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  • H/J show puppies!

    The corgi has been the tried and true representative of the horse show dogs but I've been noticing a shift a the shows recently. More and more dachshunds are popping up out of the wood works (think people wanted something a little corgi lite). I am personally pushing for a trend of Alaskan Klee Kai as the new horse show dogs... What could be more horse showy than a miniature husky?! You may have already and will definitely see mine roaming about in Thermal, Spruce and Bend to name a few.
    So what are your thoughts? Do corgis still reign or is some other breed stepping up to take the horse show world by storm?

  • #2
    What could be more horse showy than a miniature husky?! You may have already and will definitely see mine roaming about in Thermal, Spruce and Bend to name a few.
    If you want off leash performance, don't buy a husky (even the littles) - their middle names are independent (I can think for myself Kthxbye!) & prey-drive - course any husky will have the Best Day Ever if there are a nice lot of dachshunds about


    • #3
      How about a mini australian shepherd? Smart, easy to train, and just the right size to be able to pick up. Plus they come in so many beautiful coat patterns.


      • #4
        Anyone thought of Swedish Vallhunds? I bet they would be AMAZING horse show dogs! They look like a German Shepherd/Corgi cross. Schipperkes aould also be pretty cool. All of the breeds I mentioned are nice and small.

        My horse show dog is an Irish Wolfhound (imported from Holland as a pup), he is about the size of a small pony. He is great though, perfect for hanging out.


        • #5
          I"m voting for Carin Terrier whats cuter then Toto
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Caoimhe View Post
            My horse show dog is an Irish Wolfhound (imported from Holland as a pup), he is about the size of a small pony. He is great though, perfect for hanging out.
            I would like for an Irish Wolfhound or mix for my next dog. Current dogs were adopted while living on less property, but my Irish Wolfhound mix mutt was the best dog ever, and I'm told it was from that side of his breeding by trainers who showed them.

            Current dogs lack any kind of natural horse sense my previous dogs have had when introduced to the horses. Though I love them dearly anyway, of course!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by hackinaround View Post
              I"m voting for Carin Terrier whats cuter then Toto
              Love a Carin Terrier. We have boxers and think they make great farm/show dogs
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              • #8
                Jack Russells have ruled for a long time as far as I am concerned.


                • #9
                  Rhodesian ridgebacks! Does the independance factor matter since all dogs are supposed to be on a leash?


                  • #10
                    Whatever's cutest from the pound! Won't purchase a dog, too many need homes.


                    • #11
                      Jack Russells were the original and still are the horse show dogs of choice...IMHO...


                      • #12
                        I still think it will always be the jacks but I love me some aussies.
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                        -Eleanor Roosevelt-


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bizbachfan View Post
                          Jack Russells have ruled for a long time as far as I am concerned.


                          • #14
                            My horse show dog is a Min Pin mix named Diva. She is just around 5 lbs, wicked smart, and savy about staying out of the way at the shows. She was a rescue we found on Petfinder.com. She is priceless!!! Putting my plug in for a rescue puppy vs. buying one......





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                            • #15
                              I'm all for the Australian Shepherds. I have Australian Cattle Dogs (Blue & Red Heelers) are also popular at Western shows.

                              I'll tell you what though, I have 2 purebred Aussies and an Australian Cattle Dog and Australian Shepherd cross, and that dog is the BEST farm dog... By far!


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by copper1 View Post
                                Rhodesian ridgebacks! Does the independance factor matter since all dogs are supposed to be on a leash?
                                Yes, because it is their ability to get off leash.

                                I wouldn't suggest or any double coated dog as there is nothing more obnoxious than trying to get little, staticy, fluffy hairs off of a black show jacket. Even if you keep the jacket as far away from the dog as possible, the hairs still magically appear. Besides, going to Thermal and all the hot southern shows, I would not suggest a double coated dog as they over heat easily.

                                Drop coated dogs don't shed - brilliant! My go-do canines are mostly in the terrier group, due to their intelligence to not get squished under the hooves of a horse (I am making a generalization here, they aren't all overly swift). For a small dog I would love a Lakeland Terrier, Westhiland Terriers, Norfolk/witch Terriers or an Irish Terrier, but for large, I would go to an Airedale. Irish Wolf Hounds and Lurchers are also stunning dogs if you want big.


                                • #17
                                  Love the corgis (have one that I got at Ocala Winter 6 years ago!), but they can be kind of big. It's nice to be able to carry the dog as needed, although most of the real horse show people just tie them to the golf cart lol! My favorite "bring to show" dog is my blue merle chi - perfect size (he's a bit bigger than standard at 8 lbs), and is great on leash or to hold.


                                  He's a good farm dog too - very smart around the horses. Only problems with him are that he is not sweet to people (loves other dogs), but he does tolerate them, and I worry about him getting picked up by birds when he is off-leash at the farm!


                                  In general though, I do think Corgis have a great attitude to be horse show pets.


                                  • #18
                                    I actually second the ridgebacks. Great dogs (yes, independent, but trainable with consistent work!) and all the kids like to touch their "ridge".
                                    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                                    ¯ Oscar Wilde


                                    • #19
                                      I like my dachshund/Pekinese mutt. Compact, knows how to chill (unlike some jacks) and loves being around the horses. And the peke gives him enough hair that he's not quite as long as a bus (with minimal shedding). Plus he's got the endurance to run along side during trail rides, I've taken him on some 10/15 mile rides with no issues (probably doesn't hurt both behavior and fitness that he goes to work with hubby and runs around all day).



                                      and he knows how to relax


                                      • #20
                                        I love almost any dog, especially mutts and pound dogs, but if I were picking one of the "horse show" breeds then the Pembrooke Corgi is my favorite. Many of the jacks I know are a PITA.