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Do you have an active lifestyle? The exercise needs of these ten active breeds would keep any owner in shape.

Walking, jogging, biking, hiking, swimming, and playing fetch with your dog are all fun workouts you can enjoy together. These breeds will not only be able to keep up with your active lifestyle but can help encourage you to get moving.

American Staffordshire Terrier

Courageous and strong, the Amstaff has an athletic build and intelligence. These qualities make them ideally suited to many dog sports such as Obedience, Agility, Tracking, and Conformation. The conditioning required for these different sports would make the American Staffordshire Terrier a great workout partner. This people-oriented dog thrives when they are made part of the family and given a job to do.

124 16' Cimarrons Heavens On Fire UD CGC TKP. RN27242604. American Staffordshire Terrier. F. 6/29/2014. Breeder(s): Stacy Withrow/Tara McFann. CH Cimarrons Ride On The Wild Side CDX BN GN - Shiloh's Seventh Heaven. Owner(s): Sylvie M Nuzzolilo, 4709 County Road 707, Cleburne TX 76031-7984. Handler: Sylvie Nuzzolilo
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Border Collie

The high-drive Border Collie would help keep any owner fit, as their energetic nature requires more exercise than just a walk around the block or playing in the yard. If owners don’t have cows or sheep available for Herding practice, running would be a great activity to tire out the Border Collie.

2022 AKC Rally National Champion: OTCH9 HC AGCH MACH5 RACH Norwood Color Me Zayne UDX9 OGM RM3 RAE3 HSAd HSBd HXAd HXBd MXC PDS MJC PJS MFG TQX T2B5 (Border Collie) and handler Kim Berkley. 2022 AKC Rally National Championship, held July 8, at the Roberts Centre/Royal Canin Ring in Wilmington, OH.
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This strong, quick, and agile dog can hunt all day in the field. Brittanys thrive on activities like running, hiking, and swimming, and the breed possesses a willing attitude to participate in any activity with their family.

Brittany running in the woods hunting.
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Belgian Malinois

The Belgian Malinois is an alert, high-energy breed and is used regularly as a police and military working dog. Since both professions require the dog to be active and in shape, the Belgian Malinois would gladly accompany their owner out for a run or a romp in the yard. This breed is happiest with something stimulating to do.

Belgian Malinois running across a grassy field.
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The Dalmatian has a working heritage as a “coach dog,” in which they ran alongside horse-drawn carriages for miles. Today, many Dalmatians take part in an activity called a “road trial” that mimics this historic usage. It requires Dals to run alongside a horse in a staged situation, a perfect environment for this high-energy breed. The breed’s endurance makes it a great running companion.

Dalmatian standing on rocks on the coast.
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Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman Pinscher is a muscular dog that possesses endurance and speed. The properly-bred and -trained Doberman is a friend and guardian, and their intelligence and ability to absorb and retain training have brought them into demand as police and war dogs. Energetic, obedient, and loyal, the Doberman enjoys exercising and spending time with their owner.

Doberman Pinscher playing fetch outdoors.

German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is a friendly, smart, eager-to-please dog that historically was used to hunt all day in the field. GSPs thrive on exercise, like most other pointing breeds, and love being involved in outdoor activities with their families. Running, swimming, or dog sports would be a great choice for this active breed.

German Shorthaired Pointer running with a woman in the early morning.
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The Greyhound is the fastest breed of dog and was originally bred to use its vision and speed to chase after deer, stag, fox, and hare in their native England. Although today the Greyhound primarily serves as a sweet and personable companion, the breed’s athleticism makes them a great running partner.

Greyhound fetching a ball in the park.
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Redbone Coonhound

The Redbone was bred to hunt and swim over varied terrain while still maintaining its speed and agility. The breed developed great endurance and tenacity tracking game ranging from raccoons to cougars. During their downtime, Redbones have plenty of energy to spend exercising with their owners.

Redbone Coonhound running after a lure in lure coursing.
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The Vizsla thrives as part of an active family that provides daily exercise. They are happy and affectionate with their owners and very trainable in the house, but also able to go all day while out hunting.

Best of Breed: GCH CH Kelby Creek's Wild Bill, Vizsla; Sporting Group judging at the 2016 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin in Orlando, FL.
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