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The 8 Types of Running Dogs (Slideshow)

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The 8 Types of Running Dogs (Slideshow)

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:

  • Weimaraners
  • Goldendoodles
  • German shorthaired pointers
  • Vizslas
  • Jack Russell terriers
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3:28AM PDT on May 16, 2013

Beautiful dogs. Thanks for sharing.

2:40PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

love dogs! and running!

1:11AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Lovely, wish there had been pictures of every type mentioned! Thanks!

10:59AM PDT on Oct 8, 2012

interesting, thanks for the article!

11:50PM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

that was really good to know.

12:35AM PDT on Oct 1, 2012

Thanks for the share.

2:21PM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

7:22AM PDT on Sep 30, 2012

I think this is a nice overview.

10:44PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012


9:40PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

I Love Dogs !:)

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