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The 20 most playful dogs

Looking for a dog that loves to run through the forest, throw a ball and romp around? Below you will find an overview of 20 playful dogswho like to be invited for an active game now and then.  

Bolonka

Specifications Bolonka

5/5
3/5
3/5

Features Bolonka

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

The Bolonka is a dog of Russian origin. It is quite rare for a Russian dog to be bred as a companion animal. However, the Bolonka is one of the few exceptions. The Bolonka is a small dog with an easy character. It is friendly and can easily adapt to new circumstances. A characteristic feature of this breed is that it is hypoallergenic.

Jack Russell

Jack Russell specifications

5/5
3/5
5/5

Characteristics Jack Russell

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
5/5

The Jack Russell is one of the nicest family dogs around. It has a lot of energy and can amuse itself when it has the space. However, he is also very fond of the family in which he grows up. He is always in for a stroke on his beautiful head, a walk, or a game of frolic. In addition, the Jack Russell is very curious. He will regularly come to see what his owner is doing now.

Boston Terrier

Specifications Boston Terrier

5/5
5/5
4/5

Characteristics Boston Terrier

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

The Boston Terrier is a small dog, but one with a distinct profile. The dog is, unlike some other small dogsquite sturdy and quite strong. The animal was bred in the United States. Unfortunately, the dog was mainly kept for martial arts. Nowadays, the dog is a pleasant four-legged companion who delights his owner with his presence.

Butterfly dog

Specifications Butterfly dog

5/5
5/5
4/5

Characteristics Butterfly dog

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

The butterfly dog is a cute dog with a beautiful long, silky coat. The animal is cheerful and fits well in a family. In general, the dogs good with children. However, it is important to explain to children how they should play with the dog. The Butterfly dog is a small animal and quite fragile. When the game gets too wild, he tends to defend himself.

Havanese

Havanese specifications

5/5
5/5
3/5

Characteristics Havanese

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
3/5

One of the best dogs From South America is the Havanese. The animal originally comes from Cuba and came to Europe in the 18th century. The animal has a beautiful coat. However, that advantage also has a disadvantage: he needs to be brushed (almost) daily. The animal has an unbridled energy and is always in for a diversion. As soon as they notice that someone is paying attention to them, nothing is too much trouble.

West Highland White Terrier

Specifications West Highland White Terrier

5/5
5/5
4/5

Characteristics West Highland White Terrier

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

The West Highland White Terrier is also affectionately called the "Westie". With its dense, snow-white coat and dark eyes, the dog has something endearing. It is hard not to have a soft spot for this dog. Although the dog has short legs, it is quite fast and agile. It has to be, because in the past this dog was not just a companion animal. It was also a hunter!

Labrador Retriever

Specifications Labrador Retriever

5/5
5/5
5/5

Characteristics Labrador Retriever

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
5/5

One of the most popular dogs is the Labrador Retriever. This animal is medium-sized and strong, but at the same time a real family dog. This dog breed is descended from the St. John's dog. The St. John's dog was used by fishermen in Newfoundland (Canada). They helped with bringing in the fishing nets and towing boats. The dog was therefore familiar with the water.

Weimaraner

Weimaraner specifications

5/5
5/5
5/5

Characteristics Weimaraner

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
5/5

The friendly Weimaraner is a nice dog, with a special, stately head. This breed is very intelligent and was used for hunting in the past. Nowadays, it is a sweet family dog that gets along well with young children. However, the dog is not suitable for an owner who prefers to hang out on the couch with a bag of chips. The dog is in fact quite active and will gladly go outside for a nice walk!

Poodle

Poodle specifications

5/5
5/5
4/5

Characteristics Poodle

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

The poodle is popular with many dog owners. Although the dog is small, it is not a typical lap dog, although that image does exist. The dog is very active and loves to go out with its owner. It is also quite intelligent and will try to outsmart its owner. However, the dog is very loyal to his boss and will respect the boundaries that his boss sets. You do have to treat the Poodle correctly, because the animal can be quite proud.

French Bulldog

Specifications French Bulldog

5/5
5/5
3/5

Characteristics French Bulldog

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
3/5

The French Bulldog, with its typical bat-like ears, has something irresistible about it. At least, that is what many people think, because it is one of the most popular small dogs that there are. The animals are lively and have a cheerful character. The dog is alert, but does not bark very much. Therefore, this dog is also very popular with people who live in the city.

