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Best Dogs for Runners

By April 16, 2011March 26th, 2015No Comments

They say dogs are man’s best friend. I say they are woman’s best friend too.  They are the perfect companion and are beyond loyal. Their love is unconditional, and their spirit is above inspiring. You’re dog might not be able to drag you out of bed for your daily morning run, but rest assured they will be with you every step or paw of the way. Dogs are the perfect running mate. They have an excess amount of energy that can keep up with any runner no matter what your level.



Boxers make a great running companions, especially for elite athletes.  According to the American Kennel Club, Boxers are powerful dogs that are intelligent and alert.  “They were originally developed to serve as a guard or working dog combining strength and agility with elegance and style.” They are exceptionally strong and can run miles with or without you.  Be sure to take plenty of water when you run with a boxer. They tend to overheat faster than other breeds.

German Shepherds

German Shepherds make great running dogs. Their history of being bred as working dogs give them the strength and endurance to keep up the pace. According to the American Kennel Club, German Shepherds are direct and fearless with a strong muscular body. They are very energetic and require regular exercise which makes for a great running partner. They are also very obedient so they adhere to your leash commands while you are running.

Siberian HuskySiberian Huskies

Siberian Huskies make a fantastic running mates.  According to the American Kennel Club, this sled dog is known for its outstanding endurance and willingness to work. “New owners should be prepared to provide an outlet for exercise daily, whether through walks or an enclosed space in which to run.” Because this dog was bred to withstand the coldest of temperatures, rest assure this dog will keep the pace with you all winter long.

Border Collies

Border Collies are the next great running partner. According to, Border Collies can run many miles each day and it’s just considered a warm up for this athletic breed. According to the American Kennel Club, “This high-drive breed is extremely energetic and requires exercise beyond just a walk around the block or a romp in the yard.” Border Collies are physically built for running and can keep up with the most avid runner.

Labrador Retrievers

Labrador retrievers are great mates for the inexperienced runner. Because of their gentle and friendly nature this breed is highly chosen across the United States as a first time pet.  According to American Kennel Club, The Labrador Retriever is a strongly built medium sized dog with an athletic well balanced conformation. This dog is also very energetic and obedient. Their coat is weather resistant so they will be able to keep up with you all season long.

Although the mentioned breeds make fantastic running partners it is very important to teach your dog leash commands while running. This makes for a happy and safe run for both you and your pet. Happy Running!

Labrador Retriever

This article was taken from and was written by Amy C.


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