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Best Dog Breed for RV'ing
« on: June 01, 2010, 09:00:20 AM »
My Wife and I recently upgraded our 2000 American Eagle to a 2007 American Eagle and expect to begin traveling more and more. We currently have two pets, a 6 year old cat and a 11 year old Yellow Lab. Unfortunately our beloved Lab, Zoe, has had many knee and hip issues and is becoming less and less mobile. My question is, we are looking to get another dog that will travel well with us in the MH. We really prefer  the Lab type of dog over the smaller breeds and are looking for suggestions for different breeds that might be good for us.
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Re: Best Dog Breed for RV'ing
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2010, 09:09:22 AM »
You have already decided on a Lab. Go get one. One big dog is as good as another in an RV.

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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2010, 10:08:32 AM »
Why not visit a local animal shelter and see if there's a mid-size or larger dog that "feels right" to you?  A good shelter will screen the animals and be able to tell you which ones would suit your lifestyle.  Also, Labs are an extremely popular breed in the U.S., so chances are you'll find one there.  And I'm sure if you look online you'll find Lab rescue societies that take care of abandoned Labs until they find a home.

Whoever the dog is, he or she is going to be very lucky to find a home with you :)

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Re: Best Dog Breed for RV'ing
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2010, 10:20:35 AM »
Check my avatar - that's Gordon our yellow lab adoptee. Picked him up at the Las Vegas Humane Society and he has been a wonderful traveler for the last 2+ years. (You can see that he has trouble relaxing.) Does Zoe still enjoy traveling? If she has trouble getting in and out of the coach, I've seen a lot of people with pet ramps so the kids doen't have to climb the steps. When you're ready for a new kid, the shelters are full of labradors and lab mixes and almost every state and big city has a lab rescue organization. Unfortunately, the country's most popular dog is also one of the country's most abandoned dogs. And check out petfinder.com - you enter your zip code and the breed, color, sex, etc. of the dog your looking for and you will get more listings and more pictures of orphans than you can stand looking at.
 
Enjoy Zoe while you can. We lost our black lab at 12 and our chocolate lab at 10. They still travel with us and Gordon in our hearts.
 
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Re: Best Dog Breed for RV'ing
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2010, 10:31:40 AM »
Boy is this a loaded question..... ;D (just kidding)  Everyone will tell you their breed or their dog is the best to have.  However, as Tom says, sounds like you really like Labs, so that is probably your best choice since you know the breed. 

I used to help people choose a horse for themselves and the thing I found out, and the same is true with dogs, is that most people often don't match their life style or personalities with a dog or horse choice.  There are standard characteristics with breeds (horses and dogs) so if you match your life style with a breed that meets the same needs that will be the most successful.  We have a standard poodle that weights 75 lb and will be 3 in November.  Our granddaughter has allergies and "Charlie" is non-allergic and doesn't shed; but he has to be groomed on a regular basis.  So there are pluses and minuses for each breed, but I love the fact that he doesn't shed.

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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2010, 12:27:09 PM »
I would suggest getting a young pup. It will be easier to get him used to driving in an RV. I got my kitty at 6 weeks and she is now 6 months. She is so used to traveling (since she lives here) that on the trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon he slept on the passenger seat almost the whole way.

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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2010, 04:01:39 PM »
Once you've had a terrific Yellow Lab, it's hard to consider anything else.  (I know  ;)  --- I'll readily admit to being prejudiced.)  Our lab, Dusty, traveled with us for the last 7 of her 12 1/2 years.  I would hesitate to get a lab puppy, though, unless you're sure you'll be in places where there is lots of room to run.  They're such strong, muscular dogs.  After about 3 years, they settle down a lot.  Wonderful dogs!  They do shed, though.  I often said Dusty stayed so clean because her hair fell out before it could get dirty.  :D

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Re: Best Dog Breed for RV'ing
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2010, 04:38:00 PM »
I often said Dusty stayed so clean because her hair fell out before it could get dirty.  :D

I love it. Gordon is taking his afternoon nap and I can see the hair drifting off while he sleeps :)
 
 
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Re: Best Dog Breed for RV'ing
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2010, 06:43:08 PM »
We own two Australian Shepherds better known as Aussies. We have had very good luck camping with them, and as long as they get a chance to exercise (run) and chase Frisbees,etc. daily, they're fine. They are the perfect size (50-52 lbs.) to qualify as real dogs vs. some of the teeney tiny ones so popular with some RV'rs, and I can't tell you how many compliments we've had about their looks, personality, and good behaviour at the campsite. So, like someone said, everyone thinks their breed is the best, we thought we'd chime in. Good luck with your search for the perfect travel companion
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Re: Best Dog Breed for RV'ing
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2010, 08:17:10 PM »
It seems to me that the best breed/type of dog for rv'ing would be a smaller dog, and one that doesnt shed hair.  With that said, get whatever you want.

