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Are dobes good running partners?

I'm a female that lives in a very wooded area and would love to get a dog to run with, particularly one that will deter anyone with bad intentions and will protect me from an attacker if need be. I run 3mi 3 days a week, do sprints for 1hr 3 days a week, and do a long run about 6-8mi one day a week. With proper training and building him up to it, would a dobe be a good fit for this amount of running?
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They sure are, but you CANNOT run them until their growth plates are fused (around 18 months old, but I'd get x-rays done to confirm).
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Yes they are fantastic running partners. This is precisely the reason I got my girl and she ticks all the boxes. She free runs with me in very remote areas and we've just begun training on the road as she's now 18 months.
We run 6-7 miles through very hilly routes and she is still bouncing when we get home. The energy these dogs have is limitless! We also hike for 3 hours at a time and that doesn't wear her out either
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Yes they are once they reach of age!

However keep in mind this breed is not heat tolerant at all. They will over heat quickly and can easily get heat stroke. We only run on shaded trails and only in the early morning before the temp starts to rise.

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My boy only enjoyed a couple of miles. Less if it was hot. Keep in mind most breeds are powerful, agile sprinters. The average dog was not built for 6-8 miles in my opinion. I really feel like this could take a toll on your dogs joints/hips if this is a constant activity. Just my .02 cents worth though.
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6-7 miles is an hours run (give or take). At human pace, to any medium dog, is a trot. Any fit, athletic breed will do that with ease.

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Your average runner will not maintain a 8 minute pace for 7 miles. I run quite often but if I get into that distance it's more of a 9 minute pace and many people push past that at that distance. If someone is a true runner then sure they can keep a 7-8 min pace at that distance. No doubt the dog can do it. What I'm saying is I don't think it would be great on them on a consistent basis. Running those kind of distances consistently in humans will eventually cause problems with knees, etc, and I'm just saying I can't imagine it would be any different for a dog.
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I agree, probably wouldn't take her too often. I'm sure their joints aren't subject to the same pressure as ours though, given that they have four legs instead of two. This is a good article, features a lot of breeds I considered when looking for a running dog. No mention of Dobes though, but you can tell where they'd fit in.

The 20 Best Dog Breeds for Runners | Outside Online
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