Celebrate National Dog Day with what else—a gallery of undeniable shepherds, Doodles, labs, and more. Whether you’ve got a pooch in your life, or you’re looking to get one so you can have a full-time running buddy and wingman, we took a look at the 10 coolest, spunkiest dog breeds with the best personalities and fitness levels. Not all can tackle a six-mile mountain hike or marathon run, but they’ll be happy to be your new best friend.
Personality: The American Kennel Association doesn’t have information on Goldendoodles because they're a crossbreed between a Golden Retriever and Poodle, but these guys are energetic, friendly, smart, highly trainable, and bear striking resemblance to a stuffed toy.
Energy and fitness: Depending on the size—miniature (15 to 30 pounds), medium (30 to 45 pounds), and standard (45 to more than 100 pounds), some Goldendoodles may be more active than others. Overall, they’re a playful dog that’ll be happy to join you in sports and activities.
Personality: These compact little guys are curious, alert, adaptable, playful, and smart.
Energy and fitness: Frenchies aren’t the best for hitting the trails or track; they're more suited to be indoor companions. So, they may enjoy watching you lift or bang out an indoor workout, but guarantees they won’t interrupt. French bulldogs have medium energy levels, and happen to be the ninth most popular dog breed. Take this puppy to the park and you’ll be flocked with women in no time—they’re irresistible. Chrissy Tiegan has one, just FYI.
Personality: Once a relationship is built, German sheperds are unbelievably fun loving and energetic. Eager to please, these dogs are smart, steady, courageous and confident.
Energy and fitness: A true dog lover’s dog (they happen to be the second most popular dog breed), German shepherds make excellent running companions. They’re strong, well-muscled, and bred to keep up with fast paces—one of the many reasons they’re used in the armed forces and as police dogs.
Personality: Part of the herding group, Australian shepherds are incredibly smart, work-oriented, and loaded with enthusiasm. The 18th most popular breed, Aussies are the perfect pet if you’re looking for loyalty and animation. (And despite their name, they're an American breed, hailing from the high mountain ranches of Colorado.)
Energy and fitness: Australian shepherds have high energy levels, are true working dogs—meaning they don’t agree with a couch potato lifestyle—and require a lot of exercise. They have the stamina to keep up with your most vigorous outdoor workouts, and have natural guarding instincts, so they also double as a bodyguard.
Personality: Labs are high-spirited, outgoing, and get along with other dogs and people.
Energy and fitness: For a medium-sized dog, these puppies have high energy. They're athletic, have a strong build, and are happy to tag along whether you're fishing, hunting, or doing pretty much any other activity. Take them with you on the track or trails, they can keep pace with both.
Personality: A bit mischievous, these working-class dogs are the perfect combination of manly and lovable. The 13th most popular dog breed, Huskies are loyal, outgoing, friendly, and alert.
Energy and fitness: These medium-sized dogs have a lot of energy under all that fur. They’re very active, and enjoy frequent, regular exercise. Originally bred as sled dogs, it’s in their nature to run. They’ve got wonderful power, speed, and endurance, so feel free to tag ‘em along on your adventures. Obviously they have super thick under and topcoats, so they thrive best in moderate to cold weather.
Personality: If you’re going to get a little dog, get one with huge personality like the Jack Russell terrier. These dogs are lively, inquisitive, and brimming with adventurous spirit. They’re highly intelligent, friendly, and quite skilled. A bit underrated if you ask us, they’re the 102nd most popular dog breed.
Energy and fitness: Full of life, Jack Russell terriers are strong, active, and agile. Their boundless energy makes them perfect for long runs, and they can serve as entertainment, too. Some talented pups can scale up trees and perform tricks. Plus, with their small size and friendly demeanor, you can take them practically anywhere.
Personality: Unique as they are outgoing, Dalmatians are energetic, active, and intelligent dogs. They’re the perfect pet if you want a workout companion and wingman on the fly. Who can resist a Dalmatian?
Energy and exercise: Incredibly high-spirited, Dalmatians can keep up with horses—so they can definitely keep up with your pace.