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Five Dog Breeds that Will Keep you in Shape!

vizsla blogIf you’re one for maintaining that “beach bod” all year-long and you’re considering a new canine companion, you may want to opt for a breed that can keep up with your exercise routine. The following dog breeds are known for making fantastic workout partners!

1.) Greyhound: If you’re looking for a great running partner, this breed is usually up for the job. Greyhounds are also known for their sweet disposition, so they’re the perfect balance of active and personable.

2.) Belgian Malinois: These dogs are commonly used for police and military work, so you can count on a high-energy, intelligent companion. Belgian Malinois do best in active households where they can go on regular runs or hikes.

3.) Vizsla (pictured): If you’re looking for an active dog that’s into chasing frisbees, swimming, hunting, or other physical activities, a Vizsla may be the perfect match. This breed is also known for being highly trainable and generally happy.

4.) American Staffordshire Terrier: These dogs thrive when given a “job” to do, which can include things like agility or obedience training. Staffordshire terriers are people-oriented and strong, making many of them stellar workout buddies.

5.) German Shorthaired Pointer: These dogs love to participate in outdoor activities like swimming, running, or hiking. They’re big people pleasers and make awesome additions to households with active families.

These are just a few of the many breeds with athletic tendencies. There are also many lovable dogs of all breeds in shelters, so many of which would make fantastic workout buddies. Whichever breed or mix you choose, just be sure to find a good match for your activity level and lifestyle!

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{ 15 comments… add one }
  • Bill July 15, 2014, 4:36 am

    What about Border Collies and German Shepherds? Both will bark at you if you don’t play their games of running and chasing.

    • Dawn July 15, 2014, 5:52 am

      I have 4 Border Collies. BCs don’t say “Come sit on the sofa with me”. They are non-stop players. So smart and they love learning something new.

  • Linda July 15, 2014, 4:43 am

    I have a Belgian Sheepdog and other than coat, she’s exactly like the Belgian Malinois and the Belgian Tervuren. She requires a lot of exercise too and I take her running on the beach during the week.

  • Carol Sumbry July 15, 2014, 5:34 am

    Great article on those looking for a dog to keep them active however as someone who has both has rescued greyhounds and whippets for over 2decades and fostered many, I would disagree about them being running partners. For one , greyhounds are sprinters. They run VERY fast for short distances. They run 45 mph so are not ideal running partners. Two they take retirement very seriously after racing and are called the 45 mile an hour “couch potato ” and are often described as like hsving a big cat that sleeps most of the day. Although it’s greyhounds enjoy a nice leisurely walk, they are content to spend a great deal of their day sleeping. I have fostered hundreds of greyhounds and have fostered other breeds also over the last 2 decades and I’m also a certified trainer and when people ask me to recommend a low activity, less active dog greyhounds are my first recommendation .

  • Laura Dion-Jones July 15, 2014, 5:58 am

    I feel almost any dog makes a good workout companion – depending on their temperament and energy level. And Y-O-U.
    I lost 150 pounds in 2 1/2 years cardio walking with the help of my 2 little Italian Greyhound rescues, Lucky, 16 years old now and Ginger just turned 11. (It was Lucky and Gucci – now in Heaven – who were my original walking partners.)
    They became conditioned to walk 5-8 miles a day right along side me. Oftentimes they were the ones who dragged my procrastinating butt out that door INSISTING on their daily “big walkie.”
    Don’t pigeonhole any breed . . . it’s all up to you and how you condition and transition them into daily walking or running, or strolling . . .
    BTW, since 1/1/03, my pups and I have walked over 35,000 miles. I kept records of all of it . . .

  • kathleen stinnette July 15, 2014, 6:11 am

    a dalmatian will certainly keep you in good shape!

  • Adam July 15, 2014, 6:11 am

    Please do your research into any of these breeds before you get one. The author. Pearly has never owned any of these, nor have they seen any of these dogs in a home environment. While yes they are all active, without proper training they can become quite destructive. The majority were breed to hunt, you can’t take that out if them and if it’s a working line it becomes almost obsessive for them. Oh and no one should own a mallinios that doesn’t know what there doing. They are German shepherds on steroids. I own 2, and a shepherd. They challenge me everyday which I love but a casual owner just can’t handle these guys. And bill no dog if mine ever barks or demands anything from me. We work as a team, and if you want your dogs to recall or come to you never play chase. My rants over just do your research talk to a trainer before you decide to gat any dog! You’ll enjoy your pet so much more if it’s the right one for your family.

    • VetDepot July 15, 2014, 6:57 am

      Hi Adam. We absolutely recommend doing your research before bringing any new dog into the household. Training, attention, and activity are all necessary to ward off destructive and other undesirable behaviors.

  • Margaret Scarcille July 15, 2014, 7:03 am

    I have a ten year old Boston Terrier who insists on taking at least two
    long walks daily (unless it rains). A great dog for eighty year olds like
    me to keep in good shape.

  • Caren Gittleman July 15, 2014, 8:59 am

    you also forgot Shetland Sheepdogs 🙁

  • cassandra July 15, 2014, 9:37 am

    Greyhounds are not jogging partners nor are they endurance animals. They are couch potatoes and quickly become anchors on any longer walks. They like to sprint, and then nap, and really, it’s: nap, nap, nap, sprint, nap, nap, nap, sprint (or maybe tomorrow), naaaapppppp. Perhaps an Italian greyhound – they could run with you for a while, and you might even be able to keep up for a time.

  • LJC July 15, 2014, 10:30 am

    Agree about Border Collies! The first word of caution when considering this breed is that they require over 3 miles a day exercise. Our neighbors have had to walk, run, and bike with theirs several times a day.

  • Ed Mulrenin July 15, 2014, 2:18 pm

    You forgot German shepherds on the list. I have owned one or two for the last 41 years and I am still the same weight I was at the beginning.

  • Jordan Walker July 15, 2014, 5:29 pm

    Great article!
    This is such a good help to people who are considering a new dog that is active and can keep up with their exercise routine. I had a Greyhound before and it’s a great running partner. I always took him to a nearby park for a run.

  • Kara July 16, 2014, 8:41 am

    Let’s not forget the Aussies………..my mini who is now 2 1/2 , still requires a 2 mile run daily plus a walk and play time.

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