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    I'm moving to the NT and wanting to get a dog. I was curious to know are there some breeds better suited to the heat and humidity?

    I would like the dog simply as a companion. However I am a hunter so if there
    is something intelligent with a nose and obedience it could prove quite useful.
    (to follow game, or point, not a 'pig dog')

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    Josh

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    Ridgebacks, catahoulas,<--*suitable though very expensive at the moment*, fox hounds, German shorthair and German wirehair pointers all are relativly heat tolarant over many other breeds, have good stamina and scent well, and are intellegent. The Fox hound excells at game trailing.
    I dont know about how easy they are to obedience train as i have only had experience with the Rhodesian Ridgeback of those breeds, they are late to mature and have an extended 'silly season' compared to some breeds but I found her very easy.
    You dont want to cook your dog in the heat, so have to use common sence about times to go in the day.

    Anything with a non pushed in face would be better in the heat. So i wouldnt even look at brachycephalic dog types.


    Theres probably a thousand other dog mixes to look at too.
    Last edited by Beau; 11-19-2009 at 11:02 PM.

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    Look at the Australian cattle dog too. I have had blue heelers so I am biased. They were bred for Aussie contitions when others could not stand the strain. (says Di when Pretty goes into the coolest room with aircon when she is inside, as did Shadow)

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh_ View Post
    I'm moving to the NT and wanting to get a dog. I was curious to know are there some breeds better suited to the heat and humidity?

    I would like the dog simply as a companion. However I am a hunter so if there
    is something intelligent with a nose and obedience it could prove quite useful.
    (to follow game, or point, not a 'pig dog')

    Regards
    Josh
    It helps if you look at where the different breeds originated. Perhaps some sort of hunting dog developed in the USA in Florida or similar areas?

    If it wasn't for the climate I would recommend a Deerhound. Although a sighthound they also use their nose when hunting and are the easiest of all the hounds to train. They are also very perceptive and loyal and perfect companions. However I know from experience they are not a breed that copes well with hot humid weather.

    If you don't want a purebred I would suggested going for one of the mixtures used for hunting pigs. Many have Pointer and/or hound in their background and could easily be trained for your purposes if you purchased one that hadn't been started on pigs.

    German Shorthaired Pointers seem to cope well with the climate up here. Lovely dogs. They point and retrieve. Mad as hatters without adequate exercise and training but wonderful companions in the right hands.

    Hope this helps a bit. Will be interested to know what breed you choose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau View Post
    The Fox hound excells at game trailing.
    I dont know about how easy they are to obedience train
    I had a friend who bred Foxhounds and I also had one of my own. Lovely dogs but a true pack hound. If anyone manages to obedience train a Foxhound without breaking it's spirit they deserve a medal and a crate of Bundy.

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    Foxhounds are really nice. I can remember randomly asking a man if I could "borrow" his male at a dog show on a few occassions, when I was completing in junior handlers. Very sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh_ View Post
    I'm moving to the NT and wanting to get a dog. I was curious to know are there some breeds better suited to the heat and humidity?

    I would like the dog simply as a companion. However I am a hunter so if there
    is something intelligent with a nose and obedience it could prove quite useful.
    (to follow game, or point, not a 'pig dog')

    Regards
    Josh
    I can tell you what is not suited for hot weather and that is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier...don't let the short coat fool you into thinking they will do ok in that weather!
    Last edited by Cleasanta; 11-20-2009 at 01:05 PM.

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    I don't think any dog's are "suited" to hot weather! We had our two girls up there (Kelpie X) and they were fine.. swam alot, slept alot.... but they are such happier dogs now we live down south.
    One of my girls we got up there, we rescued her as she was a camp dog from an aboriginal community.. she NEVER went in the water up north... its like she knew that it was dangerous.. (crocs, stingers etc. etc) as soon as we got down south she was straight in the water.. beats me how she knew there weren't any crocs down here... (Kelpies=smart dogs)

    ohh and if you get a short haired dog, its easier to pull all the ticks and grass seeds off them (happens ALOT up there)

    good luck with your decision..

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    Thank you all for your informative replies, I'll do some research =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    I can tell you what is not suited for hot weather and that is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier...don't let the short coat fool you into thinking they will do ok in that weather!
    I will second Cleasanta, SBT'S are definitely not suited for hot weather.

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