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15 Small Dog Breeds That Like Long Walks (Explained)

Do you have any idea of all the different small dog breeds out there and what they like to do? Chances are you know that some breeds are better at walking than others, while some may be good hunters, and others may be good children, however you don’t really know which breed is best for you.

Well, it’s time that you learn a little more about the different breeds so that you can make an educated decision on what type of dog you want for a pet. Dog Breeds That Like Long Walks


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When most people think of Beagles they think of them as long walks. I am here to tell you that they are not only made for long walks, but they can also be used for running and jogging and other activities too. They love it! Not only will your Beagle make a great long walker they are also great for jogging and running, and you can use their wheels in a race or rescue activity. 

They need to go out to the open air on a daily basis to get the exercise they need. You should also know that a Beagle loves attention and will do whatever it takes to get it. Beagles are also very intelligent animals, and they will do just about anything to get your attention and spend as much time with you as possible.

Brittany Spaniel

Brittany Spaniel
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Some dogs just love to run and play, some like to walk, and others like to lie around the house. The difference in these dogs is obvious, and you will notice that you never see a dog lounging on the couch or at the feet of the bed. Your Brittany spaniel will want to be outside with you. They will take naps and chase bugs and walk alongside you as you walk.

If you have a big yard, roomy patio, or deck, your dog will love going for a long, leisurely walk. This will give your dog the freedom to investigate new items in the yard while still keeping you updated about its activity level. They are very loyal and very friendly to its owners. In the end, if you are considering having one, you should consider it highly as they are intelligent and fun to have around.

Rat Terrier

Rat terriers are the smallest among the sporting breeds of dogs, weighing no more than ten pounds.  In terms of personality, the rat terrier is one of the friendliest dogs around. They are great with children and other animals and are very devoted to their owners.

They love to go for walks, and be pampered and cuddled, and are contented being the lapdog of the family. However, they do need a lot of attention, especially as puppies, and do well when left alone in the house or in the home. They will make a lovely and loyal companion in any household.

Wire-haired Fox Terrier

Wire-haired Fox Terrier
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The Wire-haired Fox Terrier is probably one of the most difficult terriers to breed, if not the most difficult to raise. These dogs are very independent and strong-willed, and are also very good climbers and jumpers. They need a lot of exercise, lots of attention from the owner, and regular grooming.

They love to chew, and because of this, any kind of toy or cuddly item should be put away immediately when they get a hold of them. Not only that, but they also will get on furniture or bedding easily and have a tendency to snore loudly especially when excited or in pain.

West Highland White Terrier

West Highland White Terrier
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West Highland White Terriers have been known to be some of the dogs that are harder to care for, but in reality they’re really quite easy to take care of. They’re very friendly dogs that are eager to please and will become an integral part of your family if you show them enough love and affection.

These dogs are a very smart breed that are also very loyal and can be very patient and self-reliant. Some West Highland white terriers have been reported to be hyperactive, and restless. The West Highland White Terrier is one of the easiest purebreds to train, even though some consider them to be shy or unfriendly.

Parson Russell Terrier

Parson Russell Terrier
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The Parson Russell Terrier, is extremely healthy, has a very sweet disposition, and makes a great pet. These dogs are extremely intelligent and possess a high level of intelligence. They are very devoted to their owners and make very good watchdogs. These dogs can also be trained to be simple house pets, because they are very well-behaved and usually get along with other animals, as well. 

However, unlike other terriers, these dogs require plenty of exercise and socialization, because they tend to be rather solitary animals. Parson Russell Terriers are very protective of their owners, but they do need a daily dose of exercise and human interaction to keep them happy and healthy.

Border Terrier

Border Terrier
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With its athletic body structure and an eager temperament, the Border Terrier still retains much of its hunting instinct. The Border Terrier, which makes it a perfect match for many dog owners who want to provide their pets with quality long-term companionship. The breed also has an active and playful temperament that makes it a joy to have as a part of any family and is equally suited to a home with children or adults.

Any combination of these traits makes the Border Terrier a fantastic choice for anyone who wants a super-active, intelligent, and well-trained dog that is very much like a family pet but can also take on a playful personality when called upon to.


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The Basenji,  is a very popular breed of small hunting dog.  These dogs have great athletic ability and a very loving temperament. The Basenji tends to be aggressive towards other animals and humans when they are left alone. They also tend to be wary and guard their owners aggressively.

