Monday, 18 November 2019

The Most And Least Playful Dog Breeds

A dog's playfulness incorporates factors such as a willingness to chase objects such as balls or Frisbee's or tug on a toy.



Behaviorists from the University of California-Davis collated information from experts that ranked different breeds on their level of playfulness.

Here is a summary of their original results based around the playfulness of the more commonly known breeds.

Just to be clear, I'm listing commonly known breeds as opposed to common in numbers of dogs of that breed that exist worldwide.

And just to be doubly clear, your own dog may not be ranked as playful as you feel it is but the study compares general characteristics on an opposed to other breeds basis.

The Most Playful Commonly Known Breeds
  • Airedale Terrier
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Cairn Terrier
  • English Springer Spaniel
  • Golden Retriever
  • Irish Setter
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Standard Poodle
Above Average Playful Commonly Known Breeds
  • Boston Terrier
  • Fox Terrier
  • German Shepherd
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Shih Tzu
  • Toy Poodle
  • Vizsla
  • Welsh Corgi
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier
Averagely Playful Commonly Known Breeds
  • Beagle
  • Bichon Frise
  • Boxer
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Collie
  • Dachshund
  • Dalmation
  • Maltese
  • Pug
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Weimaraner
Below Average Playful Commonly Known Breeds
  • Afghan Hound
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever
  • Doberman
  • Great Dane
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Newfoundland
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Pinscher
  • Pomeranian
  • Siberian Husky
The Least Playful Commonly Known Breeds
  • Akita
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Basset Hound
  • Bloodhound
  • Bulldog
  • Chihuahua
  • Chow Chow
  • Pekingese
  • Rottweiler
  • Saint Bernard
  • Samoyed
Source: Hart BL and Hart LA The Perfect Puppy New York: Freeman (1988)

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