Dogs with high exercise needs

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  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, blue, gray, brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow, red
  • patterns: bicolor, merle, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, playful, gentle
Equal parts sweet, smart, and single-minded when on a scent, the American leopard hound is an energetic, medium-to-large treeing dog who loves to be outside.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver, red
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, flecked / ticked / speckled, spotted
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Rugged, intelligent, and bred specifically to work closely with humans, English springer spaniels are people-pleasing family dogs who can get along with a variety of other animals and in many living situations.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant
  • colors: gold / yellow, black, red
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: long, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful
The Scottish terrier is among the oldest, best established, most recognizable breeds in the world. Tenacious and intelligent, these dogs can be great companions to the right owner.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, playful, aloof
Entlebucher mountain dogs are energetic workers and enthusiastic companions. The breed, while rare in the U.S., is a great fit for active pet parents who want a smart dog that loves to be on the go.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, white, blue, gold / yellow, red, brown / chocolate / liver, cream
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, sable, spotted, brindle
  • coat length/texture: hairless, short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful
The Peruvian inca orchid is an intelligent, graceful dog that enjoys human companionship and an athletic lifestyle. Learn more about living with this often-hairless breed.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies, easy to groom, cold weather tolerant, high prey drive, easy to train
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, aloof, willful, playful
The Chesapeake Bay retriever, the only American-bred retriever, is a loyal family dog who loves a job, whether that’s hunting, hiking, or splashing around in the cold water of his namesake. 
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, gray, white
  • patterns: brindle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful
The pumi may look like a teddy bear that’s come to life, but these brainy dogs are more than mere fluff. Find out more about these Hungarian herders with a comically endearing appearance.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies, tendency to chew, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, fawn, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, tuxedo, black and tan, blue and tan, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful
American pit bull terriers are affectionate, loving, and energetic pups that make wonderful family dogs. Learn more about caring for pit bulls, a sweet and misunderstood breed.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, white
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful
American bulldogs might surprise you with their devotion, task management, playfulness, and courage. Sure, they’re terrific working dogs—but they also have a sweet, sensitive side that makes them good family dogs.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful
Berger Picards are a loving and active dog. They're fairly rare, especially outside of France, but have won the hearts of many with their big ears, sweet eyes, and silly nature.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good for first-time pet owners, high potential for weight gain, highly territorial
  • colors: white, cream
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, friendly, playful, protective
American Eskimo dogs are intelligent, energetic pups with fluffy white coats. They are easily trainable and highly loyal to their owners.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, loves water, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Jagdterriers are smart, capable hunting dogs developed in Germany. If you're an outdoor enthusiast and an experienced dog owner, a jagdterrier could be the perfect companion.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, high prey drive
  • colors: blue, black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: outgoing, playful, willful, gentle
A regal and determined hound, the bluetick coonhound can be a wonderful hunting companion and gentle best friend wrapped into one shiny body. Needing an outlet for their “houndy” behaviors, these special dogs could amaze your neighbors with their ability to “sing”. Find out if this unique breed is a suitable addition to your lifestyle.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies, loves water, easy to groom, high prey drive
  • colors: red
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
A handsome, affectionate companion and an exceptional hunting partner, the sweet, gentle—and talkative!—redbone coonhound is a wonderful breed for a person or family who loves the great outdoors.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, tendency to chew, loves water, easy to train
  • colors: black, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short, medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
A Labrador retriever and border collie mix, the borador is a high-energy dog who's smart and sporty. Learn more about living with this active breed.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: high prey drive, easy to groom, loves water, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: willful, aloof
A loyal and independent hunting companion, the Karelian bear dog is a rare, medium-sized, Finnish breed that needs a devoted, experienced pet parent—and lots of outdoor exercise.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: hot weather tolerant, high prey drive, easy to groom
  • colors: fawn, cream, black, red, gray, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: aloof, gentle, outgoing
Slender, extremely fast, and beautiful, the saluki is a rare breed that needs opportunities to be active in the safety of a fenced-in yard. Discover if the saluki may be a good match for you.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, high potential for weight gain, loves water, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: gray, black, white
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, willful, playful
A loyal family companion and an eager outdoor playmate, intelligent Norwegian elkhounds are an ancient dog breed that fits well into an active, modern lifestyle.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, black, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, sable, brindle, tuxedo, merle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: long, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Bernedoodles are goofy, charming dogs who love to play outdoors just as much as they love to cuddle up on the couch. They’re the perfect family dog and have a special fondness for children. Plus, they inherit a nearly hypoallergenic coat from their poodle parent.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, good hiking companion, high prey drive, hot weather tolerant
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, white
  • patterns: bicolor, flecked / ticked / speckled, tricolor, spotted
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful
Full of energy and eager to please, the Brittany is a medium-sized breed that delights in all kinds of outdoor adventures with their owners.