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The Best Dogs for Running  

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List of the best dogs for running, as ranked by dog breed experts and avid runners. Sometimes, there’s nothing more relaxing than going on a nice, long run through the park with the cool breeze crossing your face as your feet glide across the pavement. Unfortunately, we live in a world where it can be dangerous to run in almost any area, since there are often muggers and other delinquents looking to do you harm. That’s why many people recommend running with a dog. Not only can your dog protect you from any danger that you may come across during your run, they can also push you to go faster and further. Plus, there’s nothing like having the company of man’s best friend on a run.

If you’ve been wondering, “What are the best dogs for running?” this list has all the answers you need. Whether you're looking for the best dogs for long-distance running or if you're more into casual jogging, there’s a different dog for every purpose. Dogs with lots of stamina and long legs, like weimarners and vizlas, are perfect for long, steady runs of ten miles or more. Meanwhile, for slower runs, Dalmatians and catahoulas make great running partners.

This list has every dog you could ever need for any type of run, whether you're a fast sprinter or prefer long, slow runs. No matter your interests, there’s a canine just for you.

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Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Border Collie is a medium sized dog, with a body that is slightly longer than the height and a fairly wide skull. The ears are usually half-perked. The coat colors come in black and white, ...more
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German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The German Shepherd is a breed of large-sized working dog that originated in Germany. The breed's officially recognized name is German Shepherd Dog in the English language, sometimes abbreviated ...more
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Siberian Husky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Siberian Husky is a medium size, dense-coat working dog breed that originated in north-eastern Siberia. The breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family. It is recognizable by its thickly ...more
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Australian Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Australian Shepherd, commonly known as the Aussie, is a medium size breed of dog that was developed on ranches in the western United States. Despite its name, the breed was not developed in ...more
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German Shorthaired Pointer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The German Shorthaired Pointer is a medium to large sized breed of dog developed in the 19th century in Germany for hunting. The breed is streamlined yet powerful with strong legs that make it ...more
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Greyhound is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Greyhound is a very old European breed of dog, a sighthound which has been historically bred for coursing game and latterly Greyhound racing. Since the rise in large scale adoption of ...more
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Hungarian Vizsla is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Vizsla is a dog breed originating in Hungary, which belongs under the FCI group 7. The Hungarian or Magyar Vizsla are sporting dogs and loyal companions, in addition to being the smallest of ...more
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Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Weimaraner is a large dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. Early Weimaraners were used by royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear, and deer. As the ...more
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Dalmatian is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Dalmatian is a large breed of dog noted for its unique black or liver spotted coat and was mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days. Its roots trace back to Croatia and its historical ...more
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Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Labrador Retriever, also known as simply Labrador or Lab, is one of several kinds of retrievers, a type of gun dog. Labradors are athletic, playful, and the most popular breed of dog by ...more
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Rhodesian Ridgeback is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Rhodesian ridgeback is a dog breed developed in Southern Africa. Its European forebears can be traced to the early pioneers of the Cape Colony of southern Africa, who crossed their dogs with ...more
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Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of domestic dog originally bred for hauling heavy freight because of their strength and endurance, and later an Alaskan sled dog. They are similar to other ...more
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Australian Cattle Dog is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Australian Cattle Dog is a sturdy, compact, well-muscled and powerful working dog. The head is broad and slightly rounded between the widely set, moderately pointed pricked ears. It comes in ...more
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Whippet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Whippet is a breed of medium-sized dog. They are a sighthound breed that originated in England, where they descended from greyhounds. Whippets today still strongly resemble a smaller ...more
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Treeing Walker Coonhound is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Treeing Walker Coonhound is a breed of hound descended from the English and American Foxhounds. They were first recognized as a separate breed in 1945. Thomas Walker had imported the English ...more
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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Golden Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties, and were named 'retriever' ...more
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English Setter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The English Setter is a medium size breed of dog. It is part of the Setter family, which includes the red Irish Setters, Irish Red and White Setters, and black-and-tan Gordon Setters. The mainly ...more
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Wire-haired Vizsla is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Wirehaired Vizsla, is a dog breed originating in Hungary. Wirehaired Vizslas are known as excellent hunting dogs, and also have a level personality making them suited for families. The ...more
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Pit bull is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
Pit bull is the common name for a type of dog. Formal dog breeds often considered of the pit bull type include the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier and American Pit ...more
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Akita Inu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
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Italian Greyhound is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
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The Italian Greyhound is a small breed of dog of the sight hound type, sometimes called an "I.G.". The true breed origins are unknown.
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Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting; it is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated. It is commonly confused with the Parson ...more
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Brittany is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Brittany is a breed of gun dog bred primarily for bird hunting. Although it is often referred to as a Spaniel, the breed's working characteristics are more akin to those of a pointer or ...more
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Collie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The collie is a distinctive type of herding dog, including many related landraces and formal breeds. It originates in Scotland and Northern England. It is a medium-sized, fairly lightly built ...more
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Shetland Sheepdog is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for Running
The Shetland Sheepdog, often known as the Sheltie, is a breed of herding dog. They are small to medium dogs, and come in a variety of colors, such as sable, tri-color, and blue merle. They are ...more