|Shorter, faster runs
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Airedale Terrier
|Some of the fastest dogs around, these breeds will give you a run for your money. Fast and fleet, you can fly when you’re running with these pooches.
|Longer, slower runs (10 miles)
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- German Shepherd
- German Shorthaired Pointer
- Border Collie
- Labrador or Golden Retriever
|Built for the long haul, these breeds love to run. As long as they have gradually worked up to mid and long distances and the weather is right, they’ll be happy trotting alongside you for miles.
Endurance Training References
5K Training Guide – Running with Dogs, by Jt Clough
Written by Clough, a professional dog trainer and nine-time Ironman triathlete, this book provides actionable running plans for newbie and experienced runners alike. Offering training tips and step-by-step instructions for workouts, you’ll be well on your way to reaching the finish line with your pup.
Skijor with Your Dog: Second Edition, by Mari Hoe-Raitto and Carol Kaynor
Whether you’ve skijored a thousand times or are looking to try it for the first time, this book instructs you on a number of training techniques. From teaching your dog not to pull, to racing tips, to year-round training tips, it also touches on canicross and bikejoring (attaching the dog to a bike).
Training Resources, Classes, and Breeders: American Kennel Club
Dog Adoption Services: The Humane Society of the United States
Skijoring Information and Events: Skijor USA
TOP DOG EVENTS
Since adopting her vizsla, Mesa, professional runner Nichole Porath has entered a number of dog-friendly running events. “They are a ton of fun,” she said. “You don’t need a crazy vizsla like mine either; there are dogs of every shape and size.”
What’s more, if you’re lucky enough to have a particularly sprite canine, he or she might even run you to a personal best. With Mesa at her side, Porath managed to best her 5K personal-record time by nearly 30 seconds, running a 16:58 at the 2013 Fast and the Furry 5K9 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
If you’re looking to run or ski with your dog, there are an increasing number of events across the country, all year round:
St. Paul Winter Carnival “King Boreas” Skijor Race, St. Paul, Minnesota
Chuck & Don’s Skijoring Loppet and Two Dog Skijoring Championship, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Dog Jog and 5K Run, Richmond, Virginia
Mellow Dog 5K, Auburn, Alabama
Dirty Dog 15K Trail Run, Charleston, West Virginia
Eukanuba Rocky Dog Trail Run, Vail, Colorado
Coon Dog Day 5K, Saluda, North Carolina
Lost Dog 5K Series, Arlington, Virginia
Petco 5K9 Walk Run, Chicago, Illinois
Berea ARF’s Monster Mutt Dash, Berea, Ohio
The Dash 5K & Doggie Run, Washington, D.C.
Reindeer Run Pet Friendly 5K Walk/Run, Charleston, South Carolina