Endurance in the dog world

Vizsla, a Hungarian dog breedDogs have many wonderful traits and enrich human life in many ways. While many breeds prefer to lounge on the sofa, some are workaholics and possess extraordinary endurance.

Many breeds love sports. Here are three breeds that might not immediately come to mind, but could be perfect if you seek a partner that will keep up with you all day.

Border Collie

The Border Collie is not an easy breed, or well suited for a first-time dog owner living in an apartment. However, if you’re looking for a smart and agile partner that can keep up with running, swimming, and jumping through the day every day, the Border Collie might be perfect.

This breed constantly tops lists of dog intelligence. This isn’t just because they’re trainable and eager to please; they are quite independent and able to make their own decisions. They are designed to move quickly, can turn on a pinhead, and keep a pace of around 30 mph. A herding Border Collie can run 50 miles every day and still have energy left to protect the herd.

Downsides? Border Collies get bored easily and need something to do. If they don’t have a task they tend to invent one.


The Siberian Husky, Alaskan Husky, and similar breeds are able to travel long distances while pulling or carrying a burden. They can be goofy and funny, and are bred for speed and endurance. An Alaskan Husky can, for instance, run around 28 mph. In teams they pull sleighs for hours with an average speed of 10 mph. Think marathon runners created to deliver goods and supplies to remote areas.

The Alaskan Malamute isn’t exactly a Husky, but they possess many of the same qualities – they were bred to haul heavy loads over distance.

All these breeds are intelligent, independent, and can be stubborn.


This is a powerful and versatile Hungarian hunting dog. They are easy to train, affectionate, fantastic runners, and amazing swimmers. Vizslas excel at all sports. If you want a companion for hiking, running, playing ball, or agility, this might be the perfect dog.

A Vizsla thrives as part of an active family – they’re not happy left alone. They have a can-do attitude, as long as whatever they’re asked to do involves their human. These dogs require large amounts of exercise, but are also known for being gentle and tightly bonded with their family.


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