Keep peafowl safe with dogs!
An adult peafowl should be able to protect themselves from dogs! Most peafowl are safe with dogs however if your dog is aggressive or excitable it is important to keep the peafowl safe.
How to keep peafowl safe with dogs
Protect small peachicks from dogs and cats that may chase them and kill them. Do not allow your dog to chase your peacocks or peachicks as this will scare the peafowl.
Keep the dog under control and prevent it from chasing the peafowl . If the peacocks are chased by the dog, the peacocks and peahens could get frightened and fly away. When peacocks fly away in a panic they do not always notice where they are flying to and may struggle to find their way back home.
The first time your dogs are introduced to peafowl, the peafowl should be penned and the dog kept on a lead. This way the dog cannot scare the peafowl.
The dog should also be on a lead when encountering peafowl roaming free in the garden for the first time. Again it is important the dog is prevented from chasing the birds.
Once a peacock has displayed to a dog, the dog usually will not bother the peacock again. After all the displaying peacock is so much bigger than the dog!
What about Peafowl and cats?
Adult peafowl are not usually bothered by cats, they are so much larger and my cats are scared of the peafowl. However cats should be kept away from peachicks which they will chase, kill and eat.
Usually peafowl are safe around other domesticated animals such as sheep, horses, goats and horses.
With planned introductions you can be confident that you can enjoy having peafowl around your home living side by side with your other pets.Back to Keeping Peafowl