Physical Activity For Dogs Based On Activity Level

Healthy lifestyle
Physical activity is essential for dogs to maintain a healthy weight, stay mentally stimulated, and expend energy. The ideal amount of exercise depends on your dog's activity level, age, and breed.
Here's a general guideline for physical activity based on a dog's activity level:
Low Activity Level:

About one hour per day, including leisurely walks or light sports activities. If your dog is comfortable with light exercise, you can gradually increase the activity level by adding 15 minutes to walks or playtime.
Bichon Frise
This applies to decorative and herding breeds but is also suitable for working breeds. Examples of breeds are Bichon Frise, Pug, and Toy Terrier.

Characteristics of Breeds with Low Activity:
  • Short daily walks are sufficient for them.
  • They enjoy being carried if they get tired.
  • They love to sleep.
  • Slightly prone to gaining extra weight.
  • Very calm and peaceful.
  • They have their own idea of training.

Moderate Activity Level:

Activity Level: 1 to 3 hours daily, including leash walks, off-leash play, and games.
This applies to some terriers, service breeds, Akitas, and friendly hunting breeds.
Breeds are wire Fox Terrier, Scottish Terrier, Cocker Spaniel, and English Setter.

Characteristics of Breeds with Moderate Activity:
  • They need two full walks per day.
  • They enjoy being off-leash to run around.
  • They behave confidently but reservedly around strangers.

High Activity Level:

Activity Level: 3 to 5 hours of daily exercise, including running and off-leash play.
This applies to working, hunting, and some friendly breeds.
Examples of Breeds: Border Collie, Belgian and German Shepherds, Pitbulls, Labradors, and others.
  • Ready to walk more and longer than their owner.
  • I prefer off-leash walks.
  • Always eager to go for a walk.
  • Maintain their activity even after significant exercise.
  • I love physical exertion.
  • Typically, they have a "lean" appearance.
  • Easily excitable.

Very High Activity Level:

  • Breeds: Working dogs, like Belgian Malinois or Australian Cattle Dogs.
  • Exercise: Intense workouts, agility training, and advanced obedience training.
  • Duration: 3+ hours per day.
Always remember that individual dogs may have different needs. Adjusting their exercise routines to keep them happy and healthy is essential. Also, please consult with your veterinarian to ensure your dog's exercise routine is appropriate for their health and age.