All dogs love to play, but which dogs really LOVE to play. If you are looking for an energetic, affectionate companion there are a couple of breeds that may be more attractive than others.
The Most Playful Dog Breeds
Dogs are different, according to breed. Some are bred to be more aggressive, some are bred for herding and some are bred as companions. If you’re looking to bring a new dog into your family and want to be sure you get one that works well with the family, especially children, you should research which breeds are better for that. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the more playful dog breeds. These are also considered affectionate dogs.
The Golden Retriever is one of the popular breeds of dogs that love to play, especially if it’s a game involving you throwing something for him to “retrieve.” Speaking of retrievers, the Labrador Retriever is also a great dog who likes to play while at the same time is extremely loyal. That’s why they’re often used as guide dogs for the blind, police dogs, etc. due to their extremely gentle nature.
Lesser known, but still high on the list of playful dogs is the Japanese Chin who will play long and hard until it practically drops from exhaustion! Gentle, clean, and smart, the Japanese Chin really is a playful and charming pet.
Popular in France, Great Britain and Italy is the Bichon Frise. This cute little dog likes to interact with humans and dogs alike and quickly and easily learns tricks and enjoys performing them. The downside to this breed is that they are yappy, meaning that they bark too much.
Spaniels are gentle playful dogs and especially the Brittany spaniel likes to be active and is frequently used by hunters much like a pointer or retriever. Because they are so loyal and playful, they make a great house pet but they do need to be walked frequently to burn off extra energy. Another spaniel, the English Spaniel is like an ADHD child with tons of enthusiasm and energy. They are playful to the point of if they weren’t so small, they would probably frequently knock you over with their enthusiasm. One last spaniel choice is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who is also small, gentle, and playful.
The Irish setter is another one of those playful breeds that is a people-pleasing kind of dog. Irish Setters rank high on the family-friendly list of dog breeds because of their friendliness. This dog is said to need a lot of exercise or else they can get frustrated and perhaps be a little difficult to live with.
Perhaps a lesser known breed of dog is the Vizsla. They dogs are easily trained, but they have so much energy that they aren’t a good breed for urban dwelling. They aren’t rambunctious like some of the other enthusiastic dogs, they’re calmer.
Originally from Cuba, the Havanese is a tiny little dog that loves to be around people. This dog is comfortable in large families with a lot of commotion around it and is friendly with just about everyone and easy to get along with. Like the Bichon Frise, though, they do tend to be barkers.
So there you have just a brief overview highlighting ten of the most playful dogs who are also appropriate for families with children. Unlike aloof cats who just want to be left alone, these breeds represent those dogs who want to be picked up, cuddled, and loved on.