/ Border Terrier and running
I posted on here a while ago asking about dog breeds. We are looking at possibly getting a Border Terrier in the near future.
I wanted to ask if anyone had experience and advice on them? Particularly around running and walking with them. I am aware that you need to allow a dog to mature before taking them running.
What sort of distance could I expect a Border to run with me? I don't often exceed 25 miles a week or 10 miles on a single run (more often run 3/5 miles). We have also considered a Whippet as another option if a Border would struggle with this.
I’ve had several BT’s before they were popular. You will probably have trouble keeping up with one.
They are not your average small terrier and have only recently become pampered by some unworthy owners.
There’s tales of them doing some amazing feats of endurance such as 40 miles in a night and back for breakfast.
As with most terriers they like to kill things and get a bit of bloodlust ;)
Im on my 3rd Border.....all been very robust dogs! Good on the hill and will go all day. I used to run with mine, only issues was sore pads but if not on the roads never a problem. My current on is 10 now and slowing up a bit but always game for anything!
Make sure you let the dog grow to its full size before you run with it. Young dogs can be badly injured by running them while their bones and growth plates are still not mature. I've got a big dog (Pointer) and he didn't run with me until he was 18 months at least. Smaller dogs can be run earlier than bigger breeds but beware of causing the dog problems in later life.
Whippets are really lovely dogs, but may not be a great option as a running partner. They like to run very fast for short distances and then have a massive sleep. They're very slightly built and have quite delicate skin so not ideal if you're keen on getting out on rough ground in bad weather.
I have a lurcher (whippet/Patterdale cross) who has been a great running buddy but is getting on a bit now and not able to keep up
One problem with BTs, is they are known to have a 'change in their priorities' when out on the hills and can bugger off. A friend of mine lost his while out running and scoured the hills before and after work for a week but to no avail.
But everyday he always repeated the exact same route at exactly the same time as on the day the dog went missing, and after 7 days, the dog joined back in with the run as if nothing had happened. He hated to think what it had been up to.
On the plus side, BTs are easily small enough to lift over stiles and rocky steps. On really steep rocky or icy ground they will also happily travel in a closed up rucksac on your back as going down fox holes is their forte.
Brilliant, thanks all, really helpful comments.
I take my mate's Border out walking a lot and it took me a long time to have the confidence to have him off the lead when in areas where there are fox/badger holes; but in practice he's OK, only having taken off once in pursuit of a whippet bitch.
Not sure about running with him, though, since his main aim in life seems to be to trip me up , on or off the lead.
Second the importance of this advice. Exclude ball throwing as well (too much force on developing joints) and do not use one of those plastic ball launchers.
> Whippets are really lovely dogs, but may not be a great option as a running partner. They like to run very fast for short distances and then have a massive sleep. They're very slightly built and have quite delicate skin so not ideal if you're keen on getting out on rough ground in bad weather.
Definitely agree that Whippets don't have stamina, my elderly mother got one for this reason and it was ideal for her; had a fantastic temperament too.
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