- What dog for a riding partner?
At some stage next year we’ll be moving to somewhere with a reasonable garden, and with the kids now a bit bigger, we’ll probably look to get a dog.Posted 7 years ago
I’m keen to get something that will happily do a 3-4hr bike ride as well as all-day walks in the hills, and was thinking of a German Short-Haired Pointer. Any other ideas?? Feel free to post pics of bike + dog so we can go “ahhh” at them!tollahMemberPosted 7 years agoampthillSubscriber
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Black lab for me, make sure you wait until its about 20 mnths ish before you take it out for a few hours tho.Posted 7 years ago
Get a dog breed book and look for something that catches your eye, GSP’s are a good choice tho, i really like freeridenicks huntaway too, he looks as fit as a butchers. Good luck, and you’l never get a better friend than your dog.Big PeteMember
Yellow lab loved mtb outings but at 8 years shoulders are shot from too many miles, so its 1 hour max on foot. I wouldn’t recomend labs.Posted 7 years ago
Currently waiting for Tigger our 6 month working cocker (minature springer) first birthday, so she can start her trail hound duties :o)
forgotmename.Posted 7 years ago
yes very rare in this country. I rescued him 2 years ago as he wouldn’t work – Farmer wan’t him put down but thankfully the Vet said no and he ended up in a rescue where we found him.
I had never heard of them before. He often gets mistaken for a doberman 😯Surf-MatMember
With any dog, be REALLY careful not to overdo it.
A mate of mine rode daily with his year old black lab and totally killed it’s hips.
I have ridden with mine a few times (extremely fit black lab) but I just think riding pace is too fast – the dog is belting it the whole way and on a ride worth having (10+ miles) it’s too much. If the terrain is VERY off road, it’s going to be better as dogs think nothing of bounding up and down hills and technical terrain and can keep up.
I’d favour a collie or a springer spaniel for riding with. Excellent stamina. Really fast dogs will tire too quickly – they’re a bit like cheetahs.Posted 7 years ago
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