Running is excellent for humans. Aside from being one of the best cardiovascular exercises, it helps maintain a healthy weight, improves muscle tone, builds stamina and may even help reduce anxiety and the symptoms of depression.
But it’s also great for dogs — for all of the above reasons but also as an outlet for excessive energy, not to mention a quality bonding experience with their human friends. Most dogs love to run, but some more than others, and certain breeds are more naturally suited to the activity (or were even bred for it). So, if you’re searching for the ideal canine companion when you’re pounding the sidewalk or navigating the trails, this list of the 24 best dog breeds for runners is a good starting point.