There truly are no two dogs that are exactly alike, but dog breeding is definitely a major factor when determining activity level. For instance, many herding and working dog breeds tend to be quite active, and thus, these high-energy dogs need both mental and physical exercise to thrive. Not everyone can handle this level of activity, but for all the fitness enthusiasts out there that are looking for a running buddy, we have compiled a list of the most active dogs so that you can find the perfect one for you.
Australian Shepherds were initially bred in order to herd livestock, so they will likely seek out their own “work” in the form of an irresistible impulse to herd, well, just about anything – birds, dogs, kids, whatever. This strong work drive can sometimes make Aussies too much of a dog for a sedentary pet owner. They are remarkably intelligent, quite capable of hoodwinking an unsuspecting novice owner. In short, this really isn’t the pet for everyone. But if you’re looking for a brainy, tireless, and trainable partner for work or for sport, your search might end right here.
Jack Russell Terrier
Their intelligent expression and beautifully balanced body give them the adorable looks of a plush toy that came to life. But don’t be fooled by all that cuteness! These are tough little guys built for fox hunting. They are intelligent, and if you let them take an inch, they can become willful and determined to take a mile. They, also, have strong hunting instincts (much stronger than your average terrier) and hence they like to chase, explore, bark, and dig. And also, Jack Russell Terrier can climb unexpectedly well. So overall, with proper training, do exceptionally well in learning dog sports and other tricks.
The Belgian Malinois excels not only in herding, but also in protection and law enforcement; drug, bomb, and gas detection; search and rescue; tracking; obedience; sledding; agility, and so on. The Belgian Malinois is a high energy dog with a high mental capacity and is quick to comprehend, so, if you have ever seen a Mal perform an obedience routine, you know firsthand what a smart and eager breed this is. They require a lot of exercise, with a staggering average of 102.86 minutes a day! On that note, if trained well, they will be able to accompany you anywhere, from hiking or running to sledding and mountain climbing.
Huskies are simply full of personality. They are a social breed that craves close human contact; due to this social nature, they do not make that good of a watchdog. Siberian Huskies are intelligent and have an innate desire to work. They are highly active and require vigorous exercise and space to run. Luke Stevens with Puppy Joy says Siberian Huskies make for great hiking, jogging, and exercise partners thanks to their naturally high activity levels and love of the outdoors. They are also quite social and love to show off their talents. And it is very important to mention that one should be careful with overheating when it comes to a Siberian Husky!
The highly trainable and intelligent, Border Collies also excel in various canine sports, including obedience, flyball, agility, tracking, and flying disc competitions, often winning the competitions. As long as they get a lot of physical and mental exercise, they can make for great family companions. We also need to mention that you also have to be comfortable with a dog who can outsmart you from time to time. So, you are looking for a loving, brainy dog who will keep you active and on your toes, this may be the breed for you!
The Weimaraner was initially bred for hunting, and like the other breeds mentioned before – continues to have that drive. Because of this, the Weimaraner loves to be on the move, as well as running long distances. These dogs tend to be friendly and affectionate, though some can be hyperactive. Without structured training and a tremendous amount of exercise each day, Weimaraners can become stressed or destructive. Weimaraners are quick-witted, eager to please and have the intelligence to understand what is required of them. Their handler must be very confident when dealing with them as they are a very dominant breed.
The Dalmatian was originally bred to guard horses and coaches, and some of the old protective instinct remains to this day. They are reserved and dignified but can although be aloof with strangers. With their preferred humans, they are bright, loyal, and loving house dogs. They are strong, active athletes with great stamina, and hence make wonderful partners for runners and hikers! Dalmatians love to run, jump, hike and climb, and these attributes can be used to entertain and train the dog. Dalmatians are not particularly renowned for being hugely successful competitors, as there are way more athletic breeds of dogs, but they would still definitely enjoy the mental stimulation as well as exercise.
They are loyal, noble, diligent, and highly intelligent dogs. They are large in size and have very streamlined, athletic builds that make them both strong and agile. German Shepherds are a breed that was bred to do energy-intensive tasks for hours daily. With that being the case, they require a lot of exercise to be properly stimulated. You’ll often find that your German Shepherd will be able to handle all the exercise that you can throw at it and still have the energy to spare, and this undoubtedly makes them a perfect exercise partner!
So, there it is, the list ends here. But hopefully, a lovely dog ownership is just about to start! All of the dogs mentioned above love a good exercise, and if you do too, both of you will surely have fun and make a lot of great memories together.