In Ask the Trail Sisters

I love running trails and really want to get a furry companion for my adventures.

Do you have any recommendations on dog breeds that are ideal for running or long hours on the trails?



Trail Sister Katelynn WagnerKatelynn: There is no better running partner than a dog (if you ask me) they’re always happy to go out, and never complain. I have a Siberian Husky named Kobe as my running buddy and he has been the best! Huskies are built to run, and he has done all the way through a 50k with me with no trouble whatsoever. Depending on where you live heat can be tricky since they have such thick fur, but as long as you are mindful planning your runs with water access it won’t be a problem. We would stop at every creek to have a drink and I would splash the water up on his belly and chest to cool him down. It builds such a great bond adventuring with your dog, and seeing the world together! Good luck and happy trails (and tails!)


Deserae ClarkeDeserae: Our family had a pitbull boxer mix named Aasiya who was the ultimate running partner.  She was intelligent and loyal and had a ton of heart.  I could let her off the leash on the trail and a finger snap would bring her immediately back to my side, and she exuded joy the entire time she ran.  The only downside was that she was so faithful she literally would have dropped over trying to follow me on a run, so I had to make sure I monitored her and didn’t push to far.  Due to circumstances beyond our control Aasiya now resides with close friends of ours, however  would recommend a pitbull or pitbull mix to anyone as a running companion.


trail-sister-krissy-moehlKrissy: I just added a pup to my life and the running miles are some of the most bonding! I love sharing time with her on the trails.  She is not quite a year old so we can’t run daily yet… I’ve read and heard 18 months is the marker for when they can start to really train, so will wait for that. She is a mini- Australian Shepherd. I honestly wasn’t going to get a pure bred, but I am so thankful she came into my life. Any cattle or herding dog typically make great running buds, but you have to be prepped for the extra energy they have, especially on non-running days.


trail-sister-bree-lambertBree: I have never owned a dog. I have cats. 🙂  One of my girlfriends is a skilled Vet and she recommends (Border Collies, Rodesian Ridgebacks, and Australian Shepherds) They are all very trainable, loyal and can handle distance.




jennifer-loveJenn: American Labrador Retrievers for the win! I’m only slightly bias as my furry running buddy in crime is a goofy yellow lab. He would stay by my running side until I collapse. Jack has ran 26+ miles in one push, and I know for a fact would push on further if I invited him to. They’re loyal, loving, great with other dogs, kids, and will be the best napping pals!



trail-sister-silke-koesterSilke: Dogs are amazing running companions. I have discovered so many hidden secrets of the trail thanks to my pup’s keen sense of smell and boundless curiosity! There are a lot of great running dogs, from tiny little Yorkies to huge Rhodesian Ridgebacks – I’ve seen’em all running up and down the trails. I think the biggest things to take into account when choosing your perfect canine running partner is to consider the terrain where you’ll be doing most of your running together, the weather and your running schedule/pace. My dog is an Aussie/Border Collie mix. She is as nimble as a mountain goat on technical mountain terrain, has accompanied me on many 20-30 mile mountain runs and loves the winter, but she really drags when it’s hot (we’ll just hike instead of run if it’s 80+ degrees) and gets bored after 6 miles of on-leash running on the pavement. Some dogs are great at short fast even-paced runs and others are better a longer slower distances. Likewise, some dogs are content with a 3 mile jog a few times a week, whereas others will wreck your house if they don’t get a their daily wiggles out on a 8 mile run at a 6 min/mile pace! If you’ll be doing a lot of off-leash wilderness running, you’ll want to make sure your dog has good recall (herding dogs are naturally good at this) – it can be a little more challenging (but certainly not impossible) with hunting & tracking dogs like pointers. Whatever dog you choose (or chooses you!) you’ll be sure to have an amazing experience running together.

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  • Jennifer

    Please adopt, don’t shop!! So many loving and athletic dogs in need of a good home!!

    • Lisa

      I agree with Jennifer. Plus mutts have hybrid vigor. They usually get all the good stuff from each breed and none of the health issues. Some shelters will even let you borrow a dog for runs!

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