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Lauri & The Gang 01-24-2010 07:18 PM

Size of SAR dogs?
I've always wondered if smaller dogs would be better suited for SAR situations like in Haiti - where they could maneuver the rubble better and get into more places than a larger dog.

Are there small (as in Crested sized) SAR dogs?

pinkanml 01-24-2010 07:26 PM

Re: Size of SAR dogs?
I've certainly seen/heard of Aussies and border collies being SAR dogs, don't see why a smaller dog couldn't. I think a JRT would be perfect for searching through earthquake rubble.

pupresq 01-24-2010 07:33 PM

Re: Size of SAR dogs?
I've wondered that myself. The smallest dog I've ever seen personally doing SAR was a very small Aussie (like 20lbs). She was an HRD dog.

Does the Mighty Mite forum have any members with working SAR dogs?

Chicagocanine 01-24-2010 07:42 PM

Re: Size of SAR dogs?
I have heard of small terriers like Jack Russells being used for SAR.

Here is an American Hairless Terrier SAR dog:

AHTs are a hairless version of the Rat Terrier. I was interested in doing SAR or detection work with my Rat Terrier... He was very agile and good at scenting but then he was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. I can see how they would be good for this type of work due to their agility and balance.

DianaM 01-24-2010 08:01 PM

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I would be worried about a hairless dog- they don't have the protection that a coated dog has and I'd be concerned about the dog getting scraped up, especially in urban rescue.

But then again I am NOT a SAR person but it makes sense to me.

FuryanGoddess 01-24-2010 08:03 PM

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On another note, there was another earthquake today in Haiti. It's a 4.3 or something close to that. Poor people!

Minnieski 01-24-2010 08:39 PM

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In our local SAR group there is an area search dog that can't be more than 15 pounds. He was a rescue and he's awesome (crazy energy put to use!).

3K9Mom 01-24-2010 08:40 PM

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My 11 inch, 18 lb beagle has been taking tracking lessons for months, and is a natural. She is (most likely) starting too late for SAR. But she has a killer work ethic and worked multiple surfaces her first time out.

Beagles have that nose after all...

(Someone -- I think it was Nancy -- posted for me additional links to videos of a woman in San Diego who has been doing SAR with beagles for years.)

Eleven inch beagles would a great choice because they're small and don't weigh much, but still sturdy like their bigger 13 inch counterparts. Even appropriately sized 13" beagles shouldn't weigh more than about 25 lbs.

ladylaw203 01-24-2010 08:55 PM

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Agility is very important. High drive and rock solid nerves are the most important traits.

NancyJ 01-25-2010 08:15 AM

Re: Size of SAR dogs?
I have struggled with that one myself. I can see pros and cons to working a small RUGGED dog....

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