Dalmatian (Photo by Balmer Rosario on Unsplash)

Active and hyper dog breeds are known for their high energy levels and need for regular exercise and mental stimulation. These specific breeds require engaging activities such as agility training or herding to satisfy them physically and mentally. Of course, when bringing a new pup into your home, it’s essential to pick one with a temperament that fits your lifestyle. If you’re already an active person going on adventures that you want to bring your dog along for, then a more active breed may be the perfect match for you, which is exactly why we have compiled a list of the most hyper dog breeds in the world.

These breeds thrive in an active environment and love participating in activities that challenge their intelligence and physical abilities. They are always up for a game of fetch or a long hike in the mountains. However, it’s important to remember that these high-energy breeds require consistent exercise and mental stimulation to prevent boredom and destructive behavior. So, if you’re ready to embark on an adventure-filled life with a furry companion, consider adopting one of these hyper dog breeds.

Training can sometimes be more difficult with a hyper-minded dog breed. But don’t be dissuaded just yet; new research shows just how dogs learn and pick up on training cues. Dogs learn individual words using similar brain powers that children do. Researchers from Eötvös Loránd University found that our furry friends’ brains perform complex statistical calculations to determine whether syllables are likely to form a word or not. Young children can spot new words in a stream of speech long before they understand what they actually mean. When listening to someone speak, they make complex calculations to determine where one-word ends and another begins, which scientists call word boundaries. Now, researchers in Hungary have found that man’s best friend can do the same. Dogs are smarter than we think, and they have proven it time and time again, particularly in this study. So, the next time you think you’re not getting through to your dog, just have some patience as you would with a child; they will get there. 

Ready to welcome a new pup into your home? Well, ready or not, let’s dive in. As always, we at StudyFinds have researched across multiple expert sources to bring you today’s list of the most hyper dog breeds in the world. Disagree with our list? No worries; we would love to hear from you in the comments down below!

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Dalmatian (Photo by Michael Walk on Unsplash)

The List: Most Hyper Dog Breeds, According to Experts

1. Border Collie

Originating in the border region between Scotland and England, the Border Collie is one high-energy dog. Descending from the sheepdog, “The high-drive Border Collie would help keep any owner fit, as their energetic nature requires more exercise than just a walk around the block or playing in the yard. If owners don’t have cows or sheep available for herding practice, running would be a great activity to tire out the Border Collie,” says AKC.

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Border Collie (Photo by Anna Dudkova on Unsplash)

“Border Collies were originally bred as working dogs and certainly have the energy level to prove it! While they make good family pets, make sure to give them exercise. Without exercise, Border Collies (and all of the dogs on this list) will get bored. That’s not good for the dog’s mental health or your couch,” adds Proud Dog Mom.

“One of the most popular working breeds, the Border Collie is still used extensively on ranches and farms today. The Border Collie is easily number one on our list, and the same can be said for other lists you will find. This breed requires both mental and physical exercise to stay happy and healthy. As a responsible Border Collie owner, it’s your due diligence to ensure that they get the training time and exercise they need to thrive. Because of their demanding physical and mental needs, many would consider these beautiful dog breeds to be one of the most hyper dog breeds,” explains iHeartDogs.

2. Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd is a medium-sized herding dog known for its intelligence, agility, and versatility. Originating in the United States, this breed gained popularity due to its exceptional herding skills. “When you bring an Australian Shepherd home, be prepared to take care of a smart pup who is bound to make a bit of mischief when they have a lot of energy. These pups mostly worked as farm hands, and although they are easy to train and adapt well to their surroundings, they need to run and play too,” describes Wag!

closeup photo of Australian shepherd near green leafed plant
Australian Shepherd (Photo by Tomas Dolezal on Unsplash)

“With a jaw-dropping multi-colored coat and ice-blue eyes, the Australian Shepherd is a striking dog. He’s also extremely hyper one. This herding breed always needs a job to do to ensure boredom is kept at bay. Whether you enroll him in an agility course or doggie daycare, it’s important to keep your Australian Shepherd busy,” notes Hepper.

“This herding breed is still used to work stock on ranches and farms, and even those bred to be pets maintain the energy necessary to do the job. Therefore, they need regular exercise to make sure they stay happy and healthy while living in your home,” comments iHeartDogs.

3. Dalmatian

You may recognize this dog best from the Disney film “101 Dalmatians,” but the truth is that the actual breed is much more energetic than most people realize. “The Dalmatian is a dog breed that was primarily bred as a carriage dog in the mid-19th century. However, the breed’s good nature and intelligence made it a desirable pet for families, and it is now known as one of the most popular companion dogs,” reports PuppiesClub.

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Dalmatian (Photo by Karolína Maršálková on Unsplash)

“This handsome breed is easily recognizable by its white coat and black spots. It is the Dalmatian’s high energy that has made it the dog face associated with firefighting for generations. Their energy, endurance, and intelligence have made them an extreme asset in helping perform rescues and recoveries,” writes OodleLife.

“Dalmatian was historically bred and used as a coaching dog along with horses. As a result, today, as one of the high-energy dog breeds, Dalmatians can work in many other capacities. It is an athletic, agile, high-energy dog that can beautifully accompany you on your running and hiking trips. This particular dog breed is good at most of the dog sports too,” observes Breeding Business.

4. Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky, which originated in, you guessed it, Siberia, was originally bred as a sled dog to transport goods and people across the Arctic. A medium-sized working dog breed, “Huskies have incredible endurance, needing daily running in a safely fenced-in area. They do great with cold-weather outdoor sports, such as sledding,” says Modern Dog.

