11 Most HYPER Dog Breeds (With Photos)

Bringing a new puppy into your family is one of the best things ever! There are a lot of different factors to consider when deciding which puppy is the perfect fit for you. One of the considerations, an important one, is having a dog that matches your level of activity.

If you’re living a very high-energy lifestyle, you will likely want a companion who matches that energy. 

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11 Most HYPER Dog Breeds

The following list will contain 11 of the most hyper puppy breeds (according to the experts). This information may help you decide which little ball of energy is perfect for you.

1. Chihuahua

These little cuties are tiny, but they are mighty. They are incredibly energetic and need a lot of exercise throughout the day. 

a chihuahua plays in snow
A Chihuahua so passionate about soccer that it does not let winter get in the way!

Chihuahuas are naturally energetic from birth. They also tend to get even more fidgety when bored or anxious. It is essential to ensure they get the exercise they need throughout the day to help expend that energy.

These little cuties come in all different shapes and sizes, so you are sure to find the perfect big-eyed hyper puppy to fit into your active lifestyle.

2. Dalmatian

This handsome breed is easily recognizable by its white coat and black spots. It is the Dalmatian’s high energy that has made it the dog face associated with firefighting for generations. Their energy, endurance, and intelligence have made them an extreme asset in helping perform rescues and recoveries.

training Dalmatian
Dalmatian during an agility course training.

They are incredibly smart and playful and have seemingly endless energy. They need a lot of exercise, both mentally and physically. If they become bored, they will find a way to entertain themselves to expend that energy.

This can often lead to them getting themselves into mischief or trouble.

The Dalmatian is an excellent fit for anyone with an extremely active lifestyle. Constant activity will allow the Dalmatian to thrive. They truly are the perfect companion for anyone looking for an intelligent and energetic puppy. 

3. Boxer

Boxers are a large breed known to be on the stockier side. This loveable breed usually weighs an average of 65-80 pounds, so they need a bigger space to live and thrive. They are incredibly protective and smart. 

Boxer dog with stick running on grass
A happy Boxer adult runs in the grass with a stick

This handsome, hyper puppy breed needs a minimum of an hour of thorough exercise per day to help keep them calm.

Boxers love to run, play, and explore. This makes them an ideal companion for those who love an outdoor exploring lifestyle. They make the perfect jogging, hiking, and adventuring friend to join you on your journeys.

4. Poodle

These curly-haired balls of adorable are considered one of the most intelligent dog breeds of all. Besides being known for their luscious curly coats, they are widely known for their intelligence and as being hard workers.

Poodle playing with a toy
Standard Poodle playing with a toy in the grass.

Such high intelligence strongly contributes to their hyperactivity. In their case, an unstimulated mind becomes a mischievous mind. Because of their high intelligence, they need constant mental exercises to keep them entertained and calm.

Poodles are very sensitive to their owner’s mood, making them incredibly loving companions.

When adding a Poodle to your home, it is recommended to enroll them in some obedience or trick learning classes to help keep their minds occupied and entertained.

5. German Shepherd

It comes as no surprise to many the German Shepherd would make our list of hyper dogs. These incredibly regal dogs are known for being police companions and incredibly helpful in search and rescue missions.

German Shepherd plays with a ball
German Shepherd hyper actively plays with a ball.

They are extremely intelligent, protective, and proud pups. German Shepherds thrive on being productive and having a job to do. They need all the attention and are professionals at ensuring they get that attention.

When looking for a high-energy pup with endless love to give, look no further than the German Shepherd. Their energy would be an extreme asset on a farm, ranch, or other location where they can do what they do best—lead.

6. Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever is one of the most easily recognizable breeds out there. From movies, books, and media galore, they like the limelight and are made for it. These hyper puppies are known for being incredibly loving, loyal, and high-energy.

Labrador Retriever catching a ball
A Labrador Retriever catching a ball outdoors.

Labrador Retrievers (also known as ‘Labs’) love to play. The more you play with them, the better; fetch, running, hiking, they love it. And they need it. If you enjoy hunting, a Lab might be the perfect fit for you. 

They are excellent hunters and trackers and have been used for these activities for generations.

7. Siberian Husky

A dog who is known for its gorgeous coat and dazzling eyes. The Siberian Husky is a noble and high-energy breed. You may recognize this breed as being the choice for dog-sled dogs.

dog with a ball swims at the pool
A Siberian Husky with a ball swims at the pool.

Harsh weather conditions and running lost distances are what they are built for.

They are incredibly hard-working and have incredible stamina, making them a perfect fit for an active home.

Siberian Huskies love adventures, being outside, and their people. If you love being outdoors, this may be the pooch for you. Siberian Huskies thrive on companionship and don’t like to be left alone for long periods, which is very important to keep in mind.

Their hyperactivity usually comes on in energy bursts. The key to keeping your Husky happy is mental and physical exercise, with lots of love and cuddles added in.

8. Border Collie

Often considered the most intelligent dog breed is the Border Collie. These gorgeous dogs can usually be seen on a farm or ranch, helping herd livestock.

Border Collie follows owner
Border Collie follows owner in the field.

Border Collies are high-energy, hyper puppies with a lot of love and loyalty to give. Because they are so intelligent, they are considered easy to train, especially when being trained to herd livestock. They thrive on exercise and having a job to do.

Boredom, too much traffic, or noise can cause these pups to get overstimulated. An overstimulated dog equals a frustrated dog. To prevent this, Border Collies need at least an hour of physical exercise every day.

They also need just as much mental exercise.

They are the perfect fit for the person who loves going on a run often. Or, of course, those running a farm or ranch.

9. Beagle

The Beagle is considered one of the most hyper breeds. Beagles are usually small in stature, friendly, and love to be around other dogs.

Beagle plays with a girl
Beagle plays and jumps with a little girl.

These long-eared cuties are renowned for their sniffing, tracking, and hunting skills, which go hand in hand with their high energy. But, due to their curiosity, they can get bored quickly. So, letting them outside to sniff around, run, and socialize is key to a happy Beagle pup.

If you are interested in hunting, tracking, and being outdoors, the Beagle may be the perfect energetic fit for you.

10. Labradoodle

Labradoodles are the sweet cross of a Lab and a Poodle. They vary in size and looks but have a very energetic disposition.

labradoodle running in the snow
A Labradoodle dog running in the snow.

Because Labradoodles are often a mix between Labrador Retrievers and Poodles, they have very similar characteristics to both breeds. They are intelligent and full of energy. Simply put, boredom should be avoided for these curly cuties, and mental stimulation is a must.

Toys and more toys, with consistent outings, will help this hyper puppy breed expend that energy.

Labradoodles are very social pups. They love friends and are often known for playing well with others. This includes other dogs and people.

They love to play, run, and are quick to learn. Labradoodles are an excellent fit for those with a more active lifestyle.

11. Boston Terrier

Last on our list, but certainly not least, is the oh-so-adorable Boston Terrier. These pups are often identified by their tuxedo-like coats and their pointed ears. They are generally small, weighing no more than 25 pounds when fully grown.

Boston Terrier approaching
Boston Terrier approaching to the camera.

The Boston Terrier is considered hyper but in bursts. They can go from 0 to 100 in a second. Changing from a snuggly couch potato to a tornado in the blink of an eye.

These energy bursts generally come from a need for more exercise.

Making time each day to play with your Boston Terrier will help to keep them calm and reduce the hyper puppy bursts. They love toys, walks, and a game of tug of war. Mental stimulation is also a must to help them thrive.