Large dog breeds are the first thing that come to mind when you think about running long distances, but this is not always the case. Some large pure breeds have hip troubles that would be made worse with constant pavement pounding. It’s the medium-sized dogs that make great distance runners, like the Jack Russell, German Short-Haired Pointer, Weimaraner, and Vizsla.
Dogs that enjoy sprinting, or short distance runs include: Beagles, English Setters, Golden and Labrador retrievers, and Pitbulls.
Do you love to run in the heat? Breeds like Airedale and Fox terriers, and Rhodesian ridgebacks have longer snouts that help them breathe easier. How about running in the freezing temperatures? Take along a Siberian husky, a German Shepherd, or a Malamute.
If you have some kind of mixed breed, talk to your vet about whether their build will make a good runner. Puppies of any breed shouldn’t be taken on runs, their bones need time to grow.