The Best Dog Breeds for Joggers

The best dogs for joggers may depend on how far you run, and in what kind of weather. Check out my list of 27 four-legged jogging partners.

If you’re looking to adopt a dog you can bring along with you during your morning jogs in the park, have no fear. Quite a few dog breeds would be perfect for that.

But the best dog breeds for joggers may depend on how far you jog, and in what kind of weather. Let’s just say you don’t want to take a French Bulldog out with you for a 10-mile run in the middle of July.

Best for Short Jogs

These lean, muscular breeds are best at quick, shorter jogs. We’re talking around 5 miles or less.

Best for Long Jogs

These breeds have bigger bodies that can handle longer distances.

  • Standard poodle
  • Dalmatian
  • Jack Russell terrier
  • Harrier
  • Weimaraner
  • Australian Cattle Dog
  • Border collie
  • Rottweiler

Best for Jogs in Cold Weather

These thick-coated breeds can thrive in low temps.

  • Siberian Husky
  • Labrador Husky
  • Chinook
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Swiss Mountain Dog

Best for Jogs in Hot Weather

Slender and sleek, these breeds make great running partners in the heat.

  • Vizsla
  • Rhodesian ridgeback
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Fox terrier

Other Things to Keep in Mind

  • Perhaps just as important as breed is your chosen dog’s individual personality. Your dog may not want to jog 10 miles, so don’t force it. Definitely don’t drag your dog!
  • Bring lots of water. Lots.
  • Don’t take your dog out for long jogs in temperatures above 80 degrees.
  • Try to run on grass or dirt. Concrete and asphalt can wear on a dog’s pads.
  • Warning: Because of potential damage to a puppy’s developing body, wait until at least 8 months old to start jogging with her. With bigger dog breeds, wait until they’re about 1 year old. Start with 1- or 2-mile jogs and gradually work your way up, which will protect against injury.

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Photos (from top to bottom): Rooskygirl, Emery_Way, Levy4u, midiman/Flickr

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