Good "camping" breeds?

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  1. BostonBanker

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    Interesting. I've always been impressed with Meg's recall compared to most tracking/hunting breeds I've known, but assumed it was just her worried nature that prevents her from going too far.

    Having said that, the one creature I have never been able to call her off once she is on the trail is rabbit. Our off-leash time around the neighborhood is pretty much nil most of the summer because of their presence.

    I have to agree that in general, I wouldn't go out looking for a hound or other similar breed if you wanted something that would hang around the campsite. Sure, you are going to find exceptions in any breed, but the odds are a lot better in most other breeds.
     
  2. vanillasugar

    vanillasugar just call me Nilly

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    This is my hope Kerri. She's SO attached to me when we're inside (following me from room to room, rarely straying more than 6 feet from where I am), I'm just crossing my fingers that with time she'll start to be more reluctant to roam when we're outside too. In the meantime, we just keep working on recall and work on a long-line.

    Thanks for the input everyone, it's given me a few breeds I hadn't considered :)
     
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    I take my dogs camping all the time, they do great and love it. I see all different breeds camping successfully. Some more successfully than others, obedience and owner relationship is important.
    A bad thing is KOA camp grounds have breed bans.
     
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    Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever!

    Smaller size, reliable offleash, have the energy to hike, swim etc, and can easily chill at the firepit with you with comfort.
     
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    I agree with Zhucca -- a Toller would make a fantastic camping dog. I'm not sure what sort of breeds you tend to like, but they'd definitely be one to look into if you like them at all. They're wonderful off-lead, and honestly, I have a hard time getting my two to leave me to go exploring a bit for very long. They're constantly looking back to check in and see if plans have changed, haha. They've got lots of energy to keep up with any active outdoorsy type people, but most aren't excessive about it. They enjoy all aspects of the outdoors, but also are very content inside as well -- they like to be where their people are. They're very easily trained, too.
     
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    Well, you want a dog that is confident and something that can be conned into doing whatever. My GSD is a good camping dog. Pretty good off leash without much training, is confident and puts a lot of heart into doing what I want him to.

    He is from working lines and has what I would consider to be a lot of prey drive, however, he doesn't go after things that I haven't imprinted him on first... for instance, he has no interest in ducks at the park, cats, etc. However, he will strain at the leash, choke, flail and scream if he sees something I've previously encouraged him to pursue, and I prevent him from getting it without giving him a "shut up and behave" command.

    The prey drive is a great thing to have in a dog that is going to be encountering a lot of new situations because, for instance, if you want him in the canoe and he's never seen a canoe, you have just to pick up a stick, wave it around and he'll do anything for it without thinking. He's fun to be around because he's an eager beaver and will try anything for you.

    Aside from that he's about 80-90 lbs (might be a bit big for what you're doing), athletic (can clear a 4-5 ft fence without touching, can make it into a dumptruck box from the ground, etc.) he's enduring (3 hours at the beach, running after the ball, dragging our shoes behind him, in 2 feet of water, he barely slowed down) and even when I get him truly tired, he will still try if I ask him to do something. In the house, he settles down and will stay settled down, even if he could use a real workout.

    Well that was long winded. In summary, I would go for a breed that is know for being eager to please, and pick a pup that has decent prey drive and is completely confident in new surroundings.

    Aesthetically pleasing too!
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    Our pace was boring him
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    Relaxing
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    A lot of it depends on when, where and how you'd be camping.

    Car camping in the summer is very different from winter backpacking.

    If you want to do winters or such, a double coated dog is a must. A friends Boxer mix shivered all night inside the sleeping bag, with a person, but Buster slept on a blanket in the 20f weather (in the tent) and as far as I could tell, only shivered once. He popped up, spun in a few circles while I doubled the blanket and got some more over my sleeping pad, and he slept through the rest of the night.

    Make sure they will fit in your tent. A 2 person tent with 2 people might fit a BC, but nothing larger.

    My experience with GSPs are not quite as bad as what Romy says. I've met a few crazy ones, but also some that were reasonable at staying close. I've met some amazing Brittanys. They are supposed to be close working and check in often, it may help to find some French lines in the background, they're a bit smaller, softer, but smarter ;). But a big, orange male Brittany is very pretty.

