Whether you’re an avid runner or a reluctant walker, there is no question that your outdoor exercise time could be greatly improved by the company and companionship of a dog. But which canines can handle long runs, and which prefer short, fast expeditions?
The Runner’s World article A Breed Apart outlines which dogs can best handle which types of runs. As it turns out, no matter what type of run you want to do, there are several breeds of dog that are an ideal running partner for that run. Similarly, each type of dog has an ideal speed and distance for runs.
If one of these runner breeds catches your eye, we recommend that you visit your local animal shelter to find a mutt or a mix that suits your running lifestyle! Mutts often combine the best characteristics of several breeds, and may be healthier overall than purebred dogs.
Whether you have an athletic canine already or you’re looking to adopt, this guide can help you understand the best ways to approach running with your canine pal. Read on to learn more!
1. Dogs Suited For Long, Steady Runs (over 10 miles)
Runner’s World suggests that the best dog for this type of run is medium build, not too heavy, and with well-muscled hindquarters. Some breed types that match this description:
- German shorthaired pointers
- Jack Russell terriers