You probably don’t want to challenge a dog to a footrace — or a “who has more feet” race — but you can’t do much better than a dog when choosing a running partner. There’s no better encouragement than the sight of your four-legged friend standing at the door, only breaking eye contact with you to gesture toward the leash. Any dog can make for an excellent companion for your runs, but certain breeds may be better suited for your preferred running style. Find the perfect fit for your pace and you’ll have man’s best friend at home and on the running path.
If you prefer to milk as many miles as you can manage out of your runs, you’ll want to make sure your pup can keep up. Dogs with strong hind leg muscles are ideal. A strong build that isn’t too heavy to stifle stamina like you see in Weimaraners, Jack Russell terriers, and Goldendoodles are what you’re looking for here. If you like extended jogs but are willing to slow your pace, Poodles, Dalmatians and Catahoulas will be happy to tag along.
For those that prefer to take in the outdoors in shorter spurts, turn to the dogs that have a leaner build. The lighter frame of breeds like Retrievers, Boxers, pit bulls, and Setters will help them keep up with you on your brisker excursions. If you’re one that particularly enjoys pushing yourself, a dog with the right mindset is important. Greyhounds, Whippets, and other dogs predisposed to this style of running are ideal.