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    Default What Dog Breed To Carry?

    I am getting a puppy in December. It would be ideal to carry this puppy with my in my game hike in 2011 what breeds are most suitable with this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisGirl34 View Post
    I am getting a puppy in December. It would be ideal to carry this puppy with my in my game hike in 2011 what breeds are most suitable with this?
    You plan on carrying a puppy 2000+ miles? Chihuahua. Seriously.
    Don't take anything I say seriously... I certainly don't.

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    good luck!
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    Is the OP serious? Carrying a dog for a thru-hike? Wait til after your hike and then get a puppy... for the puppy's sake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisGirl34 View Post
    I am getting a puppy in December. It would be ideal to carry this puppy with my in my game hike in 2011 what breeds are most suitable with this?
    In all seriousness, how would it be ideal to carry a dog? Particularly one that you just got before starting a thru hike and would have little time to train. Doesn't sound like the best of ideas, but to each their own.
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    to hard on a puppy to thruhike! and being stuffed into a pack most of the time for 5-6 months is almost as cruel!!!!.
    getting a puppy is great!
    thruhiking is great!
    mixing them togeather? bad idea!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phreak View Post
    Is the OP serious? Carrying a dog for a thru-hike? Wait til after your hike and then get a puppy... for the puppy's sake.
    Actually, I totally agree with this. An AT thru is no place for any dog under 2 years old. They aren't well trained enough at that young age to act appropriately around other hikers, they aren't old enough yet to walk the trail themselves without doing damage to their leg joints and muscles, and unless you get a large dog they aren't going to be able to stay warm enough during the cold months. And if you get a small dog, like a chihuahua, there are a bajillion other issues you'll have to consider.

    Wait till after the trail, then get a dog... you'll both be happier for it.
    Don't take anything I say seriously... I certainly don't.

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    I took my lab on my thur hike. But she carried her own food and water. She is a great dog and listens well. She was a pleasure to hike with but there are hikers that dont like dogs but it being a free county they are entilted to there own views. I got chased by the ponies in greyson highlands the stallion kept trying to kick my ginger. She was also able to locate springs that were listed in the trail guide. I did hike with a guy called Oregon that got a puppy at trail days, he really did end up regreting it. Get u a ten pound rock and hike with it a few days then decide if you really want to carry a dog

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    no better trail partner than a dog!
    you put water in a dog pack? thats sad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMOOTHGINGER View Post
    I got chased by the ponies in greyson highlands the stallion kept trying to kick my ginger.
    Here is Suzi interacting with a pony in Grayson Highlands.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KrisGirl34 View Post
    What Dog Breed To Carry?
    Stick with this breed:


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    i agree with the goat, any giant breed like st bernard or mastiff, i would also suggest carrying a normal dog bed and ceramic bowls with paw prints on them for food and water (they would be so nice to look at in the shelters)
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    Quote Originally Posted by leaftye View Post
    Stick with this breed:

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    Whoa, did not think it would be so big, sorry.
    2010 AT NoBo Thru "attempt" (guess 1,700 miles didn't quite get me all the way through ;) )
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShelterLeopard View Post
    Whoa, did not think it would be so big, sorry.
    And thats what she said!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeEater View Post
    And thats what she said!
    That actually is what she said.
    Don't take anything I say seriously... I certainly don't.

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    Why don't you get a dog now train him/her and let it walk?
    Why do you want to carry a dog? They come with four legs.

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    I wish I still had the picture of my little lily when she was 6 months old. I ended up giving the picture away to her veterinarian that also enjoys hiking.

    Lily is a 6lb miniature dachshund that hiked 3 mountains totally 13 miles over 3 days all on her own when she was 6 months old. It was much easier lifting her up rock scrambles than other dogs.

    At night she would sleep in the bottom of my sleeping bag. The best thing about her size was that when she got tired you could just throw her in your pack. She did get cold a lot though which was problematic.

    If you want a tiny dog to hike with than I advise you get a dachshund. Though I don't think a dachshund would do well on a long distance hike like the AT. They get cold and tired with such little legs, but they have the right personality to survive most of what the woods throw at them.

    I love my dachshund... now if only I could find that picture.

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