Purina-Dog-Content-BrandThe dogs that need the most exercise are breeds that were developed to work long hours for a living, such as herding dogs and bird dogs. Among these relentlessly hard-working types are Border Collies, Labrador Retrievers, German Shorthaired Pointers, Jack Russell Terriers, and Dalmatians. They’re frisky, inquisitive, and always ready to go.

High energy dogs match up best with high energy people—owners willing to seek out challenging activities to channel their pet’s boundless enthusiasm and gusto. These dogs need consistent training, firm discipline, and lots of exercise. If you’re a moderate-to-low energy human looking for a canine companion, choose one at the opposite end of the energy spectrum.