Here’s Why It’s Unlikely for Eagles to Pick up a Dog

Dog owners who live in areas that are also inhabited by birds of prey like eagles and hawks may have heard of stories of these birds hunting and picking up small dogs. While it can’t be ruled out completely, it’s considered very rare for eagles to pick up a dog.

First, there’s the weight issue. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Games, the best estimate of an eagle’s lifting power is about four to five pounds. This rules out most dogs and even puppies. Unless you have a super tiny dog, it’s very unlikely for eagles to have the power to carry them.

The above doesn’t even take into account the aerodynamics of an eagle’s flight. Unless the eagle is able to swoop into a wide-open field, it’s very difficult for an eagle to fly and stop, pick up their heavy prey, and fly again from a stationary position.

This, however, doesn’t mean that you should just let your dog play or go outside without any supervision. While rare, it’s still possible for eagles to hunt and attempt to pick up dogs (albeit unsuccessfully). If it will give you piece of mind, one suggestion is to find a ‘hen saver’ that will fit on your dog’s body. You specifically want one that comes with predator eye patterns as this may help deter any hungry eagles that are on the hunt.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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