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Old 08-08-2020, 08:57 PM   #1
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Best breed of large dog for RV travel?

The title pretty much sums it up, my wife is wanting to get another dog as our last one passed away 3 years ago. We generally like large dogs, our last one was a 120 pound Mastiff (runt of his litter), and while our next one does not necessarily have to be that large, we don't want an extra small dog either. Having said that one of our requirements is a dog that could travel with us in the motorhome on trips up month long. Preferably relatively low energy breed. So in your opinion which larger breeds will have the lowest issues with RV travel, and RV park breed / size restrictions?

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Old 08-08-2020, 09:35 PM   #2
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I'd go with a German Shepard......
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Also, the bigger the dog the bigger the "handwarmers"
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We had a GSD that thought the MH was hers. Open the door and she was laying down under the table. Traveled with us for 14 years. A great traveler and a sweet dog.
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I like Goldens. Any pup will be high energy for two years or so.
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While I have no first hand experience, we have friends that travel with a retired greyhound. He got all the energy out of his system from his days on the track. He's a big couch potato now, gentle & not a barker. Spends most of his time napping under the dinette. How he gets those long legs curled up in such a tight spot, I can't figure out.

Whatever you decide, please adopt from a shelter or rescue.

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Whatever you decide, please adopt from a shelter or rescue.

We adopted a Border Collie/Cattle Dog mix, and she’s 43 lb at 8 months old. Not a good breed for long distance travel, I don’t think, but she was a rescue and is a real sweetheart. When she doesn’t have the zoomies, or wanting to play, which is an awful lot.

But we’ve started taking her out in the van for an hour or so every weekend, to get her used to travel. She’s not thrilled with it, but she’s doing OK. May have to give her doggie downers when we start traveling again for real.

I wanted a retired greyhound. They’re sprinters, not marathoners, and are couch potatoes for the most part, but I lost that battle.
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We have a rescue dog. Springer/German shorthair pointer mix, 60 lbs. Best dog we ever had and no issues with traveling. Did a 3,000 mi trip with him last Winter. All he cares about is whether or not he gets to go with us. Get a rescue. They have already been checked for temperament and any that aren't just a puppy are already housebroken. Ours was 2 when we got him.
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I like Goldens. Any pup will be high energy for two years or so.
Goldens are great, as are any retriever. They are calm, love road trips, and are generally not noisy. Goldens shed a whole lot more than Labs, though, if that's an issue for you. (I just had to have my furnace cleaned...)

Over the past 20 years, the DW bred mixed "Goldadors" that were extremely popular as service dogs and companions. They ran between 80-110 lbs. We still have three, some or all of whom travel with us each trip. To us, life without dogs isn't really life.
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We have a rescued Plott Hound. We love her, but she can be handful. Had her go through a retired K-9 officer's training program. One of heck of a work ethic she has, always has a project going on. Working dog to the core! She's strong, too. She travels with us sometimes in the RV, but she's work - very sweet dog - but can be high maintenance.

The Beagle, our other dog, another rescue, is a good traveling companion. He's docile and sweet. Scared of loud noises, thunder, and his own shadow though. Thunder coat to rescue for him! Just to keep them paired, he doesn't always travel with us either.

Not sure if either would be considered large. Nellie, the Plott Hound, is 70lbs and Leroy, the Beagle, is 40lbs.

They both like sleeping in the lower bunk of the bunkhouse.

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How about as giant schnauzer, standard poodle or an Airedale, they don't shed.
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Our 15 year old Golden mix had to be put down 1.5 years ago on New Years Eve. We waited until the following summer to search for a replacement, as we didn't want to deal with a new dog while traveling. I learned several points about rescues, Goldens in particular. All Golden rescues seem to require a phone interview, most require an in-home interview, have geographic restrictions, and require an actual(not invisible) fence. And Golden rescues are not cheap... I saw many in the $400-600 range. And traveling as RVers do makes it difficult to qualify. Goldens are in high demand, so rescues can be picky about who gets their dogs. One Golden rescue group was very blunt... If you are expecting a young, pure-bred, healthy, well-behaved, non-aggressive Golden rescue, you're dreaming, they (almost) don't exist!! People don't surrender perfect dogs! Most Golden rescue dogs seem to be advertised as a Golden 'mix', with black fur and a pug nose... no way that's a Golden! Using the 'Golden' moniker sells well as they are so popular, which is why so many mutts are called Golden 'mixes'. I believe it's easier to adopt a human baby than it is to adopt a Golden, with the hoops you have to jump thru!! On the other hand, there are 100s of Golden puppies available in the $600-1000 and up range.

We were lucky and found a 2 year old pure-bred Golden, well-behaved but not breeding stock from a private owner, who was selling for financial reasons.

We went down in size... our last Golden was 100+#, and our current Golden is only 70#. Remember you are 10+ years older now, and it's more challenging(and dangerous) to lift a heavy dog! Spring chickens we are no longer!! Happy dog hunting!
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