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Old 06-15-2005, 07:51 PM
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Default Hikers best friend? Which is best?

My friend lost his dog to cancer about 2 months ago and he is now thinking about getting another dog. He is going to go through a shelter or Rescue. The main thing he does with his dog beside the whole family thing is he is a serious hiker. He travels all over the United States and Canada hiking.

His last dog was a Irish Setter but he wants to switch to a dog with shorter hair that doesn't catch a lot of burrs. He also wants a dog with a longer life span if possible but doesn't want a small dog. He hikes in Cold and Hot dry places so the dog has to tolerate both. He is smart dog person and always carries plenty of water but he doesn’t' want a breed that over heats fairly easy. (That is why I steered him away from my favorite the Amstaff)

I'm going to recommend the following; do you have any other ideas?
Aussie Blue Healer (Cattle Dog)
Chesapeake Ret.
Rhod. Ridgeback (?cold hardiness?)
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Old 06-15-2005, 08:00 PM
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Does the dog need some protection abilities as well?

I would recommend a CAO.

Short hair, very rugged, very high endurance, and has enough stopping power to take down anything upto a mountain lion. They are from mountains, naturally dont need alot of water, and can often go miles without rest with proper conditioning.

They live about 12-14 years from everything I read.

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Old 06-15-2005, 08:33 PM
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Interesting breed, did a search and it looks right up his alley. I wonder if they are hard to find. He doesn't need protection, actually he doesn't want a protective dog. They are sure good looking to dogs...to me anyway.

When I first did the search two breeds come up with that name,

1st result Cao da Serra de Aires. Not anything like he was looking for...It is a midsized borderline foofoo dog. lol

2nd search result and the breed I think you meant....Cão de Fila de São Miguel

Thanks for the tip.
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Old 06-15-2005, 08:36 PM
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I was just reading about the Anatolian Shephard. I don't know that much about them but they sound like they are very athletic and adaptable.
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Dalmation and Weimaraner sound like they good to this man some good.
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Dalmation and Weimaraner sound like they good to this man some good.
I know the Weimaraner is a hunting dog but how is the Dalmation in the cold? They seem to have the same about of hair as my Amstaffs and they are not winter sports animals.
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Ah, you're right.

I didn't read that part, sorry.

Weimaraner's may be the same, they've very thin, short coats.

Beagle? Or Bloodhound?

I dunno if the Bloodhound would have the energy... it doesn't seem like they would. Same with the Beagle... I'll find one!
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What he needs is a Bimmer-dog, but unfortunately there's only one of those in the world He even pulls the burrs out of his own fur!

I'd say he might find the perfect dog at the shelter just waiting . . . Actually, a nice Pittie would be a good choice.
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I think a German Shepherd like Rocky would fit the bill too.

They can adapt to any weather climate, they're full of energy, and I'm sure he'd be a great hiking companion. Maybe not as a puppy but if you found a young adult, it should work out great.
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My Bear (GSD/Akita mix) loved to hike.
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