We all love the big dog breeds. From Bloodhounds, to Mastiffs, to St. Bernards, and more, these large dogs have as much love in their hearts as they do weight in their bodies, and make outstanding companion animals.
But there is limited time in the day, and different dog breeds have different walking needs. Chihuahuas, for example, need about 30 minutes of walking. Shetland Sheepdogs, a medium sized dog breed, needs closer to 1.5 hours.
What about the largest dog breeds?
Every breed has different requirements, but big dogs tend to require shorter walks than medium sized dogs. The average large dog breed needs about 30 minutes of walking a day, with closer to 15 minutes as it gets older depending on its energy level.
Keep in mind that your “big dog” may require more or less walking, as Huskies, for example, often enjoy an hour long walk while older English Mastiffs may need only 15 minutes, especially if it is a warm day.
In addition, the heavy weight can put pressure on joints and tissues, so older large dog breeds may need to keep their walks a bit shorter to keep pressure off of their joints.