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Dogs That Love to Jog

dogtreadAll dogs need exercise to stay healthy and live longer, but some breeds are better suited for running  than others. In addition to a pre-defined list of breeds already defined below as excellent jogging companions  there are some basic physical characteristics that can help you identify dogs that love to jog.

  1. Proportions: To comfortably run with a human companion, the ideal dog has longer legs and an average-length back. Recommended weight ranges between 30-70 pounds. If your dog falls outside of these ranges consider they may experience more discomfort. Most of the hunting breeds and the retrievers are well suited to running with their people.
  2. Fur Matters: Consider the thickness and length of the coat as they can can cause a dog to overheat. Dogs with smooth or short-hair are much more comfortable running in the heat. Alaskan Malamutes love to run, but not in the heat!
  3. The Nose Knows: Breeds with longer muzzles  are much better equipped for handling speed and airflow. Shortened airways, common in pugs and bulldogs makes it more difficult to run extended distances.

Speed Breeds:
Airedale Terrier, Alano Español, Alaskan Malamute, American Foxhound, American Indian Dog, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Kelpie,Australian Shepherd, Austrian Shorthaired Pinscher, Basenji, Bearded Collie, Belgian Shepherd Groenendael, Belgian Shepherd Laekenois, Belgian Shepherd Malinois, Belgian Shepherd Tervuren, Black and Tan Coonhound, Border Collie, Borzoi, Bouvier des Flanders, Boxer, Boykin Spaniel, Briard, Bull Terrier, Canaan Dog, Cane Corso Italiano, Carolina Dog, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Chinese Chongqing Dog, Chinook, Collie, Cretan Hound, Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, Dalmatian, Doberman Pinscher, Dogue Brasileiro, Doodleman Pinscher, Dutch Shepherd Dog, English Foxhound, English Setter, English Springer Spaniel, Field Spaniel, Flat-Coated Retriever, German Shepherd Dog, German Spitz, German Shorthaired Pointer, German Wirehaired Pointer, Giant Schnauzer, Golden Retriever, Gordon Setter, Greenland Dog, Greyhound, Harrier, Hellenikos Ichnilatis, Hovawart, Ibizan Hound, Irish Setter, Irish Water Spaniel, King Shepherd, Kooikerhondje, Koolie, Kuvasz, Lakeland Terrier, Leonberger, Maremma Sheepdog, Mountain Cur, Mountain View Cur, Native American Indian Dog, Newfoundland, New Zealand Huntaway, Norwegian Elkhound, Old English Sheepdog (Bobtail), Otterhound, Pharaoh Hound, Plott Hound, Pointer, Portuguese Water Dog, Puli (Pulik), Redbone Coonhound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Samoyed, Scotch Collie, Scottish Deerhound, Shiloh Shepherd, Siberian Husky, Silken Windhound, Slovensky Cuvac, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Spanish Water Dog, Staghound, Standard Schnauzer, Vizsla, Weimaraner, Welsh Springer Spaniel, Welsh Terrier, Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, Wirehaired Vizsla.

Article Credits:
Thanks to the Dog Breed Info Center website (www.dogbreedinfo.com) for the permission to reprint the article “Excellent Jogging Companions”.