A wet English Springer Spaniel is standing on their hind legs looking very proud of themselves after their swim. Behind them is a lake as smooth as glass, backed by hills covered with woodlands and some small patches of snow at the very top in the distance.

Top 5 most active dog breeds

5 May 2023

Reviewed by Dr Jill McMaster BVM&S MBA MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon and in-house expert at BorrowMyDoggy on 26 May 2023

If your idea of a great time is being outdoors and active with your dog, have a look at the five most active four-legged companions that will follow you wherever you go:

Australian Shepherds

To be happy, Aussies need more than a walk around the block. Fetching a frisbee for hours is their favourite game. Learn more about Australian Shepherds.

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English Springer Spaniels

Springer Spaniels love making a splash in your local pond. If not exercised enough, they can develop anxiety problems. Learn more about Springer Spaniels.

Border Collies

Play fetch with Collies and they’ll quickly bond with you. They really excel at learning new tricks. Learn more about Border Collies.

Jack Russell Terriers

Their endless energy is perfect for outdoorsy people. They’ll prefer a game of chase over jogging alongside you.


This bouncy buddy will run at your side for miles. Be aware that they might become unhappy if they don’t get enough activity. Learn more about Weimaraners.

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