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Old August 1st 05, 07:15 PM
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I'm looking to get a dog and one of the prerequisites is that it be
small enough to be able to ride on my kayak. I currently own a CD
Storm, but have a QCC Q700X on the way. I do a lot of kayak camping so
I'm usually pretty loaded with gear.
Can anyone suggest a maximum weight limit when choosing a dog?

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Old August 1st 05, 08:43 PM
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| I'm looking to get a dog and one of the prerequisites is that it be
| small enough to be able to ride on my kayak. I currently own a CD
| Storm, but have a QCC Q700X on the way. I do a lot of kayak camping
so
| I'm usually pretty loaded with gear.
| Can anyone suggest a maximum weight limit when choosing a dog?


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Old August 2nd 05, 01:28 AM
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J4 wrote:
I'm looking to get a dog and one of the prerequisites is that it be
small enough to be able to ride on my kayak. I currently own a CD
Storm, but have a QCC Q700X on the way. I do a lot of kayak camping so
I'm usually pretty loaded with gear.
Can anyone suggest a maximum weight limit when choosing a dog?


During my recent paddling on Gross Reservoir in Colorado I saw another
solution for paddling with dogs - check my slide show:

http://users.frii.com/uliasz/weblog/...506/index.html
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I watched a Labrador Laden Chinook paddle past us in Conception Bay
yesterday. That beast was likely 70 Lbs . I would not recommend this
because he was in the open rear hatch and had things gone badly the
boat would have been a tough thing to self rescue. The paddler had lots
of company ( 4 other boats ) . It was a curiosity but there could have
been safety issues had the location not been benign.
Justin French has a Yellow Labrador retriever that sits on the back
hatch but that dog is increadible. ( 70 + Lbs ) .
Sorry as this sounds I would look at a poodle or a spaniel and stick
them in the cockpit. You could shove the dog down and close the sprey
deck around a small poodle or say a Brittany spanial , Both these dogs
have a work history around water,. ( The poodle was once a hunting dog
and retriever .)
I own a Lab. He is fine in a Old Town 169 canoe but I could not fit him
into any of my sea kayaks.
I hope this helps.
Alex

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Old August 5th 05, 09:25 PM
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J4 wrote:
I'm looking to get a dog and one of the prerequisites is that it be
small enough to be able to ride on my kayak. I currently own a CD
Storm, but have a QCC Q700X on the way. I do a lot of kayak camping so
I'm usually pretty loaded with gear.
Can anyone suggest a maximum weight limit when choosing a dog?



here is my dog, tobey. He weighs in at 25lbs, is managable, and has
gone for trips as long as 3 hours.

http://www.seakayakflorida.com/Trips...obey/tobey.htm

craig

www.seakayaklforida.com



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Old August 5th 05, 09:26 PM
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J4 wrote:
I'm looking to get a dog and one of the prerequisites is that it be
small enough to be able to ride on my kayak. I currently own a CD
Storm, but have a QCC Q700X on the way. I do a lot of kayak camping so
I'm usually pretty loaded with gear.
Can anyone suggest a maximum weight limit when choosing a dog?



here is my dog, tobey. He weighs in at 25lbs, is managable, and has
gone for trips as long as 3 hours.

http://www.seakayakflorida.com/Trips...obey/tobey.htm

craig

www.seakayakflorida.com

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Old August 5th 05, 11:56 PM
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On 5 Aug 2005 13:26:06 -0700, "Craig Fugate"
wrote:

J4 wrote:
I'm looking to get a dog and one of the prerequisites is that it be
small enough to be able to ride on my kayak. I currently own a CD
Storm, but have a QCC Q700X on the way. I do a lot of kayak camping so
I'm usually pretty loaded with gear.
Can anyone suggest a maximum weight limit when choosing a dog?



here is my dog, tobey. He weighs in at 25lbs, is managable, and has
gone for trips as long as 3 hours.

http://www.seakayakflorida.com/Trips...obey/tobey.htm

craig

www.seakayakflorida.com



My cockpit seems a bit smaller than yours. I was thinking something
along the lines of this.

http://www.hask.org/Trips/ToledoBend...s/Image17.html


I'm thinking maybe 40-45 pounds tops.


J4
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Old August 6th 05, 04:04 PM
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On 5-Aug-2005, J4 wrote:

I'm thinking maybe 40-45 pounds tops.


That kind of weight on your kayak deck will negatively affect
you trim. You'd have to carry some dead weight in the other
end to balance it out. As well, having that weight on top
of the kayak will reduce the stability.

I can tell you that the size, weight and breed of a dog will
be a lot less important than its temperment and personality.
Some dogs will sit still for a ride; others will always be
jumping onto the water and trying to get back on.

I know folks that have no problem with their dog in a canoe
and others that have nothing but problems and leave the dog
at home. Expect to have to train your dog to behave on the
kayak.

Mike
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Old August 10th 05, 05:17 PM
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You guys have the wrong idea. My brother's yellow lab came paddling with
me -- swimming alongside, right under the paddle blade, for up to a mile at
a stretch. I tried to stay close along shore, or in the shallows, so she
could run. Paddled about 5 miles on a couple occasions, no problem. I
think longer cruises would be possible, but would want a "Doggy PFD" just in
case.

....
I watched a Labrador Laden Chinook paddle past us in Conception Bay
yesterday. That beast was likely 70 Lbs . I would not recommend this
because he was in the open rear hatch and had things gone badly the
boat would have been a tough thing to self rescue. The paddler had lots
of company ( 4 other boats ) . It was a curiosity but there could have
been safety issues had the location not been benign.
Justin French has a Yellow Labrador retriever that sits on the back
hatch but that dog is increadible. ( 70 + Lbs ) .
Sorry as this sounds I would look at a poodle or a spaniel and stick
them in the cockpit. You could shove the dog down and close the sprey
deck around a small poodle or say a Brittany spanial , Both these dogs
have a work history around water,. ( The poodle was once a hunting dog
and retriever .)
I own a Lab. He is fine in a Old Town 169 canoe but I could not fit him
into any of my sea kayaks.
I hope this helps.
Alex





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