How many miles can I run with my dog?
Although all people can run a marathon, regardless of their height, shape or body build, it's not the same with dogs. It's very important for dog owners to determine whether your breed is meant to run- Let's figure out how!
It's a fact that some dog breeds are just not meant to run. These include Boston Terriers, Pugs, Pekingese dogs, French Bulldogs and English Bulldogs. Moreover, big dogs like Dogue de Bordeaux, Mastiff or Newfoundland, which are the lazy, 100 lb. dogs, difficult for you to even lift into your car, should not be made to run for more than a mile.
Next thing to consider is the burliness of your dog. If your dog has a muscular build, he probably prefers to sprint. But, keep in mind, such muscular dogs ( like Boxers, Greyhounds, Pit-bulls) can overheat easily! If your dog has shorter legs in comparison to his body, he's probably not the runner-type.
Finally, if your dog has a smooshed face with tiny nostrils that make it pant even at rest, or snore louder than your husband, he's probably going to be okay running or jogging short distances only. It is important to consult with your vet and take it extremely slow while acclimatizing your dog to such (agonizing!) hobbies.
Look for a dog that is healthy, excitable and enjoys running and playing. Typically, Labrador Retrievers love to run and play, making good running partners, as do Golden Retrievers, German Shorthaired Pointers, Border Collies, Mutts, Schnauzers and the little Shih-Tzus.
Don't expect your dog to cover 5 miles on day one, 12 miles on day two- take it slow, one step at a time. If your dog is dragging behind, huffing and puffing with that exhausted face (even on a cool day!), take it easy! It is not worth training for your marathon, at the cost of your mutt's health and well being!