12 Of The Most Active Dog Breeds
If you're looking for a high-energy dog, one of these may be right for you.
There are nearly 200 dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, and many more combinations when you include mixed pups. Each one comes with a very unique personality and different needs. So before you fall in love with a furry face at the local shelter, it’s important to do your research. Because while some breeds are generally perfectly content to laze away the day, others are constantly itching to get a move on.
Here are the most active dogs, in no particular order, according to breed history, American Kennel Club information and recent data collected from Whistle—a GPS and activity-tracking dog collar. Have an active lifestyle? Consider one of these breeds, and get ready to hit all your step-counting goals.
1. Belgian Malinois
These hardworking herding dogs are happiest when they’re on the move and at their owner’s side. Daily walks won’t cut it; they need to be running, hiking and more with their favorite humans. They are active an average of 102.86 minutes a day according to Whistle.
The Dalmatian is known for its endurance, speed and intelligence. They were bred as coach dogs so they could follow horse-drawn carriages and keep up with the horses. As a result, they are excellent companions for long-distance runs. If they don’t get enough activity, they will quickly turn to mischief making in order to expend pent-up energy.
3. Russell Terriers
The energizer bunnies of the dog world, these tireless pups are small but mighty. They have a seemingly unending supply of energy. They will easily keep up with the most active families on all outdoor adventures..
4. Siberian Husky
Bred as sled dogs, these dogs have incredible endurance and love running. They also don’t mind the cold, since they originally came from northeast Asia.
5. Golden Retrievers
Goldens are happy-go-lucky and require daily exercise. Generally, they are easy to train, so they’ll grow into loyal companions for whatever your favorite activity is. They will swim, fetch balls or run along for hours.
6. Labrador Retrievers
These high-energy pups love to run around and swim. They were bred as working dogs, historically helping fishermen with manual labor, and do equally well now using their energy as service, rescue and detection animals.
7. Border Collies
Border collies are driven, athletic and very intelligent. These workaholics are bred to herd sheep and cattle, and can endure a long day of running in circles. So keep that in mind lest they start running circles around you in your home.
8. Australian Shepherds
Like Border Collies, Aussies of all sizes demand vigorous exercise daily to satiate their herding and guarding instincts. If you let them, they will keep moving all day long.
9. English Springer Spaniels
These hunting dogs were bred to keep up with a grueling hunt, and they still require daily exercise. They are tough and muscular and enjoy playing with humans in a large yard.
10. Miniature Pinschers
What they lack in size, they make up for in energy. These sturdy pups were bred in Germany to hunt vermin. They are active an average of 72.85 minutes a day.
Don’t be deceived by their coiffed curly coats. Every size of poodle enjoys plenty of activity from running to walking and even swimming. Standard poodles are active an average of 70.51 minutes a day.
This versatile breed loves to run and needs at least an hour of serious exercise each day. It also has the energy and stamina to keep up with any kind of runner and would love sprinting off-leash. Even as they age, they will remain active and energetic.
Is one of these dogs the right fit for you?
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