Best fishing dog breed?

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  1. KerryS

    KerryS Ignored Member

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    Rod,

    Thanks for asking about Kuma. He is doing well. He is pushing 11 years old and is still in relatively good health for a big dog. He is slowing down quite a bit and has some arthritis developing. I keep him moving as much as I dare. We let him set his own pace now days and the walks are a lot shorter. His fishing days are over and anymore he won't swim preferring to just wade. We are watching his weight closely. He weighs in at just under 200 lbs. and we don't want that to creep up due to his lower activity levels. In fact we are now trying to lower his weight a bit to lessen the strain on his hips and front legs. Considering Kuma and my health issues together we are walking wrecks but we both will continue on for as long as we can.

    Boomer looks like a lot of fun. Wish I could meet Boomer.
     
  2. Rodney K. Pabst

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    Boomer at 8 weeks.

    Kuma is pushing 11 y/o, that is freaking awesome in a Newfoundland! Good for him. I thought Buttons was the biggest Newfi I ever heard of, 200 lbs WOW. Good luck to you both. Newfi's Rock!
    Rod
     
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  3. Scottpuck

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    Papillon

    Nuff said.
     
  4. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm a lab guy. Always have been. Have had other breeds mixed in, but when it came to fishing, the lab was always my best companion. I did have a lot of luck with my basset hound too. She was great in the boat, loved the water, and nice thing she wouldn't go in unless instructed.

    Really watch the breeds though. Not all are good "fishing" dogs. I say lab, only because they are good on the water no matter what the conditions are outside. Some dogs just can't stand the cold or rain. Some can't stand being wet at all. Not training, it's the breed. Think that's why I always go back to a lab. Plus, with the correct training they'll stay out of the water until told to.

    Onto other dogs. Also research breeds a bit. Having a wife who's a vet tech helps when it comes to other dogs. Some dogs just are trouble (both financially in med bills and attitude). You can get lucky. But some are just prone. Like Goldens. They are prone to tumors.

    Oh, and again with labs. If you catch a good breeder, you may be able to find a smaller lab too. My wife made a joke to one of her breeders coming in that if this one pup was still available, she'd be interested (we had just lost one of our old men, and the other was close to passing). We had no interest really in another dog. Losing Rocky was devastating on the family, and Kody was close to passing (and that was my wife's baby, she was doing as much as she could for him to keep him alive but living a fulfilling life at same time). So we had no real want to bring a puppy in. Well, breeder made my wife a hell of a deal on her remaining pup (the one Tiff had liked). She was from an Irish Retriever (breeder bought a yellow lab stud from Ireland). She's maxed out on size (she's about a year and a half now) and is only 50 pounds (dad was small too). Our other two labs were 85 and 95 and all muscle. Her half brother is owned by my mother in law. He's 90 pounds. Funny to see the two of them side by side. Same mother, different dad. The smaller dog, but still having a lab, is pretty nice actually.
     
  5. RogueBum

    RogueBum Spey casting for Steelies year round

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    Jerry,

    Sorry about Rocky. Dogs truly are man's best friend & it's never easy when they go. I'm not looking forward to Sheba's day. That being said, do you think it's viable to look at larger breeds but only hunt out the runts? Maybe they will stay smaller that the others? 50 pounds is manageable, 90 pounds... not so much.
     
  6. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    LOL, no. Won't work. Kody was the runt of the litter. In his younger, more muscular, days he was almost 95 pounds. Had to keep him on a strict diet to keep him down to 85 when his knee started to give.

    Yeah, was tough when first Rocky, then Kody, went. Both were around 14. Kody was devastating for my wife, since he was our "baby" together.
     
  7. RogueBum

    RogueBum Spey casting for Steelies year round

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    Oh well. Back to the chihuahua ;)
     
  8. Scottpuck

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    Okay, I was kidding about the papillon.. No offense to any pap owners. On a serious note, the best dog for me is the pound puppy that needs a chance and a good home.

    My life is too busy for dogs, but I always try to have cat in the house. My last cat came from humane. Reason she was in there... The cat no longer matched the owners furniture. Yeah, there are some real winners out there.
     
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  10. Dan Nelson

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    There definitely are smaller labs out there. Sophie tops out at about 65 pounds and she's in her prime right now (5 years old) and one of Donna's friends as a sweet 50-pound lab. Apparently that breeder had a lot of 50- to 60-pound labs (FYI: our friend moved out from the mid-west somewhere and I think that breeder is somewhere east of the Mississippi). We got Sophie when she was 12 weeks old from a friend of a friend in Portland who couldn't keep her (family emergency) and my buddy knew we had lost our previous lab a year before. The Portlanders got her from a breeder in Grants Pass area but I don't know which one.

    Long story short, If you want a smaller lab, make some calls to quality breeders and someone will eventually lead you to a someone who turns out good, smaller labs. Or check with the Lab Rescue outfits.

    http://www.pslra.org/html/rescue.html
     
  11. circlespey

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    My 52 pound lab (Georgia) was an intentionally chosen runt. She has fished with me for ten years. She never gets in my water, she loves fishing with multiple people (team sport!), she points at risers on the rare days I fish for trout vs. steelhead. One thing no one has mentioned is the need for a dog to be willing to cross the water; labs are strong enough swimmers and will follow when trained correctly. When I am fishing the NF Stilly or Upper Sky she always follows me across the river when I need to cross, which is a dog requirement for me. She has two flaws as a fishing dog: 1) she likes to be "involved" in landing fish, although that's never cost me landing something great and 2) she lets me know (barks) when someone else walks on the bank near me, which sometimes scares people.
     

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  12. Jeff Sawyer

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    Love my Mastiff, but there are probably breeds more suited to fishing.

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  13. Albula

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    I'm with Yardsale. Hard to beat one of these.
     

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  14. RogueBum

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    Great shot Albula! It looks like they're just kinda hanging out together. Nice.
     
  15. Dustin Bootz

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    I have a husky and it hate fishing