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10 dog breeds that double as great running companions

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These athletic dog breeds are sure to motivate you on your morning run

If you would like to start your day with a little exercise but find yourself lacking in the motivation department, a loyal running partner may be just the thing to get you moving. Not only do these dog breeds make lovable and sweet companions to have around the house, they are naturally athletic and thrive with a daily workout (or two).

Whether it's a neighborhood jog, a trail hike or a long-distance race, these strong and agile breeds are perfect for those who were born to run:

1. Dalmatian

These athletic dog breeds are sure to motivate you on your morning run
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Best for longer and slower runs, the Dalmatian enjoys jogging with his human partner as a means to burn energy. In need of regular exercise, running is not only a healthy activity for this pup, but can create a tight bond between the two of you. An energetic and playful breed, the Dalmatian will look forward to his daily runs.

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