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Old 01-07-2017, 11:29 AM
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Default Need suggestions on water dog that weighs < 25 lbs

Here's the situation:

Wife's dog just passed away suddenly just before Christmas. She's devastated. He was a Maltese (fu-fu dog) who LOVED water and boating.


My dog is a 10 y/o beagle who hates to even get her nails wet. She's clearly missing the Maltese. She wants a playmate.


Where we live the "condo commandos" have a weight limitation of 25 lbs for dogs. We've tried for years to get that changed, but the short version is it ain't gonna happen.


In 5 years I'll be retiring, and we're going to go full-time liveaboard for at least 3 years. Boat will be somewhere between 44-50' in length.


We want to get a dog now that will be a real "water dog" (i.e. Lab, etc.) but I'm not coming up with a breed that is less than 35 lbs (Boykin Spaniel is my closest fit). I can probably cheat a little bit (my beagle is 35 lbs, but she was basically grandmothered in back when it was new construction and the HOA didn't exist) but I'm not gonna be able to hide a Labrador Retreiver.


So, what are your suggestions on the following (not in any order):
1. Weighs about ~30 lbs when full grown
2. LOVES THE WATER
3. Will be a good watch dog, but DOESN'T HOWL (beagle drives us nuts)
4. Is not another fu-fu dog.
5. Is a good breed (plays nice) with other dogs.
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I have a rat terrier, all of 14 lbs. Loves the water, high alert and fierce as hell. Very easy to train and will train for hours.
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Boykin is the only thing close I can think of. Perhaps seek out a breeder that has small stock.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Boykin is the only thing close I can think of. Perhaps seek out a breeder that has small stock.
Just getting ready to post the same. Females generally run a little smaller.
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My buddy has a King Charles that may fit the bill. But imop is still on the foo foo side. He disagrees. Dog loves the boat, jumps right into his truck and his ranger.
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Problem solved!

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I just got a Portuguese Water Dog. Females can run around 35 lbs. Mine's definitely not a fu fu dog. More like a ball of dynamite.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Boykin is the only thing close I can think of. Perhaps seek out a breeder that has small stock.
Yes... this is close. And what they were bred for. Small water dog. They get in the range of 35 or so pounds but they are excellent water dogs. Boykin Spaniel. The official SC state dog.
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Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post
My buddy has a King Charles that may fit the bill. But imop is still on the foo foo side. He disagrees. Dog loves the boat, jumps right into his truck and his ranger.
My mom and sister both have one. They love being in the water.......on a raft. Swimming, fetching, and doing anything useful isn't their forte.
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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retreiver. A runt female may pass.
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We have a female Portuguese Water Dog. She was 2nd from the runt and is about 30lbs and is 11months old. The Vet seems to think she is about done growing. High Energy! Loves the water and is great with people. Right now is her first snow and we can't get her in.
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Originally Posted by diad View Post
We have a female Portuguese Water Dog. She was 2nd from the runt and is about 30lbs and is 11months old. The Vet seems to think she is about done growing. High Energy! Loves the water and is great with people. Right now is her first snow and we can't get her in.
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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retreiver. A runt female may pass.
This would be my choice as well. Small field bred females should be around 35lbs. Very cool little dogs
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miniature goldendoodle?

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/miniaturegoldendoodle.htm

http://dogs.petbreeds.com/l/542/Miniature-Goldendoodle
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We were sort of handed a Boston Terrier about a month back. He is certainly within the size limits, lively, lovable, and entertaining enough. But as for water it could very well stay both cold and or hard enough for a few months yet before we'll have a opportunity to find out about that.
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My buddy has a lab that he calls a Canoe Dog. There bred really small. I think he got him from Mississippi or Arkansas. May be slightly bigger than your requirements but not sure. I can get some info about the breeder if you need help researching it.
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Anther vote for the Boykin Spaniel . I have a male that weighs 30lbs.
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Originally Posted by Bamby View Post
We were sort of handed a Boston Terrier about a month back. He is certainly within the size limits, lively, lovable, and entertaining enough. But as for water it could very well stay both cold and or hard enough for a few months yet before we'll have a opportunity to find out about that.
We have Bostons. The older one loved the water from day 1. The new one had to learn to tolerate it just to get to the beach where all the fun is. Both swim well but have heard some sink like a rock. So not a guaranteed water dog.
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From my research, the Boykin's can be prone to a number of problems, but most of those can be mitigated by good breeding stock. If any of you SC boys know of a good reliable breeder, I'd appreciate your recommendations. If you want to send via PM that's fine too.

Also, that Miniature GoldenDoodle looks like a good possibility, as does that NS Duck Tolling Retriever. I'm looking into these two now as well.
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We have Yorkie but she's not too fond of water. The 70# GSP (believe it not) is a little better in the water but she has been spoiled by someone else in this household. Friggin' lap dog
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