What would be the best breed of dog for a couple who are going to be taking it on 6-10 mile runs both on road but usually off road on trails or in the hills?
My girlfriend has started a tradition where she picks an event every year and uses it as a goal to train hard for all year. She goes running every other day, usually 6-10 miles, mainly off road but at least once a week on the roads.
For the last 2 months I have been slowly building up, I started with 15 minutes off road trails and have built up to around 1 hour. I have started running 6 miles every other day and doing calisthenics inbetween. I will be adding volume to that when it gets closer to september 2015 when I am doing my first event.
We both want a dog for the following reasons:
My girlfriend goes running while I am at work, she runs alone, often in the dark, something I don't particularly like however hopefully I am just being over protective.
We both want a dog after not getting one for ages because we had not moved in together yet, now the time is right and we can look after one properly.
We have no children or other pets.
Any recommendations for best breed for this role?
We have only done a bit of research so far but we have seen Rhodesian Ridgebacks, German Shepherds, Boxer, Labrador, Husky, Malamute all be reccomended.