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post #11 of 72 Old 02-15-2012, 02:33 PM
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I need a trail dog
all dogs can be trail dogs it just depends on how they are raised and trained :)

My great dane pit is an awesome trail dog. And since he is older and can hardly get around like he used to so I am in the processing of adopting a border collier/brittany spaniel mix...

It really just depends on how much work you will be doing.. if you ride alot and have a busy outdoor life look for border collies/sheperds etcs

If you want a more laid back dog with a moderate energy level...go with labs/goldens/ danes/ etc

I wouldn't do a small breed but jack russels when trained right are good at keeping up but get distracted easily... I wouldnt do terrors personally they get distracted as well

Medium size dogs are generally good but a large dog would also work but generally are on the lazier side...

Good luck in choosing :)

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I have a boxer that is awesome on the trails.
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If you have room for them to run I have to recommend a border collie. They are super smart and easily trained. They have a lot of energy but if trained properly they can control it and be a lot of fun.

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I had an australian shepherd, he was excellent on the trail. But, off the trail his energy level was way too much to handle. So much to where we had to give him away, my parents couldnt handle him while I was gone.

Off the trail I will be traveling around alot, and intend on taking the dog with me. I need something that is calm enough to live in an apartment during school. During the summer I live on a small hay farm where there is more then enough room to play.
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If you have room for them to run I have to recommend a border collie. They are super smart and easily trained. They have a lot of energy but if trained properly they can control it and be a lot of fun.
I have been looking at smooth coat collies. When I had my aussie all that hair drove me nuts! He was constantly covered in dirt an needing a bath. You could always tell where he had been in the house or truck, he left a trail of filth where ever he went.
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Another vote for border collie here. My border collie mix does EXCELLENT. She'll herd the horses to me when asked but leave them alone when riding, she easily goes on 16+ mile trail rides with out a problem along side the horse and keeps up just fine. She also frequently flushes out things like deer, which was great for desensitizing my mare when I first started riding her. (now she doesn't bat an eye at deer and such jumping out in front of us.) She also keeps neighbor aggressive dogs away from my horse, which is a big help.


Aussies are great too, I have one of those as well. However my Australian Shepherd usually tends to stay toward home, I've had others that worked out great as trail riding companions too.

Another one to consider would be a Rhodesian Ridgeback, rhodies are MADE to go on up to 30mile runs in a day and easily tolerate the heat too. They are excellent work out buddies and trail riding buddies, and LOVE to run.

Of course, with any of these dogs they probably wouldn't do well in say, an apartment. They need and enjoy exercise and having things to do. (especially in the case of borders and aussies) if they get bored, they get destructive and hyper. So the final thing I guess would come down to what you'll be doing with the dog when not trail riding/what sort of setting he'll be living in, be it in a kennel or in a yard or whatever.
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I have been looking at smooth coat collies. When I had my aussie all that hair drove me nuts! He was constantly covered in dirt an needing a bath. You could always tell where he had been in the house or truck, he left a trail of filth where ever he went.
Actually, we have... 3 Australian Shepards, and a load of other dogs () And I found the Aussies to be thee best cow dog, horse dog, trail dog, travel dog, apartment dog, home dog, and whatever dog! You might have got a hyper one, cause actually, none of our are too bad... hehe. A Aussie or a beagle. Or, A Blue Heeler! We have a beagle, and a Blue Heeler, and I have never, in my life, seen a dog love horses so much as our Heeler loves our horses! Plus, he isnt hyper, and he is great in the house!

E v e r y horse is good for something. You dont throw a whole life away just cause he's banged up a little...
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Another one to consider would be a Rhodesian Ridgeback, rhodies are MADE to go on up to 30mile runs in a day and easily tolerate the heat too. They are excellent work out buddies and trail riding buddies, and LOVE to run.
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I want a Ridgeback so so bad they are my dream dog, they would really be ideal for me. But, I cannot afford 1,000-2,000 for a dog.
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I have never, in my life, seen a dog love horses so much as our Heeler loves our horses! Plus, he isnt hyper, and he is great in the house!
Iv been looking into heelers, everything iv been reading says they are extremely hyper and need many hours of exercise
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Iv been looking into heelers, everything iv been reading says they are extremely hyper and need many hours of exercise
Ahh.. well, Blue (Original name, huh?) Isnt extremely hyper at all! And he LOVES to accompany you into town! He sneaks into the horse pasture all the time, and follows you EVERY where when you ride But, we do have acreage for him to run on, and he isnt cooped up in the house all day... I think it depends on the individual dog. You know how everyone says all Arabs/TB's are hot? Well, they arent all hot, some may be, but some, not at all. It depends on the doggy!

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