Number 10 – The American Pitbull Terrier
American Pitbull Terriers are immensely athletic dogs who make excellent running companions. And whilst most owners will find it difficult to tire out their Pitbull, you will absolutely enjoy these dogs’ vigour and endurance. Plenty of exercise out in nature is exactly what these dogs need to stay well-balanced and content. However, as American Pitbull Terriers have a sky-high prey drive and are prone to dog-aggression, it is best to keep them on a leash.
Number 9 – The Doberman
Our number 9 spot goes to another breed that is often classed as “potentially dangerous” – the Doberman. But despite their protective instincts, Dobies are not overly aggressive towards humans or other dogs. They respond beautifully to obedience training and can be taught to trot by your side on a nice loose leash. Or even off leash once you have perfected recall. Light-footed and extremely agile, Dobermans are more than capable to keeping up with you in all terrains, even if you are a world-class trail runner.
Number 8 – The Belgian Malinois
And on the number 8 spot of our list of the TOP 10 dog breeds for runners, we have the super-star amongst the guardian breeds – the Malinois. Everything we just said about the Doberman also applies to these magnificent canine athletes, but they are even better at it! Simply because these versatile working dogs are extremely teachable and obedient. Trotting or even sprinting in a snug heel position comes to them quite easily. And training them is the proverbial piece of cake. Malis are extremely high energy dogs, and if this is what you are looking for, then I guarantee you that you will have lots of fun with your new running companion.
Number 7 – The Weimaraner
And at number 7 on our list of the TOP 10 canine running companions, we have an absolutely beautiful, exclusively grey-coloured hound – the Weimaraner. Bred as a hunting companion, this large and elegant dog loves the outdoors. Highly intelligent and immensely energetic, Weimaraners are the perfect choice for avid joggers and runners.
Number 6 – The German Shorthaired Pointer
Just like the Doberman and the Malinois, the Weimaraner and the German Shorthaired Pointer could almost sit on the very same spot on our list: Smart, agile and untiring, these versatile hunting companions are ideal dogs for runners. And as an added bonus, both breeds are equally excellent as snuggle-buddies: Nothing beats hanging out with your dog on a cosy spot on the couch after the daily workout is done.
Number 5 – The Springer Spaniel
On our number 5 spot, we have one of Britain’s most popular hunting breeds - the beautiful, middle-sized Springer Spaniel. Gentle, mellow and absolutely devoted to their owners, Springer Spaniels are ideal companions for people who want a slightly smaller running buddy. Like the other hunting breeds we mentioned, these stunning Spaniels are amazing housedogs and family pets.
Number 4 – The Lurcher
Here on the number 4 position, we have a breed that is in essence a mixed-breed rather than a purebred dog: Lurchers are quite popular in England, and in the old days, they were the game-poacher’s dogs of choice. They are half Sighthound and half Terrier or Sheepdog, which makes them outstanding hunters. And their mixed heritage gives Lurchers not only speed, but also great endurance. Combined with their gentle, affectionate nature, these attributes make for an amazing running companion.
Number 3 – The Border Collie
And here we are, at the TOP 3 positions on our list of the TOP 10 dog breeds for runners! The winner of the Bronze Medal is a dog whose intelligence and trainability is legendary throughout the world. We are speaking about the Border Collie. But these dogs are not only quick thinkers - they also excel as untiring runners: Bred to drive and direct large flocks of Sheep, Border Collies can trot for hours. And as they are so very smart and teachable, they happily will do so off leash in heel position, or on a nice lose leash – thereby maximizing the enjoyment of your running experience!
Number 2 – The Standard Poodle
And right here on the Silver Medal spot, we have another breed that is world-famous for its extraordinary intelligence - the beautiful Standard Poodle. These medium- to large sized canines with the soft, curly fur are quick to adapt to any requirement. And you can easily train them to keep up with you on your runs. Poodles come with a very friendly and playful nature, both towards humans and other dogs. Therefore, you will not have to worry about them trying to attack other dogs on your runs.
Number 1 – The German Shepherd
Now, we have reached the pinnacle of excellence in the world of canine running-buddies. And my personal number 1 candidate for the Gold Medal is the immensely popular German Shepherd: These are THE TOP endurance athletes of the canine world! Bred for the specific purpose of trotting for hours and hours without tiring, these dogs are built to effortlessly move over large distances. Their unique fluidic gait allows them to cover lots of ground, whilst expending a minimal amount of energy. And when it comes to obedience, they rival the Belgian Malinois. But in terms protecting you from harm during your runs, German Shepherds are even better than the famous Malis – or any of the other dogs we have mentioned on today’s list.