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    Dogs and fishing.. This somthing i have a little bit of experience with.
    Jack russels are some times reffered to as a fishermans friend but i think it's more to do with the fact they seem comfortable on boats and they can keep a large vessel somwhat rodent free. They are to hypo on a bank and chase your bait or lure when cast out. A bloke i know takes one fishing often and he drove me nuts.
    I had a Lab as a kid and while he was more than keen to go fishing he spent more time in the water than out of it making fishing hopeless if not impossible.
    My Ridgeback would sniff around for a while and then sit patiently waiting for his chance to steal my bait or catch. He was far easier to take fishing than the other 2 breeds.
    I reckon a bigger breed that isnt keen on water and will want to relax while you do to would be a ideal fishing companion. I'm hoping my Bullmastiff will be like that when he gets older.


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    Thanks for all your replies. I come from the UK where staffies have a REALLY bad reputation mostly i think down to the media. Where we lived staffies were only owned by people that wanted to 'look hard' if you know what i mean walking round the streets so my kids are understandable nervous about getting one. I think i will try to get them to met up with some staffies before we make a discission on what breed to get.

    Oskar's mum, we have been in Caloundra a year now, isn't it beautiful.

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    i wouldnt say a staffy looks tough or hard?
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    You should get a breed that matches your lifestyle & level of commitment to exercise, training, stimulation and by this I mean more than just the fishing side of things.

    I sold an 8 month old Whippet bitch to a retired couple last year that live in the east lakes district of VIC. She had never been out on a boat before but now loves going out on the boat or beach fishing.

    But what they did do was choose a breed that suited the majority of their lifestyle, exercise levels, training levels etc, time restraints with young children that sort of thing.
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    I absolutely love it, my kids go to a lovely school here, of course I am bias though lol. Oskar is an American x English staffy, and he is great with the kids, even at 4 months. He is actually a very placid puppy, sleeps a lot, and doesn't bark a whole lot. We do spend a bit of time with him but that will change once we build his yard out the back ( i am afraid to leave him out the front as I worry he would be stolen). He is predominantly an inside dog, and and will always sleep inside. Staffies do have a bit of a bad rap, and I agree due to the media, but that was my opinion about Pitbulls until I joined this forum and also my instructor from puppy preschool said they are indeed lovely natured dogs.

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    I know someone who takes his weimerana fishing.

    And sometimes the weim decides to swim for shore without him. Urk.

    I think it would be best to get a good swimmer if you want to take it fishing eg Golden Retreiver, Lab or Spaniel.

    I've also seen cattle dogs out on boats. They're about to make a movie about one that fell off a boat and survived in QLD.

    Maltese can be grumpy dogs. You will have your hands full whatever you get.

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    Differing opinions here, it seems. I also would have thought that it would be better to get a dog that isn't too keen on swimming because otherwise he would just get in the way and scare all the fish.

    As you're going to be sitting around a lot when fishing, you want a dog who is happy to just chill. A sighthound could be a good choice. The ones I've met will happily go for a swim to cool down and have a bit of fun, but they were never obsessed with it. They are usually good with kids and great inside. Only thing to watch out for would be that they don't decide to go catch themselves some dinner while your back is turned. Happened to me a couple of times at the river. Though my dog did always come back. Eventually.

    I'm sure there's other calm breeds like that, but I just cannot think of any right now.

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    I take my German Short-haired Pointer fishing all the time when I go up north. She will sit in the boat and just wait for us to allow her to jump in or if its beach fishing just loves swimming in the shallows (line too far out for her to scare the fish).
    They also have webbed feet so swimming is extremely easy for them and once trained properly wont ruin any fishing attempts.
    I prefered a GSP over a lab as labs can get quite plump without enough exercise and without proper food training can become quite dependent on it (having said that any dog can!).

    So as others have said it really comes down to how much exercise you can provide, how often will it be alone, how does your other dog like dogs etc etc.

    Also could take your little one to the pound and maybe let them choose??

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    At this stage Oskar hates the water and will not go in voluntarily lol, also he isn't the best swimmer, we are actually thinking of getting him a life jacket for fishing in the boat and kayaking lol. I suppose it doesn't matter what breed you choose, the more often you do your chosen activities, the more your chosen dog will get used to it. Just my thoughts

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    Might not want to get a staffy. Some of them swim like submarines - except they can't breathe underwater. Never seen my brother get soaking wet with all his clothes on so fast since he was a kid.

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