    Basically, pick something from the Herding, working or sporting groups that otherwise fits your lifestyle. Maybe excepting those northern types ;)
     
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    I actually thought of a French Brittany. They're a good size, bred to work closer, slightly lower energy. Might be good to look at.
     
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    Love that pom in that picture!

    A bit off topic, but Planet Molosser you've totally 'sold' me to the CAS!

    I've always loved them, they're beautiful but I never really knew much about them. I think I'll probably get one instead of a tibetan mastiff (which, is 5+ yrs away... I need more dog experience.) The DA in the tibetan mastiff is a turn off.. but the the CAS is definitely looking more and more appealing everyday.
     
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    THanks feel free to visit anytime.
    Off to the Premier if I see any TM will get u some pics...

    PS Most information is wrong on the internet... :)
     
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    I'll keep that in mind! When I'm more prepared I'll definitely be contacting you. I haven't even had my first dog yet, ahah.. so this is a while from now, hopefully you'll still be breeding then.

    The same sex aggression in tms I have heard from the few breeders I contacted as well, if you know any other contradicting information that would be interesting to hear.
     
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    We dont have same sex aggression they are pack dogs but 2 intact males when a bitch comes in is a issue regardless of breed.
    I could not have 13 if they had this type of aggression.
     
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    oh, no! I meant tibetan mastiffs have same sex dog aggression! Sorry for the misunderstanding!

    The reason CAS's do not have it is the reason I'm being swayed their way.
     
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    britneys are great, part of it also depends in what your looking for in a breed ouside of the camping, and yes looks plays a part to, no point in getting a breed you dont like the look of simply because ti MIGHT make a good camping dog.
    and dont rule out the smaller alternatives, like i and psy mentioned, you also have to have space for this dog, consider what will fit in your car, in the canoe and in the tent lol.

    some of the best camping dogs ive met thus far are the ones noone would suspect, my favorite so far was a little chihuahua x whippet, he was about 10lbs full grown, absolutly adorable, he could hike for miles but hen he got tired they just put him in the backpack lol, and best of all, he fit everywhere, they could take him in the canoe without worry of space issues, he whent water skiing often, even wake/surfboarding
    winter camping hed wear a fleece coat and sleep in the sleeping bag with them, summer camping hed sleep ontop of the bag but didnt take up much space at all, and packing food and such for a smaller dog is soo much easier lol
     
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    I prefer something in the 35-60 lb class, unless they have to fit into a kayak. You should be able to fit a Labrador in a canoe without much trouble (well, back in after a mid- lake swim is tricky) but a closed cockpit kayak means the dog can't move much, but might fit between your legs for a shorter trip.

    Snow and mud is always a big issue with my trips, so I like something with a bit more ground clearance and coat than the toys, although I can see how they'd work pretty well under a lot of circumstances. Predators, bobcats, hawks and big fish (pike... catfish) are a concern of mine with the toys too, depending on whats in the area.
     
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    Think this is a boat not a kayak
    Females normaly are around 80-90 pounds most active people want a female for smaller size but enough size to run off a bear or bad man.

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    As a groomer Ive only met fat Labs or big labs or out of standard labs

    My suggestion is Nova Scotia duc tolling retriever smaller campact and very easy to train. Great swimmers better health than most common breeds.

    However taking gamble and a rescue of the right mix will fit too
     
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    Gotta say I'm growing tired of how you look down your nose at dogs from show lines. Not all dogs from show lines are what you describe, and not all breeds follow the narrow-minded definition of "show line" you so eagerly mention on every thread you can.

    That said - if I was looking for a good camping companion, I'd go with something medium sized, with a versatile coat - perhaps a small GSD. I love to go hiking and camping with the dobes, but they don't like the cold and they do have some out-of-this-world prey drive. That, and they aren't welcome at some campsites purely because of their breed.
     
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    hmmmm ... off to make a new thread-post your doggie camping pics! (so I don't hijack this one)

    But seriously all sorts of individuals in all sorts of breeds make good camping buddies.

    *see I would want less hair... simply as i know how much dirt can hide in BC, toller, etc coats only to drop off in your house or tent at night.
     
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    my other concern with coat is how easy it is for ticks and burrs and such to hide in the coat.

    nekkid dogs pose a differnt challenge as they have to have some kind of cotton suit to stop being scratched ect.
     

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