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I live aboard, and I am pretty much being forced into accepting a dog. Do pugs make good boat dogs? She is free, has all of her shots, comes with toys, bed etc. and only eats about $20 a month.

What breed of dog would you get for a boat dog?
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Our pug loves the boat, but be aware they swim like rocks with little feet
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Maybe a PFD is in order.
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you bet it is

Gotta tell ya, pugs have a character unlike anyother dog I've known, be prepared to get hooked
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I dislike dogs in general. Except for pugs.
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That's awfully high praise. They have been a well socialized breed for over 2400 years.
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We have a little mutt on board (liveaboards). She has her PFD that is on whenever we sail. Someone once told us, and we followed the advice, the dog is not allowed to get on or off the boat on her own. She is trained to wait even if the dock is only 6" away (and we have a low deck, it would be easy). Not sure if that has kept her from going in the drink, but so far so good. FWIW
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I would go with a water dog breed, since they're far more likely to do well on a boat. A Schipperke is one breed that comes to mind...as is the Portugese Water Dog...
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