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Old 06-07-2009, 09:18 PM
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So one of the things Matt really wants to stress in future dogs is that they be good "camping" dogs. Dogs who (with training of course) can be reliable off leash, want to hike, swim, canoe, etc. It's something we want to do more of, and Sierra would NOT be suited to join us on any serious trips, which bums us both out

I have a few breeds in mind that might be more suited for this, but thought I would throw it out to you guys to see what you think
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:28 PM
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Sawyer makes an awesome camping buddy. Stays close, great recall, enough protectiveness to alert if someone/something comes up to the camp after dark.
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:30 PM
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Both of my guys are champs at it.
Sunny is an aussie (zoom calls him the "un aussie" cuz his coloring/fur is wrong)
Stormy is a GSD/Husky mix
I imagine any dog that isn't a hound could fit those qualifications, and even a hound could be trained on a looooong lead. It's just a training process with any dog.
For my two their recall is stellar on trails because they aren't on "home turf". They feel the need to protect me so they stay close. Normally they are "good" but on our camping trips they rock my socks with how quick they are.

I would assume a border collie would do pretty well, and a JRT if properly trained or maybe with a long lead. Any assortment of mixes could do the trick. I've seen people backpacking with anywhere from Irish wolfhounds to cocker spaniels . Good luck. It's a lot of fun . It's the best exercise for all of us. By the end of the trail the dogs are so worn out by the new smells and the long walk they sleep hard.
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:30 PM
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We took our lab camping with us once in a while when we were growing up. He was older by the time I can remember it, but he liked to be outside and explore with us.
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:32 PM
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I was thinking... it might have been easier to name the breeds that AREN'T good for camping type activities LOL
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:51 PM
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i was gonna say lol
ANY breed can be a good camping/activty breed.
heck the cresties whent on their first camping weekend and did absoutly great and loved it! i just had to make sure i sun screened them lol.

i think though for what your describing
id say most likley a medium/small breed, with a great energy level that will take on anything without hesitation.
the only reason i say small-medium breed is
1: ease of travel
2: ease of camping, remember you want to share your tent with a dog the size of a small pony, your going to need a bigger tent lol.
3: some campsites are putting restrictions on dogs on site.
4: a dog the size of a small pony wont fit in the canoe

*as a side note, if going camping in actual camp grounds/parks be sure to not only check if your dog is allowed but check the leash laws, thanks to some people in the world rules about off leash dogs and even acess to camp grounds have changed making camping with dogs something that needs to be prior reaserched in many places.

id think many of the terriers would work well, however id be warey about offleash recall in the "wilds" of some terriers.
mabe some of the hearding breeds too, again they have the energy and drive to spend a day hiking and most are willing to try anything.
spaniels do well in the feild too!
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:56 PM
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Any breed realisticly can do fine camping. a good trained dog comes in any breed.

Blaze is a amazing camping/cottage dog. he goeson 3-5 camping trips a year and 3-5 cottage trips a year (we have a camping and cottage trip coming up at the end of a month) Blaze is a dog who is fine with change. We took him boating and canoeing for the first time last year, he did amazing. he is perfect offleash, but most camping places they need to be leashed any way, unless you are outback camping way up north (OP will know what Im talking about) which is what I assume your talking about? We just stick to "real" campgrounds. I tend to find ones that are very dog friendly, they have dog beachs and dog parks in them (bon echo is amazing for this)
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Old 06-07-2009, 10:04 PM
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Any breed that is a " family dog " enjoys it . They basically want to be with you .
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i have to strongly disagree w/ tankstar.
when thinking in terms of breed you have to think of the behavior of the majority not the exceptions. for this reason i would caution against sighthounds, scenthounds, terriers, feists & some lines of cur bred strictly for hunting. if these types of dogs are high on your want list then look for individuals from show lines w/ severely impaired hunting drives and a slightly clingy nature.
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Wirehaired pointing griffons would be great for what you want.

They have tremendous all day staying power when you're out hiking/hunting, and when you're not they are pretty content with an hour or two romp or day long access to a large yard, and happy to settle down in the house.

This is very unlike most other pointers. GSP and GWP have endless energy, no off switch whatsoever. The brittany spaniels I have met were the same way.

Also, some of the gun dogs were bred to work far afield, flushing and pointing game. WHPGs are a close working breed. Charlie has taken very little recall training to become reliable. It's bizarre, but out in the pasture/fields/woods it is like he is on an invisible line. He will trail out to the end of it, about 50-60 feet out, and then come zooming back to check in with us every 5-10 minutes. This is how they are bred to work, if you read the french working standard. They are rare enough that it is easy to find a good working bred WHPG with correct style in the field.

They are also cool to hike with, because they point naturally and creep as close as possible to the bird without scaring it away. Charlie points quail and grouse that we would normally walk past, so we see more wildlife with him around.

They do very well in all kinds of terrain. They have huge rubbery feet to keep them from sinking in deep mud and the perfect coat for traveling through brush and stickers. Charlie is WAY strong. Robert tires him out by throwing branches down a 25 foot waterfall near our house. He runs down a near vertical slope, grabs it, and runs back up again. His muscles are awesome.

They are smart, durfy, and extremely handler focused.

Another big bonus, is dog aggression of all sorts, including same sex aggression, is unheard of. Out of the 12 breeders we contacted, every single one said that it does not exist within the breed. That was a huge factor for us getting one.
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