Nothing enhances the outdoor experience more than having a loyal canine companion to accompany you – dogs can even help you keep up and even test your skills with impressive performances in terms of speed and endurance.
But before choosing a wavy coat as an exercise companion, it’s important to match the dog to the activity. All dogs will do their best to keep up with your pace, but by choosing a companion that matches your activities, you’ll avoid overworking the less active types or under-training the more active breeds.
Below are some common outdoor activities that people enjoy participating in, and the breeds of dogs best suited to participate.
Long Distance Walkers
Most dogs love to walk every day, but if you are looking for a breed that can walk long distances, even a few kilometers, you will find that most breeds are not up to the task. Serious walkers who can cover these distances need a lot of energy; the following breeds would be ideal :
Labrador Retriever – The Labrador Retriever is a very active breed that needs a lot of socialization and obedience training in its youth, but with age it becomes a loving and playful companion. A lot of exercise is required.
Doberman Pinscher–This dog can become a great agile beauty with boundless energy and a strong presence– they are also excellent guard dogs and extremely loyal, perfect for self-defense.
Running and Jogging
To really lift your heels, you need a companion who can add speed over distance to the equation – endurance is important here. The following dogs will accompany you in your steps with long legs and will impress you with their endurance and stamina.
Rhodesian Ridgeback – This proud breed comes from Africa where it was developed for lion hunting – it can be stubborn and difficult if not trained when it is small. They also run like the wind and never seem to degenerate.
The Saluki – this breed has a reserved nature and can be a little nervous – which makes it a difficult breed to train. Salukis are also excellent runners, you must keep them on a leash, otherwise their predatory instincts could put them in danger.
Cycling and Rollerblading
Finding a dog that understands the concepts of wheel and elk may seem impossible, but only if you consider the following super smart, super fast breeds that can walk for miles with their long legs and durable build.
Dalmatian – Why was this attractive breed chosen as the mascot for the firefighters? It was their ability to walk alongside fire engines – they even drove horse-drawn carriages so they could easily keep up with a bicycle.
In addition, they have unlimited energy reserves and won’t get along if they don’t exercise regularly.
Weimaraner – As one of the most intelligent, affectionate and simply mischievous breeds of dogs, Weimaraners need at least one hour of exercise a day to minimize their less desirable traits, such as chewing furniture, climbing walls, barking and much more.