Border collies: highly intelligent, energetic herders excelling in agility and disc competitions. Great pets if given a job—love herding or playing puzzles.
Australian shepherds: intelligent, active, excel in dog sports. Bred to herd, need outlet for energy or may chase. Training and exercise are vital to avoid stubbornness.
Australian cattle dogs: hard-working, high-energy, excel in herding and sports. Need ample exercise and mental stimulation to avoid boredom as pets. Enjoy learning tricks and puzzle games.
Terriers (e.g., Jack Russells) are energetic, not lap dogs. Need training and exercise to avoid bad behavior like digging and excessive barking. Excel in dog sports and tricks.
Weimaraner: bred for hunting, energetic, needs ample exercise. Friendly but can be hyperactive. Structured training is vital to prevent stress and destructive behavior.
Belgian Malinois: excels in law enforcement, needs a job to thrive. Dog sports, nose work, and tracking provide mental stimulation. Regular exercise is crucial for a happy pet.
Icelandic Sheepdog: Iceland's native breed with a 1,000-year history. Used for herding and watching over livestock. Spitz type, foxy face, triangle ears, fluffy coat, and curled plumed tail.
Siberian huskies: bred for sled pulling, need lots of exercise. Consider sledding for fun. Long walks, runs, and hikes suit them well. Be cautious in hot climates due to their thick coats.
Dalmatians: historical carriage runners, high endurance. Need a job to prevent hyperactivity and bad habits like excessive barking. Great running/hiking partners for active individuals.
Boxers: goofy, lovable, and hyperactive. Great family companions but need structure and exercise. Doggie daycare, long walks, and games are essential for burning energy.