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The 20 most playful dogs

Looking for a dog that loves to run through the woods, throw balls and frolic? Below you will find an overview of 20 playful dogs, who occasionally like to be invited to an active game.  

Bolonka

Bolonka Specifications

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 that a Russian dog was bred as a companion animal. However, the Bolonka is one of the few exceptions. The Bolonka is a small dog with an easy going character. He is friendly in handling and can easily adapt to new circumstances. A characteristic feature of this breed is that it is a hypoallergenic breed.

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 Russel is one of the nicest family dogs around. The animal has a lot of energy and can entertain himself just fine when he has the space. However, he is also very fond of the family in which he grows up. He is always in for a pat on his beautiful head, a walk, or a game of romp. In addition, the Jack Russell is extremely 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 dogs, quite sturdy and quite strong. The animal was bred in the United States. Unfortunately, there the dog was mainly kept for martial arts. Meanwhile, the dog is a sociable four-legged companion who delights his owner(s) 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 into a family. In general, the dogs good with children. However, it is important to explain to children how to play with the dog. This is because the Butterfly dog is only a small animal and is quite fragile. When play 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 most fun dogs From South America is the Havanese. The animal is originally from Cuba and came to Europe in the 18th century. The animal has a beautiful coat. That advantage, however, also has a disadvantage: he must be brushed (almost) daily. The animal has an unbridled energy and is always in for a diversion. Once they notice that someone pays 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, he is still 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

Labrador Retriever Specifications

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. Here 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 in Newfoundland (Canada) by fishermen. They helped in bringing in the fishing nets and towing boats. The dog was therefore familiar with the water.

Weimaraner

Specifications Weimaraner

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 particularly intelligent and was used for hunting in the past. Today 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 exists of this dog. The dog is very active and loves to go on walks with his owner. In addition, the dog is also quite intelligent and will try to outsmart his owner just a bit. However, the dog is very loyal to his boss and will respect the boundaries set by his boss. However, you must treat the poodle correctly, the animal can be quite proud.

French Bulldog

French Bulldog Specifications

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 ears, has something irresistible about it. At least, many people think so, as it is one of the most popular small dogs THERE ARE. The animals are lively and have a cheerful character. The dog is alert, but does not bark particularly 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 does resemble the French Bulldog. Its roots, however, are in China. The dog was kept by wealthy Chinese who used the animal to keep their feet warm. With its typical appearance, the dog has something mischievous about it. His loving nature, however, ensures that he 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 his boss, has a happy disposition 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 nature. Although this dog is not large, it is certainly not a defenseless lapdog. The dog has a funny character and its fearlessness sometimes even makes it a bit endearing. However, make no mistake: 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 dog for the Chinese nobles. However, the dog is not just a lap dog. They are incredibly watchful, brave and alert. When they think something is being taken from them, or when they think their owner is in danger, they will intervene. This can put the dog in danger, because no matter how brave he is, he is still a small dog. Larger dogs may be irritated by the dapper behavior of this little quadruped.

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher Specifications

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. In fact, the Doberman Pinscher was 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 with some regularity 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 to 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 have a somewhat intimidating appearance at first glance. Yet you should not let that fool you. 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. The dog can therefore 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 favorite housemate of many families. Although the Scottish terrier can easily adapt to almost any living circumstance, it is important to keep in mind that this quadruped 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. This is because 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 also be incredibly sweet and get along well 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 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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