Exercising Your Mixed Breed Dog

Good Exercises For Mixed Breed Dog

You may see several articles here about exercises and games that indulge the natural tendencies of particular dog breeds, but what about mixed breeds?  What if you don’t know exactly what breed or breeds your dog is? Don’t despair – you have another approach to take to dog exercise.

Mix It Up

Obviously, a mixed breed dog has parents from different breeds. It can be as simple as a first generation cross breed mix of two pedigree breeds like a Labradoodle, Bully Pit or a Jack Chi. Or your dog can be extremely mixed (sometimes called ‘outbred’) with ancestry from many different breeds that again have been mixed with other mixed breeds.

If you know the breeds in your dog’s bloodline, then you can figure out some of the likely tendencies he or she may display. But many mixed breed dogs have parentage that varies greatly, making it difficult to associate them with any breed.

But that OK! A mixed breed is not less than any pure-breed and not knowing the specific breed(s) is not a disadvantage! You just get to have another focus for bringing up your dog, and, in fact, have a few advantages.

Robust

Mixed breeds tend to have a characteristic called hybrid vigor. Because mixed breeds have a more diverse gene pool, they tend to be healthier. When you mix two or more separate gene pools, the recessive genes that carry the health problems tend to get buried.

As a result, you get a stronger animal with fewer tendencies for genetic issues or breed specific limitations. Let this encourage you to try a wide variety of different sports, games and tricks with your mixed breed dog. Look at your dog’s build and how she plays to get ideas on what to try.

Even-Keeled

Exercising Your Mixed Breed DogAlso, mixed breeds can be more even-keeled than many pure-breeds. Generalizations about breed temperament, while not absolute truths, are reliable. Sightdogs tend to love running, shepherding breeds tend to be high energy, retrievers tend to be gentle and so on.

However, mixed breeds are typically less extreme temperamentally.  A mixed-breed dog will show characters and behavioral traits of their breed ancestors, but in a diluted form.

Terriers tend to be too independent off-leash and not always great at dog parks. Collies tend to be destructive without lots of activity, a couple of indoor games is not likely to satisfy. But a more even temperament may give the owner of a mixed breed pooch more choices of activities that can be a success with your dog.

I See You

Without breed information, you have less information about your dog’s tendencies, which can actually free you up in a way. You don’t have to work from breed specific information. You’ll pay closer attention to his or her personality and habits and respond to those, instead of assuming all those breed characteristics apply to your dog (some Pit Bull Terriers play really well with other dogs, some Labs dislike water, etc).

You are free to let go of assumptions and just follow the rules of good dog parenting without extras.

Take A Guess

It is kind of fun to try to figure out – if possible – what type of breeds may be in your dog’s blood. Think of it as an observational experiment – watch your dog’s behavior and decide where he may fit in. If you track that your dog has certain traits that are similar to another breed, try more of the games and sports that are commonly preferred by that breed. And you can always consult with your vet for more insight into your dog’s possible breed history.

Dogs Just Want to Have Fun

In the end, all dogs want to romp, mixed-breeds no exception. They love to play, are competitive and love your company as much as any pure-breed.

All dogs of every breed and mix need proper exercise so the dog is reasonably exerted at least once a day, some play time where you engage the dog’s mind and make her think, and time with you.