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April 9, 2013 at 8:00 AMComments: 2 Faves: 0

Top Five Most Athletic Dogs

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Paws & Awws Blog Series


We are constantly striving to be healthy and active, why not include our dogs in our fit lifestyle?  The following breeds can help to both motivate and improve your daily activity, all while being the loving pet you so desire.


German Shorthaired Pointer

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If you are a hunter, this breed is the perfect match for your lifestyle. The athletic German Shorthaired Pointer doesn't understand the meaning of slow-down. They are the ideal breed for hiking, camping, biking, running, agility, therapy, flyball, dock diving, and much more! The German Shorthaired Pointer is loyal, loving, smart, friendly, and extremely easy to train. They excel in everything they do, and will do best in a home that can provide them with a daily course of activity.

American Pit Bull Terrier

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The Pitbull offers strength, endurance, and best of all, a playful attitude. Pitbulls are a very high energy breed that require daily exercise. The breed has a strong work drive, and does best when they are given a job. Consider agility, weight pulling competitions, running partner, hiking buddy, flyball, and so much more! The Pitbull is willing and able to participate, and keep up with any type of fun activity you offer them. The most important thing for a Pitbull is doing these things with the family they adore!

Australian Shepherd

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Aussie's are the epitome of an athletic dog. With their strong desire to work, focus, and go all day long, this breed falls easily into this category. The Aussie will not make a good partner for a leisurely person. They require regular exercise throughout the day, and will thrive at Doggy Daycare, romping and playing with their friends while you are at work. But, don't think for a moment that Doggy Daycare will give you a tired Aussie at the end of the day. As soon as you get home, grab your running shoes, as they are ready to get going again. They excel in all types of dog sports.

Border Collie

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Border Collies are well known for their spirited personality, over-the-top intelligence, and always on-the-go demeanor. The Border Collie thrives in an environment that offers them a daily exercise program that not only works them physically, but mentally as well. The Border Collie excels in agility, obedience, flyball, dock diving, lure coursing, and many more dog activities! The Border Collie is clearly a very athletic breed! This breed will not do well in a household that leaves them alone all day. They need regular activity to keep them healthy. Doggy Daycare is a fantastic choice for the Border Collie but, just like the Aussie, at the end of the day they are still rearing to go.

Siberian Husky

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Known for their Houdini expertise, the Siberian Husky is definitely one of the Top Five athletic breeds on my list! They can climb, jump, scale, pull, drag, run, hike, carry and more! The Siberian Husky is known best for their role in pulling sleds. They should never be left home alone or unattended outside, as a majority will have figured a way out of the back yard to explore the neighborhood. Huskies are known to even carry 30% of their body weight while carrying a backpack, making them an excellent breed to take camping and hiking! Siberian Husky's thrive in a home that provides them a daily outlet for their physical and mental demands. They are extremely intelligent, do best when living with other Huskies, and will be ready to perform any duty you ask of them!

All these breeds are a wonderful companion to any active family. Unfortunately, many pet-parents will adopt a dog without realizing the proper stimulation that is required to keep them healthy and happy. Please take into consideration your lifestyle, and match it to that of the dog you are adopting.

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  • I had a rat terrier that just loved swimming. We had a summer resident on a lake, so we purchased a pontoon boat, when we would go out to take a cruse around the lake or just out for a swim on a hot day. Penny (that was her name) could hardly wait until the boat was anchored out, if the door was opened up SPLASH she was in the water swimming laps around the boat. She was so fun to watch, my little dog Grace would run from door to door waiting for her to come around the corner (Grace does not like the water at all). Grace would always bark at her and Penny would always just look up at the boat waiting for my husband to jump in and swim with her.

  • Nancy, I LOVE this story about Penny (and her concerned sister Grace)! Thank you so much for sharing this!

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