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post #1 of 72 Old 02-15-2012, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Best dog breed for horse people?

Iv already posted this on the dog forum, but i want to know what you guys have at home too. Im looking to buy a dog in May, i will be doing alot of trail riding and traveling. What types of dogs do you guys have around your horses?
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I have rotties and german Shepherd and pitties. But you have to raise them and introduce them right. My barn has dalmatians and English fox hounds with the horses
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We have a German shepherd/Dutch shepherd mix (who is scared of her own shadow let alone horses) a Bluetick coonhound who could careless about the horses and an Akita/pitbull who inwouldnt let around the horses anyway because he's a nut
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I need a trail dog
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Iv already posted this on the dog forum, but i want to know what you guys have at home too. Im looking to buy a dog in May, i will be doing alot of trail riding and traveling. What types of dogs do you guys have around your horses?
Border Collies are dogs that need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation and are ideal for trail riding.

As for mr, there are 13 dogs around here and all barring the ancients are capable of accompanying the horses. This ranges from terriers to a GSD, Border Collie and Labradors.
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I'd go for a coonhound
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Well, it depends a lot on your style of living. Are you an active household where the dog is going to get lots of exercise and have room to run? Or are you more of a household that doesn't get out too much, maybe a once a week trail ride for a mile and then lots of downtime.

The energy level on certain breeds is what you need to look at. I have 3 labs, they love going outside and running around. They are working dogs and need that type of exercise. Once they are inside, they are lazy and sleep pretty much all day long. 2 of my labs are also scared of my horses, they were exposed to them as puppies but it didn't do them any good.

Border Collies and Aussies tend to be a bolder breed dog for livestock and large animals. They might be a good choice but you have to know how to handle their breeds. They are super high energy level, but they are super obedient (when trained corrected) highly intelligent and love to run and work, so they'd make great trail companions. But they have a high instinct to chase, so you have to know how to handle them.

Check out your local shelter and see if they have a mixed breed dog that would fit your needs. A lot of them are diamonds in the rough and turn out to be just as good or better then a lot of purebreds.
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mastiffs are NOT good trail dogs. i offer mine to go, they get about ten feet into it, realize that we are going further and lay down wait for me to return. haha.
my great pyreneese goes along, and is very protective of me, so i feel somewhat safe. my jack russels have also trail ridden quite a bit.
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i want to subscride to this thread, i want a dog to go for trail rides someday
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Like CLaPorte said, it greatly depends on your lifestyle off the trail. Pretty much any dog can go on trail rides that consist of a few miles maybe once or twice a week, given that they are in moderately good shape. If you need a dog that would be willing to be content being lazy around the house for the remainder of the time, I would not suggest a working breed like shepherds or collies. They tend to be very high energy and if they are under stimulated, they tend to get destructive.

I have Border Collies and it is not an uncommon thing for them to be worked for approx. 20-30 miles every 3-4 days in the summer time. They thrive on that lifestyle because that is what they are bred for. Occasionally, you will find one that is content to be a couch potato, but they are fairly uncommon.

Whichever breed you get, the most important thing you can do for them is to ensure that you have a solid call-back. That way, you can call them back to you even if their prey drive is peaked by a rabbit or, worse, a porcupine.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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