Top 10 Most Energetic Dogs

I am a firm believer that not every dog is for every human. And what I mean by that is, all dogs are different. They differ from dog to dog, and from breed to breed.

Energetic Dogs, Breeds and What to Consider

Humans are the same. We are all different. So while a high energy breed such as a Siberian Husky might be a good fit for one person, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are a good breed for everyone.

Today, I would like to focus more on the high energy breeds. I did some research, and compiled my own list of ‘top 10 most energetic dogs.’ For the humans out there who live particularly active lives.

10. Chesapeake Bay Retriever

9. Parson Russell Terrier

8. Airedale Terrier

7. Border Collie

6. Australian Shepherd

5. Irish Setter

4. English Springer Spaniel

3. Weimaraner

2. Blue Heeler

1. Siberian Husky

I do want to take some time to explain a bit about high energy dogs.

While they do generally require an active family, or home, having a high energy dog DOES NOT mean you have to go out and run, or jog with them every day twice a day. It DOES NOT mean that unless these dogs have acres and acres of land to run in, you should not have these breeds. What it means, is that you need to know your dog.

Knowing your dog, and knowing what they require to stay happy and healthy is key with any breed.

If you live in a smaller house, with a smaller yard, take your dog for plenty of walks. Give your dog plenty of mental stimulation as well as physical. Take trips to a fenced in area and let them run like crazy a few times a week. Throw a ball, teach them to chase it. Play nose works games with them, such as hide and seek with some healthy treats.

There are so many different ways to keep your dog exercised, aside from having to be a runner/jogger. And besides… having an active dog can really bring out the best in our families. Active dogs tend to keep their humans on their toes, and helps their lives become more active as well. And being more active? Well… that is never a bad thing.

Do you have an active dog, or a more laid back pooch?

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Jenna Drady is the author and creator of She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.

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27 Responses to Top 10 Most Energetic Dogs

  1. Rachel says:

    This is an excellent post and one that any potential dog owner should read. I have always LOVED Siberian Huskies, but that does not mean that I should have one. I am not active enough for one. And I think Weimaraners are so beautiful. But again, probably not for me!

  2. Nichole says:

    I have several additions to this list! :)

  3. Ruth Epstein says:

    Great article, when looking to adopt/rescue I was looking for a small dog as I knew long term it would be easier for me :)

  4. We didn’t know some of those breeds were considered to be high energy. A high energy dog may get our mom off the couch!

    • Jenna Drady says:

      That is exactly what being owned by Siberian Huskies has done for me! I wasn’t exactly the most active person, but my huskies have brought it out of me, and it has been wonderful!

  5. Oh Mr. N has ridiculous amounts of energy but he has a good off switch!

  6. Thank you for this post. What most pet parents fail to understand is that not every dog is meant to suit your home and lifestyle so research and choose well

  7. My dad had an Airedale Terrier many years ago – he was definitely a high energy dog.

  8. I absolutely agree. We have always had couch potato dogs, which works well for us. Our lives are pretty crazy with jobs, family, kids, etc. When we come home we like to relax from the craziness of the day – thus, a dog that likes to relax with us is key.

  9. Maureen says:

    Great points. It’s so important to match a dog with your own personal life style!

  10. Cathy Armato says:

    Of course the Husky is #1, we already knew that didn’t we, LOL! I’m surprised the Irish Setter made the list, I didn’t realize they were high energy dogs. You’re so right, it’s important to know your dog & what they need in terms of exercise & activities.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  11. I think , like most things, you need to do your research. If you want a daily walk, an active dog is for you isn’t it? Some people want the company more, so a less active dog fits the bill. If they adopted a dog constantly in need of walks they would go nuts and end up with a frsutrated dog and lots of problems!

  12. Beth says:

    While dogs are individuals and some may not fit the breed description, I think it is a great idea to know the energy level of a dog before falling in love with it. You need to be able to provide the right lifestyle for your dog.

  13. Robin says:

    So true! There is no pet that is universally good for every home. I think that I would enjoy having an active dog, if I was going to get a dog. My cats are both high energy and I love it. It is fun to play with your pets! :)

  14. I completely agree that not every dog is for every human! Our first dog was a husky mix and boy was he and handful ;) I wouldn’t have traded him for the world though!

  15. Great list. Breed choice is the first step in a long, healthy relationship with a dog.

  16. I believe it’s very important to research breeds (both cats and dogs) and to be prepared if the characteristics of a particular breed will fit into your family and lifestyle. I agree that not all breeds of cats or dogs are meant for everyone.

  17. Sadie says:

    I could not agree more. When we first considered rescuing a dog we looked at the list of top energetic dogs and decided where, energy level, we were comfortable. This way, we knew we a good match for our dog(s).

  18. These are all such smart, attractive looking dogs, but I wouldn’t ever own one for this very reason – I like my dogs a bit lazier!

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