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Wow Dan! A dog huh?

First of all, I have had dogs on my boats for 15 years. We have never been without them.

The best of the breeds that I have direct experience with are Miniature Schnauzers. They are very affectionate and loving toward the family (kids especially). They will build a very close bond to their owners. They are smart, almost too smart for their own good. They do not shed but must be shaved/groomed. We generally groomed our own, but to each his own.

That being said, I am not sure I would want that dog on the boat again because any long haired dog always gets the stickers in their fur. For Scooter, our last Min Schnauzer, we ended up keeping his skrit really short or almost non-existent because it was such an issue. Depending on how you will use the boat/dog, this becomes an issue because they have to go to shore a lot. Min Sch's sometimes have ear problems or get Schnauzer bumps, but in general are very easy to care for. Min Schnauzers are natural mousers and will actively hunt them out. I have not owned a single schnauzer that did not catch at least one mouse. It is in their blood.

If the long hair was not a big isue for me, I would consider a Min/teacup Yorkee. I have owned one. They are great little dogs and even when they poop or pee where tehy are not supposed to, it is not a huge deal because there simply is not much there. They tend to build close relationships with their owners and can be little 'yippers', but they make a good boat dog because of their size. They can swim. They can run around the boat and still get plenty of exercise.

We currently have a big, fat english Bulldog. That is probably the worst of all boat dogs, HOWEVER: they love to just sit around so they are easy to care for on the boat. However, they snore like a freight train, belch like beer drinker, eat Wombats for breafast, pick their teeth with Labradoodles, and fart out Sailingdogs. HEHE!

In all sesriousness, my friend, what are your plans with this dog? Are you considering cruising? Long vacations? You know your business better than me, but cruising with dogs is tough. It sounds really easy to board them, but in reality, our dogs have really gone sullen when we leave them behind. If I could go back, I would not have bought my bulldog. Not because she is not a great boat dog, but because of the difficulties associated with any dog where we are going.

Just some thoughts, but I know you know that stuff better than I.

Brian

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Here is Sissie and Scooter. Sissie (on the left) is dad's dog. Scooter (rigth) grew up on boats and is ours.



This is scooter on his last sail. I took him out (banged up the boat doing it) for one last ride. That was his place - staring out behind us or riding in the dink. I put him down that next day. Broke my heart.

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In all sesriousness, my friend, what are your plans with this dog? Are you considering cruising? Long vacations? You know your business better than me, but cruising with dogs is tough. It sounds really easy to board them, but in reality, our dogs have really gone sullen when we leave them behind.
Hey there Brian. I hear all that, loud and clear, and it's not anything I haven't thought long and hard about. I've had dogs all my life, save for the past 9 years or so, so I know full well what it's all about, including boarding them when we've been away on the boat. It's brutal. That said, my family REALLY wants a dog. My wife even has gotten very energetic about it, and she's not a dog person through and through. It's one of those things where you can see where it's headed, and you either can make a fuss, or you can get onboard and do your best to make it work out.

The typical problems with dogs on boats is why I have insisted we get a smallish non-shedding dog (or at least minimal shedding; no dog truly is "non" shedding). We also are going to go all out on training the thing to go to the bathroom on the boat. We'll walk her for sure, but I really want her to be able to do her thing on board.

And in closing, keep those ugly hounds away from my beautiful little girl (see next post for the news!).
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Drum Roll Please!!!!

We have taken the plunge, and are acquiring none other than -- a Mutt! It's the same kind of dog that John has, but I can't bring myself to state the name out load and publicly like this (can't let go of my manhood just quite yet). Let's just say that it combines the best color and personality traits of a Golden Retriever, with the non-shedding, hypoallergenic and size qualities of a Poodle. As John said, she's a Mutt! I can live with that.

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Now we just need to come up with a name. My wife has vetoed "Wench." After that I'm out of ideas.
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Umm... John has a Labradoodle, not a Goldendoodle. I'd point out that Goldendoodles can get quite big...



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We have taken the plunge, and are acquiring non other than -- a Mutt! It's the same kind of dog that John has, but I can't bring myself to state the name out load and publicly like this (can't let go of my manhood just quite yet). Let's just say that it combines the best color and personality traits of a Golden Retriever, with the non-shedding, hypoallergenic and size qualities of a Poodle. As John said, she's a Mutt! I can live with that.

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Now we just need to come up with a name. My wife has vetoed "Wench." After that I'm out of ideas.
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Daniel,

Congrats on the new "mutt"!!

I think you'll be pleased with these little half-breeds.

We were lazy and did not "boat train" ours. But we are only sailing coastal Chesapeake, so it hasn't been much of an issue. When she was a pup, I made some midnight trips ashore, but at this point she can make it all night and then some (better than us ).

Best of luck -- and let us know how it goes.
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Umm... John has a Labradoodle, not a Goldendoodle. I'd point out that Goldendoodles can get quite big...
The pix he posted looked like a Golden, but I'm sure there are light colored labradoodles, um, I mean Mutts.

I should have been more specific, ours is a mini, or toy. She'll grow to be about 20 lbs and 14-15 inches high at the shoulders. Small enough to toss overboard when racing.
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The pix he posted looked like a Golden, but I'm sure there are light colored labradoodles, um, I mean Mutts.
Yeah, these mutts come in many different colors. The thing is, you've got chocolate, black, and yellow labs, and then poodles have even more colors than that. So there's quite a bit of color variability.

Our dog's mother was a small yellow lab, her father was a yellow miniature poodle. All the pups ranged in color from tawny yellow (ours) to nearly white.

The golden doodles are more standardized in color.

Given the predicted size, yours sounds like she is not "first generation" goldendoodle? If so, she'll not only be smaller, but she should be less prone to shedding, too.
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Congrats Dan! That's a great looking pup! You guys will enjoy her.

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PS My dog can beat up your dog... snicker.
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Given the predicted size, yours sounds like she is not "first generation" goldendoodle? If so, she'll not only be smaller, but she should be less prone to shedding, too.
Correct. F1b. Those two traits are exactly what we were targeting.

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