Running With Your Golden Retriever

If you’ve been a runner for a while, you’ve probably realized that finding the ideal running partner can be a challenge, especially if they’re not as motivated about running as you are.  However, there is one partner who never disappoints – you guessed it – it’s your furry best friend – your golden retriever.

Can You Take Golden Retrievers Running?

The short answer to this question is – yes. The characteristics of the golden retriever breed make them unique and well adapted to running. They are high energy pets, bred to run and retrieve stuff from different environments like water, tall grasses, and fields.

Golden retrievers were initially bred as work dogs. They were used to retrieve fallen game for hunters in the Scottish Highlands. So when they bred the golden retriever, they made sure to create a sturdy breed with lots of stamina.

What Makes Golden Retrievers Amazing Running Buddies?

How Fast Can a Golden Retriever Run?

Well, golden retrievers can hit speeds of up to 35 mph (48 km/h) in a short burst. However, the running speed is an individual characteristic that can vary from one dog to another.

How Long Can a Golden Retriever Run?

A golden retriever’s limit will vary and depend on a wide range of factors. For example, older retrievers can’t run as far and as long as young dogs. Similarly, an overweight dog won’t run as far as a dog with the optimal weight.

What Age Should You Start Running With Your Golden Retriever?

Golden retrievers are generally ready for longer runs when they are about 12-18 months old. At that age, your dog’s bones are mature and can withstand significant stress levels.

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