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What breed would you choose as the best winter/ski dog?
post #2 of 19
If I lived in a cooler climate I would go for:
A) A St Bernard if I could also afford to feed it

or

B) A Siberian Husky
post #3 of 19
Labs or Lab mixes make great snow dogs cause they have webbed feet which is good for walking in snow.
post #4 of 19
We have 2 large husky-chow brothers: they never mind the cold & will keep your beer very safe.
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post #6 of 19
I'm thinking that a Bernese Mountain Dog would fit the bill. My Moms' dogs lay outside while the falling snow covers them. Oblivious to the cold as well.

Mike
post #7 of 19
Best I ever had was a Golden/Great Pyrenees mix. I'd take him on a 15 mile ski and he'd cover 90. I had a purebred Great Pyrenees who was not quite as tough, but he could sleep outside all winter at 9000' in Colorado. He followed me and an avalanche down Argentine peak one tour, and was on me the instant I stopped.
post #8 of 19
Something big with a big coat ;D
post #9 of 19
My favorite ski dog was my ex-girlfriends Golden Retriever. He loved being outside with me and always happily joined me on my bc skiing adventures. Putting boots on his paws helped keep him comfortable and stopped ice build up between his toes.
Damn, I miss that dog!
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post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by DropCliffsNotBombs View Post
My favorite ski dog was my ex-girlfriends Golden Retriever. He loved being outside with me and always happily joined me on my bc skiing adventures. Putting boots on his paws helped keep him comfortable and stopped ice build up between his toes.
Damn, I miss that dog!
Wouldn't he just slide around with those boots on?
post #12 of 19
It depends on what you want to do. Siberians (I've had plenty) are fine for activities involving pulling, but they are tough to train and have this famous tendency to be escape artists, inclined to ignore commands if something more interesting is going on elsewhere, and have been known to trash your house while you're gone. Labs seem to be the number one choice of dog around here, it's so boring, but there must be a reason for it. I don't like dogs that slobber and won't leave you alone once they've greeted you, but some people must like that stuff.
post #13 of 19
I haven't seen Samoyed's listed here yet. We have one, and one of the main reasons that we picked the breed was because we wanted something that could come skiing and winter camping with us. In addition to being well-qualified siberian sled dogs, these creatures also make wonderful pets, they're great around other animals (including small dogs and cats) and with small kids too. These qualities were all important to us, and we couldn't be happier with our Samoyed!



post #14 of 19
I don't think there's any one breed that's the best--it depends a lot on the individual dog too much. Case in point, Newfydog's example that his mix was a better snow dog than his purebred Great Pyrenees. And someone mentioned labs but take my neighbor's 3 y.o. lab--she hates even going for a walk and will lie down on the sidewalk and not move until you turn around and head for home. Our doberman-terrier mix LOVES the snow and is so happy when we go snowshoeing.
post #15 of 19
Malamute , happiest the colder and snowier it gets , loves humans , will haul your gear and when in harness will pull you along when your on your skiis .
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by ctskierguy View Post
I'm thinking that a Bernese Mountain Dog would fit the bill. My Moms' dogs lay outside while the falling snow covers them. Oblivious to the cold as well.

Mike
We were skiing at Stratton today - saw a Bernese Mountain Dog following it's owner, who was skiing down lower Standard. We saw paw prints going up the mountain under the lift, so evidently it would follow along below while she was riding the lift.
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Originally Posted by w.ski View Post
We were skiing at Stratton today - saw a Bernese Mountain Dog following it's owner, who was skiing down lower Standard. We saw paw prints going up the mountain under the lift, so evidently it would follow along below while she was riding the lift.
How Cute! I want one of those
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by w.ski View Post
We were skiing at Stratton today - saw a Bernese Mountain Dog following it's owner, who was skiing down lower Standard. We saw paw prints going up the mountain under the lift, so evidently it would follow along below while she was riding the lift.
Early season I have done plenty of t-bar skiing with my pup (pictured above) He will run up next to me on the t-bar and then chase me down. Not that exciting as the t-bar in question is on short, green circle terrain only... but a great way to get some exercize in before sleeping in the jeep while I lap the lifts. It's not the same as hiking in the back country, but for lift-access skiing with a dog just cuz the dog loves to run its not too bad.

(Depending on the resort and especially the lifties, I have seen dogs ride up on gondolas, and even one or two on a chair lift just so that they could get the chance to run back down. If your not earning your turns the old fashioned way then this is a killer way to bring your dog skiing with you... I guess it just all depends on who you know. )
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What kind of dog is that?
They are 2 Husky-Chow Mixes
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