You’re likely used to seeing your fellow dog walkers outside at around the same time every day. Some may look rushed and in a hurry, or some may be taking the time to smell the roses. Others may be running or jogging along with an ecstatic dog alongside them.
If you’re wondering if you should take your dog for a long run to get out some of their excess energy, you should know that not all dogs are built for long runs. Find out which breeds are going to be able to keep up, and which can’t.
Is It Safe For My Dog To Train For A Long Run?
Before we start breaking down the many different types of breeds that are good for long runs, remember that it’s their stamina and obedience that counts the most. Experts will say that its the lowest maintenance dogs who can handle the freedom and the energy of long runs. Pay attention to how your dog reacts to longer and longer walks if you’re unsure.
Normally, it is easy to tell when a dog is done. They may want to be able to keep going, but if they start to tire out after the third block, then running probably just isn’t going to be their favorite activity in the world. Also, don’t get particularly hung up on breeds. If your dog is a mutt, just research the stamina of their ancestors, or try taking them out on a short, trial run and see how they do.
Breeds Born to Run
Boxers, Labs, Pointers, Retrievers, Collies, Shepherds ,and Huskies can all give you a run for your money when you’re on those long trails. Even most Terriers and Poodles are built to go the distance. These dogs will also probably challenge you when it comes to setting a higher bar for yourself.
If you’re looking to up your pace, take any of these breeds out for a run and watch how happy they get as the wind blows through their fur. Rhodesian Ridgebacks can not only handle extremely long runs, they can handle extremely long runs in even the hottest months. Dogs that thrive when running in the cold include Malamutes, Mountain Dogs, and Shepherds.
Dogs to Leave at Home
Before you lace up your sneakers, you should know that your smaller dog should probably be left at home. Shih Tzus, Bulldogs, Pugs, and Pekingeses may have all the energy in the world, but they’ll tucker out much faster than you will. Surprisingly, even Greyhounds often fall under this category.
While they’re certainly known for their strength and speed in their younger years, they change quickly into a big bag of lazy bones as they get older. Great Danes and Bull Mastiffs may seem perfect for your next 5k, but their size cannot handle long runs.
Each dog is different of course, but these general rules should help you figure out who’s going with you on your next run. If your dog was keeping up with you but isn’t anymore, they may need professional care from a vet.
To help get your dog back on track, don’t hesitate to contact Avenue of the Saints Animal Hospital!