20 Dog Breeds Who’d Be Thrilled To Be Your Work Out Bud

Written by: Stephanie Valente

August 19, 2015

Disclaimer: Always make sure to discuss your fitness and lifestyle habits with a vet before embarking on a new training program or implementing a new exercise routine with your dog. And always make sure that you pup is well hydrated and has access to ample shade!

Maybe your idea of a great time is running a 5k first thing in the morning. Or, perhaps invigorating your mind and body with a meditative hike is more your speed. Whether you’re a devoted Bikram yoga enthusiast, or just starting a fitness journey and you’d like a little more motivation, why not look into a dog that can match your active lifestyle?

These active breeds can give you that extra push into a new workout regimen, or be a great support system to spice up your fitness routine!

1. Labrador Retriever

This energetic and affectionate breed are wonderful running candidates. If hiking if more your style, take them along on an exploration! These pups are inquisitive but laid back, which makes makes them the perfect addition to a group of dogs or a workout group.

running lab

2. German Shepherd

German Shepherds are known for being gentle and alert, which is a strong match for active lifestyles. These muscular pups are known to run fast at long distances and embrace rocky terrain. Since they’re often used in military and police training, their stamina is also unparalleled.

german shepherd in water

3. Golden Retriever

This friendly and loyal breed will be your best hiking companion. Goldens are very intelligent and respond well to commands, which is a wonderful addition for your nature trail routes. Don’t forget to stop and admire the scenery.


4. Boxer

Ah, Boxers. These lovable, cheerful pups adore playtime and probably won’t last through a marathon Netflix binge on lazy days. Once these beautiful dogs are over 18 months, it’s a good time to take them out for a run. Remember, always bring plenty of water to hydrate your pup and you.

running boxers

5. German Shorthaired Pointer

The affectionate German Shorthaired Pointer is an active dog that loves running. Live near wide open spaces? Then, this breed may be your motivation to complete your daily run goals.

german pointer

6. Doberman Pinscher

Dobermans are as strong and courageous as they are athletic. This muscular breed loves long trails and running, though they may be a wee bit easily distracted by wildlife such as birds and rabbits. 😜

doberman with a stick

7. Australian Shepherd

If you need an obversvant pawtner for more serious hikes and runs, look no further than the Australian Shepherd. These pups are very obedient and skilled explorers. It’s possible this dog might get to the top of trail before you!

australian shepherd

8. Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dogs are very trainable and would accompany you on a hike. They’re super calm disposition is great for therapeutic and serene walks. However, they don’t have a long endurance, so keep it easygoing and fun.

bernese mountain dog

9. Vizsla

Now, this lively pup is a breed that certainly needs lots of exercise! Vizslas are energetic and playful, which make them so happy and eager. They’re the right dog for swimming, hiking, and camping. Since these pups have such short coats, always bring a blanket for warmth.


10. Weimaraner

Weimaraners are true sweethearts, but they do needs lots of activity! Their historical background includes extensive training for hunting and high endurance, which makes Weimaraners wonderful candidates for daily exercise with much variety.

william wegman hunk

11. Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are independent and muscular dogs that love hikes and runs. Their high endurance can keep up with owners who love running and biking.

rhodesian ridgeback

12. Border Collie

Border Collie may be the pawfect hiking partner. They’re not interested in chasing wildlife or barking at other animals. Unlike Vizslas, these pups have long fur so they don’t have to worry about catching cold if you go on an autumn hike or camp.

border collie

13. Portuguese Water Dog

The name says it all: these adorable dogs just love romping and playing in the water. Perhaps it would be fun to take a long walk with this pup to an awesome beach? The payoff would be adorable and memorable!

14. Alaskan Malamute

While the Alaskan Malamute is most known for sledding and rescues, these dogs are the masters of stamina and bravery. They can withstand cold temperatures and can walk on rough terrain. Why not explore a hilly trail, or engage in some outdoor winter exercise?


15. Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dogs are natural herders, which means they’re astute followers and work well with directions. Pawhaps, you could design an agility course or mixed aerobics stations for your pup to follow along with you!

koda cattle dog

16. English Setter

If you’re breaking into the art of jogging, then this is the dog for you. Furthermore, after two years these dogs are good to go for longer hikes. For nature observers, this pup will keep you on point and help you enjoy the scenery while getting fit.

english setter

17. Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russells are energy warriors. These pups can run and run and run. Their endurance almost knows no bounds. If you’re looking to up your run game, or practice various distances, this is your own pupsonal trainer!

jack russell chases ball

18. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

This dog breed was originally trained for — you guessed it — duck hunting. However, these pups just love the outdoors and will love to spend time exploring with you. Hiking and camping are ideas to incorporate with this outdoorsy dog.

nova scotia duck tolling retriever

19. Welsh Terrier

Don’t let the little size fool you! Welsh Terriers have lots of energy in their stride. The athletic pup just plain old loves walking, playing, and running. This is a great idea for those who get bored of the same, drab cardio activities. Mix it up with the Welsh Terrier and you’ll both be excited to work out each day.

welsh terrier

20. English Shepherd

If you’re the type to spend most of your day outside rather than inside, then the English Shepherd is just like you! Typically, they love to run, play, and get psyched about swimming and hiking. Remember, these pups were trained to spend long hours herding outside. They can definitely teach you a lesson or two in pacing cardio workouts!

english shepherd

Featured image via Vet Street and H/t via Tuscon

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Written by: Stephanie Valente

August 19, 2015


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