What does ground-covering gait mean, in the following paragraph?

The Australian Terrier has an attractive ruff circling the neck with a crest of longer hair that enhances its intelligent and keen expression. This working terrier has a medium-boned, small, and sturdy body that is longer than it is tall. It can withstand harsh conditions and shows a ground-covering gait.

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Gait refers to:

  • (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) (used esp of horses and dogs) the pattern of footsteps at various speeds, as the walk, trot, canter, etc, each pattern being distinguished by a particular rhythm and footfall.

cover (the) ground:

To move across an area at an acceptable speed. I think we can count on that racehorse to cover the ground.


Ground-covering gait refers to the ability of the dog to run at a nice speed.


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