Long distance runners and other solo athletes spend hours alone training. If you enjoy companionship while training for endurance sports, a number of medium to large dog breeds will easily fit into your active lifestyle.
A dog’s age, temperament and personality are important factors to consider when choosing a big dog to accompany you on long bicycle rides or runs. Some dog breeds are equipped for short sprints. The dogs outlined in this article are better training partners for athletes that enjoy extended outings.
In all cases, the animal you select as a partner for long distance training programs must be a fully grown adult dog. There are no exceptions to this. Never take a puppy on an extended run.
Certain big dogs are bred for athleticism and endurance. Any of these medium to large dog breeds will make an excellent pet for athletes and endurance sports enthusiasts.
High energy Vizslas are an excellent option if you want a big dog as a running partner. Fast and agile, Vizslas are elite sporting dogs that can run for long distances with ease. In addition to their outstanding endurance, these dogs are loving and intelligent. Vizslas crave attention and form close bonds with their owners. These breed characteristics coupled with their desire to be physically challenged are why Vizslas make wonderful pets for athletes as well as for families that lead an active lifestyle.
Athletic and lean, Weimaraners have great stamina. One of the original sporting dogs, the intelligent Weimaraner needs intense exercise and daily mental and physical stimulation. With well developed muscles and a vigorous stride, most adult Weimaraners will outlast seasoned long distance runners. Noted for their physical endurance, this dog is an ideal animal to accompany you on long bicycle rides or runs.
German Shorthaired Pointer
Fast running German shorthaired pointers, like Vizslas and Weimaraners, are sporting dogs. A powerful animal with strong hind quarters, the German shorthaired pointer is a popular large dog breed that requires ample and vigorous exercise. These intelligent animals make wonderful canine companions. With their vast stamina and easy disposition, the German shorthaired pointer is a delightful endurance training partner.
These sporting dogs (and most others) are eager to please, and will continue to exercise even when dangerously overheated. Practice safe training techniques with your canine running partner and you will enjoy a long and healthy relationship.
Not all canine running companions must be purebred dogs. Consider mixed breed dogs in your search for an athletic cohort. For endurance training, look for a sleek medium sized or large dog with well-developed, muscular hind quarters. Check animal shelters and breed-specific rescue sites for your new pal.
Pet ownership is a big responsibility. Research dog breed characteristics thoroughly before making a final decision.
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