|Barked: Wed Sep 19, '12 8:25am PST |
|The way I see it:
dogs, being predators all have hunting instincts, prey drive, however, is the level (or how strong) that instinct is. Different breeds were bred for different jobs and in hunting dogs, each breed has their own hunting style. Pointers were bred to do just that, point out the direction of the hidden birds and or flush them out so that the humans can deliver the kill.
Doesn't all work that way though. There are exceptions. Some might go as far as chasing and even catching the birds (that's when the individual personality of the dog itself comes in) But, keeping it basic right now.
And compared to the breed I have, the borzoi, they were bred to chase animals at high speed(hare, fox, and sometimes wolves) and sometimes, hold the prey, keeping it alive, until the hunters arrived. Most of the time, the animals (usually the smaller prey) will be killed, especially if the borzoi are in a group.
So the way I see it, prey drive is how strong or low the hunting instinct is.
Edited by author Wed Sep 19, '12 8:26am PST
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