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What is the slowest dog alive?
In the last few years, we have been seeing more and more reports of dogs who have been able to hang around for a long, long time. The slowest dog is still alive report has been published since 2004, and there have been several dogs who’s time is estimated to be well into the 100 year range. I found this article from the Dly Ml in the UK about the slowest dog on record, a dog who was only 6 years old when she died.
The most striking thing to me about this article was that the dog was female, and the only reason I noticed that was because of this quote:
“Heather was the last in a long line of Westies which came from a bloodline that was very much “show bred”, i.e. bred purely for looks.”
You will see a lot of female dogs, and especially Westies in the ‘slowest’ list, so I thought that it was interesting to see that the author (of the report) also used a female to represent the slowest. I have a number of female Westies who are all either ‘slow’ or average speed, and only one is significantly fast, but I have had a lot of comments from people who have owned female Westies and been amazed that some are average and some are slow. It turns out that this is not just a female thing.
My Westie Giorgio
So I decided to do a quick test myself. Giorgio is 12 years old, so he is in the right age bracket, and is definitely a show Westie, so I figured that his appearance (and temperament, too) is not going to change a lot over the next 12 years.
Giorgio is not as well trned as Gino, and so I did not measure him. I took him to a nearby (about 20 minute drive) park, and measured some distances on his own. Then I measured a second park about a 10 minute drive away, and got this average data. This shows that Giorgio, in my experience, runs around 3.4 – 3.6 km/h (2 – 2.25 mph) on the walk. I don’t know about the road – I haven’t measured him there.
The park has some good hills, and some rocky ground. Even a small dog like Giorgio runs in circles to negotiate the different obstacles. The hills give you a frly decent view of his running speed, but you can only see Giorgio for a short time at a time.
My other two Westies, Gino and Pino, both average around 3.8 km/h (2.4 mph) for their respective breeds (and neither of them has been shown, so can’t be timed). It seems fr to say that Giorgio is slower than most dogs his size.
A big part of Giorgio’s speed (like with all dogs) comes down to temperament, but the other part is trning, and as a result his running style. His biggest flaw is an apparent lack of coordination. If Giorgio hears the noise of his body as it hits the ground, he will stop. He is not in a hurry to get to the food – he will stop to get a treat, or if he is getting a little excited, he will run to see what I am doing. It’s as if he sees that he needs to keep pace with me – not the food, or the ball. But I am not sure if this is entirely down to trning.
Giorgio has been a lovely dog. He loves life, and has no problem being “in the way”. He’s very tolerant of being barked at, but if someone is coming at him, he will run back and start yapping. I’m really proud of that. If I can get him to respect the area between where he lives and where I live, I can’t see why he shouldn’t eventually respect the boundaries of my house. I’ll let him out one day, let him wander around for a few hours before getting home and I can honestly say I have not experienced any problems.
My dog-loving friend and my son have both commented that it is a sad state of affrs when I am the dog-friendly one. I think that it’s a combination of people having such a hard time understanding the concept of a dog’s space (the rules in a pet home do seem to be so clearly defined for people that I think they don’t comprehend that a dog lives in a different space to us) and people like me. Some people just don’t like dogs.
There is always a group of people at any dog event that are just pln rude. I’ve sd it before and I’ll say it agn. If you don’t like dogs, don’t come to an event.
I went to a local dog trning/obedience event last weekend, and was pleased to see that everyone behaved really well. I think people are so often put off by how much some dogs have trned that people take the attitude that no dog should have trned.
A dog is a dog, so I don’t see why any of them shouldn’t be trned, it’s just a case of how much the dog has been trned and what the dog has learned and learned well. I don’t see any point in trning a dog if it’s not going to do you any good, and all the time that someone spends doing things you don’t want them to do is time they could be spending having a fun with the dog instead.
It’s true that it doesn’t make sense to have a dog if you don’t want it to have to obey you.
However, many people want a dog because they want to go places that they wouldn’t want to walk their dog. Maybe the dog would be good company at work, or in an office, or even for running errands.
I don’t see why, when you need something (and dogs are often very useful at getting people to places they want to go), a dog should have to come with you if you don’t want it.
I would have thought that the idea behind a dog was that you get a companion animal (and possibly a working dog) for the benefit of others as well as yourself. And, since a lot of people, me included, like to go places on foot (at least those places that aren’t near the road) it is a lot more practical if the dog is walking where you want to be, rather than where you are.
I don’t see any reason why a person, and especially a young person, should have to go by trn, bus or plane if that means that there is a significant loss of time or effort. I can’t think of a better way to make your life difficult, or to miss out on opportunities for fun, than by doing this sort of thing. I guess you could always take a taxi or a taxi-cab, but why should you have to spend money, time and effort on this?
Most of the time, having a dog makes your life more complicated, for no benefit. And all for the benefit of the person who would like to walk their dog. You might as well have a dog on a lead around your neck, since you will never be able to take