Best fishing dog breed?

RogueBum

Spey casting for Steelies year round
#1
Due to pretty sad circumstances related to my Husky, I will soon be in the market for a new dog. I would love to have a dog that can be my fishing buddy. Which breed do you think will be great with kids while still be an excellent fishing buddy?

Should I even be looking for a pure breed or maybe a mutt would be better balanced as far as temperament goes?
 

SteveA

Gnu to the board
#4
blue heeler/cattle dog mix, loyal to the end, rescue would be a good idea
I've had a red-heeler (Australian Cattle Dog) mix for 6 years. Great fishing dog. Absolutely loyal and loves the water. Also very smart and if I tell him to stay out of the water he will. Can't get too far away though because he gets nervous if he can't smell or hear me.

Negatives (ALL dogs, like people, have them) include extensive shedding (get a quality brush and use it), a dominant nature that requires a more dominant master (not really a negative but need to be aware), and he's a hunter meaning if he catches that squirrel he loves to chase, he knows exactly what to do with it...CHEW TOY!

Rescue has always been my preference.
 
#5
I'm pleased to see all the support for cattle dog mixes. My German Shepherd/Cattle Dog mix is an excellent fishing companion. Very easy going, quick to learn, excited to be outside, friendly, quiet, and extremely loyal. He likes the water, but doesn't try to frolic randomly in it.

I found him on the banks of the Thompson River in B.C. in late November looking pretty pathetic...legs were torn up from something, nails were smashed into his paw, ribs were showing, no collar, and not neutered. I confirmed with locals that he was a stray/pack dog and took him home and got him cleaned up. Three years later and he's turned out to be an awesome dog.
 
#7
I have had a variety of dogs over the years from hounds to herders, to retrievers to my current dog, a Newfoundland. Every one of them has been a good 'fishing dog'. I don't think the breed matters much. It is the training that will make the dog a good fishing dog.
so true
 
#9
I'm no expert on the breed in general, but Blake's Springer Spaniel, Otto, is as good a fishing dog as I could imagine. Content laying around on shore or on a boat when need be, but Otto will trek up and down the river all day if we're on the move. And I'm pretty sure they are really good with kids.
 

SteveA

Gnu to the board
#10
I have had a variety of dogs over the years from hounds to herders, to retrievers to my current dog, a Newfoundland. Every one of them has been a good 'fishing dog'. I don't think the breed matters much. It is the training that will make the dog a good fishing dog.
I've got to disagree and would make the point that when considering a dog, it's all about the breed if you are looking for specific characteristics. Case in point; I had an english pointer for many years. I tried fishing with him but it just became too much work. Pointers are bred to go afield to flush out prey. He would go far afield and more than once get himself in trouble. I don't believe that characteristic could be trained out of him. It was the result of generations of breeding. I could not recommend a pointer as an outdoor companion unless it's bird hunting you have in mind.
 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
#11
Sorry to hear about your Husky. Based on my observations, it seems there are many breeds that can be great fishing companions. I think as much has to do with how the dog is trained as which particular breed it is. That said, a lab has to be at the top of the list.
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#13
and a Newfoundland instincts tell him to rescue people in the water. Mine even dove after some scuba divers off Sunset Beach in an attempt to rescue them. When he surfaced I called him to shore and gave the command to stay; he did. There are exceptions to everything but a well trained dog is a well trained dog.
 
#14
I have had a variety of dogs over the years from hounds to herders, to retrievers to my current dog, a Newfoundland. Every one of them has been a good 'fishing dog'. I don't think the breed matters much. It is the training that will make the dog a good fishing dog.
Im always gonna be biased toward springers of course... But I dont think the breed matters much either. I think the most important factors are getting those basic commands down early. And fishing a lot in your dogs first year and a half. Spending 30+ days on the water in the first year. Will make your dog a great fishing companion for many many years. I would also say that a dog is a long term companion, and even tho rescuing is a very noble deed you can eliminate some potential negative factors by raising your dog from a pup. And thats not to say a rescue cant be great, just pointing out that training one might be more difficult because of some already learned behaviors.
 

RogueBum

Spey casting for Steelies year round
#15
I've been told by a number of friends to go for Goldens, but I think they may be a bit larger for my blood. I'm thinking somewhere around the 30-50lbs range. Otto looks like a fisherman's dream!

My Husky was a rescue. When she was about 1 1/2yrs or so, we found her living on a 20' cable tied off to a fence, sleeping under a broken down truck in the rain. She belonged to a friend of a friend who "didn't have the time to train her". As soon as we took her home and got her to a vet, we were told she was malnourished at only 25lbs. He asked us how long we had owned her. When we told him we had just picked her up the day before, he got a smile on his face and shook our hands. He said that if we had been the original owners, he would have turned us in for abuse.

She's turned into a great family dog and she is wonderful with our girls (2 & 3yrs old at the time, 9 & 10yrs old now), but I have the sneaking suspicion that if I were to take her fishing, she would wander into vast wilderness never to be seen or heard from again. I've heard that it's a peculiarity of the species... they like to wander.
 

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