Top 10 Dog Breeds that Love to Play Soccer

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If you enjoy playing soccer and you have a canine companion, you may want to play soccer with your furry furiend. While most dogs will chase any kind of ball, some breeds are more inclined to be better soccer stars than others. Size and agility definitely help a pup navigate a soccer ball, as well as a high intelligence for training, but the right energy and attitude go a long way too. Some breeds just excel at sports, and make pawrfect teammates, or rivals! If you are looking for your own Buddy from the Disney film “Air Bud: World Pup,” here’s our top dogs that love to play soccer!

#1 Labrador Retriever

Being the number one doggo in the country is hard work, but this poochie is used to it because the Lab has been the top dawg for many years in a row. And not only are they  loyal, smart, and furiendly, they also play a mean game of soccer, so this is our furst choice.

#2 Golden Retriever

The Golden is the breed of dog that plays Buddy in the Disney "Air Bud" movies, so you can see that these pooches are good at this sport. These golden beauties are pawesome furever furiends for any family and love attention. They're also good at anything they do, except for being a guard dog. They are way too nice for that job.

#3 Australian Shepherd

Herding dogs are naturally adept at soccer, because they are used to herding animals into a pen. Moving a ball into its own pen, or goal, is hardwired! This pawsome Shepherd is a born athlete with lots of energy. They also need a job to be happy, and what better than becoming a sports star with their favorite person!
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#4 Shetland Sheepdog

The Sheltie looks like a miniature version of Lassie the Collie, probably because they have Collie in their bloodline. Besides loving soccer, they also have furrific herding instincts and can excel at flyball and agility training. They also make cuddly and lovable pets too, but they may try to herd small animals and children.

#5 Border Collie

A bit smaller than their Collie ancestors, the Border Collie still has a ton of energy, and the need to herd. They love to run, and are easy to train, all of which makes them born soccer stars! These medium sized pups are pawfect for active and sporty families with older kids, and love being with their people.

#6 English Springer Spaniel

This hunting dawg is typically used to hunt, flush, and retrieve birds such as woodcocks, but they also love chasing balls. The English Springer Spaniel is a medium-sized pooch with a great fursonality and makes a wonderful lifelong furiend for any family. They are extra clever too and can be trained for all sorts of adventures!

#7 West Highland White Terrier

This little white pupster may be barely bigger than the soccer ball, but they can keep up with the big dawgs and have that athleticism that gives them a boost. They are also bred to hunt and track, so they like to chase things, and a soccer ball can be a pawesome substitute for prey.

#8 Papillon

The Papillon is the smallest pooch on this list, but they can still hold their own in a soccer game with the best of them. These little long-haired Spaniels have an abundance of agility and love to play whatever you are playing. They are also great with kids and other poochies as well, so they make pawesome pets too.