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Dogs may be the perfect running partners: They’re always ready to go, they eagerly keep pace, and they never complain about being tired. But not every dog is built for running. The ideal jogging companion is low-maintenance and obedient, with energy and endurance. If you’re looking for a new pacer, these 10 breeds are the best of the best. —Erin Berger
10. Alaskan Malamute AnetaPics via Shutterstock
The Alaskan Malamute has a thick coat and was bred to carry loads over long distances, so it is a great endurance runner and good for those who live in colder climates. With their hardy build and intelligence, Malamutes will gladly tough out less-than-ideal conditions by your side.
9. Dalmatian Lottie and lily via Flickr
Dalmatians can keep pace with horses. Which means they can keep pace with you. These large and lean dogs were classically employed to run ahead of firefighting carriages and clear the way, but they’re just as happy running through the park. Great if you’re looking for a more protective breed to accompany your long-distance jogs.
8. Airedale Terrier Claudia Steininger via Shutterst
Live somewhere hot? The Airedale Terrier has a short, wiry coat made for just such a place. Airedales love to run, but since they’re on the smaller side, you’ll probably get along best if you’re running 10K or less, according to Runner’s World.
7. Border Collie Dale A Stork via Shutterstock
Herding dogs are agile runners, and the Border Collie is considered one of the most intelligent of the breeds. This dog loves having a job to do, says the American Kennel Club, so keep it busy as a faithful and sure-footed running mate.
6. Australian Shepherd Utekhina Anna via Shutterstock
The Australian Shepherd is another busybody herding breed that sets itself apart with its people skills and protective nature. This breed would make a wonderful addition to an active family, and a good companion for anyone who likes to explore different kinds of terrain.
5. Jack Russell Terrier woodygraphs via Shutterstock
Small but mighty, Jack Russell Terriers have boundless energy and can run for surprisingly extended periods of time. If you're looking for a more compact long-distance running mate, this adventurous breed should be just right.
4. German Shepherd PaulShlykov via Shutterstock
German Shepherds are known for having many talents, and running is one of them. Strong and durably built, this breed can keep pace with the best of them. Even better, German Shepherds are good with kids, protective and eager to please—sure to become much more than a running companion.
3. Vizsla AnetaPics via Shutterstock
Experienced runners will appreciate the Vizsla’s super-athleticism. According to Runner’s World, this breed excels at speed, endurance, navigating obstacles, and even jumping. What further sets Vizslas apart is their exceptional trainability, which could be a plus for those who live in busy areas or want to skip a leash.
2. Rhodesian Ridgeback Tatiana Katsai via Shutterstock
Rhodesian Ridgebacks were originally bred to hunt lions in Africa, so they are extremely athletic, yet surprisingly good with people. This magnificent breed has an efficient stride and a short, low-maintenance coat that helps when running in the heat.
1. Weimaraner DragoNika via Shutterstock
What makes the Weimaraner such a great choice for running companion is its endless adaptability. The graceful “grey ghost” breed is touted by Runner’s World as excelling at short, quick bursts and pacing for long distances, with a low-maintenance short coat for hot climates. The Weimaraner is also great at navigating rough terrain or trails, and it is fearless, easily trained, and a great family pet—a winner all around.