|Barked: Fri Sep 13, '13 4:50pm PST |
|Hey pups! I've been AWOL from Dogster for the last several months. I ran into some heartbreaks in the process of finding the right dog, so I decided to take some time off from dog stuff and come back when I was ready. Well, I'm ready now - and I'm actually meeting some dogs this weekend!
Here's what my question gets at. In the time I've been away from dog-hunting, I've really gotten into running/jogging. I run 5K distances pretty regularly, and I'm working my way up to my first half marathon next February. I'd really, really like to have a dog who can run distances with me on a regular basis, but I have to stick to dogs under 20 pounds.
I'm sure that this is possible with smaller dogs (I've seen JRTs recommended for marathon runners, for example), but I'm not totally sure what to look for when I'm meeting rescue or shelter dogs. Is there a particular body type I should check for? Behavior traits? Any breeds I might want to steer toward? I'm currently avoiding brachycephalic breeds, but are there any other types I should avoid?
If you have any advice on finding small dogs who can run for miles, I would love to hear it!
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