Well, that’s not exactly an easy question to answer.
Athletic dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are small and swift, while others are big and brawny. Think about it, human athleticism is measured in many different qualities: speed, strength, agility, endurance. The greatest athletes demonstrate all these characteristics, but some stand out for one or two in particular. Essentially, the same concept applies to dogs. However, according to American Kennel Club (AKC) spokesperson Lisa Peterson, comparing one breed to another is akin to comparing apples to oranges.
“Each of the 180 AKC recognized breeds has a standard developed by the Parent Club (National Breed Club), which details the individual requirements to determine athleticism and fitness by breed,” Peterson said. “So a fit Cavalier King Charles Spaniel would be different than a fit Elkhound, for example.”
That said, there are in fact some breeds that are naturally more apt towards athleticism than others.
According to the Active Times, these are the top 19.
German Shepard, Australian Cattle Dog, The Mutt- non purebred, Alaskan Malamute, American Pit Bull Terrier, Australian Shepard, Labrador Retriever, Border Collie, Siberian Husky, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Dalmatian, Bernese Mountain Dog, German Shorthaired Pointer, Vizsla, Jack Russell Terrier, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Weimaraner, Whippet, Portuguese Water Dog. For pictures and further documentation visit – https://www.theactivetimes.com/fitness/19-most-athletic-dog-breeds
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