10 varieties of high-energy dogs that are ideal for active pet owners

Border Collie

The Border Collie is a country dog because it loves the outdoors. If not trained, a sheepdog may herd family children. This active dog needs lots of exercise.

Australian Shepherd

The Basques brought the Australian Shepherd to Australia in the 1800s to find healthier pastures, and then to California, where cowboys used them as ranch dogs.

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian immigrants bred the Australian Cattle Dog to herd cattle by nibbling at their heels, like the Australian Shepherd.

Russell Terrier

These tiny dogs have big personalities. Russell Terriers loved hunting foxes in the mid-1800s and still do. Warning, though.


As bears, wolves, and mountain lions became rare, German noblemen utilized the Weimaraner to hunt birds, rabbits, and foxes. 

Siberian Husky

The Chukchi people of eastern Siberia developed these strong, hardworking canines to pull sleds. They're happiest outdoors and like long walks, hikes, and runs. 


Disney's 101 Dalmatians were dog coaches. The breed was bred for speed and endurance to protect horse-drawn carriages from highwaymen.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever helped Newfoundland fishermen catch fish. Due to its intelligence, agility, and temperament, the breed is still utilized as a guiding, therapy, and search and rescue dog.

English Springer Spaniel

Springer Spaniels are gregarious, lively, and exuberant. These working dogs were bred in England in the 17th century to flush off gamebirds, hence their name.


Poodle grooming is an homage to its past. Hunters groomed their poodles to shield them from the cold and allow them to hunt. 

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