If hiking/running trails are your happy place and you're thinking about rescuing a dog, you're likely hoping that said dog will be your new running partner. And while there's no way to know for sure whether or not your furry friend will love the trails as much as you do (as all dogs are different), some breeds are more suited for that kind of activity than others. The best dog breeds for trail runners are not just high energy or high endurance breeds, they're agile, they're smart, and most importantly, they're less likely to get injured than other breeds.
While most dogs might like to run, (at least for a little bit) not all dogs are built for trail running. When you're running on a trail, you have to be flexible, quick, and light on your feet. With inclines, declines, slippery or low-traction conditions, and the risk of obstacles, you're going to want to make sure that your pup has incredible paw-eye-coordination and is going to love the trails as much as you do.
Breeds with shorter legs and less agility might be incredibly stressed out by all that they need to do to keep up with you, whereas other breeds will totally thrive out in the unpredictable great outdoors. Here are the breeds that are literally built for trail running to increase your chances of pairing up with a running partner who actually likes it as much as you do: