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Top 10 Playful Dog Breeds in the World

Dog playfulness, much like human playfulness, comes in multiple different forms. While any breed can learn a number of games, tricks, skills and commands – some breeds take dramatically more patience and time that other breeds. A dog’s breed plays a big role in the type of playfulness that the dog will display. For example, a dog developed for the purpose of hunting, retrieving or herding will be athletic, eager to work and learn, eager to please its owner and will therefore be relatively easy to train for specific games such as fetch, Frisbee catching and any other form of athletic game.

Playing with your dog is a perfect way to form a strong and loving connection with it! Playful breeds are also great for families with children as they provide perfect playmates. When playing with your dog it is important to focus on what aspects of play that your dog enjoys the most and to always remain patient, playful, positive and relaxed during any play session to make the session as enjoyable for both yourself and your dog.

01. The English Springer Spaniel

Playful Dog Breeds

The English Springer Spaniel is a breed of gun dog that was developed in England in the mid-19th century. However, Spaniel-type dogs have been present within English art and literature for over 500 years. Traditionally the English Springer Spaniel was not used to retrieve game, during a hunt, but would rather flush the game out of their hiding spots and chase them towards the guns. The breeds role during hunts lead to it being called the ‘Springer’ due to the fact that it would ‘spring’ prey into flight. The English Springer Spaniel is very similar to the English Cocker Spaniel and at first glance there seems to be no differences – other than the English Springer Spaniel being larger in size. However, the English Cocker Spaniel tends to have longer ears and the English Springer Spaniel tends to have a longer muzzle and a less abundant coat. The English Springer Spaniel is now commonly used as a sniffer dog throughout the world.

  • Life span: 9 – 12 years old (up to 15)

Height and Weight

A fully grown English Springer Spaniel will normally be between 18 and 22 inches (46 to 56 cm) tall at the shoulder. A healthy adult English Springer Spaniel will normally weigh between 45 and 55 pounds (20.5 to 25 kg), depending on its size.

Coat

The English Springer Spaniel comes in two types: Field-bred dogs and Show-bred dogs. The Field-bred dogs have a shorter and more coarse coats than the Show-bred dogs. Both types of English Springer Spaniel will normally only shed in the Spring and Summer months. Their coats normally come in black or liver (dark brown) and will have distinctive white markings.

Temperament

A typical English Springer Spaniel is friendly, intelligent, quick to learn, eager to please and willing to obey which is why they are so commonly used as working dogs. If they are socialized and raised in a happy and friendly household, they can also make excellent family pets. It is not uncommon for a English Springer Spaniel to develop a close relationship to a single member of a family unit – normally the person who feed it! It is a sociable breed that enjoys the company of children and other animals.

Breed Characteristics

  • Adaptability: 6/10
  • Friendliness: 10/10
  • Health: 6/10
  • Ease of Grooming: 4/10
  • Amount of Shedding: 6/10
  • Trainability: 8/10
  • Intelligence: 10/10
  • Exercise Needed: 10/10
  • Playfulness: 10/10
  • Family Friendliness: 10/10

02. The Australian Cattle Dog

Playful Dog Breeds

The Australian Cattle Dog, commonly known as simply the “Cattle Dog” or by its initialism ADC, is a breed of herding dog. The breed originates from Australia and was developed to be able to drive cattle over long distances of rough terrain. The Australian Cattle Dog is a medium-sized, short- coated dog that occurs in two main colorations. The breed will either have a brown or black hair distributed throughout its white coat. Due to this speckling affect the breed has commonly been known as the “red Heeler” or the “blue Heeler” dog – depending if the speckled color is brown or black. The Australian Cattle Dog is known to be highly energetic and intelligent as well as having an independent streak. As a whole, the breed responds well to interesting and challenging structured training. The Australian Cattle Dog is also known to be highly affectionate and loyal. They make fantastic guards dogs and will happily guard places, people and possessions.

  • Life span: 10 to 12 years old (up to 15)

Height and Weight

A fully grown Australian Cattle Dog will normally stand between 17 to 20 inches (43 to 51 cm) tall at the shoulder. A healthy adult Australian Cattle Dog will normally weigh between 30 to 50 pounds (13.5 to 22.5 kg). It is important to note that the weight of a healthy Australian Cattle Dog depends on how large the Australian Cattle Dog is – taller Australian Cattle Dogs should weigh more.

