6 Best Running Breeds

It’s an easy assumption to make that any dog you decide to take out for a jog will follow right along without problem.

Dogs are definitely naturally more athletic than us humans as a whole, but there are breeds that are better suited for running. Some breeds with short muzzles may have built-in breathing issues to contend with and other dogs may tire easily. Yet other dogs live to run.

Here’s a quick list of 6 of the best running breeds.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Also known as the African lion dog, the Rhodesian Ridgeback originated in South Africa and is known for being able to chase off lions. This is a hardy, medium-large dog that is able to run long distances and can handle extreme temperatures. If you are a long distance runner, you may have just found the dog for you. Keep in mind that these dogs are not for beginning dog owners because they are very strong-willed.

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©istockphoto/fotokostic

German Shorthaired Pointer

This is a medium-sized hunting dog known to have very high energy. The German Shorthaired Pointer is an all-around athletic dog that will thrive with an active family. Take him out for your daily runs and he’ll be sure to keep up. Since he is an excellent hunter, he’ll need training and socialization around smaller animals like cats.

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©istockphoto/WilleeCole

Siberian Husky

A popular medium-sized breed, it should be of no surprise that this sled dog is a runner. In fact, the desire to run for a Siberian Husky is so intense, that he is not well-suited for running off leash or you may never catch him—or worse, he may run into trouble, like a car, according to the American Kennel Club. Make sure you have high fencing and that you give your dog plenty of appropriate exercise—but not in the heat.

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©istockphoto/SVPhilon

Jack Russell Terrier

If you are looking for a smaller dog with the energy level to keep up with you on a run, the Jack Russell Terrier may be for you. These are working dogs that need a lot of exercise and high fences, because they are also jumpers, according to the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America. Oh, and they’re also known to dig and tunnel after prey. Make sure to do your research if you decide you want one of these energetic dogs.

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©istockphoto/alexei_tm

Vizsla

These medium-sized, Hungarian dogs are very energetic and enjoy intense runs, but are also very affectionate, according to Animal Planet. If you’re considering a Vizsla, you’ll want to make sure you have a large yard and the time to spend with your loving dog. Taking your Vizsla on runs is a great way to combine both bonding and exercise time.

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©istockphoto/FiN85

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dogs are medium-sized herding dogs with a ton of energy. If you don’t have any cattle or sheep to herd, you’ll definitely need to spend time engaging your dog with mental and physical activities. Running is one athletic endeavor you can participate in with your dog to help keep him from expending his energy on undesirable behaviors.

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©istockphoto/Carmelka

All dogs need exercise, but some a lot more than others. For runners looking for athletic partners, these are 6 breeds to consider.

Meet the Author: Jessica Peralta

Jessica Peralta has been a journalist for more than 15 years and an animal lover all her life. She has had dogs, cats, birds, turtles, fish, frogs, and rabbits. Her current children are a German shepherd named Guinness and a black kitten named Riot (and he lives up to that name). It’s because of her love for animals that she focused her journalistic career to the world of holistic animal care and pet nutrition. In between keeping Riot and Guinness out of mischief, she’s constantly learning about all the ways she can make them healthier and happier.

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