Which breed has the most energy on average?

Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, and Australian Cattle Dogs have tons of energy, and need to be exercised lots mentally, and physically. What is the order of the breeds from most energy to least?

Asked by Toby on Dec 22nd 2010 in Breeds A-B
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Some breeds have more energy than others, but it really depends on the particular dog.

Dogs like Clumber Spaniels are most likely not to be as entergentic. Most terriers, such as Jack Russells, have a high amount of energy as well. Some dogs, like German Shepherds, aren't as much as enteregentic but like to work more.

Brutus answered on 12/22/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


It really depends on the dog. There are some chill ones and some crazy ones in all of those breeds. I think the Aussie is best suited to a normal "pet" life of the three- ACDs and BCs need a job. But so do some Aussies too. Just from personal experience I've noticed Aussies are the least OCD and hyper, but ACDs and BC can be lovely, calm stable pets IF they are well-bred AND you exercise the crap out of them.

If you're adopting a dog or buying a puppy, do your homework, and also try to assess the dog BEFORE you bring it home. For a puppy, what are the parents like? Ask the breeder how much exercise they require, if they have any "quirks" like chasing shadows or barking at the wall, that kind of thing. Try to figure out what "real life" is like living with the breed, not the ideal fantasy picture you're probably thinking about.

Maggie answered on 12/22/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


In the case of those three breeds it is impossible to tell which will have the most energy. It is more about their need to have a job, and without a job to do, their energy will have no outlet except destruction and chaos. These are dogs that definitely are not couch potatoes... they need 3 to 4 hours of physical exercise daily, 24/7, to keep them content and somewhat calm. My friend used to raise Aussies and she would not sell them unless the potential owner had stock to work. Otherwise, she found they were always being returned since their activity level was too high and they made their own jobs if the owner didn't keep them active. Their own jobs usually were not desired... herding kids, cats, or just plain destroying the home.

Member 641257 answered on 12/22/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Of just the 3 you listed?
1. Border Collie
2. Australian Cattle Dog
3. Aussie Shepherd
As with every breed, there are variations. I have met hyper-skinny pugs. I have met lazy Aussie Shepherds.

You can't rule in or out a breed as a whole. But you can rule out, an individual puppy if it is apparent it's ADHD and bouncing off the walls.

Pepper answered on 12/22/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer