10 Best Dog Breeds for an Active Lifestyle


Looking for a new running partner? Here are the 10 best dog breeds for an active lifestyle.

1. German Wirehaired Pointer

Strong and medium-sized, with a typical Pointer personality, the breed's most distinctive feature is its functional wiry coat. Weather resistant and water-repellant, the outer coat is straight, harsh, wiry and flat lying, which helps to protect the dog against rough cover while hunting or running.*

2. Vizsla

The Vizsla thrives as part of an active family that provides daily exercise. He is lively and affectionate to his people, and possesses an above-average ability to take training. Although he sheds, his short coat requires low daily maintenance.*

 

3. Weimaraner

Lauded for his ability to work with great speed, fearlessness and endurance when on the hunt, the Weimaraner is also known for being an easily trainable, friendly and obedient member of the family.*

4. Ibizan Hound

The Ibizan Hound is an elegant, agile, deer-like hound with large ears and amber eyes that give the breed an exotic look.  The Ibizan is unequaled in high and broad jumping ability, which helps it navigate rough terrain.*

5. Rhodesian Ridgeback

A large and muscular dog, the Rhodesian Ridgeback was not only developed as hunter but also as a family protector. The breed is also athletic, requiring regular exercise.*

6. Siberian Husky

Bred in Northeast Asia as a sled dog, the Siberian Husky is known for its amazing endurance and willingness to work. Its agreeable and outgoing temperament makes it a great all-around dog, suitable for anything from sledding to therapy work. New owners should be prepared to provide an outlet for exercise daily.*

7. Dalmatian

The only spotted breed, the Dalmatian is alert and active, possessing great endurance, speed and intelligence. Their working and sporting heritage makes them suitable as both a family pet or performance animal, and they are often found in the show, obedience and agility rings, or galloping alongside a horse as a coach dog in "road trials."*

8. Border Collie

This high-drive breed is extremely energetic and requires exercise beyond just a walk around the block or a romp in the yard. They thrive when they have a job to do and space to run.*

9. Belgian Malinois 

Intelligent and trainable, the Belgian Malinois possesses a strong desire to work and is happiest with regular activity and a job to do. A relatively easy keeper due to their medium size and short coat, this confident breed loves their families, but may be somewhat reserved with strangers.*

10. Chesapeake Bay Retriever

The Chesapeake is a happy and intelligent breed whose courage, working ability and love of water mesh best with active, outdoor-loving families. His coat is short, but owners must brush and maintain it regularly, as both the outercoat and undercoat contain oils for protection in harsh conditions.*

*Descriptions courtesy of www.akc.org