Top 20 Active Dogs

Looking for the best dogs for an active lifestyle?

Bringing a pet into your life is a huge decision that should be made after plenty of research.

One of the most important factors is that your new dog suits your lifestyle. Individual differences will always exist, but some dog breeds are more likely to enjoy a morning exercise session than others.


Why do dogs make great exercise partners?

  • They need daily exercise and so help motivate and encourage you to get active
  • It’s an excuse to get social with your exercise
  • They’re adorable little pacemakers
  • It’s a great way to bond with your dogs
  • They will always be willing to get outside even if it’s raining!

20 adorable active dog breeds

1. Labrador Retriever

This British favourite love being active and getting involved with family life. They are actually bred to love the water and will happily splash about with you.

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2. Siberian Husky

This stunning dog breed makes wonderful exercise companions for confident and experienced dog owners.

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3. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

They make wonderful small active dogs as they were originally bred to be working dogs. Although they aren’t suited for those looking for a hypoallergenic active dog.

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4. German Short Hair Pointer

This elegant dog breed makes great pet options for athletic families. They have a long history as working dogs where they got involved in many areas of hunting.

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5. Golden Retriever

A Golden Retriever dog is often described as loyal, loving, and active. They suit a family where there is plenty of opportunities to burn off excess energy.

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6. Australian Shepherd

They are a highly intelligent dog breed that suits new owners as they are usually pretty easy to train. Although they can be very protective of their family so may not be fond of strangers.

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7. Doberman Pinscher

This fiercely loyal dog breed is often thought of as quite a fierce dog. However, with proper training and socialisation, they usually make mild-mannered and calm pets.

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8. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

They make stunning canine companions and are well known for being a brave and smart dog breed.

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9. Malamute

This beautiful dog breed is often confused with a Husky as their share many similarities. They are sociable and active, suiting experienced or confident owners best.

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10. Standard Poodle

The largest of the Poodle variations, they are considered a confident and intelligent dog breed. They are frequently crossed with other breeds as they are considered to be hypoallergenic dogs.

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11. Jack Russel Terrier

This small active dog comes with plenty of personality. They are often described as intelligent and protective guard dogs.

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12. English Springer Spaniel

This friendly and eager dog breed makes a great option for active families. They are happy being around children, adults, or even other dogs.

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13. Beagle

A Beagle dog packs plenty of personality and it’s easy to see why they are a family favourite in the UK. Although they can sometimes be a little tricky to train.

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14. Papillon

Another great small active dog choice is the Papillon. They are known for their distinctive ears and small statures.

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15. Whippet

This gentle, calm, and affectionate dog breed loves living an active life whilst also enjoying a cuddle with its owner on the sofa.

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16. Dalmatian

Renowned for its spotty appearance, this stunning guard dog makes a perfect exercise partner. If you’re looking for the best dogs for hiking, then look no further.

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17. Border Collie

A loving, active, and outdoorsy furry friend. This dog breed suits an experienced or confident dog owner as they’ll need mental and physical stimulation to prevent boredom.

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18. Greyhound

Originally bred to be a working dogs that hunted, they are now well known for their careers as racing dogs.

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19. Vizsla

They are sociable dogs who love being around people. They’re lively medium-large-sized dogs who are gentle and affectionate with their family.

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20. Lurcher

Often confused with a Greyhound or a Whippet, this sighthound was bred to hunt and track animals.

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