How to Find the Best Dog Running Partner
Was one of your new year’s resolutions to get more exercise? If so, you may want to consider adopting a dog as a running partner. Some dogs love to run more than others, and not all dogs enjoy running for long distances. Certain dogs were specifically bred to run, such as greyhounds, while others are not naturally suited to running, and may even be prone to overheating if they become over exercised.
There are a few characteristics to look for when selecting a dog running companion. You will want to consider the size of their legs, coat type, and snout length. Dogs with short legs, short snouts, or long coats, will not be the best running partners. For instance, short snouts and long coats tend to cause dogs to overheat, and a dog with short legs will likely tire quickly.
Remember, even if your dog is a running breed, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will enjoy running. Each dog has his or her individual character. To get started, you will want to ease your dog into your running routine. So, if you are training for that next 10k, below find some of the best breeds to take with you on your cross-country running adventures.
If any dog were born to run, it would have to be the Greyhound. They are the fastest breed of dog and are extremely athletic. Keep in mind, however, that while they may be fast, they were bred for sprinting more than long distance running. Don’t expect your Greyhound to necessarily go with you on a long-distance run.
If you want a heavy dose of running motivation, a Vizsla can be a great choice. They are a high energy breed, so the Vizsla will want to exercise every day. That means no skipping on your workout! They have a long gait and can run in a variety of environments for long or short distances.
The Border Collie was bred for working and running all day long. As a dog that was meant to be on the farm, they have a high tolerance for endurance, as well as a natural ability for off leash adventures.
Do you have a dog you love to run with? What kind of dog is it?