Breed Characteristics

  • Adaptability: 6/10
  • Friendliness: 8/10
  • Health: 10/10
  • Ease of Grooming: 8/10
  • Amount of Shedding: 6/10
  • Trainability: 8/10
  • Intelligence: 10/10
  • Exercise Needed: 10/10
  • Playfulness: 10/10
  • Family Friendliness: 10/10

03. The Beagle

Playful Dog Breeds

The Beagle is a small sized breed of scent hound that has been bred for the specific purpose of hunting hare. The Beagle has approximately 220 million scent receptors within its nose – which is over 40 times as many as humans! Due to their incredible sense of smell and ingrained ability to track, the Beagle is often employed as a detection dog within he agriculture and food industries. Breeds similar to the Beagle have existed for the last 2500 years, but the modern day Beagle was developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1800s. Due to its size, good temperament and lack of inherited health issues, the Beagle has become a very popular household pet.

  • Life span: 8 – 10 years old (up to 15)

Height and Weight

On average an adult Beagle will stand at around 13 to 15 inches tall (33 to 38 cm). They also normally weigh between 18 and 30 pounds (8 to 13 kg). It is important to remember that males are normally slightly larger and heavier than females.

Children and Other Pets

Beagles are very compassionate dogs and will bond with everyone in your family, especially children. It is important to remember that Beagles are a very playful breed and should be supervised while with children. Beagles tend to use their mouth during play, which can frighten some small children. It is important to teach your children how to approach your Beagle to help keep it calm. Beagles are pack dogs and enjoy the company of other dogs and animals (such as house rabbits and cats).

Breed Characteristics

  • Adaptability: 6/10
  • Friendliness: 10/10
  • Health: 6/10
  • Ease of Grooming: 8/10
  • Amount of Shedding: 6/10
  • Trainability: 8/10
  • Intelligence: 7/10
  • Exercise Needed: 10/10
  • Playfulness: 10/10
  • Family Friendliness: 10/10

04. The Boston Terrier

Playful Dog Breeds

The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog that originates from the United States of America. The breed is also commonly known as the “American Gentleman”, the “Boston Bull”, the “Boxwood” and the “Boston Bull Terrier”. The Boston Terrier has characteristic markings: a white coat with large amounts of black, brindle or seal (dark brown) colored markings across its body. The breed’s characteristic “tuxedo” appearance lead to the nickname the “American Gentleman”. Any other coat colorations are not accepted by the American Kennel Club, as they are usually obtained by crossbreeding. The Boston Terrier has a compactly- built, muscled and well-proportioned body with a square-shaped head, erect ears and a slightly arched neck. The breed generally has a short and unwrinkled muzzle. The Boston Terrier is known to be a gentle, happy, friendly and loyal breed of dog. They are incredibly eager to please their owners and are therefore easy to train. The breed is known to be extremely territorial and protective and is therefore not recommended to be kept in a household with other small pets.

  • Life span: 10 to 13 years old (up to 15)

Height and Weight

A fully grown Boston Terrier will normally stand between 12 to 15 inches (30.5 to 38 cm) tall at the shoulder. A healthy adult Boston Terrier will normally weigh between 10 to 25 pounds (4.5 to 11.5 kg). It is important to note that the weight of a healthy Boston Terrier depends on how large the Boston Terrier is – taller Boston Terriers should weigh more. The American Kennel Club divides the breed into three classes: under 15 pounds, 15 pounds and under 20 pounds, and 20 pounds and not exceeding 25 pounds.

Breed Characteristics

  • Adaptability: 8/10
  • Friendliness: 10/10
  • Health: 8/10
  • Ease of Grooming: 10/10
  • Amount of Shedding: 4/10
  • Trainability: 6/10
  • Intelligence: 8/10
  • Exercise Needed: 8/10
  • Playfulness: 10/10
  • Family Friendliness: 10/10

05. The Belgian Malinois

Playful Dog Breeds

The Belgian Malinois is a medium-to-large breed of dog. The breed is also commonly referred to as the “Belgian Shepherd,” due to its similar appearance to the German Shepherd. The name “Malinois” is derived from the French word “Malines”, which is the French name for the breed’s city of origin. Traditionally the breed has been used as a working dog as has mainly been tasked with odor based detection (such as bomb detection narcotic detection) and in arson investigations. The breed is also commonly used as a general purposes guard dog, police dog and as a search and rescue dog. Due to the breed being developed for its physical traits, and ability’ for its sense of smell, the Belgian Malinois can vary greatly in appearance. However most pure breed Belgian Malinois will have a short coat, a medium-to-large muscular body and large pointed ears. It is most common for a Belgian Malinois’s coat to come in the following colorations: black, fawn, mahogany and tan. The breed has a black mask-like marking over its muzzle in a similar fashion to the German Shepherd. The Belgian Malinois is known to be a highly intelligent, athletic, friendly, loyal and protective breed. They make for perfect family pets as they are very gentle and affectionate towards small children and other small animals. The breed is likewise very easy to train due to the fact that they are very reward orientated.

