Dog Breeds That Gallop Like a Horse

Dog Breeds That Gallop Like a Horse

Do horses normally gallop?

How exactly do dogs move from one place to another?

What can we call that movement?


Dogs’ movements are of many types and some may be seen to gallop as if trying to copy the movement of a horse. Here are a few dog breeds, that when moving from one place to another, appear to gallop like a horse; the Miniature Pinscher and the Miniature fox terrier. However, it is important to note that, dog’s movements have slightly different terms of movement as compared to the horse.


Below, different dog movements will be discussed and what they mean.


Do dogs and horses have the same type of movement?

a dog and a horse

To some extent, the answer can both be a yes and no.

This is because some terms of movements such as galloping can be borrowed.

But again, this does not mean they have similarities in movements.

They are very different animals when it comes to movement. How so? You may want to ask.

This is because dogs and horses are built differently.

Some dog movements may be abnormal and impossible for horses to imitate and the same applies the other way round.


Which are the dog breeds that are said to gallop like a horse?

When it comes to dogs that seem to gallop like a horse, there are two main dog breeds to be discussed.

It is important to note that galloping in horses and dogs is not necessarily used to mean the same type of movement and will be discussed below.

Here are the dog breeds that ‘gallop’ like a horse:


The Miniature Pinscher

This type of dog breed is sturdy and compact.

They have a shiny and very smooth coat that is mostly brown, black, or red in color.

Its coat is easy to maintain.

It would be safe to say it requires grooming at least once a week and is nails require clipping to prevent the discomfort that comes with them having long nails.

They also have ears that stand erect on the sides of their head with big oval eyes.

Which enforces its personality making it look bigger and more aggressive than it actually is.


The Miniature Fox Terrier

This type of dog breed is a small dog and was meant to be a hunting dog.

They have a short coat that may get slightly longer towards the neck.

Miniature Fox Terrier requires a bit of maintenance especially because their nails grow really fast and they need clipping.

They also shed a lot of fur so you might need to clean up more than normal.


This type of dog breed requires a lot of exercises so that is a commitment you will need to make.

They will need to be walked and it would be advised to ensure they use up their energy during the day to avoid a restless dog at night.

Apart from their tendency to bark a lot, they make excellent family dogs.


What are the types of dog movements?

dog gallop

The types of dog movements are usually expressed as canine gaits.

They have four main gaits which run from how slow they walk to how fast they walk or run.

These are namely; the walk, the trot, the canter, and finally the gallop.

There are some found between the walk and trot which are known as the amble and the pace in that order.


Below, the six types of canine gaits will be discussed in more depth:


1. The walk

This type of gait is where approximately three legs or two legs in rare cases are on the ground at the same time.

This type of canine gait is seen when the rear leg goes first.

Then the forward leg on the same side, followed by the rear leg on the side, and finally the front leg on the other leg.

This will be seen as left hind leg, front left leg, right hind leg then finally right front leg.

if your dog moves from one place to another like hi, your dog is walking.


2. The amble

This can usually almost be identified as a fast type of walk.

Because, when your dog ambles, they also have three legs touching the ground.

The difference comes in when moving the legs, the left legs seem to move together and the right legs seem to move together as well.

The reason as to why ‘seem’ is used is because that is not usually the case.

This is because they move in the same way they normally move when walking but at a faster pace which makes it seem as if they are moving together.


3. The pace

This is not a preferred canine gait in your dog.

It is what happens when your dog speeds up the ambling movement without getting to trotting.

In this particular gait, the legs on either side of the body move together and that is what is known as pacing.

Pacing is not a preferred way of movement because it includes the shifting of the dog’s weight from one side to the other which is not ideal.

It means that the dog is not able t change to other gaits unless they slow down to an amble or they speed up to a faster trot.

This makes them unable to be as reliable in dangerous situations thus this walk should not be encouraged.





4. The trot

Trotting is where your dog moves two diagonally legs forward then moves the other diagonally aligned legs forward shortly after.

This, in simpler terms, means that your front left leg and hind right leg move together.

With the lead leg slightly ahead of the other, then the other legs remain in the air for a brief moment then the front right leg, and the hind left leg move together.

This is the most efficient gait for your dog to use.

It is fast and ensures that when your dog is exercising, they use both equal halves of their bones equally thus no one side is forced to strain because of the other.


5. The canter

There is the classical canter and the rotary canter.

The canter involves the movement where the left rear leg goes first, followed by the right rear leg, the diagonal of the left rear leg which is the front right leg then the front left leg.


6. The gallop

When galloping, your dog has both rear legs on the ground first, then the flexile spine provides a forward thrust that pushes it forward for it to use its front legs as well.

In both cases, the lead leg has to be slightly in front.

There are two types of gallops.

There is the classic gallop and the rotary gallop.


The classic gallop is the gallop that is said to be imitated from horses by dogs.

This is where the dog gallops, the lead foot in the front legs aligns itself with the lead foot in the hind legs. It is how horses gallop as well.


For the rotary gallop, it is the preferred gait for your dog when galloping.

This is where the lead foot in your dog’s hind legs does not align with the lead foot in your dog’s front legs.

Why do dogs change their ways of movement?

This question can be answered by considering yourself and how you move from one place to another.

There are many reasons why you would start to run when going to a place or instead walk slower like a stroll.

A dog can change its movement for the same reasons we do such as:

  1. When scared, your dog may want to run away from the problem and thus will run a bit faster than normal
  2. Whenever your dog is chasing after its prey, it will probably run extremely fast to be able to catch its prey.
  3. When your dog is enjoying their peace, they may want to take a peaceful stroll thus will walk slower than normal.
  4. It is also important to note that your dog will probably adjust their speed of walking to yours as you take your regular walks so that you walk side to side.


However, it is important to always note your dog’s normal walking style.

This is very helpful when noting whether your dog is injured or may have a medical problem in its hind legs or front legs.

To get it treated as soon as possible.


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