The world of canine perspective ownership at times seems to be split in two distinct categories: on one paw, you have couch potato owners looking for the laziest dog breeds who spend lazy afternoons lounging on the couch, on the other paw, you have active owners looking for dogs always on their toes and ready to get up and go. If the latter sounds more like you, you may be interested in finding out some dogs who are on the top 10 list as the most high energy pooches on the planet.
The Top 10 List of High Energy Breeds
So you love the great outdoors, and camping, hiking, jogging and biking are your favorite activities? If you find it difficult to stand still and are always on the go, you may then be happy to find the perfect companion who is always ready to sprint and accompany you on your outings. These breeds are perfect for an active lifestyle, and many of them excel in several canine sports.
Selectively bred to herd sheep in the border regions between Scotland and England, the border collie is a dog blessed with loads of stamina and drive. If you don’t have a farm, this dog will be equally happy to invest his energy in canine sports in which he excels. Put him to work on the fun sports of agility, flyball, canine musical freestyle, treibball and flying disc competitions.
With a history as a herding dog, this dog has loads of energy to spare. When this breed’s energy is channeled correctly, this dog has the potential for being a wonderful family companion. Keep him busy by engaging him in rally obedience, agility, flyball or herding trials. Whichever activity you choose, make sure he gets at least half hour of it every day, and don’t forget to also keep that active mind stimulated!
Those long legs were surely meant for a specific purpose: as a sporting dog breed, he’s always ready to spring into action. While this breed’s energy levels may be over the top and more than many people may bargain for, the right owner knows how to invest that energy with success. Bred as gun dogs, Brittany spaniels require at least an hour or more of invigorating exercise each and every day.
Selectively bred to hunt foxes, the Jack Russell terrier is an intelligent breed full of energy and enthusiasm for life. Don’t be fooled though by this breed’s cute looks and small size; these dogs are handful to train and manage which makes them good candidates for experienced dog owners. This breed requires outlets for pent-up energy and loads of mental stimulation. Make a Jack Russell bored, and he’ll likely find his own forms of entertainment – and granted, you won’t like them. The increase in popularity of this breed is largely contributed by the popularity of the TV series Wishbone.
The Disney movie “One hundred and One Dalmatians” sure brought loads of attention to this breed, but it’s unfortunate that many were surrendered in shelters shortly afterwards. The reason? Not many were able to cope with this breed’s high energy levels. With a history as a coach dog, firehouse dog and circus performer, this breed has high energy levels that can be exhausting for those who weren’t prepared for it. This breed makes a wonderful hiking companion and excels in the sports of flyball and Frisbee.
Many people are drawn to this breed’s stunning looks, but don’t realize how high energy these dogs can be. With a history as sled dogs, these beautiful creatures were selectively bred for speed and endurance. Without adequate exercise, huskies can become quite destructive wrecking havoc in the home or yard. On top of that, they are also escape artists, so if there’s something tempting outside the fence, they’ll do what it takes to get there. Transform your husky into your new hiking or jogging companion, and he’ll be healthy and happy. Just make sure not to exercise him in hot weather.
Also known as the Australian heeler, as the name implies, this dog was historically bred to herd cattle for Australian settlers. Snoozing on the couch is the last thing this fellow has on his mind, at least not until he has worked for a good part of the day. If you don’t have a farm, you’ll need to find outlets for his energy levels and needs for mental stimulation. Give him a regular job or engage him in some fun canine sports.
Nowadays, a large percentage of Labs are companions, but they have a history of being hard working dogs bred to help fishermen haul nets, fetch ropes and retrieve fish from the chilly waters of the North Atlantic. Because they were bred for such demanding jobs and because they are prone to obesity, Labs require a good amount of daily exercise. Keep them busy to prevent digging, chewing and relentless barking.
If you’re looking for an active, enthusiastic companion, you can’t go wrong with a pointer. With a history of working along hunters pointing birds and other small prey, a pointer is a versatile field that makes a prized bird dog. For many good reasons he’s referred to as the “Cadillac of bird dogs.” Sleek and muscular, this dog thrives on one to two hours of invigorating exercise each day. Once his needs for exercise and mental stimulation are met, he’ll be a happy companion in the home and will eventually enjoy spending the evening snoozing on the couch.
This all-around hunting dog was selectively bred to handle big game such as deer, bear and wolves. His appealing gray coat and amber, gold eyes makes him quite desirable, but he’s not the average dog for the first time owner. This breed does best with experienced owners. Be prepared to provide oodles of exercise and mental stimulation to prevent him from becoming nervous or high-strung.
The Bottom Line
As seen, there are many highly energetic dog breeds out there. If you’re interested in these breeds, make sure you fully understand that a walk around the block won’t cut it with these dogs, and don’t expect to find them snoozing on the couch when you come home from work; rather, most likely they’ll be anxiously waiting for your return to get their daily dose of exercise. It’s unfortunate that too many high energy breeds are purchased without a clear understanding in what it takes to owning them. Good research and realistic expectations are a must.