TOP 10: Most Active Dog Breeds

Ever wondered what are the most active dog breeds? If you’re an athlete or you have an active lifestyle and you’re looking for a dog who can keep the pace with you then you’ve come to the right place. 

Even tho when all the dog breeds can have different activity levels, some of them tend to be more active than others.

10) Belgian Malinois

Belgian Malinois on grass

No, I’m not a German Shepherd

  • Height: 24-26 inches (male), 22-24 inches (female)
  • Weight: 60-80 pounds (male), 40-60 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 14-16 years

Also known as “Belgian Shepherd”, is one of the most active dog breeds of the world, according to Whistle they can reach about 1 hour and 42 minutes of activity per day.

A Belgian Malinois carries the hardworking, tireless genes of the Shepherds in his blood, which makes him an athletic, strong and muscular dog. They enjoy hiking, jogging, biking and, of course, running, activities in which you’ll have to engage with your Malinois since they need a lot of exercise, not only daily walks.

Finally, if you want something similar to a German Shepherd but with an easier grooming,  you’ll love how easy it is to maintain a Malinois’ coat healthy and shining with a weekly session of grooming at home.

9) Jack Russel Terrier

Jack Russel Terrier

Hey! Did you notice that I’m wearing a collar?

  • Height: 10-12 inches
  • Weight: 9-15 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

Would you prefer a small-middle sized dog? There are plenty of options for you to choose from! And you should seriously consider a Russel Terrier, a small British fox hunter, they’re eager for outdoor adventure. Remember that all Terriers were used to hunt, so if you like this breed family check the other members, maybe one of them will steal your heart!

They’re active for 1 hour and 15 minutes everyday (approximately) and they also make a great companion for children, as a result of that they’re the ideal dog for families who like long walks and other outdoor activities but prefer small doggos!

8) Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Queen’s Guard

  • Height: 10-12 inches.
  • Weight: up to 30 pounds (male), up to 28 pounds (female).
  • Life Expectancy: 12-13 years

Didn’t you expect to see such a small and short-legged doggo in a list about the Most Active Dog Breeds? Well, look at Chihuahuas, Corgis are similar but less demon-like.

Fox ears, long body slightly similar to a Dachshund and a charming smile makes this brave British Knight an ideal mate for running, walking around and even working, believe it or not, they were designed as a herding breed in Wales.

At this point, you should think that I’m advocating British dogs, lemme tell you that this is just a coincidence. A Welsh Corgi loves physical activity even with his short legs, but may not be able to run with you or keep the pace of the bike. Don’t get me wrong, they do need to exercise and love to have a job to do!

Fun fact: Elizabeth II has had Corgis since 1933, that is, when she was 7 years old, nowadays she’s 92. Also, some legends say that Corgis used to pull fairy carriages.

7) Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever chewing a bone

Dis bone shall be under lab examination

  • Height: 22.5-24.5 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 65-80 pounds (male), 55-70 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years.

He just had to be here, not because of this fame of being friendly, good with children, active and caring, but because of his great physical capabilities: a Labrador needs to use all that energy on a daily basis, jogging, swimming, long fetching sessions and almost any outdoor activity will be enjoyed by these friendly doggos.

Their natural need to be active is so big that some problems like anxiety or destructive/stressful behavior could happen if we don’t satisfy his exercise-hunger. It isn’t surprising to find them working as police or rescue dogs because of their witty, easy going temperant.

6) Border Collie

Border Collie in autumn

A happy Collie, he’s either herding or playing, you can see it in his expression.

  • Height: 19-22 inches (male), 18-21 inches (female)
  • Weight: 30-55 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

I just said that having British dog breeds in this post is a coincidence, but that’s not the case with herder dogs, they were created to work and the Border Collie isn’t an exception. Sweet and family friendly, these smart doggos need physical challenges beyond walking around the block.

It’s curious to see that many of the most active dog breeds are herding dogs who were bred to be intelligent, obedient and smart, by the way, the Border Collie is also known for his certainly great intellect, do you have or know someone who owns one? Try to test his intelligence.

Obedience, agility, tracking, and rally competitions are some sports in which the Collie is good at, remember that they’re highly intelligent and need socialization from the early stages of their lives.

5) Siberian Husky

Husky sitting on bench

Mysterious eyes hidden in the winter storm

  • Height: 21-23.5 inches (male), 20-22 inches (female)
  • Weight: 45-60 pounds (male), 35-50 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years

The strikingly beautiful and imposing “wolf dog” had a reserved place on this top, haven’t you seen those movies where a pack of huskies pulls a sled? Well, that ain’t far from reality, they come from the need to do that kind of things, so we wouldn’t have huskies if we didn’t need to do some hard snow work at some point of the past.

