Dogs that are playful and that have a high prey drive

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  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tuxedo, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Intelligent and naturally curious, English cocker spaniels are compact hunting dogs bred to flush and retrieve game. These charming and cheerful pups also make great family pets—kids and seniors alike will find a loyal companion in this medium-size breed that adapts well to apartment living and the great outdoors. Learn more about English cocker spaniel colors, size, and temperament here.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Airedale terriers are highly intelligent and energetic dogs who make great family pets. They excel at agility and love to hike. Learn more about living with Airedale terriers.
  • 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.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: apartment-friendly, good hiking companion, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, high prey drive
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
West Highland White Terriers are loyal, tenacious, and wildly entertaining dogs that pack a lot of personality into their relatively small frame. Both a clever hunter and playful pet, learn more about living with Westies. 
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tendency to chew, high prey drive, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white, brown / chocolate / liver, black
  • patterns: bicolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, playful
Pointers, commonly called English pointers, are intelligent, high-energy dogs who thrive as a hiking or hunting companion.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, cream, fawn
  • patterns: blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Border terriers are intelligent, energetic, and affectionate little dogs with big personalities and low grooming needs. They make great family pets and are easy to train. Learn more about living with border terriers.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, apartment-friendly, high prey drive
  • colors: cream, gold / yellow, fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, saddle / blanket
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, friendly, playful
Soft-coated wheaten terriers are spunky, energetic dogs with a signature wavy, cuddly coat. They love to jump, run, and play, and always want to stick by your side like a fluffy shadow.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, gray
  • patterns: bicolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, friendly, playful
Though bred as a hunting dog, the wirehaired pointing griffon has evolved into a beloved companion thanks to his friendly demeanor, high intelligence, adorable scruffiness, and low-shedding coat.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, prone to health issues, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, loves water, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tuxedo, brindle, saddle / blanket, merle, black and tan, harlequin, hairless, spotted, sable, blue and tan, tricolor, flecked / ticked / speckled, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, medium, long
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful, anxious
Brussels griffons are smart and friendly little dogs with tons of personality, perfect for families or households of just about any size—including those with other dogs or cats. Learn more about living with Brussels griffons.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, blue, gray
  • patterns: flecked / ticked / speckled, merle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful, aloof
Loyal but independent, an affectionate Australian cattle dog is a great match for anyone who shares his intelligence, high energy, attention to detail, and activity level. Learn more about this exceptional herding dog.
  • 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: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, red, gray, fawn
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: wiry, medium
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, playful
Affenpinschers are intelligent and playful dogs with unique faces you’re not likely to forget. They love socializing and learning new skills—though sometimes on their own terms.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion, high potential for weight gain, prone to health issues
  • colors: black, blue, gray
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: wiry
  • temperament: gentle, aloof, outgoing, playful
A giant sighthound who used to hunt deer in the Scottish highlands, Scottish deerhounds these days are still rare but they instead prefer spending time with their families or patrolling a big yard.
  • 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, protective
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: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: cream, blue, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: gentle, willful, friendly, outgoing, playful
He's small, fluffy, and looks like a lamb, but the Bedlington terrier is all dog—and adaptable enough to join his family in any activity, from hikes to lazy days on the couch.
  • 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: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: high prey drive, loves water, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, prone to health issues
  • colors: fawn, red, gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: black and tan, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, friendly, playful, anxious
Norfolk terriers are spunky, affectionate, and energetic small dogs who make great travel companions and outdoor adventurers. Happy and social, they thrive with active families.
  • 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: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, saddle / blanket, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, playful, aloof, protective
Plott hounds are athletic, loyal hunting dogs who love the outdoors almost as much as they love their humans. Learn more about taking care of a Plott hound dog.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful
Nova Scotia duck tolling retrievers, or "tollers," are a medium-sized sporting breed originally bred as hunting companions. Learn more about the active and intelligent breed.