Highly Active Dog Breeds And Fun Facts
Is your dog a bundle of energy, like enthusiastic Border Collie’s at the park? Or a little more calm and laid-back, like the Bassett Hound curled up on the couch? Different breeds were designed to do different things – some are better at hunting or herding and require much more running around than others. Regardless of their breed, age or size, all dogs need physical activity to reduce anxiety, combat boredom and support their health.
Below are ten high-energy dogs that enjoy playing, and an interesting fact about each:
- Australian Shepherd
These rambunctious doggies are active companions and are skilled in the field of herding. They are highly intelligent and easy to train, as well as have an incredible love for activity and playing. Fun fact: they commonly have two different coloured eyes – including a combination of hazel, amber, green, brown or blue eyes.
- Labrador Retriever
Both a friendly companion and useful working dog, they were initially bred for physically demanding work retrieving game for hunters. Fun fact: Labradors have webbed toes and are therefore great swimmers.
- Golden Retriever
When you come across a golden retriever, more often than not, they are lookin’ happy and their coat luscious and shiny. They are highly active – known for their love of swimming and do extremely well as guide dogs and sniffer dogs. Fun fact: Finley, a Goldy from New York, holds the Guinness World Record for effortlessly and elegantly storing 6 x tennis balls in his mouth (@finnyboybolloy).
Agile. Intelligent. And with a need for speed. Enough said. Fun fact: Weimaraner puppies are born with stripes, but these fade entirely after just a few days.
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
Bred initially in South Africa to hunt lions and guard homes, it’s no secret these handsome dogs require rigorous exercise. Fun fact: the Rhodesian Ridgeback only come in one colour, wheaten.
Agile and intelligent like the Weimaraner, Dalmatian’s are more suited to endurance-running and covering long distances. Fun fact: famous for being firehouse dogs, Dalmatian’s originally served as coaching dogs for horse-drawn fire coaches. They would run alongside them, protecting horses from stray dogs and keeping the horses calm.
- Border Collie
This breed is highly intelligent and loves to work – give them a task and they’ll see it done. They are also one of the best at sheep herding. Fun fact: their name comes from their home region – ‘border’ for the region where the breed flourished (at the intersection of Scotland and England), and ‘collie,’ a Scotch word used to describe sheepdogs.
- Siberian Husky
A great match for a high-intensity winter athlete – these dogs were bred to pull sleds hundreds of kilometres in freezing conditions. They are also seriously sweet, loyal cuddle bugs, too. Fun fact: their long bushy tails can be wrapped around their faces while they sleep for extra warmth.
- German Shepherd
What comes to mind when we think of these hard-working dogs? Police dogs, military dogs, bomb sniffing dogs…hardcore stuff! Highly capable and intelligent, these dogs thrive on exercise and loyalty. Fun fact: German Shepherd’s played a significant role in World War 1 – including Filax of Lewanno, who brought 54 soldiers back to safety during his service.
- Boston Terrier
Not to be mistaken by their size, they are fierce, strong and energetic dogs. They are known for their short outbursts of extremely high energy. Fun fact: Helen Keller had a Boston Terrier, and the two were inseparable.