Coyotes don’t always attack dogs. It’s one of those myths that coyote haters like to spread. However, if this were a smaller dog, I’d really worry about it.
In my own experience with coyotes (which is quite extensive, they are a very common species where I grew up), they generally fear people and large dogs, proably because most people who keep foxhounds have now turned them into coyote hounds. The ones I know are of the larger Eastern subspecies, which is about 10 to 15 pounds heavier than Western subpecies. The larger size is thought to come through interbreeding with wolves. 40 percent of all wolf/coyote and dog/coyote hybrids are fertile, so these Eastern animals may have some wolf in them. They have very little dog in them, because coyotes consider dogs mates and because female coyotes are in season only once a year. If any fertile female coydog existed, she would come into season at the wrong time to be bred by her male counterparts. Unlike male dogs, male coyotes are not fertile year round. That’s why most coyotes have very little dog in them.
I’m not a coyote hater. I do think one can hunt them responsibly, however. But I think a lot of what we hear on the rumor mill about coyotes is really just projection. We get the same thing about wolves, and because coyotes are the only animals of this type in the Eastern US, the wolf hatred has been transferred onto coyotes.
I’m sure coyotes do attack dogs, including large ones. I’ve even heard of them killing large dogs and, in another case, castrating them. However, I don’t know whether this is a common occurrence. My experience with them is they are really no threat to people or dogs, unless it’s a dog smaller than 25 pounds. However, that is my experience, and I’m just one person. People don’t feed coyotes where I grew up. They shoot them, so the coyotes never learn any positive experiences with people. Further, they are hunted with hounds, and they learn to fear dogs. I’m sure they could be a bit more dangerous where they are fed by people or no natural prey exists.
The dog in the video is a Gordon setter. The video is from manray68.