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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2010, 08:21:44 PM »
A year or so ago Chris and I house sat for some friends who own 40 acres, 17 horses, and 4 beautiful Australian shepherds (moma and 3 pups). Wish I'd taken more pics of the dogs. Not sure I'd want to take 4, or even 2 in the coach though.
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2010, 09:04:41 PM »
what ever breed you do decide on, I'd definitely recommend
a rescue or adopted, and there are many websites that
give you the pro's and con's of each breed. So just do your
research. Personally, my favorite is a good whippet, minimal
shedding, quiet, active when you want and otherwise couch
potatoes, not real big but big enough to be considered big.
Very loving. But they are not for just anybody, cause you
have to keep them on a lead cause they love to run.
Definitely a loaded questions is right cause everyone
has their favorites.
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2010, 09:12:41 PM »
Tom,  I can just see Chris cleaning all that hair that Aussies produce.  It comes off by the handfuls...... ;D

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« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2010, 09:14:53 PM »
Aye you're right Marsha.
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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2010, 09:27:37 PM »
We have a choclate chihuahua.  I never would have said I would ever have a chihuahua, but we rescued him sort of, he was our daughters and she moved to aplace she couln't keep him.  Daddy to the rescue.  I was a bigger dog guy till we got Koda.  Of course your new RV is a lot bigger than mine, so a Lab may be just the thing.  For us, nothning bigger than about 15 lbs. 

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« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2010, 09:36:29 PM »
I am not a fan at all (brother wife has one, brother doesn't claim the dog as his) but a toy poodle.  Eats probably 10 pieces of food a day, when/if it does pee in the house it's about a tablespoon of liquid, they take up no space (her's is 3.5lbs) & they do not shed.

It's definantly not a dog I will ever own, but I could see how it would work really well in a RV.  There are also the larger 50-75lb versions.... suppose to be some of the smartest dogs around..... not my thing though

I personally have 2 britney spaniels 1 of which was a rescue dog & my fiance has 2 border collies......  both have their plus/minuses.... grew up with boxers, labs, malamutes & britney's.... I prefer the britney spaniels but at 12yrs old, they have the energy of a 1-2yr old lab thus not for everyone.  Fiance's broders are fetching machines.... I think they have OCD since they are so obsessed.  They just bark a LOT.... getting better (3yrs old soon)

 
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« Reply #16 on: June 01, 2010, 10:49:48 PM »
But I'm curious what are you going to do with your current dog?

I can't take a dog with us, Sue Anne does ok with a cat but a dog in the house for very long would get her allergies going.  She gets 3 shots a month and takes pills, we do pretty good now but I think that would be a big problem for her.

Our dog is about 4 or 5 I think, the cat is 14 years old soon.  I love these animals but I'm not sure I will have anymore.  If I do I will limit it to 1 that can go with us, likely another cat , we shall see.
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« Reply #17 on: June 01, 2010, 11:28:31 PM »
Whatever dog becomes your dog will be the best one for camping, of course.  ;)  We adopted our dog Domino (half black lab, half blue heeler) from another family who couldn't keep her a few years ago.  She had just turned 4, now is 6 1/2 or so, and basically looks like a small black lab with a few white accents and pointy (instead of floppy) ears.  Weighs about 35 lbs, perfect blend of smaller size and watchdog effectiveness.  Domino went from being terrified of the RV initially, to now being a full-fledged camping dog.  LOVES the camper and gets so excited whenever we are loading it, usually wants to go jump in and just sit around in there until it's time to leave.
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« Reply #18 on: June 01, 2010, 11:47:26 PM »
If you get a small dog they can be litter box trained.

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« Reply #19 on: June 02, 2010, 08:04:32 AM »
We have 2 Belgian Sheepdogs (Groenendaels) and I would heartily recommend against that breed as a good RV dog.  They're high energy.  Our boys are coming up on 10 and 11 so they're settling down a little.  They love the trailer and adopted it as their own immediately upon recognizing a bed, a sofa and a water bowl. 

