Top 10 Dog Breeds for Fetch

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Throw ball, run, retrieve. Repeat. For many dogs, this easily describes the pawfect afternoon activity. There’s just something about running after a flying object and bringing it back to their owners that captivates a dog’s attention. Dogs who love to fetch don’t care if you throw a ball, a stick, or a Frisbee. They will gladly chase after whatever you have on hand. Not only is fetching a favorite canine past time, it’s a pawsome way for your pup to get some exercise. So if you don’t mind throwing a ball over and over again, consider adopting one of these top fetching breeds. 

Border Collie

It’s no wonder the Border Collie makes the list. This happy-go-lucky breed loves to keep everything and everyone in line. So when an object goes flying, they’ll be first on the scene to retrieve it so it can be brought back to its proper place. Treat your Collie to a game of fetch and you’ll get a big sloppy kiss of appreciation! 

Labrador Retriever

When it comes to fetching, this breed’s name says it all. Labs are highly spirited and love anything to do with the outdoors. Whether you throw a stick into a lake or a ball across the lawn, a lab will gladly bring it right back. Though it’s unclear if they do it for love of the game or just to please their people!

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular family breeds of all time. These doggos can be a little silly and need daily exercise to get their wiggles out. Send one of your two legged children outside to play fetch with this beloved companion. They’ll both get tuckered out, so it’s a double win!

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Australian Shepherd

Hard working, intelligent, and athletic describes this breed. Since most Aussie’s aren’t herding sheep these days, they need something to keep their minds busy. A lengthy game of fetch is the pawfect solution. Throw a ball for an Aussie and you’ll immediately see them jump into action. They’ll be in heaven as they “herd” the ball around the yard. 

English Springer Spaniel

Retrieving fowl is what this breed lives for. If you aren’t a hunter, or won’t be going into the fields and marshes any time soon, treat your Springer to a lively game of fetch. They can practice bringing the spoils of a good hunt back to your feet. If you want to add something extra to the game, teach them to point before retrieving. 

English Whippet

Although this dog is on the small end of the scale, they are incredibly lean and fast. Once you let the Frisbee fly, watch them zoom to the other end of the yard. Agility is another one of their strong suits. So, spice things up a bit and have them run through some obstacles on their way to fetching the ball. 

Belgian Malinois

Similar in appearance to a German Shepherd, the Malinois is doggone smart and easy to train. For these exact reasons, they are commonly used as police dogs. They are also very active and require a lot of exercise.  A session of fetch is pawfect for stimulating their minds while working off some of their extra energy. 

German Shorthaired Pointer

As its name suggests, this breed hails from Germany. With naturally athletic frames, German Shorthairs are built for outdoor fun. This, combined with their hunting skills, makes them ideal candidates for a game of fetch. Head over to the park and put their endurance and strength to the test with an afternoon game of fetch. 


Nicknamed “Gray Ghost,” this gorgeous breed is well known for its sleek silver coat. But Weimaraners aren’t just for looking at; they are extremely athletic and always up for spending some time outside. You’ll be more than impressed with their muscular tone and swift gait. Retrieving a ball is definitely their idea of a good time. 

Standard Poodle

Don’t be fooled by the curls, as Standard Poodles are not the divas they are made out to be. They’d rather be out playing fetch than sitting inside wasting the day away. Plus, they are super smart, so if they are new to the idea, they’ll quickly pick up the concept of retrieving. Make your poodle’s day with a rowdy game of fetch.