The Best Frisbee Dogs

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Are you looking for the best frisbee dog? When it comes to being agile, quick, and accurate, not all dogs are created equal. Below are some things to consider, as well as great breeds that make the best frisbee dogs.

What makes a good frisbee dog?

We look for a few aspects of frisbee dogs. Their retrieving ability, agility, and energy levels. Many hunting dog breeds love to retrieve, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be fast enough to actually catch the frisbee. If you’re looking for a dog to catch a frisbee while it’s hovering through the air, you’ll want to consider how agile the breed is.

Below are some of the best frisbee dog breeds by retrieving and agility.

Border Collie

Qualifications

Breed Group: Herding

Energy Level: High

Agility: High

Natural Retrieving Ability: High

Overview

The Border Collie is considered one of the smartest dog breeds in the world. The exact origins of the breed are subjective, although herding breeds of the type have traces from around the world. The hard-working nature of the Border Collie supplies them with a lot of natural energy. They are lightweight and nimble, giving them superior agility. 

Border Collies excel at most sports, specifically herding and flyball. They also perform well in the high jump events at dog agility competitions. The Border Collies trainability, speed, and agility make them a dominant dog for outdoor activities, and one of the best frisbee dogs.  

Belgian Malinois

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Qualifications

Breed Group: Herding

Energy Level: Very High

Agility: Very High

Natural Retrieving Ability: High

Overview

The Belgian Malinois Dog is similar to the Border Collie, with the appearance of a German Shepherd Lab Mix. The Belgian Malinois Dog is a working class dog, bred for herding and protection.  The breed has a light bone structure, giving them an agility advantage over most breeds. They are very intelligent, and fast learners. Given adequate time for training, the Belgian Malinois can excel in most activities. 

This breed is known for being play-oriented, and have endless energy. They perform well in dog agility competitions and make a great frisbee dog breed.

Labrador Retriever

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Qualifications

Breed Group: Sporting

Energy Level: High

Agility: High

Natural Retrieving Ability: Very High

Overview

Much like the Golden Retriever, the Labrador Retriever is a great, hard-working dog with the agility and retrieving nature we’re looking for in a frisbee dog. The Labrador was originally bred for very hard work which means they have high energy levels.

As the number one breed in America, the Lab is a great choice for a frisbee dog, or really any type of outdoor activity. They’re very outgoing and love to play. With an eagerness to learn and work hard, they make a great retrieving companion.

Australian Shepherd

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Qualifications

Breed Group: Herding

Energy Level: Very High

Agility: Very High

Natural Retrieving Ability: Very High

Overview

The Australian Shepherd requires a lot of exercises and a casual walk usually doesn’t cut it. Throwing the frisbee or ball is a great way to exhaust their energy and put their agility to the test.

They love to learn and are eager to get moving. If you’re looking for an intelligent dog that has the ability to learn cool tricks or even a running partner, the Australian Shepherd is a great choice. They make a solid frisbee dog, and all an all-around great athletic dog breed.

Australian Cattle Dog

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Qualifications

Breed Group: Herding

Energy Level: Very High

Agility: Very High

Natural Retrieving Ability: Very High

Overview

Much like the Australian Shepherd, the Australian Cattle Dog is no couch potato. The Australian Cattle Dog originates from Australia, where they were bred to tend to large herds of cattle. With the hard-working nature of the breed, comes natural energy and agility.

The Australian Cattle Dog is known for loving their owner and is rather protective. They do have tendencies to bite and nip, even when it comes to playing, so proper socialization is necessary at a young age. The Australian Cattle dog is very agile and needs to be exercised on a daily basis, but this means they’re great to play with. If you have extra time on your hands, the Australian Cattle Dog is a great companion for most physical activities.

Weimaraner

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Qualifications

Breed Group: Sporting

Energy Level: Very High

Agility: Very High

Natural Retrieving Ability: High

Overview

The Weimaraner comes from a hunting background, bred for big game such as deer or bear. Today they’re still a great hunting dog, which means they have great retrieving abilities. The breed also has a great deal of stamina and needs a lot of exercise. If they’re not properly stimulated, they can get anxious or nervous tendencies. The Weimaraner also has natural urges to seek out prey and can kill small animals, if not trained and socialized properly.

With strong hunting instincts, a medium sized nimble body, and a large amount of stamina, the Weimaraner makes a great frisbee dog.

Golden Retriever

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Qualifications

Breed Group: Sporting

Energy Level: Very High

Agility: High

Natural Retrieving Ability: Very High

Overview

If you’ve owned a Golden Retriever, you know that they can be goofy but make a great ‘all around’ dog. As one of the most popular breeds in the United States, the Golden Retriever is an outgoing, friendly breed suited for most families.

The Golden Retriever is a natural athlete, and just like the name implies, an excellent retriever. They need nearly an hour of exercise every day. The Golden does exceptionally well with agility classes, obedience training, and playing fetch. With the high amount of energy they pack, you can be sure that a game of frisbee can last hours with this dog.

English Whippet

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Qualifications

Breed Group: Hound

Energy Level: Very High

Agility: Very High

Natural Retrieving Ability: High

Overview

The English Whippet is perhaps the smallest dog on this list, with the appearance of a small Greyhound. This breed is one of the fastest of its size, reaching speeds up to 35 mph. The English Whippet is known for performing well in agility type sports, including flyball, luring and obedience competitions.

Unlike the other breeds on this list, the English Whippet does have lazy tendencies and is considered a calm dog breed. This means that they adapt okay to apartment living, and have low tendencies to be aggressive. The English Whippet is a great family dog, and can easily be a great frisbee dog.

Pitbulls

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Qualifications

Breed Group: Terrier

Energy Level: High

Agility: Very High

Natural Retrieving Ability: High

Overview

The American Pitbull is a great companion dog breed. Originally bred to bait bulls, they later became a solid farm dog. This breed is naturally agile and common participants in agility and obedience competitions. The Pitbull is naturally muscular, giving them an advantage when it comes to canine sports.

Pitbulls are gentle by nature and are a caring breed around humans. It’s important to properly train and socialize them from a young age. If you have the time to care for a Pitbull, they make a great frisbee dog and even a fantastic family dog.

Can all dogs be frisbee dogs?

It can definitely be more difficult for some dog breeds to play frisbee, than others. Just picture a pug flying through the air to catch a disc mid-flight. But regardless of breed, most dogs love to play. If you’re eager to train your dog how to retrieve a Frisbee, it should be possible.

Take time to introduce them to the disc. If you reinforce their interactions with the Frisbee with treats, they’ll be more than happy to retrieve after you’ve thrown it. Not only will this be a fun training, but great exercise for your dog. Be patient, make it fun, and provail.