Thanks all for the replies!
Nova Scotia Duck Toller too big? Awesome mutts.
I'd LOVE to have a Duck Toller, but even the smallest females would be a bit big for our needs. I also really love Vizslas and Weimars, but those are bigger than we are looking at.
i have boston terrier french bulldog mix.
he is great at trails. a little slow on the paved stuff. have to keep it slow on the paved downhill stuff but you get used to it. on the trail though he is often running ahead of me…
definitely need to give him the option to drink, swim and cool down in summer but most of the time he is fine. He is also super mellow when in the house, but when he gets out side he runs forever. lots of character, lots of farts, lots of snorting and wheezing.
this is him at the halfway point of comfortably numb
This is good news… a Boston mix would be wicked. Does he do OK in hot weather, given you can find him some water and mid-ride rest? (Those are among my own personal requirements, anyway…)
i would have said a blue heeler, border collie is also a good choice. jack russel terriers are too annoying ime
but c'mon mang, do the right/east van thing: head down to the spca and see who picks you :)
First stop will be a rescue dog, but if it won't get in the messenger bag, that's gonna be an issue.
+1 for Jack Russel.
I have a Jack Russel Schnauzer mix (named Sprocket). He's got tons of trail energy!
He does like to chase things(aka high prey drive) but he's mostly controllable via voice commands.
My only caution to you is if you don't exercise a JRus enough they will make you pay.
I think the Jack Russell mix is definitely a good possibility. Thanks.
Australian cattle dog could be a good option. Smaller and can run around a good bit.
One thing to watch with the sub-20lb category is that if you are taking them on more aggressive rides (Fromme etc) and accidentally clip them you are going to do a number on them. We live in East Van and have a smaller dog (weiner, about 15lbs), super handy but I never take her riding (although I have had her out running) and she keeps up pretty good.
Jodi's cousin has an Aussie cattle dog and I think that might be part of why she doesn't like heelers… off the list!
Unfortunately the 20-25 pound dog is what will fit best, so we'll have to work with the chance of the occasional punting.
King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.
Admittedly, I was a bit unsure when I first started dating my girlfiend and I saw this long haired "cute" little dog, but the first time I took him riding in Squamish I realized he was about the best riding dog I've ever seen.
They were originally bred as up-land hunting dogs to help flush birds out while running in front of King Charles horses, but still be a great companion dog for back home at the castle.
The running pedigree is super obvious as soon as you hit the trails…. cuz he just flies and can do it for hours. I've taken him on Comfortably Numb and the Nimby Fifty course and he's still going strong when I'm just about cooked. Weighs around 20 lbs and if you keep them shaved they don't get too hot in the summer and are ok with a jacket on for snowshoeing in the winter.
I tried to attach a picture showing him riding in Pemberton. They are an expensive little dog, but quite a good choice for riding and chilling at home :)
Very interesting… Spaniels in general are not among my favourite dogs. Mix might work, though.
I have a Shiba Inu. She can be terrible on rides, but most of the time she is fantastic. It's taken a lot of work to get her where she is. There are a lot of shiba owners who don't let their dogs of leash - ever. Sophie get's to come on rides where we don't have to worry about her having a momentary laps of judgement (SFU - road crossing's). Up fromme she can run free, as well as seymour. We tend to stop 100meters or so from the end of the trail and leash her up, just in case she gets any ideas.
She weighs in at roughly 20 lbs. I commute to work with her - North Van to North Burnaby. I strap her into a harness and attach it to my chest via my backpack. She just hangs out, and paddles along while I grind over the second narrows. I usually let her off for half the ride so she can have some exercise before work begins.
Right now she maxes out at 2 laps of Cypress, 1 lap of Squamish (19th down), 2 laps of Seymour, or 1 meandering lap down fromme. She does have a more difficult time in squamish as it's higher speed, but on the local trails she tends to keep up.
If we stop on a trail, I have to make sure I keep her entertained with sticks or rocks while we wait, otherwise she finds something else to do. We whistle trained her as well, which works 75% of the time. If you here a whistle blowing on Fromme, it's probably me calling my dog…
Another simillar breed is the Basenji. Fairly similar in disposition but sheds a lot less, and can make less noise. Both of these will require a lot work with training - obedience school and beyond.
Thanks, good info. Jodi doesn't like how Shibas' butts are always winking at you. I think it's hilarious, personally. Great to hear you strap her on for the commute, though!
Friends have one and we take him ski touring all the time. Tough guy, likes to run.
I would seriously consider one of these breeds also for the limited living space.
Living space is not really an issue, it's pedal powered transport that we're concerned about. We've got a truck and a big place with a(n unfenced) yard.
Another vote for the King Charles Cavalier. Awesome awesome little dog! Very smart Had a basenji years ago. That dog was untrainable, and about as sharp as a bowling ball. Wouldn't come when you called it. Kept shitting in the house. Got into a fight with a German Shepard guard dog who killed it. Missed him for about a day!
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