Running, jumping, swimming. Numerous dog breeds do it all and then some without encountering bone-weary exhaustion. Check out these 10 dog breeds built for endurance, courtesy of the American Kennel Club.
This canine is a hunting dog with substantial power but lightly built. The Vizsla is versatile and suited for field, forest or water. Highly trainable, this lively and affectionate dog requires daily exercise and makes an excellent family pet.
CHESAPEAKE BAY RETRIEVER
Equally proficient on land and in water, the tough Chesapeake Bay Retriever is able to hunt in unfavorable weather conditions. Used to facing harsh winds and long, cold swims, this canine still maintains a happy disposition. The Chesapeake Bay Retriever has a protective and affectionate nature and is best suited for an active family. The breed also enjoys close proximity to water.
Highly intelligent, the Border Collie has been used for centuries as a sheep herding dog. It is able to change speed and direction with great agility and is an intense worker. Constantly alert and energetic, the Border Collie thrives with a job to complete and needs lots of exercise. They are also well known for having excellent Frisbee-catching skills.
Known as a sled dog, the Siberian Husky is capable of traveling long distances at a moderate speed. This dog is willing to work and can carry light loads in low temperatures while using minimum energy. This outgoing breed loves exercise and activity, and needs lots of it.
CARDIGAN WELSH CORGI
Low-set and sturdily built, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a small herding dog that is loyal and affectionate. Historically trained to nip at the heels of cattle and drive them far afield, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is the older of the two Corgi breeds and unfortunately not the preferred choice of the Queen of England.
ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL
This medium-sized canine is a sporting dog built for long hunting sessions over rough terrain. Proficiently agile and well proportioned, the English Springer Spaniel is quick to learn and eager to please, making it an excellent companion for frequent outdoor excursions.
The only spotted dog breed, the Dalmatian is best suited to a family environment. Able to keep pace with horses, this dog is a jack-of-all-trades. Used as a dog of war, a shepherd, a firehouse mascot, a trail hound and retriever, the Dalmatian is outgoing and capable of great speed.
AMERICAN ENGLISH COONHOUND
The American English Coonhound has the strength and attitude of a vigorous athlete. This canine has a tireless trot and can go hunting all night through rugged terrain. Capable of tremendous speed, the American English Coonhound is an ardent hunter and needs constant activity.
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Bred to herd sheep, this energetic canine is relatively unknown outside of France. The Beauceron is a strong and agile breed that can move hundreds of sheep at a time without showing signs of exhaustion. It is a fearless and surprisingly gentle dog that is loving and loyal to family and friends.