You’ve decided you want to get back into shape. You like running to help you keep fit. You also like to have someone to run with, a companion to help pass the miles. Well, dogs need exercise, too. Why not have a dog as your running companion?
Not all breeds of dog are right for hitting the pavement with you. Some are too small, others are too large, and still more of them run the risk of overheating. Before you buy yourself a dog to run alongside you on the trail, find out which ones will make the best running companions.
Remember, your running mate won’t have to be a purebred in order to have good running traits. The kind of dog you pick should depend primarily on what kind of runner you are. If you like to run 10 miles or more then the following dogs should be a pretty good match due to their build and hind muscles:
- Jack Russell Terriers
- German Shorthaired Pointers
If you are a fast runner and love shorter distances you could try one of these:
- Golden Retriever
- Labrador Retriever
- English Setter
- Pit Bull
If you live in an area that experiences sweltering heat, then you could try the following dogs which can handle the heat, mainly because of their short coats and long noses:
- Fox Terriers
- Rhodesian Ridgebacks
- Airedale Terriers
If you like running outside when it’s brutally cold, then you might find a good running companion in one of these breeds, well-equipped to handle the cold:
- Swiss Mountain Dog
- Siberian Huskies
- German Shepherd
Regardless of the breed you select, there will be other considerations to factor in. Check with your veterinarian to see if your dog is a prime candidate for making those runs with you.
One of the most important factors is age. Puppies are still developing and their bones are not ready to stand up to long bouts of running. You want to know that the run isn’t going to be a strain on your loyal companion.
Another thing to consider is your route. If you’ll be running on a hot concrete surface it can be dangerous for your dog’s paws. A dog has a way of letting your know if their paws are getting too hot of if something is wrong. Be attentive and keep an eye on your beloved friend.
Always make sure you have plenty of water for yourself and your dog. A dog doesn’t sweat like us humans so you need to always be aware of how your dog is feeling.