Top Ten Most Playful Dog Breeds

A few dogs are always energetic, happy, playful and loves to be played with. Here is a list of such dogs. Vote for the most playful dog of them all!
The Top Ten
1 Golden Retriever The Golden Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties, and were named 'retriever' because of their ability to retrieve shot game undamaged.

My Golden Retriever never rests much and always plays.

We have two Golden Retrievers. They live to play.

My Goldie is the most playful dog.

2 Labrador Retriever A variation of the Labrador Retriever, the Yellow Lab is known for its friendly and outgoing nature. Originating from Newfoundland, not Labrador as the name might imply, they are highly trainable and often used in roles such as search and rescue, guide dogs for the visually impaired, and as family pets... read more

I just got one, and although he is really lazy, I don't get enough peace these days. He just won't stop trying to play in his own doggy way. Really glad that he takes naps.

3 Boxer The Boxer is a medium-sized, short-haired breed of dog, developed in Germany. The coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colours are fawn, mahogany, black or brindled, with or without white markings, and white.

Amen. Boxers are bundles of butt-wiggling energy. If you have a Boxer, you know exactly what I'm talking about. I recommend Boxers to anyone who likes running, biking, or another form of exercise that can involve a dog. Not only are Boxers fantastic playmates, but way back when Boxers were first bred, they were used as bull baiting dogs. Now, however, Boxers are used as guards and service dogs, police dogs, water rescue, and so much more. Boxers are companions and more. I love my fur angels.

I totally agree. I love Boxers. I have a Boxer-Bulldog mix, and he is super playful and energetic.

4 Pembroke Welsh Corgi A small herding dog breed originating from Wales, Corgis are known for their distinct short legs and long bodies. Popular as both working dogs and pets, they have a lively and affectionate temperament. There are two main types: the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.
5 Jack Russell Terrier The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting. It is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated.
6 English Springer Spaniel The English Springer Spaniel is a breed of gun dog in the Spaniel family traditionally used for flushing and retrieving game.

My Springer Spaniel loves to play. He is very hyper but not aggressive.

7 Beagle The Beagle is a breed of small-sized hound, similar in appearance to the much larger foxhound. The Beagle is a scent hound, developed primarily for hunting hare.
8 Weimaraner
9 Portuguese Water Dog The Portuguese Water Dog is a breed of working dog as classified by the American Kennel Club. Portuguese Water Dogs are originally from the Portuguese region of the Algarve, from where the breed expanded to all around Portugal's coast, where they were taught to herd fish into fishermen's nets, to retrieve... read more
10 West Highland White Terrier The West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as the Westie or Westy, is a Scottish breed of dog with a distinctive white coat.

Thirteen years ago, we owned a Westie. Brichen o' BraeMar was her name. She was the most gentle, loving, and playful pet we have ever owned. God bless her.

The Contenders
11 Papillon
12 Border Collie The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Anglo-Scottish border region for herding livestock, especially sheep.
13 Dalmatian The Dalmatian is a breed of large dog, noted for its unique black or liver spotted coat and mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days.

Simply the best family dog in existence. But not one for the couch potatoes.

14 Australian Shepherd Despite its name, the Australian Shepherd was actually developed in the United States. Primarily a herding dog, it is characterized by its intelligence and agility. The breed is easily recognizable by its striking coat patterns and eye colors, which can include blue, brown, or even one of each.

My grandma has an Australian Shepherd, and it's beyond playful. It waits at the door for someone to come in, and when someone comes, he jumps up and down and starts to try to play with them.

15 Brittany Spaniel Now commonly referred to simply as the Brittany, this breed is a versatile gun dog known for its agility and keen senses. Originating in France, it is smaller than other spaniels and is often used for bird hunting. Highly energetic, the Brittany thrives in active environments.
16 Fox Terrier A British dog breed, the Fox Terrier was originally bred for fox hunting. It comes in two main varieties: Smooth and Wirehaired. Known for its lively demeanor, this breed is easily recognizable by its predominantly white coat with patches of color.
17 Maltese The Maltese is a hypoallergenic, small breed of dog in the Toy Group. It descends from dogs originating in the Central Mediterranean Area.

I saw my Maltese running everywhere, doing the cute eyes so I can play. This is supposed to be fun.

18 German Shepherd The German Shepherd is a breed of medium to large-sized working dog that originated in Germany. The breed's officially recognized name is German Shepherd Dog in the English language. The breed is known as the Alsatian in Britain and Ireland.
19 Yorkshire Terrier The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog breed of terrier type, developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills.

I'm very surprised this one wasn't on here. I babysat two of these dogs, and they would not stop moving. No, I didn't say playing, I said moving. They wouldn't take a break at all and they slept for only like 2 hours at the most. They kept bothering my Maltese and they kept trying to get me to play with them all day. I was so sleepy and tired. Never again.

20 Pug The Pug is a breed of dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colours, most often fawn or black, and a compact square body with well-developed muscles. However, Pugs have difficulty breathing, due to their extreme head shape... read more
21 Siberian Husky The Siberian Husky is a medium size, dense-coat working dog breed that originated in north-eastern Siberia.
22 Havanese The Havanese, a breed of Bichon type, is the national dog of Cuba, developed from the now extinct Blanquito de la Habana.

My daughter has a Havanese, and he wags his tail when you smile at him. He has real style. He doesn't just jump off the sofa. He leaps up into the air with such joy that it's fun to watch him. He throws his toys up into the air and then shakes them like crazy when he catches them. He stretches out in ecstasy when you pet him and gazes up at you with love. When company comes, he doesn't just wag his tail, he wags his entire body. I love that dog.

I have a Havanese puppy. It's probably the best dog ever.

I own a Havanese. He is the best thing ever. I highly recommend this dog.

23 Boston Terrier The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States. This "American Gentleman" was accepted in 1893 by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting breed.
24 Tibetan Terrier The Tibetan Terrier is a medium-size breed of dog that originated in Tibet. Despite its name, it is not a member of the terrier group.
25 Old English Sheepdog The Old English Sheepdog is a large breed of dog which was developed in England from early herding types of dog.
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