Dogs with high exercise needs and that are good for first-time pet owners

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  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, red, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful, aggressive
Miniature pinschers are tiny dogs with huge personalities. Affectionate, loyal, and adorable, they make great companions. Learn more about living with miniature pinschers.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, loves water, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
One of a small number of AKC-recognized breeds to be wholly developed within the 20th century, the Boykin spaniel is a brilliant, energetic, all-American dog with an eye toward hunting and water retrieval.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, high potential for weight gain, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful
Toy fox terriers are smart, playful, and energetic dogs that are a perfect combination of the best traits from terriers and toy breeds. Learn more about living with this tiny, fun-loving pup.
  • 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 that are easily trainable and highly loyal to their owners.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, tendency to chew, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
If you're looking for an exercise companion or a velcro family dog, the fluffy, exuberant Portuguese water dog might be your new best friend.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, high potential for weight gain, loves water, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow, black
  • coat length/texture: short, medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Labrador retrievers, or Labs as many know them, are an ideal combination of friendly and active, making them one of the most beloved family pets. Read on for more information about this most popular dog breed.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hot weather tolerant, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: blue, red, black
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan, blue and tan, sable
  • coat length/texture: short, medium, wiry
  • temperament: playful
Australian terriers are small pups that make excellent family dogs, but often prefer to be the only pet in a household. They are playful, high-energy, and affectionate.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, low prey drive, loves water, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful, willful, aloof
The bordoodle is a medium-sized crossbreed of two of the world's most intelligent dogs: the border collie and the poodle. With her smarts and friendly demeanor, she may be the perfect addition to your family.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Athletic. Regal. Suuuuuper tiny. Welcome to the wonderful world of the Italian greyhound.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, high potential for weight gain, loves water, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: cream, gold / yellow
  • patterns: saddle / blanket
  • coat length/texture: long, medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Golden retrievers are smart, loyal dogs that are ideal family companions. With their gentle nature, shining coats, and charming smiles, they are considered one of the most popular breeds in America. Learn more about living with these people-pleasing pups.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
The sheepadoodle is a cuddly, fluffy cross between an Old English sheepdog and a poodle. Learn more about living with sheepadoodles.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, loves water, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, playful, aloof
Welsh springer spaniels are highly affectionate and intelligent dogs with rich red and white coats. Learn more about living with this happy family dog.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, brown / chocolate / liver, cream, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, saddle / blanket
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, playful
The Norwegian lundehund is an energetic, clever, and loyal dog. These rare pups are great hiking companions (thanks to their extra toes) and love to be outside.