Dog breeds for hiking/running

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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby LIV » Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:57 pm

Love the idea of sleeping bag for your dog!! And the fact that he carries it himself. I had two labs who hiked with me often. Once, up at Kite Lake, the temperature got down so low in my tent that they were both shivering and whining. Those two have now passed away from old age after quite a few fouteeners.

I have since bought a tent heater for car camping, but a sleeping bag will do nice for my new lab (pictured here). He did his first ascent of a 14er on about 2 months ago, Evans via Echo Lake, when he was 10 months old. He'll be a year in March.

Funny thing though, he has no issues about climbing anything that I'm climbing and will do his darndest not to leave my side (this is OK while we are just scrambling stuff, but it is unnerving when I'm sending a Shelf Road route). He actually will get a portion of the way up what I'm climbing -- like a mountain goat. I should nickname him "goat".
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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby mountainmicah83 » Fri Feb 05, 2010 11:27 am

Ive brought sleeping bags for my guy and can't seem to get him to stay in and/or under it. He just doesn't get it I guess.
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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby Inky6900 » Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:02 pm

mountainmicah83 wrote:
Ive brought sleeping bags for my guy and can't seem to get him to stay in and/or under it. He just doesn't get it I guess.

I just bring an inflatable sleeping pad for my dog. Two sleeping pads are easier to pack in than a dog bed and a sleeping pad. When deflated, they compress well into a backpack. The pad keeps his body off the cold ground - something beneficial for all dogs, especially older ones. Then I just drop my jacket over him at night if he's cold.

I don't know if this will help but it might be worth a try. Plus you won't have to carry extra sleeping bags or blankets (which can be heavy or problematic when wet) when you hike into camp.

You may also consider a doggie jacket which he can wear when he sleeps. They are lightweight and also easy to pack. You can clip the jacket to the outside of your pack for your hike into camp. Ruff Wear sells many of them. Sawyer uses the K-9 Overcoat. The link is below if you are interested.

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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby njwhite » Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:10 pm

mountainmicah83 wrote:Ive brought sleeping bags for my guy and can't seem to get him to stay in and/or under it. He just doesn't get it I guess.

I have had the same issues, my dog will lay on things but not in them, she also refuses to wear a dog sweater or jacket. She just puts her tail between her legs and acts as if she is being punished. I agree with inky, I cut down an old foam ridgerest and bring that for her to lay on which keeps her insulated. Normally she is curled up right against me so I'm sure we share some heat as well!

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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby nancyb » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:27 pm

I have a wolf/Malamute/siberian husky hybrid that is awesome! He can go 20 miles and be ready to go farther. I hike alone at times and wanted protection as well as company. He only barks if there is someone he perceives as a threat. They are pack oriented so socializing is important and it is hard for them to be alone at home for a long period of time.

My boyfriend had a hybrid that had more mountain sense than most people--she trained my dog as a pup in the mountains and now he is in his prime at 4 years old. They seem to know what rocks they can climb and what to avoid. He has never had any trouble with altitude--did his first 14er at 3-4 months in the winter--Lincoln.

The hair when shedding is beyond belief, but they are bred for the winter and the mountains...would do it again in a heartbeat...

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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby JLOHARA » Sun May 30, 2010 8:54 pm

Rescue dogs!! Border collie rescue group. You know the bio's on the dogs before you even get to meet them. We adopted the most amazing dog in February!! She is 1 1/2, crate trained and housebroke and has great manners. She runs about 15 miles weekly with me and is always ready to hike and climb. She has a great off switch.

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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby Swissy » Mon May 31, 2010 7:04 am

There are some Swissys that are very healthy and active, but do your research on the breeder. My boy Bridger is very active. We skijor race, so far he has climbed 9 14ers, and he weight pulls. He runs with me every other day and hikes on on the off days. As a brag for him-He holds the GSMD weight pull record at 4009.8 pounds:)
This weekend he climbed Torys and Gray. They are very heat sensitive, so spring climbs are great!

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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby blaine_train » Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:55 pm

I realize that the original post has long past. I was researching to make sure my dog would be okay on Grey's and Torrey's.

I would say for Pure Bred dogs, look at the AKC's website. Familiarize yourself with the different breeds and the different breed catagories. Working Breed dogs are generally a good place to start.

As for Mixed breed dogs the AKC's website is still a good place to look. Especially if you know some of the breeds that make up your dog.

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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby badger » Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:29 pm

What a stud of a dog!!! Male Boxer, named Tabasco
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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby ktimm » Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:44 am

It's hard to argue with a border collie or aussie however, I've done 20 mile days and a lot of trail runs with a mini wiener dog.

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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby lazy climber » Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:14 am

I have done a lot of trails with Cairn terriers, not as impressive as the "big" dogs but is also hard to keep them from running off after things or digging holes looking for whatever dogs look for in holes and at times you have help them over some of the larger rocks(short legs) but they do fairly well.

And if you have to end up carrying them down the hil they are not that heavy, actually fit fairly well in a back pack.

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Re: Dog breeds for hiking/running

Postby JA_son27 » Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:47 pm

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