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wretchedsailor 01-23-2012 06:55 PM

Bringing the hound along
I will soon be searching for a new family dog. Anybody out there with any thoughts on what kind of dog would make a good sailing buddy? We've got a Pearson 303 and sail on the coast of Maine.

b40Ibis 01-23-2012 07:10 PM

We just became parents to a Boykin Spaniel. He is great on the boat so far. The adult size will be 30-38lbs, so not so big. We previously had a chesapeake retriever, 80lbs, I think size is a big livability/boatability issue for me. But, almost any dog is more willing than you to go for a boat ride.

bljones 01-23-2012 07:39 PM

The wookiee says, "Go to the pound/shelter and find a rescue dog that wants you. "

Andyman 01-23-2012 07:44 PM

I had a toy poodle on my boat. Gawd, she loved going sailing! Here's a pic of her in the v-berth waiting for breakfast.
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Siamese 01-23-2012 07:45 PM

We have Mouse Terriers. We like them because they use a litterbox.

delite 01-23-2012 07:49 PM

We used to take our black lab. He didnt like heeling much and would take up a lot of room in the cockpit. He used to sit on the benches but would slide off when we tacked.

mikefossl 01-23-2012 07:59 PM

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We sailed with our miniature schnauzer (Mexico to Japan). He was great, right sized for our boat and didn't love the water which kept the MOB opportunities to a minimum.

Squidd 01-23-2012 08:05 PM

Life jacket, short leash, or free range...?

blt2ski 01-23-2012 08:20 PM

There are 6 Cavalier King Charles spaniels in my YC that sail and power boat with their people, Out number all other kinds by 2 or 3!


Brian, I am NOT going to get a collar with spikes for Mr Winston, you can do that for your bull bull winston does not need spikes to be manly!

delite 01-23-2012 08:49 PM

On off-shore trips how, where and on what would your pooches relieve themselves? Siamese mentioned a litter box. What about others. We just coastal cruise so the dog could always go ashore even if that meant going for a swim which he loved.

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