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Old 11-08-2011, 12:47 PM   #1
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Trail friendly dog

I'm looking for a new dog, would possibly like one that I can take with me on trails. I'm currently considering a medium sized golden doodle (25-45 lbs).

I'm curious what dogs others would recommend. Mostly looking for a dog that is somewhat laid back, NOT needy all the time. I understand a puppy will be needy, but looking for a dog that will not be needy when it's an adult.

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Old 11-08-2011, 07:40 PM   #2
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If i was you, since you are open to different breeds....Go to your local shelter/pound and hang out with a few dogs in there. Bring home the one that seems to suit your needs the best. I think the best type of dog is a mutt. You'll get a few different traits from different breeds. And they will also be less likely to suffer from health problems that specific breeds do.

If you were looking for a specific breed I would go with a Labrador. Great dogs for outdoor activities.

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I have a Australian Shepard. Great dog, very freindly, full of energy and handles even the hard trails in stride. He will actually rest his head on the center console while I am wheeling and fall asleep sometimes.

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X2 on the Australian Shepherd, extremely smart dogs they make great hiking companions. I used to take mine backpacking all the time (he's too old for that now) They have energy but it's not the bouncing off the walls energy like a border collie
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Old 11-09-2011, 01:40 AM   #6
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I have a Australian Shepard. Great dog, very freindly, full of energy and handles even the hard trails in stride. He will actually rest his head on the center console while I am wheeling and fall asleep sometimes.

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I have a Border Collie. I love that dog, but she is not for someone looking for a lazy animal. They are full of energy, and need a healthy outlet for it. Mine is not too bad, but she follows the cat EVERYWHERE, to the point of annoyance. Aside from that, they are loyal and loving dogs. It might not be a breed trait overall, but everyone loves her and she loves every person she meets. She's great in the woods, but with the long hair, needs to be groomed and checked for ticks afterwards.



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Being a dog trainer on the side, I am with KBR. Your local shelter has tons of great dogs looking for a home. You get to take them for a walk and spend a little time with them. Also if you go to AKC.org you can research any breed your are interested in and see if it is a god fit for your lifestyle.
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I realize everyone has their "favorite " when it comes to dogs--but for me size wise and temperment--I have been very Happy with my 35 pound English Springer. If you get the hunting "version"--or field dog their hair/coat is not as long or thick--so very little cleaning, bathing, or trips to the groomer.

One of the books I read about the breed said it this way--if you want to hike and walk all day they are right there with you--if you want to sit on the couch and watch bad weather they are right there with you--they can be a little "needy" but how that is handled is up to the master.

Mine will ride in the back--or up front depending on where I tell her to sit--and if the duster is on or it is fully open.

One thing I have noticed--all dogs love JEEPS!!!

May also try rescues--for breeds.
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I have 2 beagles. Great little dogs. I used them to hunt rabbit with when they were younger, but they are a bit older now 7 & 8, and mostly like to just hang out with the family, and go for jeep rides.

Most loyal and loving dogs I have ever had, and I have owned dogs for my entire life. Plus the love the outdoors, love hunting and chasing all wild animals for that matter. Lol.
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Shelter dogs! Adopt one and you will never regret it.

They will be so grateful that you gave them a loving home they will do whatever you want--trail, couch, sit on a bench in the park and feed pigeons...

The best trail dogs I have ever owned and/or known in my life have all been shelter rescues.

Our best trail dog we have is our pit mix. She's deaf, so she sprints up the trail until she can no longer see us, then comes flying back until she can see us again. Lather, rinse, repeat for a day hike and you have one happy, tired dog at the end of the day.
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i almost got a jack russell before i moved and couldn't get another dog. labs are always a good choice. i have a malamute as well but they aren't exactly small and take a lot of patience and a firm hand to train well.
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Old 11-10-2011, 03:32 PM   #13
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I have 2 beagles. Great little dogs. I used them to hunt rabbit with when they were younger, but they are a bit older now 7 & 8, and mostly like to just hang out with the family, and go for jeep rides.

