10 Best Small Dog Breeds for Running

However, active pet owners sometimes worry that small dogs cannot participate in the same activities as their larger counterparts. Listed here are 10 small dog breeds that are suited for running.  


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Chinese Crested Dog

The Chinese Crested Dog is best known for its hairless appearance, but this breed is also quite athletic. A Chinese Crested Dog would love to join you for a short run, just don’t forget sunscreen for either you or your pup!


Another surprisingly athletic toy breed, the Papillion is light on its little paws. While short runs are best for this breed, there is no doubt a Papillion would make a great partner for your warm up.

Jack Russell Terrier

Like all terriers, Jack Russell Terriers are athletic and energetic. They are also the perfect size for being able to handle longer runs than some of their other small breed friends!

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Don’t let the Pembroke Welsh Corgi’s short legs fool you: this breed is far more athletic than it seems. Originally bred for running all day on wheels which turned kitchen spits, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi would love to join you on your shorter running adventures.

Miniature Poodle

Miniature versions of larger dogs often excel at the same activities as their larger cousins, and the Miniature Poodle is no exception. Athletic and versatile, this breed would be perfect for a beginning or veteran runner.

Miniature Pinscher

Another breed based on a larger dog, the Miniature Pinscher maintains many of the same attributes as the Doberman Pinscher, including its athletic capabilities.  

Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog is perhaps the animal most suited for running on this list, thanks to its sturdy build and original purpose of herding sheep.


The Schipperke is a miniature-sized Belgian dog that has the athletic ability of a sheepdog, mixed with the versatility of a Spitz, making it the perfect accompaniment for daily jogs.


As a small/medium dog on this list, the Brittany weighs in around 30 lbs. This dog is ideally suited for running based on its slightly larger stature and original purpose as a waterfowl hunting dog.


Rounding out the list of 10 best small dog breeds for running is the Whippet, which resembles a small greyhound weighing 20 – 30 lbs. Like the Greyhound, the Whippet has both speed and endurance, making it a fantastic running partner!

Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy™ blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy™ blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.

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