I am looking to get a dog that will enjoy the trail in the future! I've done some research and narrowed it down to a few different choices. Keep in mind, I live in PA so we both hot summers and cold blustry winters. I have been having troubles finding a dog that won't freeze in the winter but can handle the heat of the summer. Also, aesthetically I prefer a dog that has a more robust build, but I am open to suggestions. Something that's categorized in the medium or large size would be perfect. Here are a few of my favorites:
(Keep in mind, a rescued mutt with any of these breeds would be perfect if I can find one - just staying away from pitbulls!)
-Rottweiler (smart, strong, heard they tend to overheat...., protective, not sure how they are in the cold)
-Siberian Husky (loyal dog who can handle the winter, worried about the summer heat - I suppose you can shave them)
-Newfoundland (big strong dog! affectionate and loyal....also a furry guy who I don't know how he'd fare in the summer)
-Translvania hound (this is a newer breed to the US, seems to be a beefy hound - cool look, great nose)
-Alaskan Malamute (same as the husky, just bigger!)
-Native American Indian Dog (looks like a wolf, seems to be a good balance of short/long hair, very intelligent)
-Mastiff (big dog, great personality)
-Vizsla (very obedient, energetic, glued to your side)
-Dalmatian (sweet looking dog)
As you can see I am all over the place. Mainly, I want a larger dog with the energy to be outside for extended periods of time. To add, I'd like him or her to be hardy enough to handle PAs fluctuating climate.
I would really like to rescue a dog. Right now I have a cat that I rescued and she's the sweetest cat (very friendly and dog-like). However, it seems like all the local rescues mainly house pitbulls. I have researched some Rottie rescues, but they only have dogs occasionally.