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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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