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The Best Dog Breeds for Active Owners

Find out which breeds are best for dog owners with an active lifestyle!

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We’ve shortlisted the best dog breeds for active owners! Gina DiNardo, American Kennel Club Executive Secretary and expert on all things breed related, gives the low down on which dog breeds are the best fit for owners who want to exercise with their dog. Plus, find the best breeds for running, cuddling, apartments, therapy work, endless adoration, and a whole lot more  in the links below!

Active Dog Breeds That Make the Best Exercise/Adventure Partners

#1 Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky


Siberian Huskies are powerfully built dogs with lively spirits and are always ready for adventure at any time. A true endurance breed, Siberians make an excellent choice for those looking for a dog that will keep them entertained on long hikes.

#2 Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd


The Australian Shepherd is an intelligent, adventurous breed that is always ready to go. Originally used as herding dogs, Australian Shepherds make excellent hiking partners, as they are very athletic, friendly, and well suited for long hours of strenuous activity.

#3 Vizsla

vizsla puppy


Due to their innate power and drive as a hunting dog, Vizslas have maintained their need for exercise and a love of the outdoors. Vizslas are energetic and athletic dogs, very friendly and affectionate, and always ready to go.

#4 German Shorthaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer puppy


German Shorthaired Pointers enjoy long hours of strenuous activity in various climates, making them suitable for long hikes and adventures. They are social and willing to please, eager to work with their owners, and make new friends.

#5 Weimaraner



The Weimaraner is a hunting dog that was bred to work long hours outdoors, which it still enjoys today. Weimaraners are loyal, affectionate, and fun-loving dogs that make excellent hiking partners. Built for speed and stamina, they do well on short and long excursions.

These above are some of the best dog breeds for dog owners who live an active lifestyle. Which one is your favourite? Looking for more?

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This article originally appeared in the award-winning Modern Dog magazine. Subscribe today!

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