Well, Gypsy isn't a bird dog in the traditional sense. She doesn't hunt them or point to them or even retrieve them. No she takes it to a new level, she keeps an eye on them. She started this quirky behavior a few years ago. Our neighborhood is surrounded by farms and many wide open fields. We get the big black vulchers circling the fields from time to time looking for something nasty to eat. A few years ago, Gypsy started to notice these menacing looking creatures and bark at them, trying to chase them away. It was pretty funny. It got to the point where she would walk out into the back yard and look into the sky, looking for a bird to scare off. Not just any bird, only the big black ones. She would scan the entire sky looking for one getting ready to enter our air space.
Come on BIRD, make my day!
She could care less about a Robin or any of the smaller birds. She has, a few times, tried to chase off a flock of Geese as they buzzed our back yard at low altitude. But for the most part, it is the Vulchers she looks for.
Incoming BIRD over my yard!
So, now all we have to do is say "where are the birds" and she lifts her head to the sky, looking for Vulchers. If none are to be chased off, she comes back and relaxes. If there is one off on the horizon, she will keep an eye on it, making sure it keeps a good distance away.
Stay away from my yard, Big Black Bird!
She has recently taken interest in planes. I'm not sure why this is but, she will be looking up in the sky looking for a bird and she'll see a South West flight cruising at 35,000 feet and will try to chase it away too. Strange dog.