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10 Dog Breeds That Double as Great Running Companions

Jana Randall is a busy mother, loving wife, and active career woman from Arizona. In her free time, Jana writes to cover topics on home, living, and pets, while also working full time and blogging. As interests, Jana enjoys reading, wr...

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

Curling up with a lap dog is definitely one of life's simple pleasures, but those tiny little legs aren't going to cut it on an intense hiking trail or nice, long beach run. If you're looking for a running partner and a canine companion, an athletic dog breed is more up your alley.

We rounded up a list of dog breeds that are not only lovable and sweet, but also naturally athletic and thrive with a daily workout (or two).

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.

Next Up: Greyhound

Originally published January 2014. Updated March 2017.

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