The stubbornness can often be a problem at the beginning stages, but with proper training it can be worked out. This breed enjoys exercise and will therefore get the job done when taken on walks or daily jogs. Since the Basenji has an athletic built, it will benefit most from a structured outdoor exercise program.

Petit Basset Griffon

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The Petit Basset Griffon, or PBGV, is an excellent breed of long-haired scenthound with exceptional intelligence and energetic disposition. The Petit Basset Griffon makes an excellent pet for families with children and can even be a great training companion for the kids. With their mild temperament and good sense of smell, they do well in a home where there are children.

Also, they do well in homes where there is limited space. Petite dogs are small in size and ideal for homes where other large dogs are not suitable. Their short and stocky physique and quiet, sweet nature make them a wonderful choice for families who want dogs that can be tolerated by all members of the family and who would like to add some elegance to their lives.

Bichon Frisé

Bichon Frisé
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Bichon Frisé have their origins in France. They were originally bred for use as a companion dog for those with poor eyesight, although they are now famous for being excellent watchdogs and highly intelligent. A Bichon Frisé puppy is so easy to train that many families own more than one at a time. Their small, sturdy frame makes them an ideal pet for kids, and because they are such good watchdogs, they make excellent guards for your home.

These dogs make very lively, friendly pets that make great companions. Bichon Frisé dogs make wonderful first time pet additions because they are healthy, strong, and affectionate. When you add a Bichon Frisé into your family, you get a lively pet that you will love for years to come!

Miniature Dachshund

Miniature Dachshund
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Miniature Dachshund are a miniature version of the traditional dachshund dog. The Miniature Dachshund is often referred to as a toy dog because of its small size, but it does have some important qualities that make it an excellent choice as a family pet. A Miniature Dachshund is extremely intelligent and alert, and is a highly trainable dog.

Because of their small size, these dogs require very little exercise, making them perfect for apartment life. They are also fairly easy to train, being able to be trained to do almost anything, including tricks. Because these dogs are so easily trained, many people choose to obtain a miniature dachshund for a family pet

Miniature Pinscher

The Miniature Pinscher is an excellent medium to long-term companion and is often used as therapy dogs. Due to their friendly nature and gentle nature, they make ideal companions for the elderly, children, and those with disabilities. They are very popular as pets in the United States and many people own at least one miniature pinscher.

Other breeds of dogs have lower popularity than the miniature pinscher. They have short, dense coats that require regular trimming and do not shed. Their coats may appear matted when they are wet, but they can be brushed out easily and are generally free of tangles.

Miniature Poodle

Miniature Poodle
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Miniature Poodles are among the smallest of the popular dog breeds. Their sleek and beautiful coat provides excellent protection from cold, heat, and rain, making these dogs excellent for those who live in colder climates. Although Miniature Poodles can be quite obedient and well-behaved with training, they are also highly trainable because of their high intelligence.

Their small size prevents them from being the dominant type of dog, which means that they need the assistance of their owner to become truly obedient. The Miniature Poodle breed is vigorous and this breed requires regular exercise and stimulation. Because of their small size, Miniature Poodles does not do well in homes where there are a lot of tall people and are also not good for households with children.

Scottish Terrier

Scottish Terrier
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The Scottish Terrier has become one of the most popular breeds in the world today. This is a beautiful and lovely breed of dog originally bred for its elegance. . It has an extremely friendly temperament and is gentle with strangers, yet very protective of its family. The Scotland dog is one of the most intelligent dogs you could ever get, and because of its high intelligence level, and the terriers high energy levels, they are naturally inclined to want to participate in almost everything that takes place within their environment, be it with the family, or with other dogs or objects of interest.

This means that they can adapt easily to new routines, and because of its high intellect, its learning ability is unparalleled. With the terriers amazing ability to make progress with minimal training, and its friendly, loving personality, the Scottish terrier is indeed an extremely wonderful pet to have.

Australian Silky Terrier

Australian Silky Terrier
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It should be noted that the Australian Silky Terrier belongs to the non-sporting group of breeds, unlike most of the sporting breeds which have been used for hunting over the years, as they are really used as companions and show animals. However, the Silky Terrier can still be used for those tasks as well. These include walking its master on a leash, acting as a loyal watchdog, tracking scent, and in becoming a service dog for the blind, deaf or physically handicapped.

All these tasks make the Silky Terrier an attractive choice for families with children as most breeders do not breed the purebred for competition purposes. Instead, they are bred as house pets as they are affectionate and extremely lovable dogs.


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