August 14, 2013 at 11:13
Posted by Rachael Woolston
One of our coaches in Brighton, Kate, recently took on a Spaniel, Benny, after his owner could no longer look after him. She says it’s rejuvenated her running and no wonder. Spaniels were originally are a type of gun dog, so they’re used to galloping around the countryside, a perfect companion if you are a runner.
All of which got us thinking, if you are really outdoorsy, lead an active, sporty life and want a dog, which breed would be best suited for you and vice versa? After all, it would be a bit of nightmare if you’re a marathon runner and ended up half way through a training run to find your dog lying down refusing to move.
So here’s our pick of the best best breeds for specific sporty owners.
Best for mountain bikers – Tibetan Terriers
Tiny but might, Tibetan Terries were originally bred and raised in monasteries 2000 years ago. They were used to herdign sheep and retrieving items that fell below the mountains, so they’re agile and love to climb.
Don’t let their size fool you. Tibetan Terriers, originally bred and raised in monasteries 2,000 years ago, make for excellent outdoor companions. Kept as good-luck charms and watchdogs, and originally used for herding sheep as well as retrieving items that fell below mountainsides, Tibetan Terriers are agile, excel in the snow, and love to climb.
Best for ultra marathon runners – Bernese Mountain Dogs
If you’re an ultra marathon runner with a penchant for the mountain variety, the massive Bernese Mountain Dog could be your best training partner. They will gladly take on mountain walks by your side, and will even carry your hydration and snacks for you. Easy to train, although most suited to a colder climate.
Best for surfers – Portugese Water Dog
Barack Obama introduced these dogs to the masses when he took his to the White House, but really, these dogs w
ere bred to herd fish, and swim as couriers. Bred to herd fish, retrieve broken nets, and swim as couriers, they are the perfect dog if you’re a surfer. They are also very loyal and stay close to their owners inside and out.
Best for urban runners- Vizsla
Renowned for being exceptionally easy to train, this makes the Vizsla the perfect dog for urban runners where it would help to have a canine training partner who will stop and come when called if in a busy, built up environment with lots of roads to cross. They also excel at speed and endurance.
Best for fast short distance runners – Dalmatians
Originally bred to clear the way for firefighting carriages, Dalmatians can keep pace with horses! So they’re perfect if you’re looking for a faster paced dog who will keep you company while adding some pace training.
Best for marathon runners with small homes – Jack Russell
Renowned for having boundless energy, the friendly Jack Russell is perfect if you don’t have a large home and are surprisingly good endurance runners.
Best for a family of runners – Australian Shepherd
Obviously, with a name like this, this breed was bred for herding but are known for having incredible people skills and a protectdive nature. Perfect if you’ve got an adventurous, active family.
Best for adventure racers – Huskies
Beautitul, independent and very active, don’t even think about taking on a husky unless you can give it the exercise it needs. For those, such as adventure racers who have a very active
training schedule. Capable of pulling a sled over great distances, the husky is perfect for week long adventure racing – and it will keep you safe too.Tweet