How Much Exercise for a Labrador/ Golden Retriever?

I am thinking of getting a labrador or golden retriever but i am unsure of how much exercise they need (how far in miles or km that they need to be walked everyday). Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

I have a Golden and she can easily do 10 miles. One thing is for sure, if you do not exercise a dog, they will get antsy and be hard to manage. Labbies and Goldens both have a lot of endurance and were bred to be outdoors with their masters for hours in the woods. Labbies are hearty eaters and if they don't get enough exercise they will easily become overweight.

I'd say anything less than 3 miles isn't enough, five is good, anything more than that is gravy.

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5 Responses to “How Much Exercise for a Labrador/ Golden Retriever?”

  1. MeanJean says:

    I have a Golden and she can easily do 10 miles. One thing is for sure, if you do not exercise a dog, they will get antsy and be hard to manage. Labbies and Goldens both have a lot of endurance and were bred to be outdoors with their masters for hours in the woods. Labbies are hearty eaters and if they don't get enough exercise they will easily become overweight.

    I'd say anything less than 3 miles isn't enough, five is good, anything more than that is gravy.
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  2. Cindy says:

    Lots and lots of exercise! Jogs, long walks, long walks in forests are best. Sparring with other dogs is very good. These are not city dogs.

    If you are not able to guarantee a good walk every day, then you should not get a Golden Retriever (I don't know anything about Labs, but I suspect their the same way).

    Goldens are a VERY active, VERY energetic breed.
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  3. Leahnora says:

    Take the dog for a lot of walks
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  4. JenVT says:

    Both breeds need lots of exercise. They are bred to be gun dogs and walk in the fields/swamps all day. They need two long walks a day (an hour or so) and plenty of time at the dog park if you don' thave a fenced yard for them to play in.
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  5. ryma says:

    Hi,

    How much exercise is enough depends on your dog's age, breed, and health. Most dogs need 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day. Your canine pal needs enough that he's slowed down by the time you stop.

    Here are some general rules of thumb:

    http://dogtime.com/exercise-needs.html
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