The love, unwavering loyalty, and happiness a dog provides is unlike anything else. The bond between human and dog is a special relationship that can’t really be explained, only felt. Those who are dog owners will understand what we’re talking about, and those who adore dogs from afar probably have an idea of what it’s like.
With over 330 breeds of dogs in the world, you definitely have a number of choices to choose from. Do you want big or small, tall or short, thin or thick, long haired or non-shedding? The characteristics typical of each dog breed go on and on, and on and on… One very important characteristic is whether you want an active breed or a calmer one. Of course all dogs require some form of exercise, but some were just genetically designed for activity. Those with busier schedules may prefer a dog who doesn’t need as much as exercise, while a marathon runner may want a breed that has a lot of energy and loves to run.
We’ve put together a list of the most athletic dogs on the planet. These pups were born to run…you’ll have trouble keeping up!
- Greyhound: Greyhounds are the fastest breed of dogs on the planet; they can reach up to a speed of 45 mph! This breed is unique in that they enjoy lounging, but are extremely athletic. People often think Greyhounds are hyperactive and require excessive exercise, but it’s simply just not true. If you are planning to adopt, just make sure you keep your pup on a leash when outdoors, as they are very prone to chasing prey.
- Siberian Husky: The Siberian Husky has a history of pulling sleds for miles in freezing cold temperatures, so it’s no surprise why they’re #2 on our list. Your Siberian Husky will be your best companion for hikes and long runs.
- Labrador Retriever: The Labrador retriever (lab for short) is one of the world’s most popular dog breeds. These dogs are known for their love of the water, and for their agility and endurance. Labs love to please their owners, and are always up for a challenge.
- Boxer: The boxer breed is known as the jack of all trades because they really do have the ability to do it all. Boxers love a good mental and physical challenge, they will be thrilled when you present them with a problem solving game.
- Dalmatian: The Dalmatian dog is both hardworking and dedicated. This breed is known for their endurance and their desire to be involved in everything. Dalmatians love to swim, hike and run…you can take them everywhere!
- Jack Russell Terrier: Just because Jack Russells are small, doesn’t mean they can’t keep up. Actually, these guys will probably be a step ahead of you the whole time! Historically, they are a working dog, mainly used for tracking and hunting. These little bundles of joy have tremendous abilities and are extremely intelligent.
- Border Collie: The Border Collie is often regarded as the Einstein of dogs! They are great at detecting bombs, as well as herding sheep. This breed requires more physical and mental exercise than the average dog.
- German Shepherd: German Shepherds are famous for being apart of many police and army units worldwide. They are extremely intelligent, and are very quick learners.
- Doberman Pinscher: This breed was historically used as protection dogs, so many assume that they are aggressive in nature. But, they are actually very warm-hearted, loyal, intelligent and trainable.
- Poodle: Duck hunters originally used poodles as gun dogs. They are great partners for running in the rain, as their curly fur is moisture-resistant and works as an insulator. Poodles are also the second most intelligent dog breed in the world.
If you’re the athletic type and you’re looking to adopt, one of these dogs should be your pick! Get ready for an endless game of fetch, and of course never-ending kisses and love.