It's especially important to choose a breed that will blend in well with your lifestyle. Of course, you wouldn't want to partner with a basset hound if you're an athletic runner and looking for a pooch to keep you company along the way. So to help you in the search for the perfect four-legged running partner, we've made a list of the best dog breeds for runners and what makes them a perfect match.
If speed is what you are looking for, then look no further than the Whippet. This breed is extremely athletic and originally bred for racing. Capable of running up to 35 m.p.h., these dogs are the perfect fit for serious speed runners and athletic families.
The adorable Beagle has a hunter's mentality, so early training is important. Known for their quick and active personality, this pooch needs plenty of exercise, making them the perfect companion for those brisk, shorter runs.
Long Distance Runners
If your routine includes ten miles or more there are a few breeds that best suit that kind of distance running. Let's take a look at some medium build breeds that make the perfect running companions.
Golden Lab & Golden Retriever
Of course, these are different breeds, but their running capabilities are pretty similar. These retrievers' large bodies can handle both brisk, short runs, as well as, those long slower runs. Also known as one of the most loyal breeds, they are easily trainable, making them versatile enough for any type of runner.
Jack Russell Terriers
These eager and active dogs need plenty of exercise making them the perfect long distance running partner. Jack Russells are also known for their hunting skills, so you're going to want to take extra care when training as they are easily sidetracked. Because of their short stature, they work best for longer steady runs rather than speed.
If you love running the trails and hiking paths, the Weimaraner will make a great companion. Best suited for long and steady-paced runs, this breed is versatile and can accommodate a faster pace as well. Weimaraners are super loyal and love to be right by their human companions, making this breed an excellent running partner.
This is certainly one of the most versatile breeds. Possessing tons of energy, the Vizslas should get an hour of exercise each day. These dogs were bred for long days while hunting in the field and thrive on hard exercise.
This is a spunky breed is super friendly and energetic. If you are a lover of summer running, Fox Terriers make a great companion as they are able to tolerate heat easier. Early training is important with this breed because they are notorious for eagerly chasing any adventure that can be found.
This magnificent breed is great for those long steady runs during the summer. Their natural gait and in tune internal engine makes them a great choice for distance runners as well. Rhodesian Ridgebacks average 70 to 85 pounds and are known for their strength and endurance.
For those who love the cold when running, it's important to choose a breed that can tolerate these temperatures. German Shepards are a great breed for winter running. The need for vigorous exercise, substantial coat, and inherent enthusiasm make this a great companion for colder climates.
Touting origins from the Northeast Asian climates, this gorgeous dog has a thicker coat than most other breeds. Bred for sledding, the Siberian Husky makes a great cold weather, long distance running companion.