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Hawks????

Should I be concerned when the two dogs are out side playing that a Hawk could try and grab one of them?
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If there are hawks in your area, I would say it's a given that you would not leave them alone outside, unless you have an enclosure with a top on it that hawks could not penetrate. It would scare the hell out of me.

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Here's something from a very well educated person on this.

Bald eagles have been known to take prey that is as large as 15lbs,
however, they are very preferential about their prey items.

Large species of hawks can take prey up to about 10 lbs.

Great horned owls can take prey up to about 12 lbs.

You are local to me, and the biggest risk to small breed dogs is the
coyote. Or rabies. Raccoons can be dangerous to small breed dogs.

If you have a dog under 15lbs, don't put them out unattended.

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I can speak from personal experience.YES be afraid. About 12 years ago, a hawk swooped down and literally picked up a little dachshund of mine, there were people working on the house, outside and saw this happen. The hawk did drop the little guy..
let me explain, the dog was in my driveway/yard.
It was wintertime and I had a bright red sweater on my little black min. dachshund, the hawk came down and grabbed the dog and sweater, lifted back up in the air and then dropped the dog to the ground. I am not sure how many feet the dog fell, he was a little heavy, but the workers saw it happen, told my mother who was at home and she called me at work. I met her close to the vets office with him and he had to have surgery. There were holes in him where the claws/talons penetrated..he ended up with surgery/hernia, but did live.
Up until that time I let the little dogs out in front with their sweaters, one was a UF Gator sweater and the other was a Uof GA Bulldog sweater...never again... I don't know why the workers saw this happen, perhaps the red of the sweater..maybe the movement and color attraced the hawk, I do not know, but it did happen and I was lucky my little guy made it through this ordeal.

so do be careful...

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Wow ,scary Flynn, I better warn my daughter , she has a min-dach.

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Wow ,scary Flynn, I better warn my daughter , she has a min-dach.
yes, his hair never grew back in those areas...and there was a scar from the surgery, but I was lucky to have him. I would say he weighed more than 12 lbs at the time, he loved to eat. Maybe that is why the Hawk dropped him..but it really did damage..

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yes, his hair never grew back in those areas...and there was a scar from the surgery, but I was lucky to have him. I would say he weighed more than 12 lbs at the time, he loved to eat. Maybe that is why the Hawk dropped him..but it really did damage..
shouldn't laugh but

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shouldn't laugh but
He did lose some weight...actually after than, he lost down to 11 lbs from 16...I used Green beans as filler in his food. I was talking to my sister who has a little Min. Dachshund who also loves to eat and is more the size of a standard...trim..but weighs in at 20 lbs..if a hawk tried to get Baxter, Baxter would have chicken dinner...(those Dachshunds love to eat...lol.) Seriously a very sweet breed..back to topic!!!

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Wow Flynn that is a very small Min. Dacshund or a very large hawk my trainer has some champion min dacshunds and they weigh about 17 to 20 pounds they look small but they are solid!!!!! My guys weigh 9.5 and 17.5 I do not worry about Hawks and as for great Horned Owls they can take twice their weight but if the prey is hairy it will look much bigger from the sky. I think your Hawks were hungry and took on more then they could deal with. We have lots of wild life where I live but I worry more about the human kind.

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In Washington hawks and eagles have snatched small dogs and cats. Even if the bird can't carry it far, they have been dropped from a height that causes damage, (gruesome.) If the bird even fails to get the animal off the ground, their talons can do terrible damage. I've not seen it personally, but have heard of it a few times.

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