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The Most Active Dog Breeds

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The Most Active Dog Breeds

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Dogs are known to lower stress as people at Miami or Los Angeles international airports, which have recruited several furry friends to interact with waiting passengers, may have found out. The canines also teach their owners responsibility. Another great reason to have a dog, albeit selfish, is your health. Certain breeds can even make you a lot more physically active.Research has shown that dog owners are 54 percent more likely to reach the weekly recommended amount of exercise. Most dogs love to chase balls, squirrels and other small things, and don’t mind short walks, Dr. Clay Bernard, DVM, CVA, says. They love to be in nature and oftentimes it is not hard to activate that primary animal instinct.

German shepherd

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Being active is innate to the German Shepherd, Dr. Clay Bernard, DVM, CVA, says. “They always want to be active.” The AKC points out that the breed is an energetic breed with a fun-loving personality. This dog is known for its keen mind and a brave, confident and assertive demeanor, he adds. With its strong, muscular body, the dog is comfortable running fast for long distances on various terrains. It won’t get tired soon.

Dalmatian

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The Dalmatian is an activity-loving, high-energy hound. [See: The 15 Best Surfing Dogs] They are so fast that they can even keep up with horses. One of the breed’s early occupations was to run ahead of horse-drawn firefighting carriages to clear a path and lead the horses to the fire. It’s not easy to run along an animal more than twice your size. 

Jack Russell Terrier

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Terriers are bred to be active, Dr. Bernard says. “Back in the day they were chasing for hunters.” This extremely energetic breed was originally bred for hunting. They run fast and like to chase after everything. This terrier is the ideal adventure companion because they are also fearless. Small, strong, fast and unafraid – this sounds like a great combination for an active partner.

Labrador Retriever

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The labs are “built for being active,” Dr. Bernard says. They are truly athletic pups that are best known for their friendly, outgoing personalities. They love to be active outside in the yard and to swim and play a good old game of fetch. But you have to keep up, because if they don’t stay active they can become couch potatoes, Dr. Bernard adds.

German Shorthaired Pointers

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If your German Shorthaired Pointer seems a little annoyed, it’s a good idea to engage it in some type of physical activity. [See: The Most Family Friendly Dog Breeds to Own] “They are very active by nature,” Dr. Bernard says. This type of dog is a natural athlete and requires plenty of daily exercise. The American Kennel Club says the GSP loves to run and swim, making it a great companion for sporty types and fit families. 

Siberian Husky

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Siberian Huskies are like the marathon runners of dog breeds. They were the original breed used in the 408-mile long All-Alaskan Sweepstakes race, according to the AKC. The Siberian Husky is outgoing, energetic, and has unparalleled endurance. Any dog that can pull a sled for long distances and can last during tough winter hikes, qualifies as being among the most active dog breeds.

Border Collie

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It’s extremely rare to find an inactive Border Collie,” Dr. Bernard says. “They are ready to go all the time. They always want to be engaged.” These dogs love to play ball, Frisbee, and anything that has them running around. They are an exercise-loving and energetic breed that is actually too physically active for a small apartment. They are great training partners, especially if you are getting ready to run marathons.

Vizslas

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The Vizsla is known for its power and drive. Also originally a hunting dog, it shows up at the top of Runner's World fastest dogs list, and is another pup that can't live without its daily dose of exercise. If you and your family are very active, consider getting a Vizsla dog to accompany you on your adventures. The more opportunity you give them to run, hike, walk, and play games, the happier they will be. They need a great deal of exercise to avoid becoming bored and destructive.

The Beagle

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The Beagle is a great dog and very cool for fun things to do. They weigh about 20-25 pounds which is a perfect size for adventures with the family. “But American lifestyle may have caught up with them because I’ve seen a lot of them get overweight,” Dr. Bernard says. They key is to get them started. “They love to be outside and once you get them active, it’s hard to call them off,” he adds.

Boxers

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Boxers are very cool dogs and love to be outdoors, Dr. Bernard says. The four-legged representatives of this breed have a lot of energy to burn and will rarely be tired for any kind of frisky interaction. Their body type is perfect for being active. However, they can’t be in the heat too long. They are short-nose breed dogs and may have breathing difficulties. 

Irish Setter

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The Irish Setters are very active, outdoor-loving and trainable dogs. They love to be included in everything the family does, especially if the kids are involved. Upon maturity, the Irish Setter is an ideal walking, hiking and biking companion, according to the American Kennel Club.

Golden retrievers

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This is the “All-American dog”. They are always happy to play and friendly. However, you have to get them in the habit of being active very early on, Dr. Bernard says. They love to go hiking, which is a good thing because they need about an hour of hard exercise every day because they are prone to obesity. Golden Retrievers excel at retrieving game for hunters and do well in dog sports such as agility and competitive obedience, according to Dog Time.

Poodle

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With an Einstein brain and a Three Stooges sense of humor, the Poodle keeps his people entertained, according to VetStreet. They are “very, highly active, very engaging with the outdoors and have a lot of energy,” Dr. Bernard says. The dogs score high in almost all categories, including friendliness, adaptability, exercising, trainability and sociability.

Doberman Pinscher

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This is a very energetic dog that is also high trainable, according to AKC. [See: 15 Dog Breeds That Are Prone to Obesity] They are compactly built, muscular and powerful, for great endurance and speed. Dobes, often described as versatile canine athletes, are known to be very active and need regular exercise to maintain their physique.

English shepherd

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English Shepherds are very intelligent athletic and hardy dogs, with remarkable endurance and agility. They were bred to spend long hours outdoors herding sheep. The dogs love running, hiking, and swimming. Sometimes owners even enroll them in Flyball and Frisbee competitions, according to Dog Breed Info.

Welsh terrier

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You will never be bored with this cute little pooch because it will keep you active at all times. [See: The Most Dangerous People Foods for Dogs] They love to run and play outdoors. The Welsh Terrier is an active breed, and he needs plenty of activity. He is well suited to an active family with children, and likes to give chase, according to Vet Street.