  • Life span: 10 – 12 years old (up to 15)

Height and Weight

A fully grown Belgian Malinois will normally stand between 22 to 26 inches (56 to 66 cm) tall at the shoulder. A healthy adult Belgian Malinois will normally weigh between 40 to 80 pounds (18 to 36 kg). It is important to note that the weight of a healthy Belgian Malinois depends on how large the Belgian Malinois is – taller Belgian Malinois should weigh more.

Breed Characteristics

  • Adaptability: 6/10
  • Friendliness: 8/10
  • Health: 8/10
  • Ease of Grooming: 10/10
  • Amount of Shedding: 3/10
  • Trainability: 8/10
  • Intelligence: 10/10
  • Exercise Needed: 10/10
  • Playfulness: 10/10
  • Family Friendliness: 10/10

06. The French Bulldog

Playful Dog Breeds

The French Bulldog (commonly nicknamed “Frenchi”) is a small breed of short haired companion dog. The breed is a cross between the English Bulldog and French Terriers (and other breeds that hunt rats) and came into existence in the early 1800s. The French Bulldog ranked as the 9th most popular breed in the USA and the 4th most popular breed in the United Kingdom in 2014!

The French Bulldog comes in a wide variety of coat colorations including: fawn, cream, black, brindle, white and even blue (a light steely gray color). The French Bulldog should appear small, muscular, heavy boned, active, compactly built and have a smooth coat. They should also have a large square shaped head with a broad, deep and well laid back muzzle. A French Bulldog should have a short nose with broad and well defined nostrils. The breed also has a deep, broad and square under-jaw. The combination of the short nose and large under-jaw makes the French Bulldog a breed that is prone to drooling!

  • Life span: 10 – 12 years old (up to 14)

Size

Adult French Bulldogs should normally be around n to 12 inches (28 to 30 cm) tall at the shoulder. An adult Frenchie will normally weigh between 16 and 28 pounds (7 to 13 kg).

Frenchie Clubs

There are many French Bulldog clubs throughout the world. We recommended bringing your Frenchie to a gathering while it is a puppy to help socialize it with other dogs. French Bulldog clubs are also a great way to meet other owners and gain first hand grooming tips.

Personality

The French Bulldog is a smart, compassionate and affectionate breed that enjoys spending a lot of its time with people and other animals. The breed is very easy to train as long as training sessions are kept positive and full of praise, play and food based rewards.

Breed Characteristics

  • Adaptability: 6/10
  • Friendliness: 8/10
  • Health: 6/10
  • Ease of Grooming: 10/10
  • Amount of Shedding: 5/10
  • Trainability: 6/10
  • Intelligence: 6/10
  • Exercise Needed: 8/10
  • Playfulness: 10/10
  • Family Friendliness: 10/10

07. The Finnish Lapphund

Playful Dog Breeds

The Finnish Lapphund is a medium-sized breed of dog that is a member of the Spitz typing. The breed is also commonly known as the “Lapinkoira Suomenlapinkoira” in its native country of Finland. Despite being an incredibly popular breed within Finland and other Nordic countries, the Finnish Lapphund is relatively rare in the other countries of the world. The Finnish Lapphund lineage is that of a female wolf-male dog hybridization that occurred post-domestication around 3000 years ago. The breed was originally developed to be a reindeer herder for the Sami people. The Sami are an indigenous people who reside in areas that are now classified as Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia.The Sami have used dogs to herd reindeer for centuries and have always prioritized breeds with long bodies of a rectangular shape, long haired coats and long straight tail that has the ability to curl over the dog’s back.

The Finnish Lapphund is the most similar modern breed to that of the long haired reindeer herders developed by the Sami people.The Finnish Lapphund is a compactly built muscular breed with large, pricked and highly mobile ears. The breed also has a profuse double coat with a short, fluffy undercoat and a longer top coat. The breed’s double coat allows them to be virtually waterproof and have a high insistence to extreme cold. The breed also has a large amount of hair around its neck which gives the impression of a lion’s mane.

Due to their history and background in herding, the Finnish Lapphund is a highly energetic breed that excels in dog agility trials, mushing, carting and herding events at dog shows. The Finnish Lapphund is also incredibly intelligent and obedient which makes training the breed relatively easy. The breed is also known to be incredibly friendly, good natured, gentle, alert and loyal. However, they do have a tendency to bark at strangers, unknown dogs and unfamiliar things. The Finnish Lapphund is a perfect choice for families with children as they are incredibly adaptable and responsive.

