High-Energy Dog Breeds
Many high-energy dogs like hounds, terriers, and herding dogs, that originally was bred as working breeds, now live as companion pets.
Most of the canine behavior problems can be solved or prevented by understanding your dog’s history and origin, and then providing the dog with appropriate and adequate mental and physical stimulation.
According to Tracy Libby, author of the book High-Energy Dogs these are the highest-energy breeds.
Just remembering that it is just a general guideline, and each dog should be taken on its individual merit and behavior.
|Breed||Originally Bred for||Trainability||Active Level|
|1.American Staffordshire Terrier||Bull-batiting||Average||High|
|2.Australian Sheperd||Herding||High||High to Very High|
|3.Australian Cattle Dog||Herding||High||High to Very High|
|4.Basenji||Hunting||High||High to Very High|
|5.Border Collie||Herding||High||Very High|
|6.German Shorthaired Pointer||Herding||High||Very High|
|7.German Shepherd Dog||Herding||High||High|
|8.Golden retriever||Retrieving water fowl & upland game||High||Moderate to High|
|9.Labrador Retriever||Retrieving game||High||High|
|10.Parson and Jack Russel Terrier||Fox Hunting||High||Very High|
|11.Schnauzer (miniature)||Ratter||High||High to Very High|
|12.Shetland Sheepdog||All-purpose dog||High||High to Very High|
|13.Siberian Husky||Endurance sled dog||Low||Very High|