I need help.
I am trying to choose the best dog breed (or mix) that will fit my lifestyle. I have read a lot (maybe too much) and need some first hand input.
My lifestyle: I am very active, particularly in things like running (ultra) and mountaineering. I would like a dog that does not mind some winter camping and would also not mind going on long trail runs (20-30miles). So it is VERY important that I can run with a dog off leash and have it stay with me and come when I say.

Breeds I am looking at: Husky, Malamute, Labs, Border Collie, Bernese, Swiss Mountain.
The reputation of the arctic dogs, being very independent and will not stay with you if unleashed, scares me. Is the reputation true?

Any help, ideas on different choices, mixes, etc. is much appreciated. Oh, by the way, I live in New England.
Thanks,
Jeff
Breeds I am looking at: Husky, Malamute, Labs, Border Collie, Bernese, Swiss Mountain. The reputation of the arctic dogs, being very independent and will not

Yes, it is. Their prey drive is really strong, and nothing can be more motivating than a vigorous chase of possible food, and no amount of recall training will help. They can go for miles and miles before even realizing that they have been separated from you. You can rule out Huskies and Malamutes for that reason.
Of your other dogs, Berners and Swissies are much too large and heavy boned to run, let alone run long distances. I don't think they'll be able to handle it. That leaves Labs and BCs, who can both be very active dogs, and may be able to cut it, although I am not sure if any breed can deal with 20-30 miles of running. Couple of things to keep in mind. Dogs do not have similar coping mechanisms as people to deal with heat, and it will be a bad idea for any dog to run for any length of time when it is hot outside. Also, high impact exercises that involve lots of running and jumping are generally not recommended for dogs under the age of 2, as it can cause serious damage to their growing joints.
Any help, ideas on different choices, mixes, etc. is much appreciated. Oh, by the way, I live in New England.

I would strongly suggest that you repost in rpd.breeds. You're likely to get some really good advice from very knowledgeable people.

Suja
I need help. I am trying to choose the best dog breed (or mix) that will fit my lifestyle. I ... ideas on different choices, mixes, etc. is much appreciated. Oh, by the way, I live in New England. Thanks, Jeff

Wow, that's a lot of exercise! Have you had a dog before? Two breeds that come to mind are the Airedale terrier and Doberman Pinscher (you can buy nice winter coats for all dogs). Both are high energy, trainable and have endurance. Doberman's have the nickname "Velcro dog" so no problem keeping that one close. Both require obedience training (being dominant breeds) and from what I read, a heavy hand does not work well. Maybe clicker training would work best. These breeds may not be good if this is your first dog though.
Go to http://www.dogbreedinfo.com / to answer some questions and it will give you a list of suggestions.
As Suja's post mentions, no heavy running, jumping or backpacking before 2 years of age! Maybe you should check out rescue for an older dog that can start running with you now. Go to
http://www.petfinder.com / for that.
René
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just my 2 cents