I saw a dog the other day that was a first for me.  An Aussi-doodle.  I can't imagine one for the RV lifestyle as the combination of energy and intelligence would have me afraid it would drive off without me but it was an amazingly beautiful and soulful dog.  I was never a fan of little dogs but our friends have a mini-pin and she's a hoot.  She would be awesome for travel as we could put her in a travel bag on the back of the motorcycle and not have to worry about petsitters on long trips. 

Not sure what our next dogs will be but luckily nothing will ever happen to our boys so it's not an issue.  Can you tell we have no kids?   ::)
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« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2010, 08:58:08 AM »
We always have had a labs or a Border Collies. I love my Borders Collies the 2 I have now are great, when the kids were little they would herd them away from the pool until I said it was OK and they can open both gates in about a minute if the gates are not locked properly. DW has always wanted a small dog so Valentines day 2009 I got her a chihuahua dachshund mix we call a chiwienie. I have to admit I have fallen in love with her and don't think I will get more big dogs when the Collies are gone. They are getting up there in years and the small dog is one of the family, easier to clean up after and even though she is high energy she behaves better in public and around crowds. The Collies think every crowd needs to be rounded up and herded back to me. They are always trying to get off the leash so they can go to work and they have both figured out how to get out of a collar.

As far as the RV goes with 5 of us and usually a few kids friends a small dog is the only way we could even think about taking a dog along.

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« Reply #21 on: June 02, 2010, 09:35:52 AM »
Dogs have learned to adapt to humans very well, and vice versa, obviously. Whatever you get will probably adapt to RVing. That said, larger may be a better watchdog but smaller fits more easily, at least up to a point, and depending on how much exercise you can provide. FWIW, I'll share our experience. We had a Sheltie and a dachshund, both of whom were fine though the Sheltie passed away shortly after we got the rig. Chase was a beautiful, smart, sweetheart of a blue merle (see my avatar, kind of a joke photo that I made years ago), and I never minded the grooming, which he loved. The dachshund, a retired therapy dog, passed earlier this year (both elderly). We would like a dog to be a bit larger than a toy or miniature, partly for its watchdog aspects. 

We are looking at poodles, partly because they're so intelligent and fun, and partly because they're non-allergenic, and partly because we just like them. Grooming can be simplified into a "puppy cut" that's about the same length all over. A standard poodle is pretty large, although I gather Marsha's standard does just fine. We are looking at kleinpudels ("small poodle" auf Deutsch), not an official AKC breed but lots of them in Europe and some here. They are maybe 19-21" at the withers and about 25-35 lbs. Seem a bit leggy. Not sure whether they're too active for us. We are looking for a male, as they reputedly tend to be more companionable. Good luck in your search!
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« Reply #22 on: June 02, 2010, 11:08:24 AM »

We are looking at poodles, partly because they're so intelligent and fun, and partly because they're non-allergenic, and partly because we just like them. Grooming can be simplified into a "puppy cut" that's about the same length all over. A standard poodle is pretty large, although I gather Marsha's standard does just fine. We are looking at kleinpudels ("small poodle" auf Deutsch), not an official AKC breed but lots of them in Europe and some here. They are maybe 19-21" at the withers and about 25-35 lbs. Seem a bit leggy. Not sure whether they're too active for us. We are looking for a male, as they reputedly tend to be more companionable. Good luck in your search!

Wow, I'll have to look that up and see what they look like.  Are they a version of the miniature poodle and are they mixed with any other breed?  That seems to be the trend with poodles lately, they are bred with other breeds hoping to get the best of both.  Sometimes, it works and sometimes it doesn't.

If you would have told me years ago that I would have a poodle, I'd have laughed my head off.  It's the last breed of dog I thought I would have been interested in.  However..... :D guess what, never say never.   Charlie is pretty large and is actually what they call a "royal blue", which is bigger than the normal standard.  His skin under the coat is robin egg blue.  The standards are VERY different from the miniature and toys.  They have far less energy, are quiet and more outgoing; especially the males.  I do the clipping and keep him in as you say a "Puppy cut" or some call it a "sporting clip".  It's easy to do, just lots of it.  The one drawback of the standard is how smart they are.  I have to be careful; because I can overtrain him.  He learns very fast.  On June 19th he's taking his CGC (companion good citizen) test.  The one problem we have with him that I can't get fixed is how overly friendly he is when he meets people....he goes way overboard and I believe he thinks they have come to see him.  However after a few minutes, he's done and just lays down. 

He loves to travel and sits between the driver and passenger seat on his hauches and looks out the big front window; it's like having a 3 person along with you.  However, never fear, he is ruled by our two cats; especially the mama cat.

