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When adopting a puppy or dog, most of the preparation is for the essentials such as bedding, food, water, and walking accessories. The preparation is sometimes nearsighted, not taking into account long-term needs that aren’t met with something purchased at the store. For example, when you adopt a puppy or dog, the energy level might not be the first thing that comes to mind.
Having a dog with so much energy requires more of your availability: mentally and physically. Not everyone is prepared to take that on, so if you’re considering adopting a dog, think about what limitations you might have that could prevent proper care of the dog(s), and if your life can accommodate a high energy pup or a low energy pup.
We firmly believe in adopting dogs in need of a home and that breed shouldn’t be the dealbreaker, but if you can take care of a dog that’s best suited for your lifestyle, that’s still another dog that now has a home.
In this blog post, we round up the 15 most active dog breeds and 15 least active dog breeds to help you as you make the big decision of welcoming a forever friend to your home.

Top 15 Most Active Dog Breeds

The following 15 dog breeds were reported by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as the 15 most active dog breeds. The variety of these active dogs range in size and have energetic temperaments and are the most likely to require long walks, daily exercise, etc. Perfect for the dog owner with an active lifestyle and active families! Ready for fun playtime, hikes, and daily walks with an active fur baby?
  1. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  2. Shetland Sheepdog
  3. Dalmatian
  4. Russell Terrier
  5. Siberian Husky
  6. Golden Retriever
  7. Labrador Retriever
  8. Border Collie
  9. Australian Shepherd
  10. English Springer Spaniel
  11. Miniature Pinscher
  12. Poodle
  13. Beagle
  14. Irish Setter
  15. German Shepherd Dogs
Pro-tip: With an active, high-energy dog, chances are you’re going to face some pulling on walks. We recommend the Joyride Harness, a safe and secure, easy to use harness that alleviates and/or eliminates pulling. Build a bond with your dog by going on walks without feeling the effects on your body from excessive pulling later. Need a leash that works perfectly with our harness? Check out this selection of leashes. 

Top 15 Least Active Dog Breeds

When you take a look at this list, some question marks might pop up in your head with comments like but that dog is huge. While this list of 15 dog breeds isn’t concrete and personalities may vary with them, these dog breedstemperaments have been observed as calm. While all dogs require regular exercise to maintain their health, these dog breeds might not be too aggressive about getting their daily exercise. They're great companion dogs to families as well even if some of these breeds don't come off like the average lap dog.
  1. Bulldog
  2. Saint Bernard
  3. Basset Hound
  4. French Bulldog
  5. Pekingese
  6. Bernese Mountain Dog
  7. Chow Chow
  8. Pug
  9. Tibetan Mastiff
  10. Havanese
  11. Great Dane
  12. Newfoundland
  13. Shih Tzu
  14. Spinone Italiano
  15. Neapolitan Mastiff
Pro-tip: Joyride Harness sizes can accommodate pups of all dog breeds starting at 5 lbs and sizes go up to 2XL for the big dogs! Click here to take a look at the size charts.
What you’ve just read is a sampling of blog posts we offer at Joyride Harness. We cover current events, informational posts, interviews, and more! You can find more content including tips and tricks and how-tos for caring for your dog on our blog at this section. Feel free to leave a comment with tips you’re looking for!
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