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    08-21-2012, 07:20 PM
Meant to add that I suggested the giant forms of poodle, Airedale and schnauzer because of their short, somewhat hypoallergenic, coats.
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    08-21-2012, 07:34 PM
Hounds get off on scent trails and leave you. They are a pain on the trail in my experience. Labs are awesome. A standard poodle would be hypoallergenic; however, it would be a lot of trouble to keep groomed. The lab/poodle crosses are popular. (Labradoodle). They are supposed to be hypoallergenic as well as easy to care for. They are also expensive!! More so than a purebred.

Poodles are highly trainable. They are cool dogs.
    08-21-2012, 09:06 PM
Originally Posted by Celeste    
Hounds get off on scent trails and leave you. They are a pain on the trail in my experience.
The best trail dog we had was a hound - of undetermined type but very houndy. We had her before we got horses (1974) and almost had to get rid of her because as soon as she spotted an opening door she was through it like a rocket & off hunting in the woods - almost got shot for running deer. But once we had the horses, if they were out & going for a ride, she wanted nothing more than to be with them. If we walked she would disappear into the woods as we went along the trail to check things out, but always stayed close enough to know exactly where we were & what we were doing, and never got in trouble while riding. (Running with our GSD after escaping through a door, that was another story. But never with horses.)

We had one German shepherd who was also exceptional with the horses - and better about staying close - but 2 or 3 others who were useless (not interested, or would nip at them, or had health problems that precluded long rides). So I would say it's the dog at least as much as the breed.

As for hair, the German shepherds left clumps of hair that clumped into monster dust bunnies and blew into the corners & under things - the hound left short fine hairs everywhere.

Peanuts when there was nothing going on (1978 pictures):

Peanuts when she sees things are getting moving:

And when I looked through my scanned horse pictures, I found another pair showing the same thing (horses standing - dog sleeping; horses moving - dog up & moving).
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    08-21-2012, 09:09 PM
I would not want to take care of a poodle's coat after running through the woods.

I'm not sure I understand how you can be allergic to long haired dogs but not short haired ones? We have a fantastic trail dog that seems to be some weird cross of corgi, blue heeler and shepherd...and is black and tan. Duck was a cruelty seizure and came to us from the local rescue organization. I really don't thing breed matters as much as temperament.... except the comments about hounds is totally accurate.

I'm also not sure why you want one for wildlife...ours follows directly behind the horses and never flushes anything. The horses are good enough at that.
    08-21-2012, 09:31 PM
I'd look into an English foxhound, a friend has one and she does endurance and that dog just keeps by her the entire way and then some
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    08-22-2012, 12:11 AM
Put me in the poodle category. My parents now have standards because my dad was diagnosed as being allergic to dogs. Poodles actually grow hair and not fur and is why they are good for those with allergies. The breed is very intelligent, highly trainable and can go for a long ride. And no, they don't have to given that foo foo hairdo.
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    08-22-2012, 12:14 AM
I wish my hound would behave. She really does love to go with us on rides, but she gets in too much trouble.
    08-22-2012, 12:24 AM
My dobe is a GREAT trail dog - always stays with us and respects the horses
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    08-22-2012, 10:19 AM
Its the clumps of hair that I am allergic to. The short hairs that are shed don't seem to get my allergies going. I am thinking of maybe getting a fox hound or a boxer. Right now at home I have a boxer which is almost 14 and too arthritic to go for a run, an old english bulldog, and a miniature poodle. None of these dogs are able to accompany me. I was interested in blood hounds but after a lot of research I don't think they would be suitable so I guess I will do more research on the fox hounds and either choose one of them or a boxer.Thank you for all the responses and helpful advice
    08-22-2012, 10:39 AM
We have a border collie/lab. Best dog we have ever owned. Loyal, smart. Good training though is the key to any good dog. Good luck finding your new pal.

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