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Siberian Husky (Photo by Megan Byers on Unsplash)

“The Siberian Husky isn’t your typical family pet, and the breed thrives on adventure. A dog’s life isn’t complete without plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, so if you’re looking for an active dog that can keep up with you, the Husky is right for you,” adds PuppiesClub.

“A sociable, mischievous breed, the Siberian Husky is always up for an adventure. Whether you’re hiking up a mountain or participating in an outdoor sport, this breed is sure to keep you on your toes. However, Siberian Huskies shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time, as they thrive on companionship. If you work long hours, this may not be the dog for you,” explains Hepper.

5. Jack Russell Terrier

Now for the small but mighty Jack Russell Terrier. Don’t let their tiny size fool you; these little nuggets have some hyperactivity to let out. “The tiny Jack Russell is a contender for the most energy per pound of pup. If they don’t get enough exercise, then that energy has to go somewhere—mainly barking and jumping around for the slightest tiny reason,” describes The Scotsman.

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Jack Russell Terrier (Photo by Juli Kosolapova on Unsplash)

“Jack Russell Terriers have a compact, square-shaped body with short legs and a fox-like face with sharp teeth and a small nose. Their fur is coarse, and their ears stand erect and are prick-eared. The Jack Russell Terrier is an aggressive dog bred for fox hunting in early 19th-century England. Based on the fox terrier, the Jack Russell has a wiry coat, a sturdy frame, and an attitude that is friendly but tenacious,” notes PuppiesClub.

“These little terriers are full of energy and excel at many dog sports, as well as hunting. Even if these activities aren’t for you, it’s important to make sure your Jack Russell gets enough mental and physical exercise, or he’ll be quite the terror to live with,” concludes iHeartDogs.

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  1. Tim Haight says:

    I have had 5 Husky over my life, and NEVER have I had one that was mischivious. They have to be part of the family, they aren’t a dog you can put in the backyard and pet on the head when you happen to walk by. They love to play and be apart of whatever your doing, and that includes relaxing.
    They are not hard to train, most people don’t get that a Husky is so smart they know what your teaching them on the 2nd or 3rd time. It doesn’t take day after day. If they get board they run, so the more toys they have the better. They are incredible companions and great members of the family.

  2. Julie says:

    Jack Russell’s are energetic but also very adaptable. I was a shift worker & they would come for a morning walk after night shift then sleep for hours with me.
    I know have a Jack & a
    Aussie Foxy & the Foxy is so hard to stop barking even after spending a fortune on Dog Behaviourists. He is great around the house but I’d pick a Jack over any Dog having owned them (& other breeds, big & small) for 30 plus years.

  3. Joe T. says:

    I have a very high energy old family red nose pit bull terrier. He is very smart and has lots of energy. He loves long walks and loves running and playing. When he gets the zoomies there is no stopping him from running through the house and jumping on and off the couch and my bed in my room. He is a terrier through and through. He is a very active dog. I think Stafford shire terriers are very energetic dogs and very loyal and lovable. When it’s time to chill out, he lays on the couch with his head in my lap enjoying the petting. The media has turned these dogs into monsters and it’s a bunch of lies. This is the best dog I have ever had and he loves people. He loves when people pet him and when I take him to the store or on walks everyone wants to pet him and tell me how beautiful he is. He has an auburn coat and light brownish red eyes with brindle markings down his body. This dog came from the pound and I think he had a very awful life with the owner that surrendered him. I read the notes in his paperwork that came with him and it said some sad things about him. Said he was scared of everything, said he thinks the world is scary. He was trained to be a fighting dog and he was beaten and hit and poked with a stick. He went through behavioral training and took over 40 classes to make him adoptable. He’s not very good with meeting other dogs still and he wants to show dominance to the dog he sees. He pulls the leash and wants to get at the dog he sees. I can say that he’s getting better with other dogs and he don’t pull the leash and try to get at other dogs anymore, he just looks at the other dogs and acts like a he wants to go jump on them but he keeps walking and he listens to my commands. He is doing a lot better but still needs work and I’m working on that. That is the ONLY problem I have with him. If he gets to know a new dog he tries to show his dominance over that dog, but once he gets to know the other dog he is perfectly fine and is nice to the other dog. Even when he shows dominance he don’t bite the other dogs, he just jumps on them and tries to wrestle I guess. But if the other dog shows aggression he will go into fight mode. I have socialized him with a couple dogs he knows now and he is perfectly fine with them and he plays. He don’t try to fight with other dogs, he just tries to show dominance. Jackson is a very good, loving and loyal dog with a sad past, but he’s in a new forever home and isn’t scared of anything anymore. He has a good life now with an owner that loves him very much. He has come out of his shell and is living a happy, secure life. Thanks for reading and God bless.

  4. Janice Ropp says:

    I totally disagree! I have 3 Jack Russell terriers and an Australian Shepherd! They are all so chilled out, that there’s times I don’t even know they’re next to me

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  6. Sherry says:

    Ms Hite,
    Have loved Australian Shepherds for 45 years & they do not just have ice blue eye color as your article states.
    Color can be browns, blues, greens, amber & numerous variations & combinations of the above.

  7. Dazeera Mourad says:

    I have had 3 Dalmation and they are the MOST LOVING and entertaining dogs I have had. I would also call them very cleaver and harder to train than my 3 Gr. Shepherds . Each breed of dog has their attributes. I miss my Dals. The were exceedingly memorable and left me with beautiful memorie such as going on long long trail rides with my horses and camping out .

  8. Susan says:

    What about German Shepherd? Where can I find a reputable breeder? I’m in Texas. Please reply.

  9. Nancy Meyer says:

    Have you heard of Manchester Terrier? Ours keeps up and outsmarts our cousins Jack Russell in games and running flat out.