Dog Exercise Essentials: Why And How It Differs Between Breeds

Dog exercise basic requirements vary among the different breeds.  Here is what can help you understand this difference better.

Reasons for the Difference

  • Breeds have their own characteristics and genetic composition.  The difference in traits and genes is one of the key reasons for the difference in their exercise requirements.

For instance, dogs with flat faces such as bulldogs will require less exercise than other breeds.  In fact, this breed will do better with little to moderate exercise only. Their snouts make it harder for them to breathe and tolerate the heat during exercising.

  • Different breeds differ in their energy levels.  Some breeds have extremely high levels of energy, such as the Siberian husky, while others are couch potatoes, such as the Bulldogs.  Hence, those with high levels of energy will need more exercise than those breeds with low levels of energy.

It is important to note, however, that in determining the requirements for your pet’s exercise, you will also have to consider individual difference.

For instance, your dog may belong to a breed that is typically for couch potatoes, but if his energy level is from moderate to high, you will have to adjust his exercise routine accordingly.

How the Requirements Differ

Typically, dogs have their classifications depending on their energy levels, which in turn determine the requirements for dog exercise.  The basic classification is as follows:

  • High to Extremely High Energy Breeds
  • Medium Energy Breeds
  • Low Energy Breeds

The general exercise requirements following this energy classification are as follows:

  • High to extremely high-energy breed require an exercise regimen of 15 to 30 minutes daily at least two times and up to four times daily.
  • Medium energy dog breeds need 10 to 20 minutes of exercise twice every day.
  • Breeds that have low energy need only up to 10 minutes of exercise once or two times daily.

How to Keep Your Dog Healthy with Exercise

Dog exercise is one of the basic health care essentials that you have to provide your pet.  This is your responsibility as a pet owner.

If you have a toy dog, such as a Shih Tzu, then you would not have to worry much about meeting his requirement for exercise.  The breed belongs to the low energy group that will do well with little to moderate exercise routine.

In exercising your dog, you have to consider both the physical and mental health of your pet.  You need to satisfy both if you want to keep his good health condition.

Examples of mental exercises are dog sports and training activities.  Physical exercises, meanwhile, are the usual walks in the park, playing fetch (which can also stimulate good mental health), and agility training.

The Benefits of Exercise

Keeping your dog healthy with exercise has multiple benefits, such as the following:

  • Addresses and prevents behavioral issues and problems
  • Increases your pet’s trust and confidence
  • Keeps your pet’s recommended weight and prevents excess weight
  • Enables your dog to feel relaxed rather than restless
  • Keeps your pet’s good health condition

With good health condition from dog exercise, you will seldom find yourself and your pet making frequent trips to the vet.