10 of the most active dog breeds
Some dogs seem to have boundless energy. If you’re equally energetic, love to run, walk, or exercise in any other way, then these dogs could be your perfect companion. Precede with caution though – if you don’t use up that excess energy they will make their own entertainment which you probably won’t like too much!
Here are some of the most active dog breeds you will come across.
Bavarian Mountain Hound
This rare breed was originally bred as a scent hound to track down game on the steep slopes of Bavaria. Topping our list in terms of exercise needs, they require at least two hours of exercise every day. Most are kept as working dogs, but those kept as pets need plenty of mental and physical stimulation to keep them happy and healthy.
Australian Cattle Dog
These plucky little cattle dogs were bred for driving cattle over long distances. They needed to be agile enough to navigate the tough terrain they work on and have enough endurance to keep at it for the whole day. These pups are the only dogs to have Dingo in their pedigree – perhaps that’s where they get their fearlessness from! An Australian Cattle Dog will happily run all day given half a chance, but most will be satisfied as long as they are getting at least 90 minutes of exercise every day.
This intelligent pup is a natural contender for this list. Bred for working sheep on British hillsides in all weathers, they have plenty of energy to use up. These days they’re a popular choice as pets for active owners and excel at flyball, agility and canicross. But these energetic pooches need more than a walk around the block – their owners need to focus on their mental stimulation just as much as the 90 minutes of physical exercise they need every day.
Welsh Springer Spaniel
These adventurers don’t let their silky coat stop them bounding through muddy puddles and dense undergrowth in pursuit of their feathered and furred targets. Much like their cousins, the English Springer Spaniels, the Welsh Springer was bred to flush game for hunters and do so with much enthusiasm! They need at least 90 minutes of exercise every day – many Welsh Springer owners take their pooches to agility or flyball classes to help them burn off their energy!
Often mistaken for the Border Collie, Welsh Sheepdogs are a distinct breed developed in Wales for driving sheep. Similarly to their Border Collie cousins, they need plenty of exercise every day to keep them busy – at least 90 minutes every day. As well as being brilliant working dogs they make fantastic flyball and agility dogs.
The elegant silvery-grey Weimaraner was bred in Germany as a pointing dog to help hunters find big game. They are easily capable of spending days out hunting and searching through dense undergrowth across rough terrain. Given at least 80 minutes of exercise a day they make great family pets and they make great choices for canicross dogs thanks to their stamina and trainability.
Siberian Huskies were bred to pull sleds across arctic terrain for hours at a time. Their biology is unique in the way they use their energy stores, which allows them to run constantly with little recovery time needed. Any prospective Husky owner needs to be able to offer these high energy dogs at least 80 minutes of exercise each day to keep them in tip top shape.
Jack Russell Terriers
The humble Jack Russell may be small in size, but they can easily keep up with the bigger dogs on this list. A working dog through and through, they were bred to flush foxes from their dens back when fox hunting was a popular sport in the UK. These days they are more commonly seen as beloved companions – and with the right amount of exercise (at least 90 minutes a day) they make fantastic pets.
Shetland Sheepdogs, also known as Shelties, are small-sized sheepdogs bred to herd sheep on the Shetland Isles. Like the other herding dogs on this list, they have boundless energy so need at least 90 minutes of exercise every day. They make brilliant agility and flyball dogs, often excelling in their size classes in national competitions.
One of the world’s favourite dogs, this lovable, bouncy pup has fairly high exercise needs. It’s important that they get at least 80 minutes a day to stay in shape since their voracious appetite will have them eating any food they can get their paws on! Labradors excel at all manner of canine sports including canicross, flyball and agility. Keep them active and they are amongst the best pets a family can have.
Has all this talk of exercise got you feeling worn out? Maybe it’s time to consider a dog who needs less daily exercise!
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