7 Top Dog Breeds to Benefit Your Running

So, you're thinking about getting a dog as a running companion? Good idea! Studies show that new dog owners exercise more than they did before having a dog so that a dog could be the perfect motivation for you.

There are a few dog breeds that are naturally more fit for the task than others though, and below we've put together a list of the best kinds with which you can stay in shape.


This is a medium-sized dog, with a muscular body and a lot of energy. It makes it a perfect companion for running, mainly because they have such a great need for exercise. They are also quite easy to train so you should be teaming up for runs in no time!

German Shorthaired Pointers

This is a medium to large sized dog, initially developed for hunting. With it being both a land and water dog, with a lot of energy, it quickly becomes a great partner not only for running but most sports.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

This beauty of a dog was bred originally to hunt lions, so it's exceptionally athletic and able to run in the heat. It's a flexible, elegant and powerful dog.

Border Collie

This dog is famous for its intelligence and, as a herding dog, it's bred to be able to run fast. As much as Collies love physical exercise, the most important thing for a Border Collie is to have a job to do, so make sure to keep it busy!


This is the perfect breed for the experienced terrain runner. This dog is brilliant and trainable but is also superior when it comes to speed, jumping, strength, and stamina. If you are looking for a dog who can take on a challenge, this is the perfect partner for you.

Airedale Terrier

Are you looking for a smaller dog? Airedale terriers love to run, and they have that peppery attitude of a terrier that makes them endure for longer. They are incredibly energetic and quick; however, since it is a quite small dog, you can't expect to be able to run extra long distances with it.

Australian Cattle Dog

Bred to be a herder as well, extremely obedient and easily trained – and bursting with energy. These dogs are not only excellent at running, but also have a reputation of being magnificent guard dogs. So, if you're looking for a dog that can also look out for you on your runs, this would be the one!

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