Dogs are some of the best companions anyone could ever have. They are loyal, friendly (majority of the time), active, cute and more! However, when it comes to these canines, there are huge dissimilarities between different breeds, in terms of diet, personality, and characteristics. While some dogs are known for being incredibly energetic and needing plenty of exercises, others are much calmer, The most popular dog breeds will surprise you. 

These various types of dog breeds are perfect for different types of people – there’s a dog for everyone. This website will help you work out the best dog breeds for you based on the personality traits you are looking for.

In this article, we look at some of the most energetic and hyper dog breeds, and the types of owners they are best suited to.

10 of the Most Energetic Dog Breeds

There are lots of energetic dog breeds out there, but these 10 are high up on the list:

Border Collie

Border Collies were traditionally herding dogs, used for rounding up sheep on farms or ranches. Even though the majority of this breed are now domesticated pets, they still have extremely high energy levels. They require a lot of exercise in comparison to a lot of dog breeds and love running around for hours on end, so owners need to be aware of this when considering a Border Collie. Also, as Collies are much energetic, they require more food doses. Due to this, you might need to keep a bulk of raw dog food at hand for their sudden bouts of hunger.

Siberian Husky

Likewise, Siberian Huskies have traditionally been bred to run hundred miles and long distances. They are full of energy and have even baffled scientists on how they can run over such long distances, without their energy levels dropping at all. Like Border Collies, Siberian Huskies also need plenty of exercise including long walks outside so their owner must be able to keep up with their lively nature!

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terriers are notorious for their high-energy, funny personalities (and their noisy bark to match!) Because of their smaller size, they are perhaps slightly more manageable than bigger breeds, but don’t let their size fool you – they are without a doubt amongst the most energetic and hyper dogs. They need an owner who can manage their high energy and has a fairly active lifestyle already.

Labrador Retriever

Labradors are amongst the most friendly and loyal dog breeds around. They need regular exercise and love having fun outdoors. Labrador Retrievers are without doubt family dogs; their owners need to have the energy and loving nature to match.


Like Labrador Retrievers, the increasingly popular Labradoodle dog breed is also very lively, combining the energy of the Labrador and the poodle. They love nothing more than a good game and can play for hours on end!

Australian Terrier

Like some of the other energetic dog breeds mentioned above, Australian Shepherd dogs were also traditionally used to work stock on farms or ranches. According to a Sydney Doggy Day Care owner, Australian Terrier’s are a breed that requires constant attention and stimulation. Routinely recognised as one of the most intelligent dog breeds, Australian terriers are extremely high-functioning.


Another one of the most hyper dog breeds, Dalmatians are incredibly enthusiastic, loyal, and friendly pups. They love human interaction and are also very athletic, so they make the ideal running or exercise partner for their owners!


Beagles may be small, but they more than make up for it in terms of energy levels. Traditionally used as hunting dogs, and one of the fastest dogs around, they have excellent stamina. Great companions with razor-sharp senses, they love to run around and play with their owners.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Another terrier breed, “Staffies” is well known for being full of energy and extremely playful. They require a lot of exercises to stay happy and healthy and love playing around with humans and other dogs. Their owners need to be able to keep up with their wild and lively nature.


Poodles are extremely energetic dogs, who can go from being beautiful show winners to showing their athletic ability in a matter of minutes. They are well known for being bouncy, excitable, and very friendly.

Choose the Right Dog Breed for You

So, there you have it, 10 of the liveliest dog breeds. When you are making your decision about which dog breed is right for you, make sure to consider things like how much energy they have and how much exercise they require. There is more information on how to exercise your dog here, although bear in mind this will differ between different breeds:

If you are not very active, you might be better going for a more docile, low energy dog breed such as French Bulldog, English Bulldog, Pug, Saint Bernard, Chow Chow, Bernese Mountain Dog, Basset Hound, or Boston Terrier. All these dogs are much calmer, and a better match for less lively owners who don’t want to play fetch non-stop!

There are also some medium energy dog breeds, such as German Shepherds, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, and Collies, all of which are fairly lively and upbeat but don’t require too much strenuous exercise. More guides on this topic can be found online.

However, if you consider yourself active and are happy exercising your pup outside once or twice every day, a lively dog breed like these 10 listed above could be the perfect match. Just make sure you weigh up all your options, and decide which breed is right for your lifestyle and personality by taking a quiz or studying a guide on different dog breed personalities.