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Running with dogs: All you need to know

Runner’s World magazine isn’t on my list of must-reads, anymore than jogging is on my list of must-dos, but I’m tempted to slowly walk out and get the latest issue right now — for it has gone (you guessed it) to the dogs.

Everything you ever wanted to know about dogs and running with them seems to be covered — from the top running breeds to how to avoid dangerous run-ins with dogs. It also has an interesting debate on whether dogs should be allowed off leash on running trails.

What are the top running breeds? Depends on the type of running you are doing. Runner’s World recommends weimaraners,¬†goldendoodles, German shorthaired pointers, vizslas and Jack Russell terriers for long steady runs of more than 10 miles.

If you’re into shorter, speedier jaunts, go with a pit bull, greyhound, retriever or beagle.

If you’re running through more rugged terrain, or obstacles, choose a border collie, vizsla or Belgian sheepdog.

The magazine also suggests certain breeds for hot weather runs and cold weather runs.

Being Runner’s World, the magazine doesn’t suggest what type of dog is best for laying around and watching TV. But I can help you out there. Bulldog!

You can find links to all the dog-related articles in the issue here.


Comment from Asics Running Blogger
Time August 13, 2010 at 9:10 am

I always run with my Springer…and he always manages to outlast me!

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time August 13, 2010 at 9:39 am

I’m obviously not a runner, but those are interesting picks. I’d have picked the Beagle for long, slow runs or long, steady runs–since they were originally bred to run after rabbits for long periods of time. They have a lot of stamina in those cute little bodies. It’s also interesting that the only sight hounds mentioned are the Greyhound and the Whippet. Your Afghan Hound, Saluki, Borzoi, wolfhound, or deerhound can hit 45 mph with the greatest of ease and will also be delighted to keep you company as you veg out in front of the TV later on. As for leashes, I’d say “all of the above” need to be securely leashed to their humans. They all have independent mindsets.

Comment from Sue
Time August 13, 2010 at 5:52 pm

I don’t know anything about running, but I speak from personal experience when I say that the best breed of dog to lay around with when reading a book is….. (drumroll, please) a mutt.