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Dog Breeds with High Energy

Dog breeds with high energy need to be with high energy people. Do you lead an active lifestyle with running, hiking, swimming or maybe bike riding? Are you looking for a high energy level partner to go with you? One of these dog breeds with high energy levels may be perfect for you!

The high energy dog breeds below require lots of exercise every day. Many behavioral problems develop from a lack of exercise. To prevent these problems, give your dog the exercise it requires to release their energy, both physically and mentally.

Dog Breeds with High Energy

Siberian Husky

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If you live in a cold climate and you want a high energy dog, look at the Siberian Husky. They were bred for several reasons including pulling sleds, herding reindeer, and hunting. Without enough exercise, behavioral problems will present themselves through digging, destruction, and escaping your home or fenced in yard.

Parson Russell Terrier

dog breeds parson russell terrierThe Parson Russell Terrier is a medium size dog that loves to hunt. With a very high energy level, they need a very active home or to live on a farm with space to run and jump. If you want an intelligent dog to teach tricks, they are very willing to learn and perform. Without proper exercise, they are prone to bark, dig, and display destructive behavior.

Border Collie

dog breeds border collieThe Border Collie is a herding dog requiring a lot of exercise and running. You must provide lots of mental and physical stimulation to prevent behavior problems. Being highly intelligent, they are easy to train and an agility course will allow for the release of mental and physical energy. This is a great dog to catch a flying disc.


dog breeds dalmatianWith speed and endurance, the Dalmatian can be a great dog for someone who runs, rides a bike, or has an active family. Breed to run long distances along side coaches or carriages they have a lot of stamina. They love to be with their family and they are affectionate with them. These large dogs are sensitive and respond best to positive reinforcement.

Australian Shepherd

dog breeds australian shepherdBreed to herd sheep or cattle, the Australian Shepherd needs an active life. They are fast learners and they will enjoy an agility course to release mental and physical energy. Being working dogs, if they become bored they can be destructive and bark loudly. They will become a part of your family with a strong attachment.

Fox Terrier

dog breeds fox terrier Fox Terriers are medium sized dogs that are very determined and they need a firm consistent pack leader. With strong hunting instincts, the Fox Terrier will chase and hunt small animals. If you have a cat or another small animal, this is not the dog for you. Mental and physical stimulation is necessary or they can become stressed. A loyal family dog that loves to play with children.


dog breeds boxer A large dog, the Boxer loves to run and jump, and they are very loyal to their family. Lots of exercise is necessary to prevent boredom, which can lead to destructive behavior. Boxers make good watchdogs, and they are not aggressive toward people unless there is threat. They don’t tolerate hot or cold temperatures with their short noses and need to be inside with their family.

As you can see, before getting a dog, do your research and know which breed or mix of breeds would be the best dog for you and your family. Puppies are cute and adorable, but they will grow up into dogs with specific needs that you must satisfy.

As always, please consider adopting a dog from a shelter or a purebred adoption rescue group. Shelters are full of wonderful dogs that just want a good home and many have some training. Click here to see the reasons why dogs are in shelters, I think you will be surprised!

Do you have a high energy dog? How do you exercise your dog? Feel free to leave a comment below. The information on this website is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian, dog trainer, or dog behavioral specialist.





  1. I Love your site.
    I don’t have a dog now, may be later. I always had dogs in my parents house.
    Wish you the best. Good luck.

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