I am getting a dog. I am finally getting one after 18 years of near petlessness. I am moving into my Dad's and we agreed a third fella in the house would be the perfect solution.
Winter companionship for this dog would be:
1. Being my best fucking friend because I am tragically lonesome.
2. Bootpacking with me mostly in the Franconia area
3. Accompanying my Dad on his extended Nordic trips (yeah I don't like Nordic skiers either)
In the rest of the year he would be joining my Dad or myself on any number of outdoor outings. I am a long distance runner, and my father an aspiring triathlete.
Essentially this dog is going to get his fair share of activity, trust me. While the loving snow element is stressed, I don't want my puppy keeling over in the summer because he has a think, profuse double coat. I found a good amount of information, with my jumping off point being an Unofficial Network
1. St. Bernard
2. Bernese Mountain Dog
3. Great Pyrenees
4. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
6. Icelandic Sheepdog
7. Entlebucher Sennehund
8. Karalachan fucking Bear Dog
10. Maremma Sheepdog
A lot of these dogs we found on the extra large side of pups, which is something I may not be ready for. Narrowed and expanded the field to include some mix breeds
1. Bernese Mountain Dog
2. Icelandic Sheepdog
3. Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
4. Border Collie
5. Mixes of any of the above?????
What I am now asking for and getting to the crux of this thread.
Does anyone own or having any substantial opinions/anecdotes on these dogs? I looked all over the internet but sometimes this is the community I trust the most. Sometimes.
Also, this doesn't mean I would be completely against a mutt from the shelter, because I just want to be loved and love a puppy back. But I cannot be dragging my retriever or puggle through the snow and across fields and hills and blah blah blah, he'll hate me ): ): and I just want to be loved.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR DOG THAT LOVES SNOW
Oh and what puppy thread would be complete without puppies???