After I graduate college, I think that it would be really cool to participate in marathons. Running with someone or a pet would make these runs more enjoyable. I tend to not run with an iPod that plays music so having a dog with me would make that experience more fun. Furthermore, they would give me the encouragement and motivation to keep running every day. I would have to give them exercise so I would not have the excuse of “I will run tomorrow.” As my coach would say, “tomorrow turns into next month, which turns to two months, etc.”
In order to find the perfect running dog, you need to know which breeds would be the most suitable for you. Some dogs are more suitable for trail or tough terrains and some are better in the cold. Furthermore, not all dog breeds are good running dogs. For example, you would not bring a little Chihuahua for a 5 mile run at a fast pace. The dog would not be able to keep up and will get injured. In the next paragraph, I will discuss the top five dog to go running with starting with the least to the best.
German Shepherds are a breed that has a strong and durable build. German Shepherds can keep pace with the best of them. They are also good with kids and can follow commands very well because they are eager to please. Australian Shepherd is a herding breed so they are used to running and being active. They are also adaptable so they are good for anyone who likes to explore different kinds of terrain. Border Collie are very agile runners and they like to have a job to do. This means they don’t like to sit still for long periods of time. They are one of the most intelligent breeds, so they would be able to learn commands very well. Weimaraners are very versatile because they can do quick, short bursts of running or they can pace themselves for long distance running. They are one of the breeds that would be best in the warmer climates because they have a shorter coat. They are also able to navigate rough terrain or trails because they are fearless. Also, you would be able to easily train them to follow your commands. Rhodesian Ridgeback were originally bred to hunt lions so they are used to running very fast for long distances. They are really good with people and have a short coat to run in the hot climates (Berger and Schuler).
Running with your dog can be really helpful and beneficial. You have to make sure that you are understanding your dog’s needs and ability. Finding the right dog breed is really important to keep in mind when looking for a perfect running partner. Always make sure that you and the dog are safe at all times while on a run.
Berger, Erin and Mattie Schuler. The 20 Best Dog Breeds for Runners. 2016. Web. 21 April 2016.