  • Life span: 12 – 13 years old (up to 15)

Height and Weight

A fully grown Finnish Lapphund will normally stand between 17 to 20 inches (43 to 50.8 cm) tall at the shoulder. A healthy adult Finnish Lapphund will normally weigh between 33 to 53 pounds (15 to 24 kg). It is important to note that the weight of a healthy Finnish Lapphund depends on how large the Finnish Lapphund is – taller Finnish Lapphund should weigh more.

Breed Characteristics

  • Adaptability: 6/10
  • Friendliness: 8/10
  • Health: 6/10
  • Ease of Grooming: 3/10
  • Amount of Shedding: 1/10
  • Trainability: 6/10
  • Intelligence: 8/10
  • Exercise Needed: 8/10
  • Playfulness: 8/10
  • Family Friendliness: 10/10

08. The Jack Russell

Playful Dog Breeds

The Jack Russell is a small breed of dog that is a member of the Terrier typing. The Jack Russell is also commonly known by its initials, “JRT”, or simply as a “Jack”. The Jack Russell was originally developed for the purpose of hunting foxes. The breed was designed to be athletic enough to be able to chase and intimidate their quarry while also having an even unaggressive temperament, which keeps it from attacking the fox and effectively ending the hunt. Both the Jack Russell and the Fox Terrier descend from the same group of dogs owned by Reverend Jack Russell in 1795. Originally Jack Russell’s with white coat colorations were favored due to the fact that there was a need to be able to distinguish between the dog and their prey. Due to the fact that the Jack Russell has a working background, the breed has hardly changed over the last 200 years. The breed still has a predominately white coat with black, brown or tan markings.

The Jack Russell has three potential coat types: rough, smooth and broken (which is a combination of the rough and smooth coats). In modern times the breed is still commonly used for working purposes – however it is more commonly used for vermin control purposes rather than sporting/hunting purposes. The Jack Russell is commonly used to trap vermin, such as foxes and groundhogs, in their dens while their owners dig to the vermin. The temperament of dogs is normally affected by the following factors: individual personality, heredity, training and socialization. It is therefore important to make sure that you meet the puppy’s mother before purchasing a Jack Russell. It is also important to make sure to thoroughly socialize your Jack Russell with strangers, children and other animals during its puppyhood.

Generally speaking, the Jack Russell is a highly intelligent, friendly and energetic breed. They make a good pet for households with an active lifestyle. It is important to note that the Jack Russell was developed for hunting purposes and therefore has a high prey drive. The Jack Russell will commonly pursue smaller animals, such as squirrels or cats, which can make it an unsuitable pet for household with multiple animals. It is also important to note that as a working breed, the Jack Russell has a high amount of energy which needs to be expended. If the Jack Russell has a buildup of energy, it is likely to develop destructive behaviors due to boredom or hyperactivity.

  • Life span: 10 – 13 years old (up to 15)

Height and Weight

A fully grown Jack Russell will normally stand between 10 to 15 inches (2.5.5 to 38 cm) tall at the shoulder. A healthy adult Jack Russell will normally weigh between 13 to 17 pounds (6 to 7.75 kg). It is important to note that the weight of a healthy Jack Russell depends on how large the Jack Russell is – taller Jack Russell should weigh more.

Breed Characteristics

  • Adaptability: 6/10
  • Friendliness: 10/10
  • Health: 7/10
  • Ease of Grooming: 6/10
  • Amount of Shedding: 5/10
  • Trainability: 8/10
  • Intelligence: 10/10
  • Exercise Needed: 10/10
  • Playfulness: 10/10
  • Family Friendliness: 10/10

09. The Lancashire Heeler

Playful Dog Breeds

The Lancashire Heeler is a small breed of dog that originated in Lancashire, in England. The breed is believed to be a descendant of the Welsh Corgi, due to the fact that the Welsh Corgi was used to drive livestock from Whales to the north western regions of England. In the Ormskirk area, a type of black and tan terrier, known as the “Manchester Terrier” was introduced. It is believed that the Lancashire Heeler breed was created by mixing the Welsh Corgi and the Manchester Terrier. The Lancashire Heeler breed is known to be at least 150 years old. The Lancashire Heeler has traditionally been used as a general purpose farm dog and is capable of both exterminating small vermin, such as rats, and herding cattle.

