Dogs with high exercise needs and that love water

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  • breed group: none
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, loves water, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, gold / yellow, black
  • patterns: brindle, merle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, aloof, protective
Created as a hunting and herding dog for the Louisiana bayous, the Catahoula leopard dog will thrive in an active, working environment.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, apartment-friendly, loves water
  • colors: black, gray, red, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: curly
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, anxious
Whoodles are a smart and high-energy crossbreed that are happiest when with their humans. These medium-sized hybrids are known for their soft, curly coats that are silky to the touch.
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, strong loyalty tendencies, high potential for weight gain, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, gray
  • patterns: brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, willful, playful, aloof
Big, brainy, and boasting a shaggy double coat, the Bouvier des Flandres is a versatile working dog and family companion. But because of his intense grooming and activity needs, he’s not for everyone.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, hot weather tolerant, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: spotted, flecked / ticked / speckled, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, playful, friendly, aloof
German wirehaired pointers are energetic, intelligent, loyal dogs that love spending time outdoors and are easy to train. If you're an avid hiker, a GWP might be for you.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, playful, gentle, willful
The Alaskan klee kai is an active, intelligent, and loyal breed who loves spending time outdoors with her family. Learn more about living with these pint-sized huskies. 
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, good hiking companion, hot weather tolerant, apartment-friendly, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, strong loyalty tendencies, loves water
  • colors: gray, blue, cream, white, fawn, red, brown / chocolate / liver, black
  • patterns: merle, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly, long
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful, willful, gentle
An intelligent, athletic crossbreed with oodles of love to spare, Aussiedoodles could be a terrific choice for active pet parents who want a low-allergen pooch.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, tendency to chew, hot weather tolerant, loves water, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, cream, black, fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly
Bred as working dogs, Australian kelpies still love being put to work whether their task is herding sheep, catching a ball, or making it to the finish line of an agility course. They require lots of exercise and mental stimulation and make great pets for active families who want energetic, affectionate, and loyal companions. 
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Spirited and puppy-like, bouncy flat-coated retrievers are a rare breed but prized as focused hunting companions, terrific show dogs, and loving family pets.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to groom, apartment-friendly, loves water, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: cream, brown / chocolate / liver, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor
  • coat length/texture: curly
  • temperament: timid, willful, playful
The Lagotto Romagnolo is a medium-sized, allergen-friendly dog that requires mental stimulation and physical exercise. This intelligent breed makes an excellent pet for owners who are willing to dedicate time to training.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, good hiking companion, prone to health issues
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful
Black and tan coonhounds are gentle family dogs, but don’t mistake their calm demeanor as laziness. These hounds are active hunting dogs and want to put their super-sensitive nose to work.
  • 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: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, tendency to chew, loves water, apartment-friendly, hot weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, outgoing, playful
Smart, active, and super loyal, Vizslas are a friendly breed that enjoys burning their energy outdoors, whether hunting or jogging with their owner. Learn more about living with the people-oriented Vizsla.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, loves water, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, short, curly
  • temperament: timid, friendly, playful, anxious
Miniature poodles are small, athletic dogs with a friendly, easygoing temperament. Learn more about the peaceful mini poodle and what sets her apart from her breed sisters, the standard and toy poodles.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, loves water, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, short, curly
  • temperament: timid, friendly, playful, anxious
Standard poodles are energetic, intelligent dogs who thrive with lots of activity, learning, and time with their human. Learn more about these cute, curly companions.