|10-17-2013 11:40 AM|
I think when a puppy is brought into the mix, any dog is more apt to be more curious at the new comer. Even to the point of being a little rough.
But a cat / kitten has entirely different body language. A puppy would cower and whine, a kitten / cat will arch and spit.
Years ago my daughter brought home a bunny. Our Aussies were curious, but didn't give it much attention at all....until it started hopping away. Then they all engaged. Eventually we could leave bunny grazing in the back yard with one dog. Any dog. But put two together and they'd engage.
|10-17-2013 11:14 AM|
|hunterisgreat||I don't think so. You wouldn't mistake a puppy for a cat... had dogs senses are far more sensitive than yours|
|10-17-2013 11:00 AM|
no way they can tell in the dark from very far away even, they might hurt both, I mean ive seen gsds hurt dogs and read about them hurting cats. They know the diff between both. When they attack a small dog they know what they are attacking. I am talking mature shepherds here.
I know a pit who is a monster to other dogs but will leave all and every cat alone. So its really strange.
|10-15-2013 12:01 PM|
I don't know if the word "attack" is correct, but in our experience it could bring out the prey drive. From a distance, any small and dark creature may be considered something worth chasing.
When Molly was younger on one of our early morning walks in the park there used to be a senior lady with 2 chihuahuas. It was early so she'd often let them run off leash, and I had let Molly run off leash too. The chihuahuas were in an area where there are frequently squirrels, Molly took off after them thinking they were squirrels, but as she got close realized they were dogs. No attack, we all just got a scare for a few seconds. Since them both of us keep our dogs on-leash.
|10-15-2013 10:53 AM|
|Josie/Zeus||I don't believe so, seeing their scent is so different.|
|10-15-2013 10:14 AM|
Generally dogs know the difference between a cat and a dog through there movements. My own dogs can recognise the difference from 100 yards away or more.
My friends dog used to prey on small dogs or pups for a while until a jack russel attacked her back. And we were correcting her for doing it.
|10-15-2013 10:13 AM|
Hmmm I don't know... But where I live, there are TONS of stray cats. Eko sees them all the time on walks, and he is aggressive toward them. He is aggressive towards my cat, he has actually grabbed my cat out of the air with his mouth and slammed him to the ground when my kitty tried to jump on the table to get to his food bowl. So he REALLY doesn't like cats. But the first day we got Xena, she was the size of a cat and Eko didn't attack her. He's never attacked any puppies we've seen when we are out and about even when there are stray cats around, so he seems to know the difference.
I don't know if that answers your question, just sharing my experience
|10-15-2013 10:06 AM|
Can a dog mistake a puppy for a cat?
Just curious what most would think about this.
Let's say you're in a park setting, and there's a large stray cat presence in the park.
You enter the area with a young GSD puppy. The puppy is basically black, and and the same size as a mature cat.
Is there a chance that a large dog could attack the puppy, assuming it was a cat?