What Are The Most Active Dog Breeds?

What Are The Most Active Dog Breeds?

Author WDF Staff


If you plan to get a dog that will keep you company during your activities in nature, you have to make sure that you are getting an active dog and will enjoy those activities. With these ten active dog breeds, you will not make a mistake.

The Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large breed of dogs, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps. The breed was used as an all-purpose farm dog for guarding property and driving dairy cattle long distances from the farm to the alpine pastures.

Today this good-tempered giant is used as a rescue dog helping people get out of ruins or avalanche. These dogs definitely aren't made for sprinting and being overactive for too long, but they will enjoy long walks in nature, especially in the mountains. Read more about Bernese Mountain Dog.

Bernese Mountain Dog


The Vizsla is a dog breed originating in Hungary. They are sporting dogs and loyal companions. Through the centuries, the Vizsla has held a rare position among sporting dogs – that of a household companion and a family dog. The Vizsla is a natural hunter endowed with an excellent nose and outstanding trainability.

It was bred to work in fields, forests, or bodies of water. This energetic hunting breed has an enormous amount of energy that simply needs to be spent outside. It is the ideal breed for people running a lot, cycling, swimming, and just being very active every day. With Vizsla, you have to be careful in winter because their fur will not keep them warm if the temperatures are very low.



The Dalmatian is a breed of medium-sized dog mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days. Its roots trace back to Croatia and its historical region of Dalmatia. This powerful dog is as active as it is loyal - for centuries, this dog was hunting and working alongside humans.

These days, the Dalmatian will be as happy as it can be if you take it for a long walk or let it run with you. Many big companies have taken these dogs as their mascots, and none more than the famous beer maker Budweiser. Read more about the Dalmatian.



Dobermans are known to be intelligent, alert, and tenaciously loyal companions and guard dogs. Personality varies greatly between individual dogs, but if taken care of and trained properly, they are generally considered loving and devoted companions. The Doberman is driven, strong, and sometimes stubborn. Owning one requires commitment and care. With a consistent approach, they can be easy to train and will learn very quickly.

Today, the Doberman is used as an active working dog (most often a police dog), but this breed also makes a great family pet and will enjoy all tasks and activities you set for him. Read more about the Doberman.


Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier is a small, incredibly active terrier that has its origins in fox hunting. Jack Russells are an energetic breed that thrives on a high level of exercise and stimulation. To make a good family pet, they need to be able to spend all their energy outside. Otherwise, they will run through your house, jump on your furniture, bite and scratch everything they can put their paws on.

People getting a Jack Russell Terrier need to provide this dog a lot of daily activities. Ensure they have a healthy outlet, and you can make a great family dog out of the Jack Russell; running or jogging may be the best option. Read more about the Jack Russell Terrier.

jack russell terrier


The Weimaraner is a large dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. Early Weimaraners were used by royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear, and deer. As the popularity of large game hunting began to decline, Weimaraners were used for hunting smaller animals like fowl, rabbits, and foxes. This breed is raised as a hunting dog and is used to being outside and enjoying nature all day long. Weimaraner ownership was restricted, and only the closest members of the Weimaraner club had the right to own these dogs. Read more about the Weimaraner.


Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is a medium-sized working dog breed. It is an active, energetic, resilient breed whose ancestors lived in the freezing and harsh environment of the Siberian Arctic. This breed was raised to pull a sleigh filled with people and/or stock of goods.

This breed is ready for all the activities you can think of – whether it is running, jumping, hiking, or just exploring woods… With proper training, they make great home pets and sled dogs. Make sure that you decrease the level of activity with your Siberian Husky during the summer because of their thickly furred double coat – they do not enjoy the heat. Read more about the Siberian Husky.

Siberian Husky


When most people think of the Labrador, they don't immediately think of them as active dogs. The Labrador is a working breed raised to retrieve prey. Today, as a favorite disability assistance breed in many countries, Labradors are frequently trained to aid the blind, people with autism, act as therapy dogs or perform screening and detection work for law enforcement and other official agencies.

They are also extremely popular as a pet, and the best owners for this breed are people who like water activities because Labradors just love water. Labs will enjoy all family activities, and they will want to be included in everything the family does. Read more about the Labrador.


Border Collie

The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Scottish borders for herding livestock, especially sheep. It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience. They are considered highly intelligent, extremely energetic, acrobatic, and athletic, and they frequently compete with great success in sheepdog trials and dog sports.

Border Collies continue to be employed in their traditional work of herding livestock throughout the world. Running, swimming, hiking… the Border Collie will immensely enjoy pretty much any activity. Read more about the Border Collie.

Border Collie

Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of domestic dog originally bred for its strength and endurance to haul heavy freight and later as a sled dog. They love colder weather, so if you live in a warmer climate, be careful with the amount of activity during the hottest parts of the day.

Just like the Siberian Husky, the Alaskan Malamute is raised as a towing dog. A lot of strength and energy that this breed has needs to be spent somewhere, so for your Alaskan Malamute to be happy, satisfied, and a good family pet to you, you need to prepare yourself to spend a lot of time and nerves training this stubborn giant.

alaskan malamute

Finally, don’t forget that your pets not only enjoy but also require activity. Dogs with pent-up excess energy may become destructive and aggressive. Therefore, consider getting a dog very carefully because it is not a toy but rather a responsibility and a part of the family.

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