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Exercising Different Dog Breeds

The amount of time you are prepared to spare exercising your dog should determine the breed of dog you take up as a pet. To lead a healthy and happy life, every dog needs exercise—the extent of which varies according to the dog's sex, age, breed and health.

The importance of adequate exercising is reflected in the huge number of dogs who have confinement and lack of exercise to blame for poor muscle and bone growth, obesity, cardiac ailments and a host of other physical and emotional problems.

  • It's a wise idea to have your dog thoroughly examined by a vet before starting him off on an exercise regimen
  • To obtain professional advice on the exact amount of exercise required by your dog
  • To rule out possibilities of disabilities, weaknesses or any cardiac and/or circulatory problems.
  • To chalk out a strict exercise routine to be religiously followed thereafter.

Males of most species display greater stamina than females. A puppy, again, is expected to be infinitely more zealous than an aged dog.

While the enthusiasm to exercise is a sign of good health in your dog, it can be dangerous to push diseased and weak dogs too hard on their work-outs.

Dog Breeds that need Vigorous Exercise

Dog Breeds that need High Exercise

Dog Breeds that need Moderate Exercise

Dog Breeds that need Low Exercise


Dog Breeds that need Vigorous Exercise

Breeds like Irish Setters, Great Danes, Border Collies etc., need vigorous exercises. These breeds need brisk, long walks, preferably twice a day. Running or playing freely in a large sized fenced yard or keeping up with a speeding bicycle is also enjoyable for them.

Because of their high energy levels, these breeds are not fit for apartment life and are prone to frustration and aggression if not exercised well.

Dog Breeds that need Vigorous Exercise

Border Collie

Chesapeake Bay Retriever


Doberman Pinscher


Great Dane

Irish Setter

Portuguese Water Dog



Siberian Husky



Dog Breeds that need High Exercise

High exercises stretching from 60-90 minutes daily, including walks, playtime, are necessary for Labrador Retrievers, Bloodhounds etc. These breeds do okay in apartments but do best with a good sized yard.

Regular exercise is a must, or they are prone to boredom and agression.

Dog Breeds that need High Exercise


American Blue Gascon “Bluetick”

American Eskimo Dog

American Foxhound

American Water Spaniel

Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Shepherd


Basset Hound

Bearded Collie


Belgian Malinois

Belgian Sheepdog

Belgian Tervuren



Boston Terrier

Bouvier des Flandres



Bull Terrier

Chinese Shar-Pei

Chow Chow

Clumber Spaniel


Curly-Coated Retriever

English Foxhound

English Setter

English Springer Spaniel

Field Spaniel

Finnish Spitz

Flat-Coated Retriever

German Pinscher

German Shepherd

German Shorthaired Pointer

German Wirehaired Pointer

Giant Schnauzer

Golden Retriever

Gordon Setter

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog



Ibizan Hound

Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Wolfhound



Labrador Retriever

Miniature Bull Terrier

Miniature Pinscher

Miniature Poodle

Miniature Schnauzer

Norwegian Buhund

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

Old English Sheepdog



Parson Russell Terrier


Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen

Pharaoh Hound






Scottish Deerhound

Shiba Inu

Silky Terrier

Smooth Fox Terrier

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

Spinone Italiano

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Standard Poodle

Tibetan Mastiff

Tibetan Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Poodle



Welsh Springer Spaniel

Welsh Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon



Dog Breeds that need Moderate Exercise

Dogs with short legs, e.g. Chihuahuas and Dachshunds, will burn enough energy by moderate exercises—playing around the house or fenced backyard/garden with their favorite toys or going out for a walk once a day.

These breeds do well in an apartment and not highly demanding regards a good sized backyard.

Dog Breeds that need Moderate Exercise

Afghan Hound


Alaskan Malamute

American Pit Bull Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier

Australian Terrier


Bedlington Terrier

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bichon Frise

Black and Tan Coonhound

Black Russian Terrier

Border Terrier


Brussels Griffon

Bull Mastiff

Cairn Terrier

Canaan Dog

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel


Cocker Spaniel


Dandie Dinmont Terrier

English Cocker Spaniel

French BullDog

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Great Pyrenees

Irish Terrier

Italian Greyhound

Japanese Chin


Kerry Blue Terrier

Lakeland Terrier

Lhasa Apso




Neapolitan Mastiff


Norfolk Terrier

Norwegian Elkhound

Norwich Terrier

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Polish Lowland Sheepdog



Pyrenean Shepherd

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Saint Bernard

Scottish Terrier

Shetland Sheepdog

Standard Schnauzer

Sussex Spaniel

Swedish Vallhund

Tibetan Spaniel

West Highland White Terrier


Yorkshire Terrier



Dog Breeds that need Low Exercise

Toy and Companion dogs like Chinese Crested, English Toy Spaniel etc. are bred to sit around looking pretty. Their requirement for low exercises can be satisfied by simply scampering around the house, picking up new tricks or going for short walks.

These breeds are perfect for apartment living.

Dog Breeds that need Low Exercise

English Toy Spaniel


Shih Tzu



The best forms of exercise combine a balanced workout of both mind and body. Any form of strenuous exercise should be preceded by a warm-up phase and followed by a cool-down period. For a less fit dog, a longer warm up and shorter strenuous exercise period may be appropriate.

For a dog not up to high levels of activity, the mental and physical warm-up alone may be ideal, with no strenuous exercise at all. Often a good routine is to “pulse” the exercise in short segments, alternating between focused mental tasks and more strenuous physical ones.

Walking is by far the most common form of exercise. The length of the walk would vary from breed to breed. When taking a dog out for a run or a jog, it's advisable to avoid stone or concrete paths. Grassy roads or parks are best suited for this purpose as they would be easy on his paws. Keeping the dog on an extendable leash would allow it ample freedom and grant the owner suitable control at the same time.

Letting a dog chase a bicycle or a vehicle might be risky. Dogs love active games like Frisbee, Fetch (with toys or balls), tug-of-war and the like. It also provides a good opportunity for the owner to bond with his dog. However, care should be taken to see to it that the dog doesn't jump too high and land in awkward positions and injure himself.

Swimming is another great way for a dog to burn calories and keep himself cool on a sultry day. Climbing stairs is the quickest way for a dog to lose weight and keep fit. One can also take resort to the gym equipments specially designed for dogs.

Along with exercising, it's equally important for the dog to socialize and connect with other dogs and people. In the process, the dog would gradually pick up vital lessons on correct behavior and obedience.

Owners should keep an eye on the dog for signs of over-exertion, like excessive panting, bleeding pads, vacant stares, pale lips or face.

“A Good Dog Is A Tired Dog”. So if the dog exhibits no signs of exertion and/or shows signs of pent-up energy when it returns from its walks, it is not getting enough exercise. To learn to rest calmly is as important for a dog as exercise is.

Dogs are susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat strokes. It's thus unwise to make a dog over-exert itself on a hot day. And of course, it's essential to keep a dog hydrated and supplement his exercise with good quality dog food rich in proteins and essential minerals.






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