August 1, 2016

10 Best Dogs To Run With

I have recently started a new kind of lifestyle. I am a lazy person by nature, and I realized that being lazy and doing nothing does not bode well for me, so I decided to try out the active lifestyle that almost of my friends have been trying to persuade me to do.


Running seems to be the best form of exercise for me and one thing that I like about it is I get to choose where I run. However, running alone can be quite dull at times, so I decided to bring my Chow Chow during my runs.

The only problem I encountered was that my Chow Chow wasn’t energetic at all and was setting me back. I realized that not all breeds of dogs could be your running partner that is why I researched on what would be the best dog to run with and had the list below. 


Parson Russell

Parson Russell

With its long legs surely this is the perfect companion when you feel going on a 5-mile run. You wouldn't want a running mate that will hold you back from your mileage goal of the day. This breed is very energetic but has the nature of a hunter.

So if you think you have the patience to train your dog to the way you want them to behave, then you will not have that much of a problem. Not training them might prove to be a nuisance for you during your run.

Because of this breed's hunting nature, Parson Russell has a tendency to get distracted by other animals that is why training them at an early age is vital.


German Shepherd

German Shepherd

One of the many things I found intimidating with big dogs is their ability to run really fast. German Shepherds are naturally strong and very active breeds and are perfect when you feel going on a very long run.

This breed loves to exercise and is always up for a long run. They are built with lean muscles that allow them to have so much endurance. If you live in a cold country, this breed of dog will have no problem adapting to the cold weather.

So if you are going for a long run with a below than 15 degrees Celsius weather, you don't have to worry. Their thick coat makes it easy for them to adapt to cold environments and the cold weather is more ideal for them to live.

Read more: Why Should You Adopt An Adult German Shepherd Dog?


Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are one of my favorite breeds. They are the happiest breed I have encountered and are always in the mood to play. It does not go unnoticed that with their playful attitude comes with the ability to run very fast.

Golden Retrievers love to play chasing games and are very alert to their surroundings. If you're looking for a playful companion that can keep up with your pace, then you should definitely consider adopting this breed.

Not only does this dog have the strength to run very long miles but their friendly nature will surely keep you cheerful and brighten your day!

Also read: Is It A Great Idea To Adopt A Golden Retriever?




Snoopy is my favorite childhood cartoon character, and it hasn't changed until now. I have always wondered what breed he was, and I recently found out that he's a Beagle! But what was more shocking to me is that this breed can be a running companion.

I have always assumed that dogs that are running companions are the ones that are big in size and built with long legs. Apparently, this breed's hunting nature them very active and loves exercise.

The Beagle's floppy ears make them irresistible and are a perfect companion not only for your home but also during your early morning runs. Just don't expect this breed to withstand very long runs because they do not have strong, long legs, unlike other breeds.




If you were a Disney fan when you were a kid, just like any other person on this planet then surely you have seen 101 Dalmatians. It was the hype before and owning one seemed like a superb idea. Unfortunately, I never got to adopt one.

If you are one of the people who own this breed and love going for long runs, then consider yourself lucky. Dalmatians love to exercise and that is one of their most attractive strengths.

However, before you go on a run, you need to consider the pavement of the course you are running. Because of their large size they might hurt their paws if the trail is too hard so it is better if you stick to softer trails.


Siberian Huskies

Siberian Huskies

I believe that the start of the popularity of Siberian Huskies is their fox-like appearance. This breed is very adaptable to harsh weathers like the cold in Alaska where they compete in a very tough, long race in the terrains of Alaska.

Siberian Huskies are very energetic by nature, and they normally do best in colder environments. But if you live in a warmer environment just make sure that they always stay hydrated. This breed is very quick and if you are an overachiever when it comes to running then this dog is the perfect companion for you.

Usually, no one likes to run during icy days, but Siberian Huskies will always be on the go to accompany you if you ever feel like flexing your muscles during winter.


Australian Shepherds

Australian Shepherds

Yes, German Shepherds are not the only breed of shepherds out there. Australian Shepherds do not look as big as the usual German Shepherds and they do not have the same capabilities German Shepherds has, but this breed is also a runner.

If you are planning to go on a more challenging run like the woods, then you would not have to worry if this breed is your companion. Australian Shepherds love obstacles and are very quick runners.

They are very energetic and love to stay active. You would not have to worry about leaving your companion behind.




Poodles became popular because of Legally Blonde and Paris Hilton. People mistakenly think that this breed is only for show but what most people don't know is that they can also make an excellent running companion.

However, they do not have very robust and active characteristics of other breeds, but they are always up for a game. If you feel bored during your run, Poodles can lighten your day. Poodles need to be trained like most pets.

Do not be fooled by their appearance. They might have been perceived as a breed for dressing up and showing off, but they can withstand dark environments and can go on long runs.




This breed is known for their affectionate behaviour. Vizsla loves attention and excels in endurance sports. They say that this breed is perfect for runners because they are very fast runners and are good in navigating through obstacles.

One of the most appealing thing about Vizsla is that they are easier to train that most dogs. They enjoy outdoor activities such as jogging and jumping. If you are a person who loves to do outdoor sports, then you should definitely adopt a Vizsla.




Boxers are natural runners. Running is in their blood. Another good thing about this breed is that they are very friendly and safe around children. This breed is ideal for novice owners and for runners who want an energetic running mate.

Boxers love to stay active and are always up for an exercise. There will never be a dull moment with them that’s why this breed would make a perfect running buddy. If you are a first-time owner and want to know more about boxers, you can check my previous article here.

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Have You Decided Which Breed You Want To Be Your Running Companion?

I personally find the Golden Retriever to be the best choice for me. They have always been known to be very playful, and I have a habit of getting easily bored whether I'm just at home or going on a run.

My second choice is the Beagle. Golden Retrievers are a bit big for me, and if you prefer a dog that is a bit on the smaller size, then you should get a beagle.

Tell me what dog you have chosen and if your dog is already your running mate, then please share your stories in the comment box below!

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Lucy Sheppard

Hi, I’m Lucy Sheppard. I love pets, especially dogs. My love for these true friends of humans turned into a passion. This passion led me to start this pets website so that people like me can benefit from my study and research.

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