This is how long different dog breeds should be walked for every day

Is your pooch getting enough time outside?

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Dogs are our faithful companions through thick and thin and always bring a smile to our faces.

Exercise is essential for dogs and can be a great way for humans to keep fit, too. After all, there’s nothing quite like grabbing your walking shoes for women and getting some fresh air with your canine - not to mention it’s an excellent stress reliever!

However, it’s important to ensure your four-legged friend is getting the right amount of time outside, as a lack of walking can sometimes result in health and behavioural problems.

How long should you walk your dog for?

The PDSA has brought out a guide on how long you should be walking your dog, depending on their breed. However, it’s worth pointing out that the information is a rough guide (as every dog is different and even dogs which are the same breed might have different activity inclinations, like preferring more active play to walking.)

The charity suggests that smaller dogs like Bichon Frises, Miniature dachshunds, King Charles spaniels should be getting a 30 minute walk a day, on top of playtime. Whereas English bulldogs, whippets, pugs and Saint Bernards are just a few dogs which should be walked for an hour a day. Alternatively, dogs which should be walked for around two hours a day are Golden retrievers, Labradors, springer spaniels and more.

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Of course, these walks don’t need to happen in one go - for example, a morning walk and an evening walk could help break the time up. This will also ensure your dog doesn't get too tired.

Below is the PDSA’s list of dog breeds and how long each one should be walked for:

Dogs that need a 30 minute walk (on top of playtime):

  • Bichon Frise
  • Yorkshire terrier
  • Miniature dachshund
  • King Charles spaniel
  • Chihuahua
  • Maltese
  • Papillion
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranian
  • Miniature pinscher

Dogs that need a one hour walk (on top of playtime):

  • Staffordshire bull terrier
  • Border terrier Bull terrier
  • Saint Bernard
  • Bassett hound
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Tibetan terrier
  • West Highland terrier
  • Whippet
  • Pug
  • Cairn terrier
  • Cocker spaniel
  • Miniature schnauzer
  • Miniature or toy poodle
  • Shetland sheepdog
  • English bulldog
  • Shih tzu
  • Beagle Greyhound
  • Lhasa Apso

Dogs that need a two hour walk (on top of playtime):

  • Siberian husky
  • Golden retriever
  • Samoyed
  • Alaskan malamute
  • Border collie
  • Boxer
  • Dalmatian
  • English springer spaniel
  • German shepherd
  • Labrador retriever
  • Weimaraner
  • Irish setter
  • Rhodesian ridgeback
  • Australian shepherd