When choosing a dog, it’s imperative to make sure that the breed you’re considering–or even the mix of breeds in the mutt you’d like to adopt–has traits that will blend with your lifestyle. Of course there are exceptions to every rule; like humans, every dog has its own unique personality. But in general, these 10 popular dog breeds need room to roam to live their happiest, healthiest lives.
This list is by no means extensive, but if you live in an active household and have a big, fenced-in yard, one of these dog breeds (or mixes) might be the perfect addition to your family!
1. Siberian Huskies
Considering that Huskies were bred to pull sleighs in sub-zero temperatures hundreds of miles a day, it’s no wonder that these beauties need room to run! When looking to add a dog to your family, it’s tempting to choose a Husky based on looks alone. However, it’s important to know that they love the outdoors and have tons of energy to burn (or else, they’ll get into mischief!). But if you can provide adequate exercise and outdoor space for this pooch, you’ll have a great companion to take along on all your adventures.
This adorably droopy dog is known for its incredible ability to track scents with its nose. That’s one of the reasons why Bloodhounds would find their bliss in a large, fenced-in yard where they could sniff and explore to their heart’s content. They also need a good amount of exercise, so space to play is ideal!
3. Labrador Retriever
These happy-go-lucky pooches are America’s favorite dog breed. They’re athletic, as their name suggests (they’ll “retrieve”any toy that you throw), so a nice, open yard is like a Lab’s playground. Social with dogs and people, any Lab would be over the moon to have playdates in a backyard. And if you have a (safe) body of water in that fenced-in area? Added bonus!
4. Pit Bulls
Pitties are known for being happy, high-energy, and affectionate. These muscle-dense dogs tend to be incredibly athletic, and the best way to release all that energy–and amazing potential–is to have lots of room for them to sprint, jump, and most importantly, play with you! The end of a chain is no place for a Pit Bull.
These pups have the need to run coursing through their veins! That’s why if you get a Greyhound, you must give it an outlet. They’d make great partners for those who love a long jog, but if running isn’t your thing (or if you can’t commit to doing it every day), a large, enclosed yard that allows your dog to run laps or chase toys would be a great alternative.
Pointers were bred to have stamina while accompanying their humans on hunts that last from dawn until dusk. Because of their ability to remain steadily active for hours at a time, having an outdoor space where they can exert some extra energy will make them better companions when it’s time to be indoors.
7. Jack Russell Terrier
They may be small, but they seem to be spring-loaded! Jack Russell Terriers are one of the most active breeds out there, and for this reason, would thrive in a big, enclosed yard where they can run and play for long periods of time. That is, unless you don’t mind having a pup that zooms, bounces, and jumps all around the house! Reminder: excess energy usually leads to destruction!
8. Springer Spaniel
Pretty much any hunting breed will thoroughly enjoy a wide, open outdoor space, and Springer Spaniels are no exception. Their intense prey drive means that being able to sniff, watch, and chase backyard critters puts them in seventh heaven. Like Pointers, Springers were bred to have endurance during a long hunt, so they’ve got energy to burn!
9. German Shepherd
GSD’s are one of the most popular dog breeds in America, so if you’re looking for a loyal, protective pooch, there’s a good chance you’ve considered this gorgeous pup. Any working or herding dog would greatly benefit from having a spacious outdoor area, especially if given a job to do.
10. Australian Shepherd
These long-haired beauties have a herding instinct that’s nearly impossible to repress! Bored Aussies may start herding children or small animals, so keeping these smart dogs busy and able to roam is imperative to their happiness. For this reason, Aussies excel when given jobs on working ranches.