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In all seriousness, if you go to an outing with larger YC's, you will see ALL kinds and breeds of dogs along on the member outings. Granted most are smaller, 40-50 lbs or less, 15-30 like Winston pictured above is probably the most common in my YC. BUT, we do have a couple with a pit bull, a lab or 2 or three, golden retrievers etc on the larger size too.

I would agree that most properly trained dogs will not jump overboard when moving.

Choose what you think will work, a PFD for the dog should be included, as it is easier to bring them up via boat hook or equal when the PFD has a loop on the top. issue 2 in 2008 DIY Boat owner mag has a good article on hound PFDs and how they fit different dogs etc.

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We had a small (20lb) terrier mix mutt who lived and travelled with us for 2 years on a 27 ft boat.He hated the water but was quite happy as long as we were with him.He needed a life jacket not just for safety reasons but also as he was black it kept him cool when it was hot.Whatever type of dog you have it changes how you cruise and where you anchor as our old dog did not like pooping or peeing on board.We did try with a turf mat but even when hubby peed on it to start things off old Obi did not want to know.
My opinion is a smaller dog is much more convenient,easier to get on and off,less food to carry,and less poop to dispose of.Some men have trouble with owning a small dog though,they think it is unmanly??!!
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It was amazing how many pugs I started noticing after the movie 'Men in Black' came out.
That movie made a believer out of me in the pug personality cult. Then again I have always liked dogs and have come to appreciate how varied feline personalities can be.
YouTube - singing dog (pug from 'men in black')
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A properly trained dog will not jump in the water; however, our dog, Zorro, was once missing in 2003 and we had to backtrack our course for two miles to find him.


Zorro does pee off the stern on command.....

Schipperke's excel as boat dogs. He also barks at other boats in the fog that we can only see on radar.
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I feel the need to warn you of other consequences of dogs living on boats...
Because our mutt can't climb the companion way stairs, we now have a doggie door (a recycled 8" Lewmar hatch) to allow access from the quarter berth to the cockpit.
Because the jump from the floor to the quarter berth was a little bit high, we now have a custom shelf/step.
Because my tool shelf under the table feels like a dark den, my tools must find another home.
I could go on, but you get the idea.
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Ha. Yea I am finding that her jumping skills necessitate a lot of handling of wet dog.
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My Jack Russel , AKA , Queen Bee < is the real Capitain of the ship !
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I had a girlfriend with a pug once. Damn dog was sweet, but a nightmare to deal with. Had to eat a special food or her hair would fall out. Constantly getting respiratory infections. Very smart though.
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