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HOW FAR CAN A LOST DOG TRAVEL?

If you’ve lost your dog, we’re so sorry! And in all likelihood, your pooch is out there looking for you, too! Nonetheless, the question remains: How far can a lost dog travel in a day? The answer depends on a few different factors. Find out more below.

How Big is Your Lost Dog?

As a general rule, most lost dogs are found within a two-mile radius of where they went missing. This is because dogs are unlikely to run in a straight line for a long period, no matter how strong or fast they are. However, the size of your dog will greatly influence the distance they can travel in a day. Big dogs can cover more ground than small dogs, simply due to the length of their legs. A big lost dog may be able to run 5 miles or more, especially if it’s young and strong. Larger dogs also tend to have more energy and stamina than small companion or toy breed dogs, which means they may keep going for longer and end up running further away. A small lost dog, by comparison, may only be able to travel around half a mile before it gets tired.

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What Breed is Your Lost Dog?

Although size is important, it’s not everything. Some breeds buck the size trend. For example, the Bernese Mountain Dog is very large in size, but much prefers to curl up on the couch than go out for a run. As such, if this breed of dog gets lost, it is more likely to be found close to home than a smaller hunting dog like the Beagle. On the other end of the spectrum, the Pomeranian is a tiny little spitz with an incredible amount of energy. Fearless and independent, despite its minute size, a lost dog like the Pomeranian could make it pretty far before even realizing it’s lost.

What Kind of Temperament Does Your Lost Dog Have?

Although most dogs within a breed present with similar characteristics, every dog is unique and has its own personality. So ask yourself, what kind of temperament does your lost dog have? Is your lost dog a homebody who loves to be close to you? Is your lost dog fearless and inquisitive with a tendency to run away? Or is your lost dog nervous and suspicious of strangers? These kinds of character traits will certainly affect how far your lost dog could have gotten. This information can also be useful to provide to your local rescue shelter, vet, and police station when you notify them about your lost dog. It helps people understand how to handle and approach your lost dog.


Finally, don’t forget that the best way to get the word out about your lost dog is by creating a virtual “lost dog” poster and sharing it on social media. You can also use Boost by Pet Alert to help increase the visibility of your Facebook post. Good luck!