One of the best perks to having a dog is the constant companionship and, if you’re athletic, a partner in exercise. Many dog breeds are extremely athletic and live to run outside. There are a number of dog breeds that are great for active owners, such as these suggestions from Daytona Auto Mall.
One way to pick out an active dog breed is to look at the American Kennel Club description of the breed you’re interested in. Here are a few of the more active dog breeds that are perfect for equally active owners.
Boxers are extremely active and excitable dogs. By nature, they are hyperactive and require a lot of exercise. If not exercised properly, Boxers will become destructive and probably eat a few of your favorite pairs of shoes. While Boxers do have brachycephalic heads, they can be trained to run for a few miles. Just like a marathoner training for his or her first big race, the Boxer will need to ease into any running plan. Keep in mind that they should not, however, be exercised in excessive heat.
You’ve seen these dogs in many movies pulling sleds in the Alaskan snow – Siberian Huskies. These dogs were built for long-distance running. However, if you live in a warmer climate, you might want to rethink this breed as the dog for you. They will overheat in excessively warm temperatures.
Border Collies are also a great breed for long distance runners. This is not the kind of dog who enjoys lying on the coach quietly. They typically need to be challenged and are very active. They will attack a run with enthusiasm and exuberance. They are also known for their endurance, so it’s likely you’ll get tired before the dog.
Another breed that requires rigorous daily exercise is the Vizsla. The Vizsla is a family dog that was bred to work in the fields. They are energetic and have a powerful drive and endurance. They are also easily trained, which, combined with their energy, makes them the perfect running mate.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks are known for the black ridge on their backs. They’re also known to be a highly athletic breed. These dogs have great endurance and can reach fairly high speeds when running. They are also love people.
The Australian Shepherd is another family dog that is very active and requires a lot of exercise. Originally used to herd sheep, this breed needs to get out and run every day or else it will become destructive at home. Because of their herding instincts, they may need to be trained as running companions.
One of the oldest sled dog breeds is the Alaskan Malamute. Like Siberian Huskies, these dogs were born to work and need daily exercise. They are also highly intelligent and highly trainable. They are also strong-willed, so train them early and often.