|Jeannine De Palma|
|Posted on Friday, April 30, 1999 - 8:15 pm: |
My CAO Tasha has a strong hunting drive.
She has hunted rabbits, chipmonks, snakes, bees
pretty much anything that moves.
Hunting drive has been a strong part of the CAOs
history, For centuries when they guarded their flock they had to fend for themselves. They lived off the land & were a hardy breed.
Sometimes when a CAO catches whatever they were hunting they will kill it & eat, or sometimes just play with it.
I have had ferrets in my house for years and my CAO was socialized and trained to know they are family & not dinner. But please take in consideration when purchasing a CAO that they *may* not automatically get along with & other pets of the family like gerbils or birds, and that they need to be trained to accept small animals and supervised closely with them.
CAOs are one of the best livestock guardian dog breeds for keeping away predators, but other livestock guardian dog breeds with less hunting behavior may be better suited for a living arrangement that may include members of the Bird family or Rodent as family pets.