Well what size of dog was your friend thinking of getting? Is she looking for a running partner? Or a lap dog? Not a lot of toy dogs make good running partners. A Yorkie has tonnes of stamina...but personally I wouldn't want to run with one :) I've heard standard poodles make excellent jogging partners...but again that's a pretty big dog. I wouldn't want to run with a toy poodle either. What are her living conditions and lifestyle like...as in does she live in an apartment or work long hours?
***Edited By: Keesha63 on 5/9/2006 5:43:35 PM*** Reason: added
a dog you can go running with and a lap dog are a bit of a challenge, unless you have a big lap. Most dogs people consider lap dogs are too small to go running, but I guess you could go with a miniature poodle instead of toy. Or maybe a corgi.. some of the terriers are pretty active.
I agree....a terrier might be a good choice. But she needs to bear in mind...if the dog is a high energy dog with tonnes of stamina...then it NEEDS to be exercised regularly. A bored small terrier with high energy is a disaster waiting to happen if it isn't being stimulated and exercised regularly. Something like a Jack Russel can be a great dog for someone that has plenty of energy and time to work with it....but left alone in the house/or apartment for 8 hrs while she's at work will lead to some tears :)
I think we need to know how much running? An hour to hour and a half, every day a min poodle would be able to do, so would the terriers or maybe an italian greyhound. If your friend runs 2+ hours a day then possibly a shiba-inu but they are not cuddly lab dogs. But an australian shepherd is good for a very active person who runs a great deal. So is a border collie, both are very common in shelters though because most people can not keep up with their exercize needs.