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High Energy vs. Low Energy Dogs

September 16th, 2011 Pets

When you're deciding what kind of dog to get for your family, the amount of exercise and physical stimulation each breed requires should be an important factor in making your decision. Dogs that don't get enough exercise can develop behavioral issues and engage in destructive behavior out of boredom.

High energy breeds demand plenty of exercise and space to move around in. They require a lot of time outside, whether it be at the park playing ball, going for a walk in the woods with you or even just having free range of the backyard. In addition to regular activities, high energy breeds should get at least one good walk a day, even if it's just for a half hour. If you live in a small apartment without a backyard for your dog, a high energy breed probably wouldn't be a good idea unless you're willing to take the time to accommodate its needs. A few examples of dog breeds that require more exercise are:

  • Airedale terriers
  • Border collies
  • Dalmatians
  • Greyhounds
  • Pointers
  • Setters
  • Weimaraners

Low energy breeds still require exercise, but not as much as those mentioned above. Their exercise requirements can be filled more easily by going for a few short walks with you or even just playing ball out in the backyard. Keep in mind that even though certain breeds are notorious for their low energy levels, puppies often have more energy than adult dogs. You may even get a dog that's a lot more energetic than other members of the breed. Some examples of breeds with lower energy levels include:

  • Bichon frises
  • Boston terriers
  • Chihuahuas
  • Dachshunds
  • Pomeranians
  • Pugs
  • Shih-tzus

A daily walk is important for any dog, so make sure you keep the dog you choose healthy and happy by taking him for outdoor adventures.