Dog breeds

The most and least active dog breeds revealed

From energetic Dalmatians to laid-back Chihuahuas, the most and least active dog breeds have been revealed – and there’s a four-legged friend for everyone.

“For some of us, the thought of leaving the house to lift weights or run on a treadmill at the gym isn’t an appealing thought,” says VioVet. “Most dogs, however, love to rush around for exercise. If you prefer a quiet life and don’t consider yourself a marathon runner, you might want to consider adopting a dog that, just like you, doesn’t need strenuous exercise to be happy.”

All dogs, even less active ones, need exercise to stay healthy. If you’re looking for a lazier pup, setting aside time for him to walk and run in an open space is key. “Not only does a sprint in the park do wonders for your friend’s morale, it also helps them stay healthy and fit,” adds VioVet.

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While all dog breeds need exercise, some require more physical activity than others (and some are fine with just a brisk walk). Whether you’re looking for the perfect strolling buddy or a canine companion to accompany you on hikes, take a look at the full search below…

The most physically active dog breeds

  1. Labradors and Golden Retrievers
  2. Dalmatians
  3. siberian husky
  4. German shepherd
  5. border collie
    close up of a beautiful border collie dog

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    The least physically active dog breeds

    1. Maltese
    2. Chihuahua
    3. Bichon Frize
    4. Chow chow
    5. King Charles Spaniel

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