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We are looking for a small dog for daysailing and some bay and coastal cruising. Does anyone have any suggestions or experiences with different breeds?
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I have a 7yr.old Cockapoo who has been my sailing partner all these years. I originally chose her because Cockapoos don''t shed, I''ve been on boats where their dogs do shed, not very pleasant. My dog has turned out to be a great sailing dog, she loves to swim and adapted very well to our cruising/sailing life. Most cockapoos usually don''t weigh over 20 lbs., mine is a little overweight,my bad. Take care, Sheela
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Schipperke''s are known as barge dogs in Europe, they keep rats off the canal barges. I''ve also read of one cruiser that lost one over the side when 15 miles from port and didn''t realize she was missing until arriving in port. Fishermen found her 6 miles out swimming toward port, picked her up and returned her to her owners.
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We are looking for a small dog for daysailing and some bay and coastal cruising. Does anyone have any suggestions or experiences with different breeds?
HI LARRYLEVINE,
WE HAVE A TOYMANCHESTER TERRIER SHE IS GREAT SMALL 10 LBS AS AN ADULT SMART ..SHE DOES VERRY WELLON BORD.WHEN WE GO A SHORE SHE COMES TO. PEARL HAS BEEN TO SOME OF THE NICEST REST. DR .AND ANY WHERE YOU CAN THINK OF .HOTELS THAT DO OR DO'T LET DOGS .PEARL HAS ALARGE DOG BAG LAYS IN AN TRAVLES SHE DOES NOT HAVE TO STAY ON BORD BY HER SELF.SHE IS GERAT WITH KIDS ,SHORT HAIR DOES NOT SHED GROOMING NAILES AND EARS THAT IT . WE GOT PEARL FROM AND WE HAD ANOTHER RADAR..MALE WE GOT THEM FROM JIM AND PAUL SHUMAKER SCARLET'S MANCHESTER TERRIERS THEY HAVE GREAT DOGS AND LOVE THEM. THERE PH. IS 540-899-0147 CALL THEM YOU WILL BE VERRY HAPPY LOOK THEM UP WITH A.K.C.ORG
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We are looking for a small dog for daysailing and some bay and coastal cruising. Does anyone have any suggestions or experiences with different breeds?
HI LARRYLEVINE,
WE HAVE A TOYMANCHESTER TERRIER SHE IS GREAT SMALL 10 LBS AS AN ADULT SMART ..SHE DOES VERRY WELLON BORD.WHEN WE GO A SHORE SHE COMES TO. PEARL HAS BEEN TO SOME OF THE NICEST REST. DR .AND ANY WHERE YOU CAN THINK OF .HOTELS THAT DO OR DO'T LET DOGS .PEARL HAS ALARGE DOG BAG LAYS IN AN TRAVLES SHE DOES NOT HAVE TO STAY ON BORD BY HER SELF.SHE IS GERAT WITH KIDS ,SHORT HAIR DOES NOT SHED GROOMING NAILES AND EARS THAT IT . WE GOT PEARL FROM AND WE HAD ANOTHER RADAR..MALE WE GOT THEM FROM JIM AND PAUL SHUMAKER SCARLET'S MANCHESTER TERRIERS THEY HAVE GREAT DOGS AND LOVE THEM. THERE PH. IS 540-899-0147 CALL THEM YOU WILL BE VERRY HAPPY LOOK THEM UP WITH A.K.C.ORG
GOOD LUCK
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We love our Australian Terrier. He loves the water. I think you can see Terriers are good boat dogs. They don't shed and are small (ours is 20lbs - looks like a big Yorkie). Our breed does like exercise which is great for us - he runs 5 miles/day with us.
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I have mixed feelings about dogs on boats, as well as in homes. Many owners do NOT treat their animals right, and that often turn them into annoyances - if not dangers - for the rest of us. And it really pisses me off when the dog on the neighbors boat thinks that our boat is it's own turf too, and scares the sh.t out of my kids!
Having said that, I do believe that a Terrier is a good dog for boats, even though they tend to be a bit noisy at times.

BTW: "Don't shed"?


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We love our Australian Terrier. He loves the water. I think you can see Terriers are good boat dogs. They don't shed and are small (ours is 20lbs - looks like a big Yorkie). Our breed does like exercise which is great for us - he runs 5 miles/day with us.

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most dogs shed fur, leaving piles of it where ever they've been... Some breeds don't shed fur to any major degree, like Portugese water dogs... and are often far better from a house-keeping standpoint and also from an allergy standpoint.

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I have mixed feelings about dogs on boats, as well as in homes. Many owners do NOT treat their animals right, and that often turn them into annoyances - if not dangers - for the rest of us. And it really pisses me off when the dog on the neighbors boat thinks that our boat is it's own turf too, and scares the sh.t out of my kids!
Having said that, I do believe that a Terrier is a good dog for boats, even though they tend to be a bit noisy at times.

BTW: "Don't shed"?

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As for breeds -- any breed is fine. I would go with something (1) not too active (2) not too hairy (3) small enough to handle but big enough to protect the boat.

Our dog (50 pound mutt from the shelter) was a great protector of our boat and a fabulous companion both cruising and living aboard. But it comes with a price. They use extra fresh water (for drinking and washing). They require LOTS of extra cleaning below and above decks. Your inland travel is limited by getting a dog sitter or finding places that allow Fido to tag along.

Looking back, I loved cruising with our dog when we did. There are many people we would have never met and experiences we wouldn't have had without the mutt. But I am sure there are more we would have had without him. We were young (27) and it was our first time cruising, so we didn't think anything of it.

Now at 36 on our second boat with an almost 5 year old, we're glad we'll be casting off without any pets.


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I have mixed feelings about dogs on boats, as well as in homes. Many owners do NOT treat their animals right, and that often turn them into annoyances - if not dangers - for the rest of us. And it really pisses me off when the dog on the neighbors boat thinks that our boat is it's own turf too, and scares the sh.t out of my kids!
Having said that, I do believe that a Terrier is a good dog for boats, even though they tend to be a bit noisy at times.

BTW: "Don't shed"?
That's right, don't shed. Unlike our friends that bring their dog in our cockpit once in a while - hair everywhere. Also, our Aussie does not bark. The only slam I have on the guy is he was the most difficult dog to potty train and for his first couple of years he got car sick - but not anymore. My next challenge is in a couple of years when we coastal cruise for several months is to get him to go potty on deck (probably bow) when we can't get to shore.
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