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Old 07-09-2013, 10:30   #16
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Re: Boat Dog Breeds

I have met two people who have been happy locally (SoCal) with their Labradoodles. I also have seen rescue sites for them. Very popular which means having to be careful of sources though I won't do anything but a rescue dog. The benefit of these (when you can find them) is that they have been in foster care and so you get reports on temperament/health issues of a given dog.

In spite of issues... shedding, barking, can be temperamental "one person dogs" I have just contacted a local Schipperke rescue about a really pretty 1 yr old female whose tail hasn't been docked. The flip side of the "issues" is that they are fierce little watch dogs, are extremely loyal and love the water.

RH, I hear ya... complications, complications but as it looks like I will be solo the companionship and security offered by a Schip will balance out the added responsibility and nuisance of keeping after hair, arranging for food, dealing with the authoritays etc.
Having a dog aboard is a really big decision for sure...
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Her name is Lacey, I haven't heard that she is still available yet... she has been in foster care for awhile having been rescued from an Orange County shelter... picture is from Angelsgate Schipperke rescue here in L.A.
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Re: Boat Dog Breeds

Our dog. Mutt from pound. A terrier of some sort the vet says . He is really good aboard, loves to swim, seems to take the heat ok. Only 11 Lbs, eats very little, little poops, first morning aboard went pee on the bow like we trained him to do it
Be sure to get a dog that is a swimmer, some dogs sink..I think pugs sink straight to the bottom!

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Re: Boat Dog Breeds

French Bulldogs have a lot going for them but they swim like stones.
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I have two Pugs. We like the fact that they are willing to sleep 20 hours a day or play 20 hours a day depending on our schedule. A few problems with the breed include they shed, a lot, even with grooming and they have difficulties in the heat.
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Our dog. Mutt from pound. A terrier of some sort the vet says . He is really good aboard, loves to swim, seems to take the heat ok. Only 11 Lbs, eats very little, little poops, first morning aboard went pee on the bow like we trained him to do it
Be sure to get a dog that is a swimmer, some dogs sink..I think pugs sink straight to the bottom!

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I would recommennd a dog that "can" swim but not a dog that "likes" to swim. We've come across a few dogs that decided to go for a swim while the owners are gone. In a lot of marinas, there's no way for the dog to get out without assistance.
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I would recommennd a dog that "can" swim but not a dog that "likes" to swim. We've come across a few dogs that decided to go for a swim while the owners are gone. In a lot of marinas, there's no way for the dog to get out without assistance.
Very good point. I'd add one that doesn't need a tether to stay on the boat as well. There was a black lab that would jump into the water from his owners fly bridge so the owner decided to tether the dog. Yes the dog jumped tethered and would have been killed had others not intervened quickly. He lived to jump another day and had no fear under way or any height. I swear that dog had more than a few screws loose.
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Re: Boat Dog Breeds

Standard poodles.

The good -
Smart, therefore highly trainable.
Originally bred as water retrievers.
They don't shed.
Tough as nails (find one from the working end of the breed).
Excellent watch dogs. A big black standard on board is a great deterrent to potential burglars. Island ne'er-do-wells frequently do not like black dogs.
They're great companions.

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You have to clip them every month or so.
They need exercise. My ex used to race hers down the beach in our Caribe with a Yamaha 15 on the back. She had to go wide open to beat him.
WARNING: If you do not train them they will train you. Some friends liked ours so well they went and bought two. Those dogs run that house, and would probably be much happier with some discipline.

Which brings up training dogs for boats, which I think has been discussed at length on another thread.
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Schnauzers make great boom holder downers
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Re: Boat Dog Breeds

We have two cats, but when one of them goes my wife wants a small boat dog.
I'm not thrilled with the idea and have mandated that whatever dog comes along has GOT to be trained to use the box.
We know it's been done as we had friends on a 40' Passport who had a Bichon.
That dog knew what to do in a cat box with shredded newspaper.

Have any of you been that fortunate?
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Alright- we have a morkie- Yorkshire terrier + Maltese, and we were doubtful- But he loves everything! He loves the boat!( crate trained so he's great when we are not on board) but loves to sail- also loves to go paddle boarding, kayaking, dingying, has a basket on the bike- he will do whatever whenever and doesn't shed. 7.5 lbs and refuses to defame the boat. Awesome dog.
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And he swims like a champ
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We have two cats, but when one of them goes my wife wants a small boat dog.
I'm not thrilled with the idea and have mandated that whatever dog comes along has GOT to be trained to use the box.
We know it's been done as we had friends on a 40' Passport who had a Bichon.
That dog knew what to do in a cat box with shredded newspaper.

Have any of you been that fortunate?
If you get them when they are a puppy it is easy. We train all our dogs in a litter box and then when they are old enough we move the litter box outside and then train them to go outside where we want them too. On a scheduled basis put the puppy in the box as you would if you were taking them outside. Reward them when they go in the box, when they have an accident move them to the box asap. They will learn through repetition. With any dog training you must remain dominant and consistent.
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Re: Boat Dog Breeds

We sorta like our Wire hair's, they don't shed, and are very possesive of they boat and don't allow anyone to approch are boat without letting us know! They are not biters, smart as most hunting breeds are, do there bizz where we show them, they have never gotten sick at sea, swim fair, but really don't like swimming, don't mind messing about in the water at shore! make there own excersise! and are very loveing, and love being in the cockpit unless it's really bad ! LOL small and eat little, and most anything we eat they eat, even fish ! LOL there like our kids for us now !!
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