Meet Niko, This Week’s Adoptable Running Dog

Niko | Photo courtesy the Monster Milers

This week’s adoptable running dog, Niko, is a small, but long-legged guy who will happily keep you company on your outdoor adventures — or curl up with you indoors. You can learn more about him below.

Name: Niko

Age: 6 to 8 years

Breed: Whippet/Pinscher/Italian greyhound mix (The Monster Milers can’t be sure of Niko’s breed, but these are best guesses.)

Size: 24 pounds

Background: Niko’s owners were moving and couldn’t take him (and his brother, Sunny) with them.

Running style: With his long legs, Niko is built for running, walking, maybe even hiking.

Why Niko could be the right dog for you: When he’s not out and about, Niko is very happy to curl up on your lap. He has lived with other dogs and tested well with cats. He would be happiest in a home with older children or teens. Niko is smart and eager to learn. Wouldn’t you like to teach this older dog some new tricks?

You can find out more about Niko (and other adoptable animals) here. If you are interested in adopting him, you can email PAWS at, call them at 215-298-9680, ext. 16 or fill out an application here. His animal ID is A35069834. And for more awww-worthy photos, check out our previous adoptable running dogs here.


We work with The Monster Milers each and every week to profile local running dogs waiting to be adopted. The Monster Milers are a group of runners who help shelter dogs burn off  energy and get much-needed exercise by taking them on runs around the city, and they also just launched their first-of-it’s-kind Adopt a Running Buddy foster program. If you’re not in the market for a pup right now, but would still love to help out homeless dogs, you can always become a Monster Miler volunteer or foster parent. Find out more about how to get started with those processes here.

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