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Still looking at buying a RV and swinging between a Class C and a 5th Wheeler. To complicate the mix we are considering giving into our kids begging for a dog and so I have been interested in reading posts about members' experiences with dogs and cats (we already have a cat). The latest flavor of the month dog-wise is a Wolf Dog hybrid, and this leads me to two questions. Wolf dogs are banned in some states, and so I was wondering if any members own a Wolf dog or know of someone who does, and how owning such a hybrid dog has restricted their RV'ing? Also, I would be interested in hearing from members on their thoughts as to just how big is too big when it comes to dogs and RV'ing. Thanks.
The Magnificent Mr Toad
Very well said, Bill. We have had more success over the years (quite a few) rescuing wonderful dogs and cats. We currently have two Golden Doodles (half Standard Poodle and half Golden Retriever) and a Cornish Rex cat. All are rescues and they are the greatest friends we could have ever found.
'13 Ram 2500 Hemi pulling '12 Chaparral Lite
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Bill Joyce, 40' 2004 Dutch Star DP towing a 2012 AWD Chevy EquinoxJournal at http://www.sacnoth.comFull-timing since July 2003
To be fair, I must admit that I do know what a Wolf Dog is. One of our customers owned one. I kid you not when I tell you that this beautiful animal had paws that were just slightly smaller (or larger) than Janet's hand. This is a BIG dog (if it's even a dog) and like any other animal I suspect that if properly trained it would also be an excellent pet. Unfortunately, there are way more bad owners than good owners so the campgrounds have to make rules based upon the majority of their visitors (the bad group). Buy a Wolf Dog and you will be doing a lot of dry camping in Wal-Mart parking lots!
On a side note, if you pay big money for a thoroughbred or "vanity dog" instead of buying a rescue (have you looked into a Greyhound rescue) you have likely wasted an enormous amount of money. If you are OK with that I cannot argue with you. If you are actually looking for a good companion, these vanity dogs are usually the worst choice compared to a mutt (or Greyhound).
Thanks for the comments so far. Not sure if I agree with the comment "vanity dog" - bit of a slate against anyone who has a purebred dog. Some people want a particular breed with known traits, just like you wouldn't want to necessarily buy a kitset RV from someone not knowing how well it was built. There are in fact rescue wolf dogs, which are a cross with a Malamute and a timberwolf, or Huskie and a timberwolf, and come in a range of sizes. Maybe someone who owns a Malamute or Huskie could let me know how they find travelling with one of these guys in a RV. Thanks.
I can't comment specifically on the Wolf Dog hybrid but we have friends who fulltimed with a Husky dog. She was a beautiful dog and very well behaved/liked by everyone. One thing I can tell you is that dog sure knew how to SHED! They had hair everywhere!
As a side note we camped in an RV park near Chattanooga, TN a few years back and they had very strict county-mandated regulations on dog breeds that were allowed. As I recalled a lot of breeds were outlawed including Pit Bulls, Rottweilers or Chow Chows or mixes of those breeds. When we made our reservation we were asked about the breed of our dog (Golden/Aussie) and I was tempted to say she was a Pit/Rottie/Chow mix but thought they might not see the humor like I did!
Ron and Joan2005 Itasca Sunova 34A2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland
Fulltiming since 3/28/12
"With change comes opportunity"
A quick look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfdog tells me this bred is not for me.
OPINION: To give in to the flavor of the month does not sound like a good reason to pick one bred over another.
FACT: In reference to the size question, we will be traveling with a Golden Retriever, Standard Poodle and Calico cat. At time we stumble over dogs. The poodle believes she is a lap dog. Both dogs were rescues and are pure bred.
SUGGESTION: Take the kids to a local animal rescue shelter.
Jerry & Carol Pearson (+ fur babies)FullTime since 201204 Winnebago Adventure, 06 Grand Marquiswww.waggintailsrv.com
So, not meaning to preach or offend. I have a shepard/huskey mix and a pitt/jack russell mix. My shepard /husky mix looks like a wolf. We actually got our camper to take our dogs with us on vacation since I hate putting them in kennels. We have found that there are many campgrounds that will not take us due to our animals. Especially in Florida. I guess due to insurance, I don't really know. They either won't take Lucy due to being a shepard mix, or won't take Bruno due to having pit in him. Both of my dogs are from a shelter and are not pure breeds, but we have been limited to where we can go, even though they are both extremely non aggressive. I am not preaching where or what kind of dog you get, just letting you know my personal experiences. Hope it helps!
Oh, also in my city (in Western NC) It is banned to have a wolf/hybrid and they can be seized. Also, our ignorant goverment officials here have stated that it is up to an officer of the law or animal control officer to determine what they see as a wolf/hybrid and can seize that animal even if you vet has determined that it is NOT a wolf/hybrid. Luckily, I know a lot of police officers who know my dog is not aggresive and not a wolf, so I am hoping I do not become affected by this.
Thanks Dina, really appreciate your taking the time to share your experiences. Maybe we will have to look at another breed so as not to be limited where we can travel.
P.S. Love the photo of your dogs. They look beautiful.
MrToad wrote: Also, I would be interested in hearing from members on their thoughts as to just how big is too big when it comes to dogs and RV'ing. Thanks.
Also, I would be interested in hearing from members on their thoughts as to just how big is too big when it comes to dogs and RV'ing. Thanks.
We also struggle with this question. Currently we have three dogs. Two under 15 pounds one weighs in at 55 pounds. An awesome hunting dog mutt.
Our big dog loves to run, chase deer, rabbits and cats. He also loves to sit on my lap. When I rub his ears, his tail swings around like an airplane propeller. Very loving dog. Our local deer and rabbits have a much different opinion.
When we travel we keep him on a leash. I can tell he hates the leash, but obediently accepts it.
Regrettably, when we moved out of our house later this year and into our motorhome I plan to leave my hunting dog mutt behind with his new adopted family. If we fined one. Personally I can't take a 55 pound dog in a 30 foot motorhome.
Now if I was retired and planed on boondocking most of the time I would keep him. However, I need to work and do not have the freedom to pass up parks that do not welcome my big dumb mutt. Also he needs to run, actually he loves to run. Currently he lives outside, guards our porch from all manor of creatures big and small.
31ft, 1999 Fleetwood wilderness travel trailer, with one dining room Livingroom slideout 1995 Chevy G20, 3/4 ton vanya there both old, but it's OK, I'm old too.
Lucy is 70lbs and Bruno is 65lbs. We have a 30ft with a big slide so inside is not the problem. Since I still have to work for a living we only go 1 to 2 weeks at a time and by the end the dogs and us are pretty tired of getting up, dressed and going for a walk before I even get a cup of coffee. I am sure then don't like to be on a lead all the time too since they have over an acre at the homestead. Hair does get everywhere, but we are so used to it by now, we just bring a stick vac with us and a brush I got at Campingworld that is called the furmanator that is awesome. My dogs are still worth it too me and I would never give them up, they are more like our children. They bring so much joy and love!!!!
Alie & Jim
Sallie- 4 legged lab
Tabitha & Brooke -other furballs
FullTiming since March 2013
Michelle & Bob