Hey there. Clearly I'm new to these forums, and I appologize in advance for such a common (im assuming) question.
We're looking to buy a new dog after ours died. WE are going to get a puppy. We are quite active. I am a mountain biking enthusist (currently out with a broken wrist). We would be able to take the dog for one half hour walk a day (at least). Our yard is about 1/8th acre. WE also live close to a large field so we could throw the ball for the dog lots. I want to train the dog to come riding with me. Its a 2 mile steep rocky hike up (1 hour) and about 1 hour and 3 miles down. We need a smaller dog. Which do you think suits our needs ? I want a border colie or aussie cattle dog, but I fear that they will be too energetic. Thanks
I was going to suggest a border collie or Australian shepherd. They're medium sized dogs, but a lot of people are breeding them smaller now. Not so sure if I agree with the downsizing but it might work for you. We had a really small border collie come in our store the other day - probably only like 15-20lbs.
Have you thought of one of the gun dogs? Many of them are tireless and love the outdoors. I was thinking of a Springer Spaniel (talk to lifeofriley on this board) or even a Field Spaniel. The Field Spaniel is not common, but it is a smallish dog and should enjoy the outdoors, but I'm not sure about biking with you. Hiking should be fine.
I had two Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers when I was a child and they would have given anything to be outdoors hiking for hours. Ours were confined to a yard and never hunted, so they took all their considerable energy out on the children, with the result that one learned to climb up the ladder of the slide and slide down. What clowns! I remember them as being quiet in the house and never having potty accidents after puppyhood.
There are lots more examples. Just look at akc.org under working dogs.
A Parson(Jack)Russell Terrier. As a former Mt. Bike Racer, this is a breed that can handle all that you throw at it. They have incrediable endurance. I actually met my first Jack at a Mt Bike camp. It was so tenatious, that I knew when I quit racing bikes, I wanted to raise this breed. I have successfully placed puppies with cats. They just need firm directives. But you will not find a more loyal companion. I have friends who are also avid rock climbers and you should see there Jacks scale a rock face. If you want more info regarding the breed, you can send me a private message.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
There are a few who come to my dog park and it's true that they think they can do anything. They will play with any size dog, tire any other dog out (except another Jack Russell or Fox Terrier).
One of these dogs deliberately gets himself wet and dirty and then launches himself into the laps of everyone sitting on the patio. People come in with their dogs, spot all the dirty, wet people and ask if Barney is still there. It makes his "mom" crazy, which I think is why he does it.
You know, I bet Barney would love rock climbing. Why not go cycling? I would surely love to see pix of a Jack Russell rock climbing.
heya i would say a cattle dog, jack russle or begegle all those dogs would be great we work all day with our 2 cattle dogs and my little jack russle x begegle we live in mountain area to we all ride horses and they just poke along it also would help if u had time to train them those dogs need rules lol so if u train them rigth they would be just what u are looking for!