If you are both a dog lover and a runner, then you probably love the idea of having a canine running partner, who can encourage you and keep up with you. Sometimes, running with dogs is more fun than running alone. It’s also a great way to provide exercise to an athletic dog while keeping yourself in shape. So, let’s take a look at the 10 best dog breeds for runner like you.
As members of the Sporting Group, Weimaraners are athletes by design. Their speed and endurance make them ideal running partners for both short and long distances. They can tolerate heat fairly well and enjoy lots of exercise. In fact, Weimaraners that do not get enough exercise and training may even develop anxiety or behavior issues.
2. Rhodesian Ridgeback
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a member of the Hound Group but often seems more like a sporting dog. This large, muscular dog was originally bred in Africa to hunt lions. Today, the breed has retained its athleticism and endurance. Most Rhodesian Ridgebacks can handle somewhat long runs and warmer temperatures.
3. Border Collies
The Border Collie is one of the smartest dog breeds around. As a member of the Herding Group, this breed loves to move. Border Collies are extremely agile dogs that can run fast for a long time. These dogs need to be kept occupied or they can become frustrated. Consider running with your Border Collie through somewhat dense, winding trails to add a bit of challenge. This breed can tolerate heat but does especially well in cooler temperatures.
When you look at this spotted dog, running may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Although they are in the Non-Sporting Group, Dalmatians are natural athletes that need lots of exercise to thrive. The history of this breed is not well-known, but it is certain that Dalmatians need to stay active and keep busy. They were once used as “carriage dogs” or “coach dogs” that would alongside horse-drawn carriages. Of course, they are also known as firehouse dogs that assist firefighters in their work.
5. Australian Shepherd
The Australian shepherd is another busybody herding breed that sets itself apart with its people skills and protective nature. This is another dog that craves mental and physical stimulation. Avoid long runs on especially hot days. Their longer coats make them able to better tolerate cooler temperatures.This breed would make a wonderful addition to an active family, and a good companion for anyone who likes to explore different kinds of terrain.
6. Siberian Huskies
The Siberian Husky is a member of the Working Group and was developed to haul sleds over long distances in the snow. With seemingly boundless energy, this breed loves to run. If you live in a cool climate, this dog can be your daily running partner. However, Huskies are not suited for long runs in warmer weather.
The Vizsla is a hard-working hunting dog that thrives on exercise. This Sporting Group member possesses excellent endurance and speed. The Vizsla can tolerate heat well and tends to stay very close to its owner. In fact, some have nicknamed this dog “the Velcro Vizsla.”
8. Airedale Terrier
Live somewhere hot? The Airedale terrier has a short, wiry coat made for just such a place. Airedales love to run, but since they’re on the smaller side, you’ll probably get along best if you’re running 10K or less, according to Runner’s World.
9. Pointer Breeds
There are several dogs in this category that love to exercise. They have the strength, speed and endurance to make excellent running partners. These breeds include the Pointer, German Shorthaired Pointer and German Wirehaired Pointer. These dogs tend to do well in warm and cool temperatures and enjoy long distance runs.
If shorter, fast-paced runs are your thing, then a Sighthound may be the perfect running companion for you. Their streamlined bodies are perfectly designed for sprinting and they love it. However, most Sighthounds are ultimately more like couch-potatoes than athletes. In general, Sighthounds also have very little fat and therefore do not tolerate cold temperatures well.