When it comes to canine encounters, Goldendoodles may not be the first breed that springs to mind. But can this cuddly pup triumph over a wild coyote?
In some cases, yes – but there are several important factors to consider before entering into any such situation.
In this article, I’ll tell you what you need to know about protecting your Goldendoodle from coyotes and how they might stand up in an altercation with one of nature’s most cunning predators.
I will also give you some other tips for keeping your Goldendoodle safe when venturing outdoors and provide resources for further information on the subject.
According to Urban Coyote Research, coyotes do not typically attack healthy, adult domestic dogs, it's very rare.
The only statistics I could find is their research, which concluded that between 1985–2006 142 coyote attacks happened, most being in California. The safest states to live in if you want to avoid coyotes are Texas, Ohio, Washington, Nevada, North Carolina and New Jersey.
That being said, coyotes may become aggressive towards a dog if they feel threatened or cornered in any way.
Also, if the coyote has rabies it can increase the chance of an attack.
What about Rabies?
Coyotes can be quite wary of larger dogs, and may even flee if they perceive a threat.
However, it is important to remember that coyotes are wild animals and will not always act predictably.
Smaller dogs, such as Goldendoodles, may not make the same impression on a coyote as a larger dog would. In fact, coyotes have been known to prey on both cats and small dogs.
What Should I do if a Coyote Approaches My Goldendoodle?
If you spot a coyote approaching your Goldendoodle, the best thing to do is stay calm, move slowly, and make noise to scare it away. If possible, move your pup to safety and keep them at a safe distance until the coyote has moved on.
You can also try using bear spray, pepper spray, or other deterrents to ward off the animal. Never approach a coyote directly as this may provoke an attack.
If you live in an area where coyotes are common, it is important to take the necessary steps to protect your Goldendoodle when out and about. This includes making sure that your pup is up-to-date on vaccinations, keeping them in sight at all times, and avoiding any areas where coyotes may be active.
Buying a spiky coyote vest for your pup can also make them look larger and more intimidating to predators.
Do Coyotes Kill Dogs For Sport?
No, coyotes do not kill dogs for sport. Coyotes prefer to eat small animals such as rodents and rabbits but may attack larger animals if they are hungry or feel threatened.
The risk of a coyote killing a dog is much lower than other predators such as wolves, mountain lions, and bears. However, it is still important to take precautions when venturing into areas where coyotes may be present.
At What Time Of Year Are Coyotes Most Active?
Coyotes are most active during twilight hours and early morning, but may be seen throughout the day.
In some areas, coyote activity is highest from October through March when they are looking for mates or territory expansion. In other places, coyotes can be active year-round.
The Dangers of Coyotes on Goldendoodles
First of all, the main danger is your goldendoodle getting hurt. Coyotes can be unpredictable, and if your pup were to get into a fight with one their size would be no match.
Coyotes are also known to carry rabies and other diseases, so if your pup were to come in contact with a coyote there is the risk of them contracting an illness.
Now you know that a Goldendoodle can’t physically overcome a coyote, but by taking the right precautions you can protect your pup from an attack.
Vaccinate them against rabies and avoid areas where coyotes are known to be active. Stay alert when walking your pup outdoors and take steps to make them look bigger and more intimidating if necessary.