Top 10 Dog Breeds for Runners

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Are you a prospective pet parent who loves to slip on sneakers and go out for a run? Would you like a fur buddy to keep you company? Lots of dog breeds enjoy plenty of pupcercise, though it's true, many prefer walking to running non-stop for a couple of miles or more. Are there some breeds of dogs which are better for runners? You bet there are! Here are ten of the top dog breeds for runners to help you choose, so don't delay in finding a pawsome fur baby to run by your side when you're pounding the pavement.


The Greyhound is one of the fastest pups on four legs and ideal for a runner. They're docile and quiet when at home, but outside is a different matter. These pawsome pooches were made to run, and if you're not careful, will beat you to the finish line every time.

Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is one pawrific pup who loves to run. The further they get to run, the happier they are. These pups just adore long distances, so if half marathons or marathons are your thing, a Husky is for you. Make sure you've got the stamina to keep up!

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dogs were originally bred to work in the Australian outback herding cattle and know instinctively how to cover acres of ground with lightening speed. Once they'd have run alongside a horse, but as your running companion, they'll be super content to follow your sneakers down the street instead.
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Dalmatians are a great dog breed for a pet parent who likes taking long runs in the countryside down rustic hiking tracks, through meadowlands and forests. These puptastic pooches are natural endurance runners and can keep pace with you for mile after mile. They're furrifically attractive looking running companions too.

Border Collie

Border Collies are a runner's best fur buddy. These pups have a boundless energy which is infectious, and if you feel yourself flagging while out jogging, they'll inspire you to keep on going. They never want to stop. They're great herding dogs who keep going until they've accomplished their objective.

Catahoula Leopard Dog

The Catahoula Leopard Dog is a puptastic breed for runners who need a reason to get out of their armchair, put their sneakers on and head out the door. Why? The Catahoula, which hails from Louisiana, needs to run off its excess energy, and a run a day is pawfect for this active breed.

Pharaoh Hound

For the type of runner who likes taking a swift jog around the block before and after work, the Pharaoh Hound would be a pawsome running companion. These pups love taking brisk sprints over short distances. With a Pharaoh, make sure you're ready for the hundred yard dash, as they sure will be!

Swiss Mountain Dog

The Swiss Mountain Dog is a puptastic breed of dog for a runner as they seriously know how to set and maintain the pace. They're not super fast dogs because they're quite large and heavily boned, but these pawsome fur buddies are steadfast and never falter in their running rhythm.

Parson Russell Terrier

The Parson Russell Terrier, related to the Jack Russell Terrier, will keep any runner on their toes. These sprightly and energetic pups were bred as hunting dogs, and are small, but seriously swift on their four paws. They have pupperific stamina too, and they will out run you any day!

Dutch Shepherd

The Dutch Shepherd is an athletic breed who would make a woofderful fur companion for any runner. They're quite strong willed and love to take the lead, but if you lag behind too far, their herding instincts will kick in, and they'll turn around and round you up. They're pup-tastic for keeping you on track!