Should I worry that my small, five-pound dog might get attacked by a hawk or owl?

April 1, 2009
The powerful talons of a Great Horned Owl can take prey over five pounds. Photo by Matt Cuda via Birdshare. The powerful talons of a Great Horned Owl can take prey over five pounds. Photo by Matt Cuda via Birdshare.
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Although most small dogs are too heavy for a hawk or owl to actually carry, it’s still possible for large raptors to attack and kill them. A five-pound dog is no bigger than a large rabbit—a hawk might easily attack and carry it away. Of course, a dog this size is also in danger from foxes, coyotes, bears, raccoons, and even other dogs, so it might be wise to let your dog out only when accompanied by you. If hawks present a significant danger because you live on a raptor migration route or have hawks nesting nearby, seriously consider getting a second dog. Hawks are far less likely to attack one dog when another, even one equally small, is nearby.

A kennel with a wire roof can also protect small dogs, not just from hawks and owls but also from other predators and human dognappers.

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