Depending on the breed’s breed, age, features, and agility, you can expect different endurance levels. Though the speed and endurance of dogs decrease with age and health challenges, you will still discover that even two other breeds of the same age and health will have different levels of endurance. For this reason, persistence can largely depend on the genetic predisposition of a dog, while other factors such as age and health challenges matter less.
So, how far can a dog travel in one day?
How far a dog can travel in a day will depend on the age and breed of the dog. A small and active dog can travel for between 5 and 6 hours a day, which equals between 12.5 and 15 miles a day. Larger dogs may be able to walk further, but older and small dogs likely can walk less.
What factors determine your dog’s travel range?
When it comes to pet travel, the following factors will largely determine how far your dog can travel as well as their hiking skills;
- Age and health
- Personality, and
- Trail or travel path difficulty.
Age and health
Age and health are the two most important factors that can determine how far a dog can travel. Neither a young puppy nor an elderly dog will travel as far as a young dog. Your one-year-old dog is not ready for long treks and hiking because the bones and joints are still soft, and long walks may harm their health. A dog that is older than a year can trek longer distances with proper training and some rest.
Similarly, a dog that is over 10 years will likely suffer significantly if they trek long distances. Long distant travels will affect older dogs’ knees and joints just how it will affect smaller dogs.
The breed also plays a critical role in this situation. While some species are built for combat and sports, others are built to lay on the couch all day. Breeds built for hunting and herding, including the Collies, terrier, Labrador, poodle, and Pitbull, will work longer distances than the brachycephalic breeds that can only walk for about 30 minutes at a time.
Pugs and French Bulldogs, for instance, have breathing issues; even with training, they may still be unable to travel long distances. Many dog breeds now have flatter noses to deal with breathing difficulties, and these are capable of traveling longer.
Humans who lack stamina will develop muscle aches just a few minutes or about an hour into traveling. This situation also occurs in dogs. Dogs may find it difficult to express how they feel when they are hurt from the stress of taking long walks.
Dogs bred for combat, and sporting events have good stamina by nature than those bred for a companion. Breeds with natural energy will suffer grievous consequences if they don’t exercise regularly; hence they are excited to take long walks, especially when hiking. Building stamina is attached to the continuous burning of excess energy, which is also great for dogs bred for stamina.
Just like humans, dogs have different personalities that can affect their mood. Some dogs will prefer to lazy around all day, and some are eager to move about and scavenge for exciting things along many routes.
You may want to socialize with your dog, especially if it is not the outgoing type. Dogs will eventually want to meet new friends, enjoy lots of adventures and even smell new stuff out there.
Even after extensive pieces of training, some dogs may still be unable to keep pace with you; hence long walks may not just be the thing for them. If you have a dog that does not want to travel long, you should get a backpack carrier, so you can occasionally carry the dog when traveling.
Travel route difficulty
The extent to which your dog will travel may also depend on the ease or difficulty of the travel route.
If a travel route gets steeply and rocky, the dog may not cover much distance, just like humans will do. It would be best if you kept this in mind when hiking with a dog.
You may want to choose the right trail that is comfortable for your dog to travel on if you don’t want them to lose interest. Don’t take your dog through rocky and densely forested paths.
Dog breeds to consider for longer travel time
The question of how far a dog can travel often shows up most for smaller dogs. Researches have shown that most small and active dogs will travel for between 5 and 6 hours at a time. With proper training, a small dog can travel more than this, several days in a row.
An average dog of small to medium size should cover up to 2.5 miles an hour, which may not be possible for most larger and older breeds.
The most active dog breeds that will probably travel for the longest time include; The miniature Poodle, Jack Russell Terrier, Dachshund, Miniature pincher, Pomeranian, Corgi, Papillion, Mutts, Norwich Terrier, and Yorkshire Terrier.
It is good to choose a dog breed that can travel for a longer time, but you still have to consider specific and unique breed needs when making your final choice.
Training a dog to hike and travel for longer times is essential, especially if you love the outdoor lifestyle. You should start slowly with 10-15 minutes of walk in a day, and you can extend this by few minutes daily. Pay attention to the endurance levels of the dog, an excited dog that is still interested in walk may want to explore more.
You should know your dog is exhausted when their walking pace gets too slow and may even make gestures for you to carry them. Once your dog can walk up to 3 hours at a stretch, you can start taking them on a day-long travel trip always.