Your Exercise Partner: 7 Best Dog Breeds for Fitness Enthusiasts

by | Apr 22, 2019 | Exercise and Play

Want to find a workout buddy? Good idea!

It’s not fun to workout alone but finding a person to exercise with on a regular basis can be tough. Maybe it’s time to get a dog! 

Dogs make the best fitness partners because if you get the right breed, they’re always up for an activity and many of them even require it. So working out won’t even be a choice. 

Read on to learn about the best dog breeds for working out and decide which companion is right for you. 

Labrador Retriever 

Labs are a highly energetic dog and they want to be with you all the time. They’re people dogs! 

Perfect for jogging, hiking, fishing, and swimming, labs love to be outdoors and on an adventure. Their retriever nature makes them natural hunters.

They want to please you which makes them easy to train and great listeners once they are. 

Labs can be very obedient dogs so you can go for runs with them off the leash and they’ll stay by your side. You can also take them on long hikes without a leash without worrying about them running off or straying too far from you. 

You’ll probably have to try to keep up with your lab! 

Australian Shepherd

One of the smartest herding dogs around, Australian Shepherd’s, commonly referred to as Aussie’s, are great if you live in an area with a lot of land. 

They need a lot of exercise; about two hours per day to be exact. 

While they aren’t the best for long distance runs because of their heavier bodies, they’re perfect for quick jogs, walks, hikes and a game of frisbee in the park. 

These dogs love an obstacle course so if you want to incorporate sprints into your workout, they’ll be right by your side bobbing and weaving through any foliage, step or hurdle that comes in their path. 

Siberian Husky

This breed of dog was meant for the cooler weather and winter activity. If you live in a cooler climate and want to stay active even when the temperature drops, a Siberian Husky will keep you moving. 

You can take these dogs on cold winter jogs and they’ll get you warmed up in no time. They thrive with winter sports like sledding and they love the snow. 

If you’re into long runs, this is the perfect dog for you. They won’t get winded or tired since they’re bred to run up to 400 miles at a time in the snow. 


Poodles get a bad wrap for their pricy appearance. Many people think they’re inactive dogs who just want to be pampered all day. But that isn’t the case. 

Poodles can be very active and love to run around and play outside. They don’t mind messing their hair up if you don’t! 

They love to swim, retrieve and just generally play around. 

They’re also one of the most highly trainable dogs around. They love to be obedient and are great listeners so you can feel comfortable keeping them safe and by your side when out in nature. 


This breed is not only gorgeous and sleek, but they are one of the most agile pups around. 

They have no problem being outside all day and thrive when retrieving and competing in sports-like activities. 

This breed is virtually perfect for any kind of exercise you want to do with your pooch. They can run longer distances or engage in short sprints and will always be up for any kind of outdoor activity where they can get moving. 


Not up for a large breed dog? Not to worry, there are plenty of smaller breeds that still love to stay active and exercise by your side. 

Beagle’s are a perfect example of this.

They’re high energy and will be up for a long walk with their owner or even a light jog. It’s not easy to find a smaller breed who can go on a run with you. 

Beagle’s are a curious breed and have a desire to hunt so they’ll chase after squirrels and rabbits when out and about. 

Although they’re small, beagle’s do require a good amount of activity to release their energy so you’ll want to walk them frequently, take them on hikes or on group outings with the family as they’re great with kids. 


Vizsla’s are a lesser known, mid-sized, Hungarian hunting dog. They’re stunning breeds with light eyes that will keep you moving. 

They need to get out and get active on a regular basis so this is not the breed for you if you don’t plan on exercising nearly every day. 

They love long runs and are a perfect companion if you’re training for a marathon or into distance running. But they’re also happy to sprint, hike and retrieve in a park or field. 

The Best Dog Breeds Don’t Have to be Purebreds

You don’t have to shell out money on a purebred pooch in order to have an exercise partner. 

So many dogs in the shelters need their forever homes and are a mix of some of the breeds listed above.

They’ll be happy to go on a run or long walk with you and their mix of breeds will likely start to reveal itself, depending on the activity you’re doing. 

You can tell if your mixed pup will keep you active by their energy level. If they’re high energy and want to go go go, this is a good indicator of the type of exercise they’ll require, regardless of their appearance or breed mix. 

Find Your Workout Partner Today

With the guide above, you can find the best dog breeds to help you attain your fitness goals. Getting an active pooch forces you to get up and out of the house on a regular basis. 

Even if you don’t realize you’re working out, taking your dog for regular long walks or a quick jog is, in fact, getting your body into shape.

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