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Houseboat Pets & Animals - best dog breeds for living on house boats?

by Chez
(St.Paul, MN)

Animals & Pets for Houseboats - the best dog breeds are?

Animals & Pets for Houseboats - the best dog breeds are?

When it comes to houseboat pets and animals, what is the best dog breeds for living on house boats?

We are looking into adding a dog to our family and are looking for recommendations. We need a small breed, one that does not shed a lot and could live aboard year around in northern climate.

I would appreciate hearing your suggestions and personal experiences.

Chez in St. Paul

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Reply - Answer
Well Chez, congratulations on your decision to get a dog to live with you on board your houseboat.

When it comes to making recommendations as to what is the best breed of dog for a house boat, that is like asking for a "spaghetti sauce recipe". You will get dozens of different recipes, as you will with dog breeds.

There are small, medium and large sized dogs, some that require less exercise or attention, and some can handle time being alone.

Now, as we have two dogs, my opinion may be a little biased. I know that my wife and I wanted small dogs (@ 10 lbs), and we also wanted a hypoallergenic dog breed. It makes the shedding dog hair one
less situation to handle on a boat.

We also wanted dogs that enjoy swimming, and that require an average amount of exercise. We finally decided to go with miniature poodles (I know, it doesn't sound "macho"), and we are very glad that we did.

They are smart, funny (with their little personalities), and have become my best buddies. We go everywhere and do everything together. The beauty about dogs, they always love me when I come home, no matter how late, or how dirty I am :)

There is probably a few dozen breeds that would be good on a boat, and I presume others will post their experiences and reasons for choosing their breeds.

You may find the following articles of interest:

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Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their best houseboat dog breeds and experiences. Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found near the bottom of this page.

Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats

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Bernese - No
by: Anonymous

My Bernese Mountain dog now tolerates a cruise but has always hated it.

They are a bit skittish of mechanical noise and don't like to swim.

Large dog = large problem on the poop deck.

Dogs love it.
by: Anonymous

I've had several dogs living with us on board and they all took to it perfectly. My Rhodesian Ridgeback used to ride on my windsurf board with me. Now we have a Tibetan terrier, lovely dog, but hairy.

by: Betty

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Bigger is not always better
by: Anonymous

Dear Chez, at my dock we have one family with a Great Dane, another family has a Schnauzer, another with an ole Labrador, there's a 25 pound Heinz 57, and then there's my Katie....

My Katie, she's an 11 pound deer type Chihuahua who has spent more than half of the weekends of her life on the boat....she loves it....

She will be a year old the 28th of April. With all that said, let me say this... big dogs are big problems... small dogs are smaller problems...

I've seen both sides of the fence, and yes little is better in my opinion..... she's short haired and can hold her own.... but there again ....that's my opinion....

I've been houseboating faithfully for three years now and I'm still loving it.... I know what good is......

Jemymack Hebersprings Ark....

Dogs on board
by: Tim Conley

Besides the shedding part, I got a corgi and he loves heading to the boat : )

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