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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby highcomm » Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:36 am

I'm partial to West Highland Terriers.
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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby pnolans » Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:43 am

My dog Taz is a German Shepherd/Aus Cattle dog mix. He's a rescue dog. He had a few minor "neuroses" when I first got him.

He's overcome these, and he's hiked 3 or 4 14ers with me now. I take him running with me when I do that, and he keeps me moving. We do lots of hiking around town for now.

Generally, he's waiting for me. He does very well on voice command, I leash him on the mtn when around others people or mountain goats. He likes to chase the goats and is very friendly and wants to make friends with every other person and dog on the trail. Not everybody wants to make friends, hence the leash.
My suggestion, go for a rescue dog. IMNSHO
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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby elchivoloco » Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:47 am

Tucker is a 2yr old mutt, but with a McNab dog phenotype. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McNab_(dog) He chases skiers enthuiastically in the winter, bicycles in the summer, and hasn't needed too much climate related TLC. Though he was scared of rugged terrain when he was first rescued, a year of gradual exposure has turned him into a pretty decent scrambler. He's done about a dozen 14'ers, but mostly in the winter to avoid crowds and harassing wildlife.

If you want a real rock climbing dog look into Terriers. Remember the Jack Russel from Front Range Freaks? My pals JRT is a pretty excellent soloist.
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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby cheeseburglar » Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:59 am

pnolans wrote:My dog Taz is a German Shepherd/Aus Cattle dog mix. He's a rescue dog. He had a few minor "neuroses" when I first got him.

My old dog was mostly blue heeler and a rescue dog. Incredible dog with hilarious neuroses. She was scared to death of any animal larger than her (not a very good cattle dog) and obsessed with marmots and pika. She climbed quite a few fourteeners and was a great dog to ski with. She also could free solo at about a 5.4 level.
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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby EatinHardtack » Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:48 am

So I'll post a pic of my pooch as well. We've hiked almost 300 miles together this season.
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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby Jackk819 » Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:18 pm

I have 3 labs.The blacks ones are 5 years old and one 7 years old. And we just got a 7 week old yellow lab. They listen very well and can be out in blistering cold weather, and swim in it too! I use them for hunting and they are very tough dogs. But the biggest one is a whimp, he weighs about 130lbs and is scared to death of everything, his current mission is to escape our new puppy. He is terrified of him.

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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby Crestoner » Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:16 pm

[quote="cheeseburglar]I think this is a picture of her father:
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That's pretty darn funny. Just saw Road Warrior on TV a couple of days ago.

Nice dog photos, everyone. I look forward to meeting your canine climbing partners on the peaks.

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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby skiwall » Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:51 pm

Jackk819 wrote: But the biggest one is a whimp, he weighs about 130lbs and is scared to death of everything, his current mission is to escape our new puppy. He is terrified of him.


Awwww. That is freaking hilarious. You should make a video. :)
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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby pnolans » Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:02 pm

IHikeLikeAGirl wrote:After many visits to the Humane Society and viewing some of the breeds suggested (or a mix thereof), my daughter and I fell hard for a German Shepherd/Chow named Lily. :iluvu: Ironically, I was wanting to stay away from a Chow, but we walked her a few times and she just fit so well.



And yes, I WILL pick up after her...and I'll do it with a smile! :D



Really cool-looking dog. It's my belief, since I have one, that rescue dogs make the best companions.

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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby aspengirl88 » Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:54 pm

I have a 10 year old Golden that I rescued a year and a half ago. I thought he was a hospice patient...until I took him out on the trail. He kicked my butt! He's an awesome 14er climber, although he gets in some tight spots while rock scrambling. I've taken him camping dozens of times as well. All I bring for him is: plenty of water when I know we'll be away from a water source, 2x as much food as I normally feed him (to make up for extra calories burned), a leash, poop bags, his Ruff Wear booties, and a doggie backpack that he hauls his own stuff in. Sometimes a tennis ball :) I've never seen the need to spoil him with a bed, as he steals my sleeping pad anyways. He's a lovely novelty to have when it's cold outside, especially when he's at my feet. He's a truly awesome dog. Good luck with Lily! I bet she'll have a ton of fun following you around :) Below is a picture of Aspen on the descent of Gray's. Check out his awesome booties!
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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby lodidodi » Sun Nov 29, 2009 9:53 am

I have a siberian husky, here is when he was 1 month and 6 months old. He loves the cold but gets lazy when it's really hot out. He does really well in the mountains, he gets a little scared on some hard class 2 but he's getting better at it.
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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby cwesley73 » Mon Nov 30, 2009 10:09 am

Great looking rescue dog! I am sure your family will be happy.

This is my mutt.

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She is half yellow lab and half great pyrenees, and weighs about 100lbs. She loves to hike, climb, and camp, and has the energy to go forever. She is very mellow when at home and is an indoor dog. She has no issue with other animals although she eyeballs squirrels and other small animals from time to time. She is only protective towards people when she is with my sons(I guess I don't rank high enough to be protected). She has medium to long hair so the cold is not an issue with her. She is absolutely the best dog I have had known and is a valued member of my family.
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