best kayak for large dog
Posted by: old_user on Aug-26-09 12:24 PM (EST) Category: Kayaks
Hi all. I am looking for suggestions on best kayaks for me to take my dog out on. He's an 80lb labrador, and i'd like to have room for him to sit/down in FRONT of me so i can keep an eye on him. I've had him in an inflatable but don't want to push my luck with that. I already have a sit in, and it's too narrow for him to join me, so figured a sit on top? Have limited budget. Suggestions appreciated. Thanks. Ellen
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Posted by: angstrom on Aug-26-09 12:28 PM (EST)
The longest cockpit I've seen on a sit-inside single kayak is the Jackson Day Tripper:
Posted by: string on Aug-26-09 12:47 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Oct-09-09 4:22 PM (EST)
We sell the Jackson Kayak line and I would agree with the Daytripper being a good choice. It has a large cockpit area for your dog to sit and for you to still have room to be comfortable and have gear. The weight depends on the size of the Daytripper you pick. If you check out their website, you can see pics and I think there are even some in there with dogs in the cockpit.
The best kayak for a big dog|
Posted by: riverstrider on Aug-26-09 12:48 PM (EST)
is a canoe.
Old Town Loon 160T|
Posted by: CapeFear on Aug-26-09 1:50 PM (EST)
is what I've been using for years with my dog (probably right around 80 lbs). A canoe would be good too I'm sure, but we have a good time of it. Easy for me to control, very stable, good boat for that purpose. They've been around for a while, so I think it would be easy to find a used one around. It's durable, wide, a lot of plastic, so make sure you're tough enough to manage the weight and still enjoy it. Just another option to consider.
Dog in boat|
Posted by: Gary_C on May-26-14 6:56 PM (EST)
Learned a trick from duck hunters. Get the front legs over the rail. Push down on the head/ neck. The muscles along the neck back are so strong the cantilever effect raises the back end. A quick scoop of the back end pulls them right in
How big is the Dog?|
Posted by: krousmon on Aug-26-09 2:49 PM (EST)
What's his/her experience level?
Posted by: martin on Aug-26-09 3:11 PM (EST)
Ok, so with a large dog in any boat, a capsize is always possible. With a kayak and large cockpit completelt filling up with water. . .good luck emptying the boat fo water and re-entering. Assume a canoe is smarter?
Posted by: angstrom on Aug-26-09 3:25 PM (EST)
Deep-water self-rescue is very difficult with either a large-cockpit recreational kayak or a canoe.
Probably a tandem boat|
Posted by: jimyaker on Aug-26-09 3:11 PM (EST)
for that large of a dog. Although there are other kayaks with large cockpits like the Pungos that would probably work.
I'd be more worried|
Posted by: dreamweve on Aug-26-09 4:25 PM (EST)
about which type of paddle would suit him better!
I did do a rescue|
Posted by: CapeFear on Aug-26-09 4:30 PM (EST)
alternate doggie accomodations|
Posted by: willowleaf on Aug-27-09 4:58 PM (EST)
Wish I'd had my camera with me 3 summers ago when I spotted an unusual craft cruising along near the bank of one of the local rivers I paddle: a guy in a large plastic rec boat towing a decked float ring (looked like a truck inner tube.) He'd rigged a harness with nylon ski rope strung through 1/2 PVC pipe to keep the float in line and not bumping his boat. The float had a scrap of what looked like indoor/outdoor carpet attached to it and there was another piece of rug lashed to the stern deck of his kayak. As he merrily paddled along, two medium sized dogs of unidentifiable heritage jumped on and off the two platforms, paddling along beside him or just lounging on the rugs like Cleopatra on her barge. Hilarious! Wouldn't work in rough water but the three of them sure looked like they were having a good time.
kayak / dog?|
Posted by: old_user on Aug-27-09 5:51 PM (EST)
Leave him home. He'll be happier and so will you. Then get a canoe.
Posted by: old_user on Aug-27-09 6:11 PM (EST)
a sit on top sounds like a good bet though it limits you to warm weather.
There might be a reason that one|
Posted by: ezwater on Aug-27-09 7:35 PM (EST)
doesn't see a lot of dogs in paddle craft on the water. It's not the dogs, it's the inability of owners to train the dogs.
Thank you for this question|
Posted by: old_user on Aug-27-09 6:50 PM (EST)
My wife and I are trying to figue what kayak to take our 70 pound Golden in. I figure I will have to paddle with the dog and she in her CD Squamish. I reckon she will leave me in her wake. We are thinking about a Pungo, however the other kayaks are good suggestion and we will look into them.
Perception Prodigy 13.5...?|
Posted by: edzep on Jul-18-13 11:11 PM (EST)
Posted by: isakki on Jan-20-14 5:26 AM (EST)
I been using a sit on top kayak from wilderness systems for several yers now, and it works really well..Super stable and versatile..
Posted by: riverdogs on Feb-15-14 11:44 PM (EST)
check out www.geardogboat.com
Large Dog in a Poke Boat|
Posted by: cjbondy on Jun-22-14 12:04 PM (EST)
Looking at the Vagabond Poke Boat, fiberglass. We have a large dog that is used to boats. I'm wondering how the fiberglass material holds up to dogs.