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The 7 Best Dog Breeds for Runners

There is perhaps no better running partner in the world than a good dog. Few human partners will have the dedication and endurance of a four-legged companion, nor will they appreciate tagging along as much as a dog will.

But not all dogs make great running companions. English bulldogs, for example, are not built to take the kind of wear-and-tear that is sure to happen as you rack up the miles. Fortunately, several breeds are essentially born to run; pick one of these, and the only thing you’ll need to worry about is keeping up.

English bulldogs, for example, are not built to take the kind of wear-and-tear that is sure to happen as you rack up the miles. Fortunately, several breeds are essentially born to run; pick one of these, and the only thing you’ll need to worry about is keeping up.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Developed to pursue lions on the hot African plains, there may be no dog better suited for running medium to long distances in warm weather.

Their short coats help to keep them from overheating and their floppy ears and long noses work somewhat like radiators and allow them to shed additional heat.

Border Collies

Border Collies

Border collies are incredibly intelligent and energetic dogs. In fact, running a couple of miles each day with your border collie may be necessary to keep him from getting into mischief.

Border collies love to run, and they can keep up with medium- and long-distance runners, as long as you increase the distances of your runs gradually.

Australian Cattle Dogs 

Australian Cattle Dog

Unsurprisingly, dogs bred to herd cattle through the Australian outback love to run. Australian cattle dogs are great dogs for long-distance runners, who need a dog that can run for mile after mile.

Additionally, Australian cattle dogs tolerate warm temperatures fairly well.

Labrador Retriever 

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers love to play and it is easy to convince them that running is fun. Most are robust enough to tolerate the high-impact nature of the activity, and they have the endurance to keep up for miles. Labradors can be prone to problematic behaviors if not exercised enough, so running will also help keep your lab well behaved. If you live in a hot climate, consider purchasing a golden lab, rather than a black or chocolate-colored one, which will heat up more quickly in the hot sun.

Labradors can be prone to problematic behaviors if not exercised enough, so running will also help keep your lab well behaved. If you live in a hot climate, consider purchasing a golden lab, rather than a black or chocolate-colored one, which will heat up more quickly in the hot sun.

If you live in a hot climate, consider purchasing a golden lab, rather than a black or chocolate-colored one, which will heat up more quickly in the hot sun.

Dalmatians 

Dalmatian

Dalmatians are athletic dogs, whose infamous stamina has been honed through the ages – runners will rarely be willing to go as far as their Dalmatian is. Additionally, their tendency to stay very close to their owner makes them easy to keep out of mischief during outings.  

Jack Russell Terriers

Jack Russell Terrier

Despite their small stature and short legs, Jack Russel terriers love to run and have the energy to do so. Nevertheless, they are not suitable for serious runners who like to rack up the miles, they are better for casual joggers, whose runs are less than 3 miles long.

Huskies 

Husky

Huskies were bred to pull sleds and they need plenty of exercise each day, so they usually make great running partners. However, thanks to their thick, long coat, huskies are not the ideal breed for those living in hot climates.

On the flip side, your husky will be happy to go on runs in weather that would be too cold for many other breeds.

By selecting one of these breeds, you’re sure to enjoy miles and miles of running fun with your new partner.

Just be sure to have your new dog examined by a veterinarian before letting him accompany you during your daily run, slowly increase the duration of your runs over time and always keep an eye out for any signs of injury.

If you notice that your dog is limping or in discomfort, stop running and provide the necessary care for your dog.

The 7 Best Dog Breeds for Runners was last modified: July 9th, 2017 by John Whitewood
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I'm John, and I'm a writer, researcher dog lover from Calgary. I currently own two dogs a 12 year old Schi-Tsu and a 8 year old Bernese Mountain Dog, and I'm fascinated by them.
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