|Barked: Thu Aug 23, '12 9:53pm PST |
|I think there are a lot of things that factor here, and prey drive keeps getting brought up.
There's a lot more to these situations than JUST prey drive alone.
A Lab has a lot of prey drive. But what he doesn't necessarily have is a lot of drive to catch and kill. Sure its linked, but its different. Chasing and killing are different things that intersect down one line that we call "prey drive", but are not mutually inclusive.
Many sighthounds still have strong ties to catching quarry, and that of course goes back to the very purpose those breeds served. Hounds in general seem to have this mentality, as many WERE breed to actually catch and kill live game (even if it is not commonplace anymore, such as with coon hunting).
Where as you have Lab or a Golden, who's job was to RETRIEVE already dead game. Gotta have a lot of hunt drive to run out and get it, but there's no "kill switch" (if you will) that goes off in the dogs head that triggers the dog to fight and kill what its caught. IE, you might be more likely to see a Grey grab a small dog and shake/kill it as a prey response, vs a Golden who may run down the dog, and perhaps kill it accidentally by stepping on it or nipping it, but did not kill it for the sake of it being prey. Though of course, in those situations, I supposed it doesn't matter much... a dog is still dead either way.
I think with some breeds also, like Shepherds or other protection breeds, you run into a similar scenario though coming from a different place. Something may start out as prey, but quickly descend into a battle for control. Remember, keeping control of a target is also something deeply ingrained in those dogs, and shaking or mauling a small dog once captured may not necessarily be a prey response, so much as resistance that has been offered by the smaller dog, and is then being met by the offending dog.
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