Best dog for running ?
Posted 4 years ago
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These will be making good running and biking companions before too long. Collie Kelpie X. Good hard pads so even tearing down fire roads doesn’t bother their mother (in moderation! I worry her legs will fall off the speeds she can manage!). Still a couple of pups left if anyone is tempted 😉julesf7Member
We have a working Springer for running and all other duties. Incredibly focussed on the boss, whichever one of us is taking him out, and therefore very biddable. He runs an average of 90 mins a day at around a 7min/mile, just back from Corrour Estate where we did a 20 mile trail run. He was fine for it, if a little tired, although admittedly less than me 😕Posted 4 years agovondallySubscriber
Ex Dalmatian Owner here (hence the name)and collie both great for running and biking
Dally was able to run all day BUT they need to be properly trained ours was and possible the best house dog I have ever owned…when biking fine till a smell of something dead…..gone like a bisto kid to find it.
THey need to be active and then crash then active
Dallys have a pace that is impossible they just maintain it for hours
Collie was a good dog but not a great bike dog or for us running just, have friends with collies who are fell runners and they think they are the best and farmer friends who can testify for the mileage they can put in
Both breed of dogs need to be active and well trained and you need to build up slowly to avoid joint damage.Posted 4 years agohaggis1978Member
Never heard of huskies eating other smaller dogs before lol absolute rubbish I think, only thing mine used to savage other than his dinner was just about every inanimate object in the house. Shoes, DVDs, jeans! Nothing is safe from a husky. Run like the wind though and would do it all day long, that’s what they’re bred for.Posted 4 years agosuttySubscriber
Got two American akitas & they love running but have to keep them on a lead coz they will kill & eat anything small ! All Spitz breeds tend to have this wolf like instinct / trait so should never be let off the lead unfortunately !Posted 4 years ago
Had a jack Russell x poodle as a kid & it run all day so I’d say get a terrier, loads of energy with a great personality 😉waveydaveMember
My Jack is 9 years old now, so biking for him is over. He is a lab x with collie and hunterway. Really bright, easy to train, at his peak 30 miles no probs. you need a dog that aint gonna get tangled in other riders/runners legs and wheels. At the top of descents he would always hang back and run behind. At the top of climbs we would stop let everyone catch up, Jack would get excited and whine because he was eager to get running again. Would avoid running a dog hard until its 2years old and fully developed, joints are soft until 18months old.Posted 4 years agoSandwichSubscriber
Dalmatians can be a tad variable as running dogs. My first would go 8mph all day following a wheel if I let him. The next two weren’t interested. The current one will run but he has the hunting gene (originally hunting dogs in Dalmatia, the gentry bred the running by carriages into them) and he’ll be off after anything small and fluffy/feathery given the chance. Or paddling in the river, puddle, sea.
He doesn’t like electric fences either, £95 bed and board charge from the dog warden after he ran off after the second hit!!Posted 4 years agoSandwichSubscriber
10 miles tops for the run all day dog. The current one did 2 lots of 5 miles, 3 times a week (up until the fence incident, we’re rebuilding confidence slowly). I dawdle when out with the dog.Posted 4 years ago
Lurchers tend to be short effort hounds, unless they are walked loads every day like my sisters do/did. She is a walker for hire and the dog is a help with the group. The old one is retired now, the young one is fitter than Armstrong on EPO.julesf7Member
Re the GPS device, I know a Scottish-based trainer who strapped one to his top black lab for a day’s shooting; result was that the dog had covered in excess of 100 miles over the course of the day.
This, sort of, links to Robbieh’s question regarding the health impact on the dog. Was the dog tired the next day? Yes, and the next one too, and normally rests for a week after a tough day. By the end of the season the dog needed a good rest, and got it.
Did the dog work beyond its capabilities? Probably for a short period, yes, but overall, no. I suspect that most of us would be in a similar position in our careers. Our Springer has been in training for over a year to manage the kind of runs that he does, with careful planning and rest days in between and consultations with vets to make sure. He loves it, and I’m sure that as a dog-owner you will not be surprised when I say that we love him. Not having ever owned a lurcher, but having been associated with a few in my time, given that they often have greyhound in them they are a short course dog bred for sprint distance, not endurance. They are, therefore, not going to enjoy the distance work as much as, say, a gundog or a sled-dog.Posted 4 years ago
Any of you ever killed a dog from making it run too fast and long so it did,nt get left behind? We.ve had lurchers for over 30 yrs and when working them NEVER made then work as hard as some of you seem proud to be doing!
Its the ones that take them biking that scare me. Doubt they’ll kill them but joint problems may be an issue. People dont seem to realise a lot of these working dogs get worn out and pensioned off (or worse) very early.Posted 4 years agob rMember
Does anyone have a Cocker and take it running???
We’ve a Cocker and Springer, both working breed.
The Springer is stronger and faster, but the Cocker has more stamina.
They will both roam, but the Cocker stays within eye-contact whereas the Springer goes to voice-contact. Both come back to find out why I’m not going faster (on the climbs).
I’d say a Working Cocker would suit you.
Its the ones that take them biking that scare me. Doubt they’ll kill them but joint problems may be an issue. People dont seem to realise a lot of these working dogs get worn out and pensioned off (or worse) very early.
Sorry, but that is what they are bred for – working.
If you saw my Springer charging through undergrowth/copses after rabbits/deer/shadows/smells etc on his own accord, you’d realise that it is in their blood.
As Guy Martin says, “they aren’t here for a long time – but for a good time”.Posted 4 years ago
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