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#156622 - 11/02/11 10:59 AM Re: help choosing a four legged hiking partner? [Re: Samoset]
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From your list of criteria, and your location, I would say don't get a husky or malamute. I have a small malamute (75 lbs). Just look at my avatar. She is very protective of kids, but we have to consistently remind her that she isn't in charge. I think she makes a great hiking companion, but her prey drive is HUGE. If it is small, she will try to eat it.
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#156633 - 11/02/11 12:43 PM Re: help choosing a four legged hiking partner? [Re: finallyME]
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I have always ruled out the really large breeds because they don't live long enough, ie 8 years. Breeds with fighting and protection in their genes are not trustworthy enough for crowded trails, wildlife, and livestock. Some people swear by them, but why take a chance when you can have a breed that has evolved to protect lambs?

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#156851 - 11/05/11 11:45 PM Re: help choosing a four legged hiking partner? [Re: Samoset]
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Hello everyone,
First of all I want to think everyone for there responses Im much appreciative. Second to Bill I'm really sorry to here about your loss but very anxious to here more about how you and Annie's relationship develops. As I'm almost 100% I have my heart set on a female Aussie. On a chance encounter I was working by a pond yesterday clearing some undergrouth and vines for a land owner that I do a lot of such work for. When out out of no where a blue merle female Aussie Walks up to check out what I was doing . Assuming this was the neighbors dog. I extended my hand palm out in an inviting manor and she came right over allowing me to pet her.

I have no idea her name and she was gone just as quick as she came but that pretty much was the sign I needed to set into motion the next set of events. That wil lead to my family having our first puppy together. Now to the buisness of puppy proofing upgrading fencing, new doghouse/bedding , finding a responcible breeder or suitble rescue dog. I'm currently semi interested in One breeder as they will have a litter ready early march which is a bit early for me but I could possible swing it. http://www.MOSSYCREEKAUSSIES.com I'm not 100% set on them I plan to contact them and ask if they would allow me to come meet the mother an father of the litter might try and head up that way in a few weeks I'm also going to continue my research of rescue shelters and breeders in the area.

Any advice on dealing with breeders or rescue shelters will be greatly appreciates as I have either inherited or been giving as a gift all my previous dogs . even our dog now my wife had three years before we met. So I'm extreamly novice and a little nervous about making decisions like this that are going to be this big of a commitment to my family and myself.

To the comments about aussies needing active homes and things to keep there minds busy all day. This is exactly what drew me to this breed as a family we live an extremely active life style. And we treet our pets as part of that life style and our family no matter what we are doing.

Another thing that attracted me to the breed was there intelligence I intend to challange and test them threw games training And just plain everyday companionship. I intend on taping into some of there natural herding and protective genes and train to help keep an eye on our children especially as they get older and want to start venturing off on there own day hikes and such when at go backpacking.

Overall I'm pretty excited and I have to say its nice to have something to look forward to that I can share with my whole family. I'm going to take this slow and not make any impulsive decisions.

Thanks again everyone
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#156876 - 11/06/11 06:43 PM Re: help choosing a four legged hiking partner? [Re: Samoset]
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Very good Samoset, the aussies are wonderful dogs, well behaved, intelligent and medium sized with good working capacity. A perfect companion both at home and on the track.

To select the breeders and then to select the puppy is another matter. The breeder must be recognized by the FCC and should have some reputation within the community of that breed. If this is ok you are as secure as you ever will be.

But how to select the puppy is another matter. I have done it three times and it starts with a phone call to the breeder to ensure that I may have the first selection of the puppies. If I may not have this then I wait to find another litter.

When I have a deal with the breeder, I take two trips to view the puppies, one just to see size and tendencies (not yet make a decision) but later when the puppies are almost weaned I make the final choice. Find out when the puppies are fed, and arrive some time before that.

Buy a balloon and blow it up, and throw it to the puppies. See who is most interested in it, and who takes charge of the play. When it explodes, see who is the first one back to look for it. There you have a strong, self secure, unafraid dog. If this dog steals food from the other and better even from his mother I would say perfect! That is my choice method. If you forget the balloon, clap your hand hard, or find some other way to mak an abrupt unexpected noise. Works the same.

If you are unfamiliar with training dogs, you could pick not the top alfa dog, but the second on the list. At all cost I would stay away from the timid afraid puppy in the corner. Some like this, but I think this could be a bigger problem than the top alfa dog.
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#156905 - 11/07/11 09:50 AM Re: help choosing a four legged hiking partner? [Re: ppine]
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Loc: Utah
Originally Posted By ppine
I have always ruled out the really large breeds because they don't live long enough, ie 8 years. Breeds with fighting and protection in their genes are not trustworthy enough for crowded trails, wildlife, and livestock. Some people swear by them, but why take a chance when you can have a breed that has evolved to protect lambs?


My dog is 6 right now. I have been thinking of getting a large herding dog to replace her when she gets to old. My criteria for one is that the dog is large enough to pull my sled easily, alone. It must have a thick winter coat and be able to sleep outside in the snow with only a pad underneath. It also must be really good with small kids.
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#156942 - 11/07/11 03:53 PM Re: help choosing a four legged hiking partner? [Re: finallyME]
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One odd note - the "Alaskan Huskey", the primary sled dog here in Fairbanks is a short-hair. They live outside year around too. Weirdest thing. (Sorry when I moved up here I was expecting Samoyads and Mals.)

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#162735 - 02/24/12 05:21 PM Re: help choosing a four legged hiking partner? [Re: Samoset]
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Loc: Kansas
I have owned/had two mix breed Labs; one a lab/?? mutt andmy current a Lab/Large Terrier mix. The first would walk with me anywhere but we really never truely hiked. My current love to walk and we have hiked together four or five times in the two years he has shared my life. I would suggest a mix breed of any larger breeds. Mixed because it usually rules out some of the hip, eye and other issues of pure breeds these days.

I also agree with those who have said get a dog to live with that like to hike because you will spend more time at home than on the trail.

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