|Barked: Mon Aug 18, '14 2:12pm PST |
|Well, there are plenty of small dogs who would be up for camping/hiking. But for off-leash/low-prey AND low-shed...you're probably going to have to pick what you absolutely must have over what you would simply prefer. The type of look in dogs you prefer will all shed...a lot. Most low-shed dogs will actually need a lot of grooming/shaving (poodles, Havanese, Maltese, etc).
To be good off-leash, for just about any dog, is going to be a matter of training...never automatically trust any dog to be good off-leash, even if they are well-known for it. Terriers go after critters, but herder-types will too, hounds follow their noses, etc. Best bet on that is finding an individual dog that is more dependent and has a low-prey drive (all dogs have a prey drive of some level, imo).
Here are some dogs that you may be interested in, though they may not fit the entire bill (if a link doesn't work, check for spaces in-between letters; sorry I couldn't figure out the quick links):
1) Shetland Sheepdog (fantastic dogs, but can be yappy, shedders, and like to herd).
3 ) Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (spaniels will go after small animals)
4) Cardigan Welsh Corgi
5) Bichon Frise (will need to be clipped)
6) Shiba Inu (will shed, may not be good around small animals)
7) MINI (not toy) POODLE (will need to be clipped, but I think would meet the other req)
8) MINI SCHNAUZER (will need grooming)
Of course, you can also visit your local shelter...you never know what you can find there! Just keep in mind that each dog is an individual, and go from there.
Here is an article I found you might like.
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