Pug

Pug specifications

5/5
5/5
3/5

Characteristics Pug

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
3/5

The Pug is a dog that resembles the French Bulldog. However, its roots are in China. The dog was kept by rich Chinese people who used the animal to keep their feet warm. With its typical appearance, the dog has something mischievous about it. Its loving nature, however, ensures that it can get away with most shenanigans.

Bolognese

Specifications Bolognese

4/5
3/5
4/5

Characteristics Bolognese

Family dog
4/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
4/5

The Bolognese is a nice companion dog with Italian roots. The animal is very attached to its boss, has a cheerful mood and has enough energy to play. The animal is friendly, gives a lot of love to his boss(es), but expects something in return. He expects his owners to be home regularly and to pay attention to him. This dog is not very good at being alone.

Miniature pinscher

Miniature Pinscher Specifications

5/5
3/5
5/5

Characteristics Miniature Pinscher

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
5/5

The Miniature Pinscher is also called the "King of small dogs". The animal is brave and has a very watchful character. Although this dog is not large, it is certainly not a defenceless lapdog. The dog has a funny character and its fearlessness sometimes even makes it a bit touching. Make no mistake though: the Miniature Pinscher is a real dog that needs a clear leader!

Pekinese

Pekinese specifications

5/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Pekinese

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

The Pekinese is a dog of Chinese origin. The dog was once a companion for the Chinese nobility. However, the dog is not just a lapdog. They are extremely watchful, brave and alert. If they think something is being taken from them, or if they think their owner is in danger, they will intervene. This can put the dog in danger, because no matter how brave it is, it is still a small dog. Larger dogs may be irritated by the brave behaviour of this little four-legged friend.

Doberman Pinscher

Specifications Doberman Pinscher

5/5
5/5
5/5

Characteristics Doberman Pinscher

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
5/5

The Doberman Pinscher is one of the few dog species whose name refers to the person who "created" the breed. The Doberman Pinscher was in fact bred in the 19th century by Louis Dobermann. Dobermann wanted a dog that could protect him. This was necessary, because Dobermann was a bailiff. It must have happened regularly that defaulters threatened him. To feel safer he bred the Doberman Pinscher. It is not exactly known from which species the Doberman Pinscher originally descended. The dog does show some typical similarities with Rottweilers and German Pinschers.

Great Dane

Great Dane specifications

5/5
3/5
4/5

Characteristics Great Dane

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
4/5

The Great Dane can be a bit intimidating at first sight. However, you should not be put off by this. The Great Dane is in fact a large dog with a sweet character. It is a real companion animal and for that reason it does not like to be alone. Therefore, the dog can be kept as a family dog.

Scottish Terrier

Specifications Scottish terrier

5/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Scottish terrier

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

As aloof as the Scottish terrier can be to strangers, he is as loyal to his owner. This intelligent terrier is therefore not without reason a favourite housemate of many families. Although the Scottish Terrier can easily adapt to almost every living circumstance, it is important to keep in mind that this four-legged friend has a lot of energy and needs to be able to use it.

German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog Specifications

5/5
5/5
5/5

Characteristics German Shepherd Dog

Family dog
5/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
5/5

The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most well-known dogs. At the same time, it is one of the most difficult dogs to describe. The dog has many different characteristics. On the one hand, the dog is large, powerful and reasonably fast. On the other hand, the dog is also brave, will not hesitate to show aggression if necessary and can scare his opponents. At the same time, the dog can be extremely sweet and good with children (if raised properly). In short: the German Shepherd is a beautiful dog, with many (sometimes contradictory) characteristics.

Brussels Griffon

Specifications Brussels Griffon

4/5
3/5
3/5

Characteristics Brussels Griffon

Family dog
4/5
Good with children
3/5
Energy level
3/5

Small, but brave. That expression certainly applies to the Brussels Griffon. Compared to the rest of its body, the animal has a large head, with a flat nose and very sweet eyes. There are two types of Brussels Griffons. One variety has a somewhat longer, rough coat, while the other variety has a short, straight and shiny coat.

Austalian Silky Terrier

Specifications Austalian Silky Terrier

3/5
5/5
4/5

Characteristics Austalian Silky Terrier

Family dog
3/5
Good with children
5/5
Energy level
4/5

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