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Re: Best Dog Breed for RV'ing
« Reply #23 on: June 02, 2010, 11:56:34 AM »
Charlie is a great dog. He could almost (almost !) make me switch from labs to poodles. Almost :)
 
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« Reply #24 on: June 02, 2010, 12:44:02 PM »
My wife Jeri and I had several large breed dogs, all Rottweilers and Labs. We certainly loved both breeds but as we got into RV'ing we found it difficult to bring the pets along. When our last Yellow Lab, Simba, succumbed to many health issues and old age last year we decided it was time to do what was right and put him down, as difficult as it was. Last October we decided to get another dog and our avid RV'ing hobby certainly played a role in our decision. Now if you told me a few years ago I would own a Chihuahua I would have said "are you crazy!" But we decided to get a long haired Chihuahua named Cheech and he is one of the best dogs I have owned. He is very friendly, well mannered, loves to play, doesn't need a lot of room and doesn't shed. I am a firm believer that dog breed has much less to do with a dogs behavior than the pets training. He fits perfect with our 33 foot VR-1. Good Luck with whatever dog you choose.
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« Reply #25 on: June 02, 2010, 12:47:03 PM »
Wendy....labs were my first choice before Charlie. ;D   We had a black lab when the kids were little that I just loved.  Then we went to 4 small long haired dachshunds....my or my was that a handful.  Talk about training difficulties.  However I have to admit, I wasn't as smart about training and trying to train 4 was a joke.

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« Reply #26 on: June 02, 2010, 01:41:22 PM »
A friend/neighbor recently bought a labradoodle from a breeder. Cute dog.
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« Reply #27 on: June 02, 2010, 03:01:28 PM »
Well, I’m a pretty serious dog guy as you might have guessed by my screen name.

With respect, I think you are asking the wrong question.  What you should be asking is what is the most appropriate breed for ME (my life style, my family, my energy and exercise level, etc) and not what breed is best for RV’ing.  IMO, any well bred, loved and well-trained dog will love RV’ing and can learn/be trained to be part of the joy and no kind of problem.

Obviously, there are many different breeds of dogs with vastly different characteristics in terms of size, temperament, activity level, etc.  Since I don’t know you, I would not presume to suggest what breed might be best for you, except to note that you say have had good experiences with Labs, so why not stick to that breed?

For what it is worth, I have had Brittanies ever since I was a child.  Since I work part-time as an upland hunting guide, mine are working dogs as well as house pets.  Brittanies present a wonderful dichotomy – they are gentle, loving pets who live to please their masters; but yet they are awesome predators and stone killers in the field.  To stay mentally and physically fit, they should be run hard off lead every day – I am talking about miles - walking them on a leash around a campground does not count.  Brittanies are not for people who are adverse to lots of exercise, or who want dogs that just sleep at their feet all day.  At home, we have a good bit of land, so it’s easy for me to run the dogs every day.  When on the road, I must sometimes be a bit inventive to find places to run, but many of our trips are for bird hunting and running them is a non-issue

My wife is handicapped and cannot handle a “real” dog, so she has tiny Maltese.  As the Brittanies suit me, so the Maltese suit her.   Her current dog is really nasty (bites, etc) to everyone except her, but generally the Maltese are OK – tiny and prissy looking, but still just dogs.

Just for fun, here’s a pic of my master, Maggie, pointing a songbird along our lane, my younger dog, Chase honoring Maggie’s point as he does in the field; and my wife’s little dog, Lilly, pretending she is also a huntin’ dawg by honoring Chase’s back of Maggie.  They stood like that - frozen dead still - for several minutes until I gave the release command.  Too funny.

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« Reply #28 on: June 02, 2010, 03:50:21 PM »
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With respect, I think you are asking the wrong question.  What you should be asking is what is the most appropriate breed for ME (my life style, my family, my energy and exercise level, etc) and not what breed is best for RV’ing.  IMO, any well bred, loved and well-trained dog will love RV’ing and can learn/be trained to be part of the joy and no kind of problem.

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Also be honest with yourself.  We wanted to think we were active enough for an intelligent, high energy breed but we were fooling ourselves.

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To stay mentally and physically fit, they should be run hard off lead every day – I am talking about miles - walking them on a leash around a campground does not count.

 That's why we ended up with 2.  1/2 hour in the basement and they can wear each other out (ish) more than hours of walking with us could ever do.  Trips to the woods and beach are required as a release valve for destructive energy.  Only in their later years are they more content to chill for the better part of the day...finally.
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« Reply #29 on: June 04, 2010, 04:37:22 PM »
I knew this question would generate a lot of responses. Thank you all for your input.
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