive. They love people and you will see them enjoying activities that involve family participation. They are popular for their alertness and intelligence. They may come across as slightly clingy and won’t enjoy being left at home for long time periods.

If you are looking for a dog that has both a low prey drive and also barks less (perhaps because you live in a busy area with a lot of neighbors), this is not the dog for you.

However, if you don’t mind the barking and are exclusively looking for a breed that has a low prey drive and doesn’t chase around small animals or fellow pets, this is the one you should go for.

14. Newfoundland

These are incredibly amazing dogs who are also partial swimmers. They are adept at saving a grown-up adult from drowning. Isn’t that amazing? Not just this, they have a number of features that make them endearing. They are known for their big size, strength, calm disposition, muscular strength and loyalty.

Despite being very sturdy and strong, these dogs have an incredibly calm demeanor. They love to be quiet and do not like chasing or troubling other animals. They have a tendency to bark but if you have a problem with this, you can start training them young and that should take care of the problem.

They are not great with very small children because they may knock small children down accidentally. However, if you have other pets, you can be sure that they won’t chase or harm them in any way.

The difficulty with Newfoundland dogs is that they are prone to a number of health issues and injuries and therefore, you would need to be vigilant at all times. They are prone to hip dysplasia, cystinuria and the likes.

Though they can technically live up to 15 years, they usually have a life expectancy of 10 years because of the number of issues associated with them. However, high prey drive is certainly not a trait they have.

15. Saint Bernard

Originally bred as rescue dogs, this breed is known for its big size and mild manners. Found in beautiful shades of red and white or mahogany and white, these dogs usually have a gorgeous smooth coat. Sometimes, they have icy blue eyes and that just makes them gorgeous.

They will be good with other pets, children and even strangers. This is because of their low prey drive. They mostly care about themselves and their owners and so you won’t see them wasting time troubling other animals.

The only problem you might face with them is regarding their health as these dogs are prone to a number of allergies, injuries and morbidities. They have an average life expectancy of 8-10 years.

16. Chorkie

A Chorkie will make you happy on multiple fronts. Firstly, it is a great companion and would love to give you company and cuddle with you. Secondly, they are confident and adorable and have a long life; this means you can enjoy their company for a really long time.

They are energetic, playful and confident. They can sometimes be stubborn but still won’t be a cause of concern for other pets. They are susceptible to a few health problems but if you care for them in the right way, they live long.

They are loyal and protective of their owners and usually bond well with family members. They shed little and love to sit on the laps of their owners.

17. Kuvasz

These dogs are blessed with excellent sensing energies which is why they were revered by royals. This breed is known for its protectiveness and care. If you have other pets in the house, you can expect the Kuvasz to be protective, friendly and amicable to them.

This is also because of their low prey drive. They are known for their independent disposition so you would have to spend some time training them well. And you should start as early as possible.

They are also known to enjoy spending time with other animals such as poultry. One thing that you need to ensure is that they require a lot of physical activity. You will have to invest time in their exercise else they will get bored and lethargic and also restless.

18. Bulldog

Though known for their tendency to bark a lot, Bulldogs have a low prey drive and as such won’t trouble any of your other pets. You should, however, be careful about their training and must start young. They enjoy rewards and that makes them happy!

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