When you have a running partner that matches your pace, it will be more interesting to wake up to participate in an early morning run and spend the weekend to improve endurance. You can coax your four-legged running to become your spiritual motivation, but in daily exercise, dogs have already become precious partners. They are athletic and enthusiastic, and the right dog will drive you to achieve your goals. They will not be released on bail during your early morning run, and you will never hear them complaining about the need to work harder to stay healthy.
Not every dog is a rock star racer, but some dog breeds are specifically designed to run fast. Here are some of the best canine running partners that match your running style.
Small and lithe, the Whippet can weigh anywhere between 15 and 42 pounds. What they lack in stature, they make up for in speed. They can go from standing to sprinting in less time than any other dog breed in the world, and they’ve been recorded running up to 40 miles per hour. When they’re not racing around, Whippets are calm, almost lazy dogs. They’re ready to relax after a short, fast run.
Topping the charts as the fastest dog in the world, the Greyhound can run up to 45 miles per hour. Their sprinting prowess has historically been taken advantage of in the form of dog racing and has lead to some serious abuse issues. Retired race dogs make great family pets, and Greyhounds, in general, do well with semi-active owners. Like Whippets, they’re content to lay by your side while you stretch out sore muscles after an intense sprint workout.
3. Labrador Retriever
These lovable goofs will never turn down a chance to be up and active. They’re the quintessential family dog, and they love to channel their energy into structured exercise. Their sturdy bodies can keep up a decent sprint, and with the right training, they can build up the endurance to run a few miles. They’re prone to overeating and putting on extra pounds, and a role as a regular running partner helps them stay fit and trim.
4. Jack Russel Terrier
Small dogs can also be athletes, and Jack Russel Terrier is a prime example. These little dogs only weigh around 15 pounds, but they’re deceivingly strong. They’re about as high-energy as a dog can be, and their lively personalities are fueled by a general enthusiasm about life. Jack Russel Terriers make good running partners for people who like to run moderate distances on a daily basis.
There’s more to a Dalmatian than striking good looks. These outgoing dogs are happiest when they’re active. They were originally bred to run ahead of horse-drawn carriages to keep the roads clear, and their general athleticism is good for running at fast speeds and for moderate distances.
6. Border Collie
Usually the reigning champs on the agility course, Border Collies are medium-sized dogs with combined athletic excellence and a healthy amount of energy. They’re natural herders and might prefer to have a purpose to their run, but they’re great for people interested in running up to a few miles every day. They motivate their owners to lace up their sneaks because, without daily exercise, they’ll find creative (read: mischievous) ways to burn energy.
7. Alaskan Malamute
As large, powerful dogs, Alaskan Malamutes are built to pull heavy sleds across miles of the frozen landscape. “Hardy” is one of the best words to describe them, and they excel in distance running under the right conditions. They prefer cold weather and can spend extended amounts of time burning off energy. Their ancestors pulled sleds hundreds of miles through the snow, and they’ll be happy to accompany you on your long runs in cool weather.
8. Siberian Husky
Huskies have a similar look to Malamutes, but they’re slightly smaller and a separate breed. While Malamutes are packed with forceful muscle, Huskies are lean and quick. They’re natural runners who seem to go and go and go. It will depend on training and weather, but a fit husky can usually run 15-20 miles without overexerting itself.
Runner’s World lists the Weimaraner among their list of the best canine running partners in part due to the breed’s love of people. They make great family dogs, and they prefer to always be right by their owner. Their natural energy and well-muscled physique also make them great at endurance running. They like going on long trail runs where they have the extra challenge of leaping over logs, climbing mountains, and getting in touch with their wild side. They’re great for backpackers and runners who prefer hitting the trails over pounding pavement.
10. Rhodesian Ridgeback
Muscular, powerful, graceful—the Rhodesian Ridgeback is capable of running marathons. This dog breed was originally valued because they fought lions in Africa. They’re fierce when they need to be, but they make great family companions. When your lungs are burning and you need someone to motivate you to keep going, your Ridgeback will pull you to the finish line. They thoroughly enjoy running long distances, and they’re the kind of running partner that’ll be ready to go morning, noon, and night.
No matter which running partner you choose, the most important thing is to remember to exercise properly. After sitting on the coach for many years, you can no longer participate in the marathon, nor can these dogs. You and your four-legged running partner can build your fitness level gradually. They will be with you on hard days and easy days to help you walk away. Before you start, talk to your veterinarian about the best way to reduce puppies to running routines.