Best Dog Breeds for an Active Lifestyle

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Families come in all shapes, sizes and personalities, and so do dogs. So when it's time to think about adding a dog to your family, you need to consider more than just size. Active families that routinely jog, ride bikes or go hiking need to find a dog that can keep up with their physical lifestyle. Certain breeds are an ideal fit. Check out these breed profiles to help find the perfect dog for your active family.

Australian Shepherd - Aussies are herding dogs that are loving and loyal. They are very energetic and require mental stimulation as well as physical. They're known for their agility and ability to settle down quickly when the fun is over.

Miniature Schnauzer - In addition to being energetic and loyal, Mini Schnauzers are hypoallergenic. Originally bred to hunt vermin, they are tenacious and protective. Their small size makes them a good apartment dog, but be aware that they require frequent grooming and daily brushing.

Boxer - Boxers are great family dogs, but their energy is less focused than that of the herding breeds. They are rambunctious and spirited, so they need lots of exercise. Their first couple of years can be trying as they learn to control their energy, so give them lots of room.

Border Collie - Border collies are considered to be the most intelligent of dog breeds, which can be both good and bad. They can be trained to perform a number of tasks, but if they become bored they can also be destructive.

American Pit Bull Terrier - Pit Bulls have had more than their share of bad press, but a well-trained and socialized Pit can make a great family dog. They are solid and strong, and need regular exercise to curb their energy.

Jack Russell Terrier - This may be the perfect breed for families that need an active dog but don't have a lot of space. Don't let their small size fool you - they are feisty, headstrong and very protective. Be ready for non-stop activity with a Jack Russell.

German Shorthaired Pointer - This breed makes a great jogging companion and is always ready to get out and go. Although not a particularly intelligent dog, they are very athletic and agile.

Greyhound - If you adopt a former racing greyhound, he will already be trained and socialized. They are the fastest breed of dogs in the world, but remember that they are sprinters. They are better suited to shorter, more intense workouts. They also have a high prey drive, so can never be allowed off leash.

Content by Cherri Megasko.
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