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We’ve all seen how some dogs just can’t get enough of it. The moment they’re let off the leash, off they sprint, grasping lungfuls of air, making sharp turns, pushing their limits and slowing down only to speed up again. These dog breeds love to run.
They run for the sake of running. They don’t even need anything or anyone to chase. Not even a ball tossed. It’s just the joy of moving, and moving fast.
Here are 5 dogs whose elegant running would simply amaze you
HOUND – Agile, strong, and lively companion. The Ibizan hound needs daily exercise to run at full speed, but its needs can also be met with long walks or jogs on leash, combined with an occasional sprint. These dogs run with deer-like elegance and expression. The trot is easy and graceful.Their build enables them to perform the double-suspension gallop with great speed and endurance. Ibizans are superb jumpers too. They are able to spring to great heights from a standstill.
HOUND – A deer hunting hound is able to run at great speed with grace and style. With the body somewhat similar to a greyhound a larger deerhound is capable of running without sacrificing strength and endurance. Its trotting gait is light and efficient. Its hair is an essential asset in cold and wet climates. Deerhounds require a significant amount of daily exercise, either a long walk or a good run.
HOUND – Afghan’s gait shows great flexibility and springiness. These dogs run with its head and tail high. The Afghan’s body is similar to greyhound, enabling it to execute a double-suspension gallop and run-down fleet game. The comparatively short back and steep pelvis enables it to make sharp turns almost in place. The large feet make the Afghan more resistant to injury on rough ground. The silky coat helps them tolerate low temperatures. They need a daily run to stretch their legs.
HOUND – The Saluki has grace, elegance, tremendous speed and endurance. Their gallop is light. Daily off-leash running in a safe, enclosed area is essential. Their exercise needs can also be met with long leash walks or jogging. Indoors they are very quiet and sedate dogs. They can run in snow and cold weather but should not be expected to spend extended time in the cold.
HOUND – Coursing dog of beauty and grace, with great power and speed. The borzoi can be a handful if not exercised daily. Although a long walk can satisfy most of its needs, it should be combined with running and sprinting.The Borzoi is larger and stronger than the greyhound with jaws powerful enough to hold down a wolf. It runs with wild abandon, but elegantly and gracefully. A Russian breed, Borzois can easily tolerate cold temperatures.
Medium energy level
Moderate exercise needs
Moderately easy to train
Requires regular grooming
High cold tolerance
Low heat tolerance
How about other dogs?
For sure, most fit canines love to roam free, but anyone who has ever seen any of these five running knows they are different from the others. But what if you are searching for a perfect running companion? What breed should you pick?
In general, lean, light-boned breeds of moderate height, that were originally bred as sporting, hound, working and herding dogs, are great for regular running. I like these 5 in particular, though, because they are passionate about running. They truly enjoy it.
Labradors, Weimaraners, Goldendoodles, Vizslas, Huskies, Malamutes, Doberman Pinschers, Dalmatians, Australian Shepherds, Border Collies, and Springer Spaniels all make great running companions too, because they are highly active, require lots of exercise and are easy to train.
Now, when a person looking to buy a puppy asks me what breeds I recommend, I usually ask them, in reply, to think about themselves as runners first. A lot of people who are looking for jogging companions are actually recreational runners or are just starting to run. I encourage these people to think about their own running goals before aiming to find a superb running dog. So, for people who on average run once a week, or people who run less than 15 miles or 25 km per week, as well as those who fall somewhere in-between, I don’t recommend getting a Vizsla or Weimaraner puppy. They require a lot of additional exercise.
If you’re thinking about adopting one of these beautiful dogs, bear in mind that they need a strong leader and lots of exercise in order to be happy and obedient. With the right training, however, they do make lovable family dogs.
Are you an owner of any of the above 5 dog breeds that love to run? Tell us about him/her!