Running can be even more fun with your furry best friend by your side. In fact, dogs just might be the perfect training buddy: they don’t complain, they can always run on your schedule and they always love to be with you, even early in the morning or when the weather is not ideal.
Not all dogs make great running dogs, though. Before you decide what type to get, you should consider the climate you run in, plus how far and how fast you run. Here are some of the best dog breeds for running:
Vizslas are known for their lean physique and natural love of running. They are high-energy dogs who excel at running fast and are easily trained. They are known as “Velcro” dogs because of their loyalty, affection and desire to stay very close to their owner. This trait also makes them great running buddies.
Weimaraners are tall dogs with muscular physiques. They are known for their high endurance and stamina, making them perfect distance runners. They are energetic and intelligent dogs that will also make great family pets.
This popular dog breed has just enough energy to go for shorter runs with you. Labs are “working” dogs who like to get as much exercise as we do.
JACK RUSSELL TERRIERS
These little dogs may have short legs, but they are full of energy to burn. This breed is great for shorter runs and will love every minute of your time out on the trails.
German shepherds are highly intelligent dogs who love to work. They will do just about anything to make you happy, including running with you! They are good dogs for security and running in colder climates.
Mixed breeds can be ideal for running because they tend to have less joint and hip issues than pure bred dogs. Mutts with pointer, retriever or shepherd are good bets. You can also look for a dog with a muscular physique and high energy.
Remember, you do not need to buy one of these types of dogs from a breeder. There are many available at your local animal shelters for just a small adoption fee. Some shelters will even let you work with the dog before you adopt to see if he/she is exactly what you need. There are also breed rescue groups for each specific type of dog, if you don’t find what you are looking for at the shelter.
Also remember you have to train your dog just like you would train yourself. Start out with short distances and build to long and fast over time. Spending extra time to train your pup correctly leads to many years of happy running for both of you!