Which dog is best for your athletic family? Cesar Millan, the National Geographic Channel’s Dog Whisperer star, said that dog owners more likely select dog for pets solely by its looks – this is a mistake. Choosing a dog for your athletic family is not easy. But what really are the best dogs for athletic families? Below are the top breeds for athletic families. The key to having a great relationship with your pet is to have a solid training plan so that they are not out of hand. Alot of people get smaller dogs or even large ones and do not get the proper training for them. This causes alot of people to take their dogs to shelters because they cannot control their behavior.
These are the fastest of all dog breeds; clocked running as fast as 44 miles per hour but once a Greyhound is done exhausting itself to various activities, it opts to spend the rest of the day around its favorite people. Greyhounds make good family pets and are actually one of the easiest large dogs to own — low-shedding, calm, and simple to train. Greyhounds should be kept leashed at all times because of its strong prey drive.
The Border Collies are incredible herders that can direct sheep and handle almost anything else. Border Collies are workaholics – it’s the tasks you give them that make this breed happy. These tasks can be simple like putting toys away or even playing fetch. Border Collies are considered the most intelligent of all dog breeds as it is a breed with obedience, tracking and agility prowess. With all these qualities combined, you have one great canine athlete.
Jack Russell Terrier
Swift and clever with an instinct to hunt & track, the Jack Russell is all the firmness of a bigger athlete packed into a small, tough body. It is an active and smart kind of breed born to dig. This breed loves to take part in competitions. When it’s not busy, its energy will surely be used to destroy things, thus, keep these tiny workers busy. So, if you opt to own an active dog but not a bigger breed, Jack Russell Terriers are great for dog sports or any activities.
The Siberian Husky is not for the inexperienced. Behind those beautiful eyes is a determined hunter & athlete. This breed is independent and endlessly energetic. A daily run or jog is a must for this breed as Huskies can run long distances. Believe it or not but Siberian Huskies can run for hours without tiring. Huskies should be kept leashed because this breed can be miles away in few hours.
Australian Shepherds are also known as Aussies; dogs of this breed are loving, loyal, energetic, and can go into an hour-long run. Aussies are very intelligent that require mental & physical motivation. This breed has the ability to settle when not engaged in any activity. Australian Shepherds have the tendency to be more driven & need to work to control behavior.
Dogs surely can run & jump but reality is that some animals are better athletes than the others. Susan Dicks, D.V.M., a veterinarian and marathoner believes that there’s no perfect breed for all activities as a dog’s personality and temperament have limitations and that, you have to understand.