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).
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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