Most loyal and loving dogs I have ever had, and I have owned dogs for my entire life. Plus the love the outdoors, love hunting and chasing all wild animals for that matter. Lol.
Are your beagles escape artists? I had to dog sit for one a few years ago and it was a nightmare because it started digging holes under the fence and I had to chase it. I read that a lot of them are like that. It was probably just because it was looking for it's family.

I like those, but too small for my tastes.

Look like we're going to pickup a Golden Doodle tomorrow or Saturday. We changed to a standard size (45-65 lbs). I can't wait!

I grew up with Golden Retrievers, but didn't want to get a pure bred golden because they're usually over breed.

My recent dogs: I had 2 boxers. I love boxers, but they don't live very long. Both died of cancer around age 9.

Golden Doodles usually live around 15 years, so that was appealing as well.
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Old 11-10-2011, 03:34 PM   #14
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i almost got a jack russell before i moved and couldn't get another dog. labs are always a good choice. i have a malamute as well but they aren't exactly small and take a lot of patience and a firm hand to train well.
I have a friend that has a jack russell. Love that dog! Considering one of these someday to replace my wife's dog (mini poodle mix). She prefers small dogs, I like full size.
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Cool looking pup. Congrats.

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I got a Bassett Hound from a friend. He loves to ride!
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:07 AM   #19
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Congrats--but don't take that pup MUDDIN' be awful to have to clean that much fur. JK
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:26 PM   #20
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I got a Bassett Hound from a friend. He loves to ride!
Ha those are great dogs, I was raised with a really great Bassett named Humphrey. However, a Bassett would have a hell of a time jumping into a low-rider Chevy, let along a Jeep and I'll be darned if I'm going to lift him/her in and out of my Jeep all day long.

I'm looking forward to getting a Jeep dog too, will go some kind of a medium-size pound dog this time (my last two dogs passed due to cancer). I wanted an Australian Shepherd like above (after seeing a few on the trail) but several dog types told me they can get terribly frustrated/bored during the day if they don't have a job to do. Which means if they are left alone, I was told they can be terribly destructive.

I'm thinking some type of small lab or maybe springer spaniel but a pound mutt would be fine too. I hope to visit a few pounds before too long, I miss not having a dog.
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I don't know any dog that's not trail friendly. All of mine love to ride in the Jeep.


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I don't know any dog that's not trail friendly. All of mine love to ride in the Jeep.


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I have a Border Collie. I love that dog, but she is not for someone looking for a lazy animal. They are full of energy, and need a healthy outlet for it. Mine is not too bad, but she follows the cat EVERYWHERE, to the point of annoyance. Aside from that, they are loyal and loving dogs. It might not be a breed trait overall, but everyone loves her and she loves every person she meets. She's great in the woods, but with the long hair, needs to be groomed and checked for ticks afterwards.



Your dog looks almost exactly like my BC mix. She is super high energy when she wants to play but Ill be damned if she doesnt sleep as much as a cat does. She is a great outdoor dog and we take her whenever we go out into the woods. She loves running around and chasing squeeking little chipmunks and rolling around in every mud hole she can find. Best damn dog Ive ever had and probably smarter than some of my friends :P
She is OK in the woods during the summer because we shave her down before shedding season. Otherwise, she would be constantly wet for 6 straight months. Short hair lets her dry out once in a while


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Love my Chow Chows, first one (black-shelter rescue) lasted ten years and loved to ride
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a pair of cream Chow Chow puppies from Heavenly Chows
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ALL dogs are great! Who let the dogs out - who! Nothing is more loyal, unassuming or unconditional!
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I really like goldens. So easy to train and goes anywhere with me. Only problem with mine is he gets car sick lol. He makes funny faces too lol.
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I had a golden for 14 years. He loved the car rides. He did get car sick but ginger snap cookies and a hat seemed to help ease the discomfort of the car ride. I went to my knees when I had to let him go. He was the shadow at my feet.
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I had a golden for 14 years. He loved the car rides. He did get car sick but ginger snap cookies and a hat seemed to help ease the discomfort of the car ride. I went to my knees when I had to let him go. He was the shadow at my feet.
Ginger snap cookies huh? I may try that lol.
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Ignore the terminator eye coming out of her head.

2 of our 3 shelter babies. You can see part of the other one over to the left.

These two are great trail dogs.
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