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Best Dog Breeds for Running Companions

Running can be a great cardiovascular exercise for humans, but it can also be an excellent way for dogs in good health to have some fun while spending quality time with their owners. Running can help maintain weight, improve muscle tone, and build endurance, and it can also be beneficial for mental health while offering an outlet for your dog's energy.

Certain dog breeds can tolerate different weather, surface conditions, and distances better than others, so it’s essential to take into consideration your individual dog’s capabilities. Always talk with your veterinarian and have a physical checkup to ensure that running is safe for your dog.

Your dog'sdog's age is critical when considering running as an activity to share. Puppies should never be taken for a run, as their bones and joints are still developing. Because their bodies aren't fully developed, taking puppies out for a run could cause real orthopedic damage. Medium-to-large breed dogs (and mixed breeds) shouldn't be allowed to run on hard surfaces like concrete or blacktop until they are 18 months old. Since some dogs mature slower than others, check with your veterinarian to ensure your dog is ready to start running with you.

For senior dogs, it's vital to assess their fitness level and consult your veterinarian for advice. As dog's age, even if they still enjoy running, they may need you to ensure that their distances, surfaces, environments, and temperatures are appropriate and modified. "Dogs age quickly, and just because your dog ran fine last year doesn't mean he is up for the task this year," says Russell Hartstein, a certified behaviorist and dog trainer in Los Angeles. Listen to your older dog if they show you they'd go for a brisk walk instead of an arduous hike. At the same time, your senior dog may show you they want to go for that trail run with you. However, it's still up to you as a responsible dog owner to help them balance having fun with a favorite activity and make modifications in distance or duration to support their older bodies and avoid unintentionally causing them harm.

Based on specific qualities, such as endurance, obedience, build, strength, athleticism, and intelligence, we've picked a list of dog breeds that can make good running partners. Suppose you’re deciding on a dog breed that might make a great future running companion, use this list as a starting point for your research. But please remember, you must look at your dog (in collaboration with your veterinarian) to decide if running is a good fit for them. Suppyou readeraner

This medium, well-muscled breed is highly energetic and great for long, steady runs. Weimaraners are active and intelligent, with a strong desire to work and play for long periods — preferably with their owner.


Strong, active, and athletic, this breed has excellent stamina. Dalmatians love to exercise and can keep up with a fast runner. (They ran beside horse-drawn carriages in their original purpose as a coach dog, so their stamina and endurance are legendary.) These dogs tend to pound the pavement, so it’s best to stick to soft trails for long distances.


Chock-full of energy, these robust, medium-sized hunting dogs enjoy vigorous daily exercise. Eager and graceful, the impressive stamina of a Vizsla makes them ideal jogging companions. With its sleek red coat, this breed has no trouble running in warmer clit'ses.

German Shorthaired Pointer

This energetic breed possesses speed but also has the build needed to go on a higher-mileage run. German Shorthaired Pointers thrive with plenty of healthy exercises and love spending time outdoors with their human companions.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Fast and influential athletes, this breed loves to run. The Rhodesian Ridgeback‘s natural gait and internal engine make them the perfect companion for longer distances.

English Springer Spaniel

Bred toRidgeback'sly with humans and eager to join in on family activities, English Springer Spaniels regularly crave exercise and mental stimulation.

Doberman Pinscher

Muscular, fast, and powerful, these dogs love vigorous, daily exercise and stimulating mental challenges. Bred to be working dogs, Doberman Pinschers have the energy to keep up with runners.

American Foxhound

These energetic dogs enjoy exercise, and the American Foxhound‘s short, easy-care coats make them adaptable to warm- and cold-weather outdoor activities.

Belgian Malinois

This loyal, hard-working breed is strong, well-muscled, and can run long distances in different weather conditions and on various types of terrain. Belgian Malinois are also happiest when they’re with their owners. They aren’t a dog breed that’s well-suited for a first-time dog owner, as they need plenty of physical and mental stimuaren't to be happy.

Before you bring your dog out for a run, always consider its health. And make sure to bring plenty of water to keep them (and you!) hydrated, no matter how short the distance.


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