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Old 06-12-2010, 02:09 PM   #1
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Hello,
I just joined my schools cross country team.Currently I am jogging with my dog.How ever my Dog is a bichon.And he cannot run for more than 2 miles. So I want to get a new dog.Requirements
1.Has to be able to run for 3-6 miles a day. Plus swimming. In the winter a lots of hikes.
2.Under 80 lbs
3.Good learner
4. Has to be good with small dogs and children.
I live in the north. I have normal sized house, with kind of small yard. What breed would you reccomend me?

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Rescue dog - it will need to be over 18 months before it can run with you so getting a puppy isn't going to be any use to you.

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Old 06-13-2010, 11:58 PM   #3
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Rescue dog - it will need to be over 18 months before it can run with you so getting a puppy isn't going to be any use to you.
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There are lots of high energy breeds and mixes to be found in shelters. Dals can run forever. It's what they were bred to do. So can a lot of the hunting breeds. Vizslas also have a very high energy level that is hard to burn out. I hear they're handfuls and may not be good with smaller dogs. But with all breeds, the individual dog is what counts.

If you are intent on getting a pure bred, pretty much every breed out there has rescue groups for that particular breed. And darn near all of 'em are on-line. So you don't have to go to a shelter to to rescue a dog. Very often, the breed rescuers have spent a good amount of time with the dog or it's foster parents and knows the animal well enough to match you with the dog. Also look at breed health problems. getting an adult through rescue will help you find a dog that fits your needs there.

Research research. Lots of info online about most breeds.
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I've got a Pointer that would do all that and then some, many of the gundog breeds are cut out for that level of activity. Labs, pointers, setters, spaniels. Also other 'working' breeds, collies, shepherds etc are all built to work and run all day. You want 'fit for purpose' types of dog.

My family dog is a small cocker, who has done a 10 mile run with my sister many times, and never slows down.

You want something athletically built, lean, not a bull breed type, no short faces etc

I got my pointer from a rescue centre, dogs trust, they do a fab job matching dogs with owners so if there's one near you they're well worth a visit to explain what you are after.
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pretty much agrea with everyone else.

though I do hope you not getting another dog JUST for this reason.
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Most of the sporting breeds would be great for this. I have a German Shorthair that you can run all day long without getting tired. Are you planning on continuing running even after you graduate? What type of coat do you want?
Here's a decent breed selector tool to give you some more ideas:
http://animal.discovery.com/breedsel...lectorindex.do

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Go check out local rescues ( both breed and shelter type)... I had a yorkie that would run 3 miles at a time( and really she would go again in 30 minutes) and climbed snow drifted 5-10 times her size( she was a large one at 13-14 lbs)

Do you still live with your parents? that will likely play a lot into what you can and should look at...

Good learner is YOU not the dog... almost any dog is capable of learning it is often a owner that is not

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I'd suggest going to the shelter and just spending time with different dogs until you find the one you click with. I'm always for saving animals...id suggest adopting a bigger dog like a golden mix or eskie mix like mine. I've had star for 15 years and he's still so entergetic. You never know what to expect when you get a mixed breed. Good luck and hope you find your joggin pooch soon!

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Hi Charliemom (I'm a mom to a Charley too!). As you can see from the posts here, breed doesn't necessarily determine energy level. I have friends with small dogs that run miles with them and I have friends with lazy labs. Pretty much the only item on your list of requirements that can be somewhat guaranteed is the size. I agree that an adult dog would be best suited and I'm sure there is one in need of a home in a shelter near you. The people that work there will know the dogs' energy level and temperament and can work with you and your family. Many high energy dogs in shelters are hard to place because people like you actually wanting a high energy dog are hard to come by! However I do want to second what Vixen said - if you have been wanting a second dog anyways, and your family is on board, that is great. But if you want another dog for the sole purpose of having a companion to run with, maybe instead of taking on that additional responsibility you can ask friends or neighbors that might have a dog that needs exercise if you can "borrow" their dog. I know that if you lived in my neighborhood I would actually PAY you to run with two of my dogs every day! I'm sure I'm not alone in that as many dog owners wish they had the time to give their dogs additional exercise. Just some thoughts!
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Old 09-05-2010, 05:20 PM   #10
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Standard poodle. You want to stay away from high energy breeds because a six mile run for you is a six mile warm-up for a hunting dog. A standard poodle is big enough to be a deterrent, esp in full coat, can keep up with you, but will be fine if you miss a day of running. They are also easy to train and jolly. If you search out reputable breeders you may find an older puppy or a return available that is already housebroken and old enough to accompany you (or split your run, take your little dog first then your big dog until the big dog is old enough).

You'll want to be very concerned about hip health.

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