Looking for an adventurous pup who loves long walks? While all dog breeds enjoy heading outside with their owners, some prefer longer walks than others — and make excellent trail partners.
From Beagles to German Shepherds, we’ve done our research on the best dog breeds for long walks. The amount of exercise your dog needs will vary according to its breed, but every dog should have at least one walk a day, often two. Puppies need much less exercise than fully grown dogs, so always check with your vet if you are unsure whether they can join you on a long walk.
On that note, take a look at the different breeds below…
1. Labrador Retrievers
According to previous research conducted by The Kennel Club, Labrador Retrievers need to stretch their legs outside for more than two hours a day. Originally bred with the intention of keeping them outside for long periods of time, their high energy and love of nature makes them ideal for a long countryside stroll.
Beagles were bred as hunting dogs, so they’re lovers of long walks and being outside. According to a report from Wag Walking, these pups “thrive” on long walks.
“You have to be fast if you’re going to chase those animals, and these dogs have kept that speed and energy through the years. Not only can they be stubborn, but Beagles are also lovable and affectionate and will thrive after getting a long walk.”
3. German Shorthaired Pointer
One of the most versatile sporting breeds around, German Shorthaired Pointers crave mental and physical challenges. Excelling in both land and water, their high energy levels and intelligence makes them brilliant walking partners.
Dog Time explain: “The muscular German Shorthaired Pointer needs a great deal of exercise. Expect to give him a workout of an hour or two daily. With his webbed feet and water-resistant coat, he’s a great water dog and loves to swim. If you have a pool, expect him to be in it with you.”
4. German Shepherds
The Kennel Club also revealed that German Shepherds will need more than two hours of exercise each day, making them perfect breeds for longs walk. As well as walks, these pups love high energy activities, including running, playing and enjoying a game of fetch.
5. Siberian Husky
Originally bred to pull sleds and carts in the harsh Russian climate, Siberian Huskies are another breed that love long distance walking. Members of the working group, they are powerfully built endurance breeds that will spur you on to keep going. Planning on a hike? Read our in-depth guide on going on a hike with your dog.
AKC add: “Siberians make an excellent choice for those looking for a dog that will keep them entertained on long hikes. They are gentle and alert, but very social dogs that enjoy spending time outside.”
Bred to assist hunters with tracking and retrieving, it’s no surprise that Vizslas are big fans of long walks. With innate power and drive, their athletic body shape makes them excellent hiking companions. On an average day, they require around one to two hours of energy-burning exercise, but preferably more.
7. Bernese Mountain dog
Versatile working dogs from the farmlands of Switzerland, Bernese Mountain dogs were originally bred to herd cattle and pull carts. According to research from AKC, this breed enjoys strenuous activity and makes an excellent hiking companion. If you are heading out on a long walk with Bernese Mountain dogs, try to avoid the lunchtime heat — their thick fur means they overheat quicker.
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