As dog owners, dog walkers and general dog lovers, it’s no surprise to any of us that not every breed of pooch is going to be good for peaceful walking. Some breeds are so high-energy that the walk feels like a race, others don’t seem to want to walk at all and some are highly reactive and will try to take off after every movement they spot.
For dog walkers, in particular, knowing which breeds are likely to be better for a peaceful walk can help you better determine which clients are best for you. While training often plays a huge part in how a dog behaves out on a walk, here are the best dogs for those seeking a peaceful, calm walk.
For those looking for affectionate and loyal dogs that walk well on a lead, Brittany dogs are the perfect option. Despite being originally bred to hunt, they are typically calm when out for walks. They aren’t known for aggression and typically aren’t very reactive to small animals or other dogs. Their smaller size also means that, if on the odd occasion they do react, they are more easily controllable than larger breeds. They are active enough for a relatively long walk, but not too active meaning they won’t require miles and miles of walking a day.
Bernese Mountain Dog
The size of a Bernese Mountain Dog can be very daunting to a lot of people, particularly dog walkers. However, despite looking like they could pull you over with a tug, this breed is actually one of the calmest, most affectionate and loyal dogs around. They are typically gentle with other people and dogs and are quick learners when it comes to training them on lead. With a bit of training, they’ll often stick by your side at whatever pace you choose – be prepared to take them for a longer walk, however, as their size means they’ll often need longer distances.
Shar-Pei dogs are both family dogs, and usually okay with being left alone for periods of time – this ultimately means that they are a calm, friendly and trusting companion for walks. They are typically easy to train and loyal, however, you may need to be aware of aggression. For owners, you’ll know your pooch best and whether to keep them away from other dogs and for dog walkers, speak with the owner before agreeing to walk their pup just in case. In most cases, aggression isn’t present but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Irish Setters are a larger breed of dog which can be daunting for some dog walkers, however, they are typically easy to train, aren’t aggressive with other people or dogs and are perfect for those looking to head out on longer walks. They are loyal, calm when out and about and despite their size, are relatively easy to walk. Their stunning coats and glamorous look also make them quite the fetching walking companion!
Boxers are another large breed, but once again don’t pose much trouble, if any at all, when out on walks. Their biggest selling point for walks is that they have a low prey drive, making them the perfect companion for woodland or countryside walks, as they aren’t likely to dart off after birds, small animals or other dogs. They are friendly and loyal, making them ideal for meeting other people and pets. However, it’s important to keep an eye on their breathing while out and about. This breed is particularly prone to breathing problems, manifesting in wheezing, so might do better with shorter walks.
As pups, Golden Retrievers can be quite the rambunctious little things, but it’s their ability to learn that really makes them perfect for a peaceful walk. As they grow, Goldies are quick to learn and eager to please, making them ideal for lead training. For dog walkers, you may need to do some of the work yourself if the owner hasn’t gotten it down, but their low prey drive and general friendliness with other dogs and people make it an easy task. They can be highly active, however, so you may need to allow for a longer walk to compensate!
Dobermans can seem intimidating in look, but can often be some of the most loyal breeds around. They are great for a leisurely walk, particularly for long hikes or countryside trails due to their energy stores, and aren’t as rambunctious as some other larger breeds, particularly those bred for herding or hunting. Dobermans can be dog aggressive if they weren’t properly socialised as pups, so it’s important to make sure you know your dog’s limits and whether or not they should be meeting other dogs while out and about.
Every dog is different, and while breeds often have different characteristics, the training and socialisation that a pup has in its early months can really affect how they are in later life. For dog walkers, having a good insurance policy in place will protect you against any third-party injury or damage caused by the dog, its lead, or injury sustained by the dog. For more information about the insurance we offer and what it will cover, get in touch with a member of the team at Ashburnham Insurance.