Determined, disciplined, and active people go wonderfully with pooches who share their same qualities. If you find yourself working out regularly outdoors and love a new adventure, then one or more of the breeds below may be a good fit for you.
For example, a Border Collie is highly energetic, so if you already love to go running then you're all set! Just keep in mind this type of breed requires more than just a short walk. Running at least. a few miles daily is preferred!
Which dog breed below will fit your active lifestyle? Read about more active dog breeds on AKC.
American Staffordshire Terrier
Courageous and strong, the Am Staff’s athletic build and intelligence make him ideally suited to many dog sports such as obedience, agility, tracking and conformation. This people-oriented dog thrives when he is made part of the family and given a job to do.
The high-drive Border Collie would help keep any owner fit – its energetic nature requires more exercise than just a walk around the block or playing in the yard.
Brittanys thrive on activities like running, hiking and swimming, and the breed possesses a willing attitude to participate in any activity with its family.
The Belgian Malinois is an alert, high-energy breed and is used regularly as a police and military working dog. The Belgian Malinois would gladly accompany its owner out for a run or a romp in the yard.
The Dalmatian has a working heritage as a “coach dog,” in which it ran alongside horse-drawn carriages for miles. The breed’s endurance makes it a great running companion.
The Doberman Pinscher is a muscular dog that possesses endurance and speed. The properly bred and trained Doberman has proved itself to be a friend and guardian, and his intelligence and ability to absorb and retain training have brought him into demand as a police and war dog.
German Shorthaired Pointer
The German Shorthaired Pointer’s thrive on exercise like most other pointing breeds and love being involved in outdoor activities with their families. Running, swimming or dog sports would be a great choice for this active breed.
The Greyhound is the fastest breed of dog. Today the Greyhound primarily serves as a sweet and personable companion; the breed’s athleticism makes it a great running partner.
The Redbone was bred to hunt and swim over varied terrain while still maintaining its speed and agility. The breed developed great endurance and tenacity tracking game ranging from raccoons to cougars.
He is happy and affectionate with his people, very trainable in the house, but also able to go all day while out hunting.