10 Best Dog Breeds for Runners

Most dogs love to run—some more than others. If you’re searching for a perfect running partner, what kind of dog should you pick? Well, that depends on the type of running you like to do. Let’s find out which dog is best for you.

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10. Greyhound

greyhound runningThis one is a given. A fantastic race companion, the Greyhound is the fastest breed of dog and has a natural tendency to run. He’s extremely athletic and makes a great workout buddy. Greyhounds are known for their work on the racing track, but they are independent and gentle. Don’t expect him to log a lot of miles though. It’s just not his style.

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9. Pharaoh Hound

While he doesn’t need to pound out several miles a day, the Pharaoh Hound requires the right amount of exercise—and a run certainly fits the bill. He always wants to run faster and is great for short brisk runs. He’s a hunting dog, so be aware that he may want to chase after small animals until he’s trained.

8. Dalmatian

The Dalmatian would make a great partner for fast, long-distance runners. They’re known for their endurance and speed. The Dalmatian is among the best long-distance dogs, and he loves his exercise.

7. German Wirehaired Pointer

The German Wirehaired Pointer has a ton of energy and a weather-resistant wiry coat, making him a great running partner no matter the weather conditions. He is a quick, durable runner that has good top speed but also has the build to sustain high mileage

6. Vizsla

Vizslas are extremely athletic. They thrive on hard exercise and being a part of an active family. He’s a great all-around runner, so he’ll be with you for long runs through country trails or for sprints on the beach.

5. Labrador Retriever

Labrador retriever running on beachThe Labrador is known to be a good well-balanced dog. Running is no exception. The Labrador Retriever is a fantastic high energy running buddy. His happy attitude will keep you going no matter what! Easy to train and extremely loyal, the retriever will make a great running partner at just about any distance.

4. Border Collie

The Border Collie is the perfect choice for an active person looking for a companion on a long run. He is extremely energetic and needs lots of exercises. A Competent, well-trained Collie is a joy to run with and can dart and duck and move with the best of them

3. Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is a great jogging or backpacking partner. These dogs are strong and have tremendous endurance—they were bred to pull large loads over long distances. This breed won’t be a racing buddy, but rather a long-distance running companion. He’s not a warm climate dog, however. He’s too chill for that.

2. Siberian Husky

siberian husky running wikipediaAnother good long-distance runner is the Siberian Husky. These dogs would be a perfect partner for a winter run since their thick double coat keeps them insulated in cold weather. Quick and light on his feet, this working dog usually enjoys any activity. He’s a very athletic dog that definitely does best in the colder air, but can hold their own in the spring and fall, too.

1. Rhodesian Ridgeback

For those of you that don’t live in colder climates, if you’re a moderate-speed runner, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is a great companion. This breed is active with a lot of stamina, capable of running at a fair speed for impressive distances. This breed is good in heat so can be a great running partner in warmer climates.

What breed of dog do you run with? Let us know in the comments below.

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