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List of Dog Breeds with a High Exercise Demand
Energetic Dogs

This is a list of breeds that are considered to have a very high demand for exercise. You should not choose one of these breeds unless you have the time and space to properly accommodate their exercise needs. These high-energy dogs are going to need more vigorous exercise than some other less energetic breeds. Throwing a ball or letting your dog run free at a dog park for exercise is great, but it still does not fulfill the dog’s need for a walk. Taking your dog for a walk is very important for any dog in order to keep its mind balanced. Therefore, in addition to other exercise outlets, it needs to be taken for a daily walk, jog, running beside a bike or rollerblading, where they are made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead; never in front as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the way and that leader needs to be the human. If you are not a high-energy family do not choose one of these high-energy breeds. Dogs that do not receive enough exercise can develop behavior issues.

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Airedale Terrier

American Foxhound

Afghan Hound

Alano Español

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Kelpie

Australian Shepherd

Belgian Shepherd Groenendael

Belgian Shepherd Laekenois

Belgian Shepherd Malinois

Belgian Shepherd Tervuren

Black and Tan Coonhound

Black Mouth Cur


Blue Picardy Spaniel

Border Collie

Bouvier des Flanders

Boykin Spaniel

Brittany Spaniel

Braque du Bourbonnais


Cão da Serra de Aires

Caravan Hound

Carolina Dog

Cesky Fousek

Cretan Hound

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog


Dutch Shepherd Dog

English Foxhound

English Setter

English Shepherd

Estonian Hound

Finnish Hound

French Spaniel

French Brittany Spaniel

German Longhaired Pointer

German Shorthaired Pointer

German Wirehaired Pointer

Giant Schnauzer

Gordon Setter

Great Pyrenees

Greenland Dog



Hellenikos Ichnilatis

Ibizan Hound

Irish Setter

Irish Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Karelian Bear Dog

Kishu Ken




Kugsha Dog



Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog


Maremma Sheepdog

Mountain Cur

Mountain View Cur

New Zealand Heading Dog

New Zealand Huntaway

Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever

Perdiguero de Burgos

Petit Bleu de Gascogne

Pharaoh Hound


Redbone Coonhound

Rhodesian Ridgeback


Scottish Deerhound

Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer

Slovensky Cuvac

Spanish Water Dog



Valley Bulldog





Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Wirehaired Vizsla




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