9 Dog Breeds Looking for Energetic and Loyal Humans
High energy dogs need high energy owners. You may be looking for a running, cycling or swimming companion. Or perhaps you just want a hiking buddy. Whatever your activity preference, If you have an active lifestyle consider choosing from these 9 energetic dog breeds.
Border Collie – Thinking frisbee in the park? This herding dog was originally bred to be a working dog for livestock and sheep. It is considered to be one of the most intelligent breeds in its class. Border Collies are often seen competing in herding competition and other dog sports. They are energetic. athletic and amazing acrobats.
Brittany Spaniel – Bred as a hunter or gun dog, these dogs are tougher than they look. The Brittany loves to retrieve everything. They are easily trained and sweet natured they can even be on the shy side. This breed needs at least one hour of vigorous exercise daily to curb behavioral problems.
Dalmatian – They are the quintessential firehouse dog. Dalmatians are fun, loyal and always active. Their roots trace back to Croatia where they were trained to be a carriage dog. So if you’re looking for four-legged cycling companion this is the pup for you.
Greyhounds are a great example of a dog breed that can meet you where you are. They are happy to exercise right along side of you but just as content vegging out for a weekend of binge-watching. Their temperament is docile and sweet. Many cities have greyhound rescues that specialize in placing former racing dogs in a forever family home.
Vizsla – This breed of Hungarian hunting dog is a member of the Pointer group. They are highly energetic though gentle and loyal. They are known to form bonds with their human family quickly.
Portuguese Water Dog – When the Obama’s were looking for their White House pup they were warned that they should avoid this breed of dog, as they require an active lifestyle and it was thought that the President would be far too busy to oblige. A few weeks later they got Bo and a two years later they added Sunny to the family. Aside from some house-training woes, it appears that the dogs and the First Family are happy with the active lifestyle.
Weimaraners are natural hunters. They were the top choice of English Royalty for hunting boar, deer and bear and smaller game such as rabbit and fox. If you need a dog with particular stamina, look no further as this breed loves vigorous endurance activities.
Bernese Mountain Dog or Bernese Cattle Dogs are one of the four breeds of the Sennenhund-type from the Swiss Alps. They are described as being good natured and self-confident. They are predominately better suited for the outdoors. For runners who are looking for a sprinting companion, this is your dog.
Boxer – Bred in Germany a boxer is part Old English Bulldog and the extinct breed Bullenbeiser dog. They were bred to be intelligent guard dogs. They are loyal to their human family and protective as well. Playful and energetic at all stages of life, they are perfect members of an active family.
Having an active lifestyle is just what many dog breeds need in their human companions. There are many types, of dogs that are friendly, intelligent and energetic. Consider the activity you are most interested in including your four-legged friend in and then pick a dog breed up to the challenge.