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    I'm not sure if this is the right place but I didn't want to offend anyone and put this in the kit chatter section..lol!
    So what do you find to be the best bushcrafting dog?
    I like Terriers but they tend to wander but can get you a meal!
    Labs seem to be the best companions but are very big!
    Spaniels look good because they are gun dogs and always stay with you!
    What do you guys like? What do you have experience with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slammer187 View Post
    I'm not sure if this is the right place but I didn't want to offend anyone and put this in the kit chatter section..lol!
    So what do you find to be the best bushcrafting dog?
    I like Terriers but they tend to wander but can get you a meal!
    Labs seem to be the best companions but are very big!
    Spaniels look good because they are gun dogs and always stay with you!
    What do you guys like? What do you have experience with?
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    I believe the Australian Aboriginals have an expression - 'a two dog night', ie one when it's cold enough to need to two dogs to keep warm rather than just one. Maybe this should be about the best bushcrafting dogs?

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    dunno if my dog counts as the best bushcrafting dog-she's a lancashire heeler/chihuahua mix.
    she has to stay on lead when we are out as she hasnt worked out me shouting come back refers to her. however she is very good at being a little furry hot water bottle. And she is small enough to put in my rucksack if i wear her out ( a very rare occourance)
    she is terrible at fire lighting tho!!
    labradors seem to be quite popular if only cause they are capable of carrying thier own kit and seem quite friendly.
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    big fan of Labs because a) they'll do anything for food, b) they tend not to shout unnecessarily in the night when you're out camping, and c) the relatively short hair doesn't leave them all damp and horrid when being used as hot water bottles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tobes01 View Post
    I believe the Australian Aboriginals have an expression - 'a two dog night', ie one when it's cold enough to need to two dogs to keep warm rather than just one. Maybe this should be about the best bushcrafting dogs?

    I've heard similar too, but thought it was Alaskan or Inuit expression.
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    You're probably correct...
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    Best dog is one that keeps quiet, walks to heel and doesn't stick its head in the cooking pot when you're not looking.

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    I'm tempted to say the one that is most likely to add to the cooking pot and that my experience suggests would make that a lurcher comprising plenty of Saluki.

    Probably not a terribly PC suggestion given the unfortunate association the so-called "long dog" has with a certain 'Minority' throughout this Isle but definitely what you need if your Sunday backwoods adventure turned into something other than a few hours escape from the mundane.

    Well, at least until the mutt brakes a leg!

    Be warned though there is a strong gene within the Saluki that makes it difficult to break the habit of killing livestock - the same one, I suggest, that will see them track and kill a hare even when they cannot catch it in classic coursing mode and where a greyhound or greyhound cross would simply collapse in a furrow exhausted.

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    I would have to say a jack russel but then it's like most things bushy it's down to personal prefrence.
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    I have a lab/collie cross and he is a great bush dog,he is only a small to medium size dog so he done take up to much room in the hammock(like a radiator in the winter).He never leaves my side and is good for bringing back fire wood,the only thing is he likes to drink alot so i have to carry more water but i am looking at getting him his own backpack so he can carry his own water and maybe my beer too lol !!

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    Speaking of which, I've never shared a hammock with my dog (she's very happy in a tipi though). Has anyone had problems with dogs' nails damaging hammocks or sleeping bags?
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    Not mine! (She's a Doberman.)

    Interestingly she likes to eat blackberries. I was out picking them and she was poking about in the undergrowth, as dogs do, and I thought nothing of it. Then I noticed she was biting the berries off the bottom branches and eating them quite enthusiastically. I had no idea that she would like them.

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    My two labs are blackberry fans. Mind you, they're also worm fans, horse poo fans, pheasant carcass fans and elastic band fans, so I wouldn't read too much into that...
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    jack russel,

    intelligent
    loves killing small game
    brilliant companion
    easily fits into a rucksack
    immune to snake bites

    what more could you want.
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    A lot of people are saying Jack Russel and I would have to agree with them,I have one and he is a pure bread tri-colour and is such a useful dog!He is super energetic loves to hunt and is like a little hot rock!
    And also one of the main things about them is that they're very independent dogs and can defend themselves in an attack.My aunt's rottweiler once attacked my Jack Russel and tried to bite him but my dog dodged it and grabbed the rottweilers neck and the rottweiler couldn't get at him,we had to wedge a foot in my dogs jaw to make him let go,fortunately he didn't pierce the skin.They are so well tempered unless their life is threatened!

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    Most of the lads that I know who go hunting, shooting, poaching etc have at least one lurcher. Most have more than one dog, but the lurcher is the common factor.

    Cheers, Michael.

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    My border collie all the way, as inquisitive as he is, as soon as the word is said hes back by my side. And he can sniff out wood sorrel for a quick snack!

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    This one:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Best dog is one that keeps quiet, walks to heel and doesn't stick its head in the cooking pot when you're not looking.
    I have a husky/german shepard cross she may be quiet but only walks to heal when it suits her and would stick her head in the cooking pot even if i was looking

    still if i can get the heal sorted i'd love to take her with me
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    Lurchers all day long they can feed themselves & you at the same time , at present my top boy is a saluki gray which is soft mouth ed and will take fur & feather.
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    Springer spaniel, if it's trained
    Pick up owt you shoot, arent spooked, can catch ribrabs, keep close, easy to train....and dead fun and handsome

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    I have to be honest and say that although I love my Springer, and she's great if I'm out on a rough shoot, I like the quiet when I'm out in general. A dog is no use if you're using a rifle, scares away more game than it catches, and, on a long trek, needs as much food as you do!

    I see far more wildlife when I go out on my own but then I'm in her bad books for a day after!

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    I can understand why people like gun dogs, but if you are going to use a gun what is the point of a dog & as i use both for over 20 years for mooching i still think lurchers are the best for putting food on the table & lets be frank about it you wont get poachers running springers & labs unless its full of shot the 3 dogs i think are true pot fillers are jacks , patters & lurchers
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    i agree with Bob, its got to be the Lurcher. one of these dogs could keep you and your dog well fed .

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    a Village Dog IE mongrel more than one, three or four knows how to Live and fight.

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    It seems Jack Russells and Lurchers are fairly popular,mainly for their hunting usage! Can some Lurchers take deer? I've heard that they can but is this true..does anyone have any experience?

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    My Brochlach, he's the best dog in the world. The most gently, loyal and perceptive dog I've ever known. 4 years old and he is my pride and joy, my surrogate son all in one! He goes watching wildlife with me and is great with other animals and most of all great fun to have around! Maybe not the most practical killer out there but for me I'd never change for anything!



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