Best Dogs for Active People

When you’re considering adding a new canine friend to your family, it’s essential that you find a pet that will adapt well to your lifestyle. If you and your furry friend like the same things you’re bound to live much more harmoniously and enjoy more activities together.

If you live an active lifestyle, it only makes sense that you’d love to bring home an energetic canine pal! If you’re on the hunt for a hiking or jogging partner who can keep up with you, you’re in luck because we’ve compiled this list of active dog breeds just for you! Take a look! Perhaps your new bestie is waiting!

1. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is upbeat and playful, making the breed the perfect addition to an active lifestyle.

The Labrador Retriever may very well be the best dog for an active family. These upbeat pups are playful and enjoy any activity as long as they get to do it alongside their loved ones. Your Lab will happily accompany you on a run, spend a day frolicking at the beach, or play ball in the backyard. As a bonus, this friendly breed is easy to train so you can rely on her to be on her best behavior anywhere you may go together!  

2. Siberian Husky

These mischievous pups are always up for an adventure and will seek one out on their own if presented with the opportunity. They have a joyful, friendly demeanor and are natural athletes. Huskies love to run, and make great jogging partners, and are one of the best dogs for hiking due to their enviable endurance. Because they were bred to be sled dogs, they have a tendency to pull when on a leash, but this behavior can be corrected through training. On the flip side, the pulling can come in handy when your own energy begins to wane!

3. Beagle

Beagle
The Beagle loves interactive activities where she can put her tracking abilities to good use.

Don’t let their size fool you, the Beagle is one of the most energetic dog breeds of all. Originally bred as a hunting hound, a Beagle will happily follow her nose anywhere it may take her. She particularly enjoys interactive activities where she can put her tracking skills to use, but she will be happy to accompany you on a walk or a hike. Always keep your Beagle on a leash because if she catches an intriguing scent there’s no telling where she might end up!

4. Boxer

Springy is a fitting word to describe this active pup: they love to jump! Your Boxer will proudly leap in the air to catch a flying ball or frisbee, and then do a few victory laps around the yard to congratulate herself! A Boxer dog makes an excellent running and hiking buddy, but she can easily overheat in high-temperature climates. Always pack plenty of water for your Boxer!

5. Schnauzer

Schnauzer
The Schnauzer makes a devoted companion who will never leave your side.

The extroverted Schnauzer is always up for anything! She may be small, but her energy knows no bounds. This spunky breed loves going for walks, playing ball, and learning new tricks. The Schnauzer makes a devoted companion who will never leave your side… unless her prey drive kicks in telling her to chase something, which is why she must be kept on a leash when in public!

6. Australian Shepherd

Traditionally a herding dog, the Australian Shepherd is happiest when she has a job to do, ideally outdoors. This breed needs plenty of exercise each day, ideally a run, a hike, or an intense ball game. If you’re interested in agility sports or obedience competitions, your Aussie will make an exceptional competitor as she is eager to please and easy to train!

7. Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher
The Doberman Pinscher is an intelligent breed who loves to exercise both his mind and body.

The vivacious Doberman makes a loyal and seemingly tireless exercise companion. They are an intelligent breed and love interactive activities like obedience or agility training, where they have the opportunity to exercise their mind as well as their body. If these type of competitions aren’t your cup of tea, no worries, your Dobie will happily join you for a run or a hike (or two), each day!

8. Border Collie

The concern with owning a Border Collie won’t be whether she can keep up with you, but rather the opposite. Her uncapped energy levels are what make her one of the very best dogs for running. If you’re considering training for a marathon, your Border Collie will support you every step of the way… literally! These agile, intrepid pups also make excellent hiking partners, even on challenging terrains. Border Collies are all about the thrill of the chase, so they don’t typically make great fetch partners.

9. Aussiedoodle

aussiedoodle
The Aussiedoodle will happily play ball, accompany you on a long walk, or go for a jog!

This hybrid dog is intelligent, social, and a natural athlete. Aussiedoodles have easy-going personalities and are generally up for anything that involves spending time with their loved ones. They need a considerable amount of exercise to prevent them from becoming destructive, but they aren’t picky about the type. Your Aussiedoodle will happily play ball, accompany you on a long walk, or go for a jog! They are social pups and tend to make friends easily, which makes it easy to take them anywhere!

10. Jack Russell Terrier

One of the ultimate active dog breeds, the Jack Russell Terrier was bred as a hunting dog and relishes time spent outside. Her personality is bold and brave, and she’s anything but dainty. Her agility and high energy make her an exceptional hiking buddy, as she loves clambering over logs, climbing rocks, and exploring! If you’re more of a runner, no problem, she can easily keep up!