Again, the most active dog breeds are those designed to perform heavy or time-consuming work, such as herding, hunting and sled pulling.

Since the pack work is in their genes, they like the feeling of being part of the family and get well with other dogs, but as all the other dogs here, they aren’t couch potatoes. As a snow hunter, they’ll chase anything that moves like a prey, in fact, they’re very good at running so make sure to take advantage of all these great natural capabilities!

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Fun fact: Their eyes could be either brown or blue, and sometimes one of each, that’s called heterochromia.

4) Weimaraner

Weimaraner in the forest

The muscular gray ghost

  • Height: 25-27 inches (male), 23-25 inches (female)
  • Weight: 70-90 pounds (male), 55-75 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-13 years

The name sounds German right? It is. They’re natural long-legged hunters known by a perfect sleek short silver-gray hued hair, being good with kids, having an easy grooming and very fast learners.

These ghost hunters have a huge need to stretch their long legs and they know that running is a great option to do so, make sure to give your Weimaraner a good puppy training since they have a sharp mind ready to learn new things. 90 minutes a day is the time they usually spend in physical activities, can you keep the pace with them?

3) German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer hunting

Half Dalmatian brown version

  • Height: 23-25 inches (male), 21-23 inches (female)
  • Weight: 55-70 pounds (male), 45-60 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 10-12 years.

Yeah, more German dogs! What can I do, they are (and were) breed to hunt, so it’s normal to find they’re this active. In this case, Shorthaired Pointers were developed in the early 1800s to work long days in the field, a trace that isn’t hard to find amongst the most active dog breeds. The typical Shorthaired wears a coat whose pattern may remember a Dalmatian’s, but their head always has a solid color.

German Shorthaired Pointers are the typical dogs that appear in those games of duck hunt, haven’t you seen that they’re the ones who fetch the duck? Because….they’re Shorthaired Pointers.

As good natural hunters, they have a boundless energy that needs to be used in order to remain healthy, and this also includes the mind, you don’t want your doggo to go insane right? Then take him to run/jog! Shorthaired Pointers need frequent physical challenges, I’d suggest two long half an hour walks or high-intensity training every day, it’ll make him happy.

2) Dalmatian

Dalmatian with football ball

Which one is the Dalmatian?

  • Height: 19-24 inches
  • Weight: 45-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-13 years

It is surprising to see how underrated Dalmatians are in social media, they need more appreciation! They’ve earned a well-deserved place in the most active dog breeds.

The beautiful monochrome firefighters deserved this spot (pun intended), we’re not really sure about his origins, probably in some point of Europe. They also make great guardians since they were bred to protect horses and carriages, making him a royalty-like dog who would walk along a whole empire, the guard of the Kingdom.

Dalmatians are full of energy and therefore they need some exercise to keep those muscles strong and working to the maximum of their capabilities, they’ll love hiking through the woods, jogging, running and fetching stuff!

Fun fact: Dalmatian puppies are born spotless.

1) Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd Puppy fetching a ball

Definitely a fierce hunter.

  • Height: 20-23 inches (male), 18-21 inches (female)
  • Weight: 50-65 pounds (male), 40-55 pounds (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

This charming cowboy wins the first place, wearing a three-colored coat, their energy is only comparable to their herd instinct, they’ll do it as soon as you give them the chance, but one thing is for sure: an Aussie Shepherd is ready to protect what he loves by herding it. Literally, they feel satisfied by getting a job done, so you should consider giving him one.

If you can’t give him anything to herd then better deal with all those high energy amounts by taking your Aussie friends to long walks or woods hiking. 

By the way, 91 minutes of activity is what you’ll usually need to keep your Australian Shepherd happy. This also applies for the Miniature Australian Shepherd.

0) Mutts/ Mongrels / Mixed Breeds | The Most Active Dog Breeds

The most active dog breeds

I wonder why so many of them have fox-like ears, it looks great.

  • Height: From short to tall dogs, you pick one.
  • Weight: The one that you may wish.
  • Life Expectancy: +15 years.

Yes! Just like the title says, Mongrels are the most active dog breeds (note that breed is in plural) because of their mixed blood which can contain genes from multiple breeds.

The 0 place is very special. It could be anything in between all the other spots, it could be a 4.5 as much as it could mean a #1. Mutts come in all the sizes and shapes, and they’ll be happy to go have an adventure with you, so stop being a breed racist and adopt a Mongrel if you have the chance 🙂 

It is said that Mixed Breeds are usually stronger and healthier than purebred dogs because the latter have carried the same genes since older generations, while some of them could be detrimental.

Note: This top has been made based on my personal preferences and not on a strict “what’s the most active” sense, but if you ask me I’d say that the Belgian Malinois is the one you’re looking for.

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