The Lancashire Heeler breed was recognized as being a vulnerable native breed by the English Kennel Club in 2006, which means that there are under 300 registrations of Lancashire Heelers on a yearly basis. The Lancashire Heeler has been known to compete in dog agility trials, obedience trials, showmanship competitions, flyball and herding events. The breed has a short and harsh top coat and a short and smooth undercoat that keeps it warm and dry in any weather. The temperament of dogs is normally affected by the following factors: individual personality, heredity, training and socialization. It is therefore important to make sure that you meet the puppy’s mother before purchasing a Lancashire Heeler. It is also important to make sure to thoroughly socialize your Lancashire Heeler with strangers, children and other animals during its puppyhood.

Generally speaking, the Lancashire Heeler is known to be an alert, friendly, energetic and intelligent breed. The Lancashire Heeler is also known to be incredibly affectionate and playful when it is around its direct family unit. Despite its small size, the Lancashire Heeler is a relatively strong breed that enjoys physical exertion. It is important to note that as a working breed, the Lancashire Heeler has a high amount of energy which needs to be expended. If the Lancashire Heeler has a buildup of energy, it is likely to develop destructive behaviors due to boredom or hyperactivity.

  • Life span: 9 – 11 years old (up to 14)

Height and Weight

A fully grown Lancashire Heeler will normally stand between 10 to 12 inches (25.5 to 30.5 cm) tall at the shoulder. A healthy adult Lancashire Heeler will normally weigh between 13 to 15 pounds (5.9 to 6.8 kg). It is important to note that the weight of a healthy Lancashire Heeler depends on how large the Lancashire Heeler is – taller Lancashire Heeler should weigh more.

Breed Characteristics

  • Adaptability: 6/10
  • Friendliness: 7/10
  • Health: 8/10
  • Ease of Grooming: 8/10
  • Amount of Shedding: 6/10
  • Trainability: 7/10
  • Intelligence: 8/10
  • Exercise Needed: 8/10
  • Playfulness: 10/10
  • Family Friendliness: 10/10

10. The Lhasa Apso

Playful Dog Breeds

The Lhasa Apso is a companion breed of dog that originates from Tibet and is believed to be over 4000 years old. In Tibet, the Lhasa Apso is known as the Apso Seng Kyi,’ which translates to the ‘Bearded Lion Dog.’ The breed was developed for the purposes of being a household, or a monetary, sentinel that was tasked with letting people know if any intruders enter the property. The Lhasa Apso has an incredible sense of hearing and a loud sharp bark, which makes it a perfect burglar alarm. Traditionally in Tibet, the Lhasa Apso was never sold and the only way to obtain one was for it to be received as a gift. The Lhasa Apso breed was introduced to the United States of America in 1933, when Thubten Gyatso, 13th Dalai Lama gifted a pair of Lhasa Apso to C. Suydam Cutting. Due to the fact that the Lhasa Apso was developed in incredibly harsh conditions found within the Himalaya region, the breed is surprisingly hardy and long living.

The Lhasa Apso is known for its unique looking coat. The breed’s coat has a heavy and hard texture and the hairs lie straight. It is considered a fault if a Lhasa Apso coat is wooly or silky to the touch. The breed’s coat comes in a wide variety of colorations that includes black, white, red and various shades of gold. Despite the breed having a dense long haired coat it is actually considered to be a hypo¬allergenic breed. This is due to the fact that the Lhasa Apso’s coat hair is relatively heavy which decreases the chance of airborne hairs, dander and allergens. The Lhasa Apso’s coat shed continuously in a similar fashion to human hair. The temperament of dogs is normally affected by the following factors: individual personality, heredity, training and socialization. It is therefore important to make sure that you meet the puppy’s mother before purchasing a Lhasa Apso. It is also important to make sure to thoroughly socialize your Lhasa Apso with strangers, children and other animals during its puppyhood.

Generally speaking, the Lhasa Apso is affectionate, intelligent, independent and assertive. The breed is incredibly loyal towards its family unit but is highly suspicious of strangers, due to their history as a sentinel dog.

Height and Weight

A fully grown Lhasa Apso will normally stand between 9 to 11 inches (23 to 28 cm) tall at the shoulder. A healthy adult Lhasa Apso will normally weigh between 12 to 15 pounds (5.5 to 6.8 kg). It is important to note that the weight of a healthy Lhasa Apso depends on how large the Lhasa Apso is – taller Lhasa Apso should weigh more.

Breed Characteristics

  • Adaptability: 8/10
  • Friendliness: 6/10
  • Health: 6/10
  • Ease of Grooming: 2/10
  • Amount of Shedding: 6/10
  • Trainability: 6/10
  • Intelligence: 8/10
  • Exercise Needed: 8/10
  • Playfulness: 10/10
  • Family Friendliness: 9/10

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