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Best Frisbee Dogs: Top 6 Breeds That Love Playing Frisbee

Best Frisbee Dogs
John Walton
Written by John Walton

While the Frisbee or flying disc might just be a toy, playing the game usually requires an enormous amount of energy and stamina from the dog. Judging from what we have seen in the parks and our homes, we can all confirm to the fact that there are certain dogs that were just born to take wing. These dogs not only leap highly into the air to catch Frisbees, but their movement is fluid and natural making them ideal candidates for Frisbee games and any other game that requires flight. Apart from being able to jump, these dog breeds also need to be very intelligent and masculine.

Most of the dog breeds that will be discussed below are all great at jumping even without any form of training. But with the right type of training, these dog breeds can achieve unimaginable heights. It is also very important to note that many successful Frisbee Games dogs usually come from these exclusive dog breeds.

Six dog breeds that every Frisbee enthusiast must know about

Labrador Retrievers

Initially, Labrador Retrievers were the ultimate fisherman’s companion as they were used to haul nets, retrieve fish and fetch ropes in the Northern Atlantic regions. As an offspring of this lineage, today’s Labrador Retrievers are equally hardworking and is currently the most popular breed in America.

This is a fact because, Labrador Retrievers have been registered as the number one dog breed by the American Kennel Club. Also, it is among the few dogs that many non-dog people can easily register.

At this time and age, Labrador Retrievers are mainly used as retrievers for hunters, show competitors, search and rescue dogs, assistance dogs, especially for the disabled and many others. The Labrador Retrievers originated from Newfoundland and island that is located on the North Eastern Coast of Canada.

Labrador Retriever

Apart from being used for hunting, Labrador Retrievers are also excellent therapy dogs due to their sweet and loving nature. Also, Labrador Retrievers are also excellent search and rescue dogs especially due to their strong sense of smell and courageous nature. However, Labrador Retrievers are not suitable candidates for being watchdogs. Many people who own this breed are all in agreement that due to the sweet nature of this breed, Labradors are likely to let strangers in or greet them with happiness.

All in all, just by looking at their muscular and athletic bodies’ one can be able to tell that the Labrador Retrievers are built for sports. Currently, Labrador Retrievers have earned their status as the breed to beat at various dog sports such as Frisbee Games, Obedience, and Agility competitions.

Rat Terriers

Apart from being adorable tiny digging artists, members of the Terrier Dog breed are also lively, energetic, feisty funny and have an enormous amount of love for chasing vermin. However, despite the fact that Rat Terriers are funny in nature, they do not try to please people at all. The name Rat Terrier was given to this dog breed by the former United States president, Theodore Roosevelt.

According to Theodore Roosevelt, he named this dog breed, the Rat Terrier because his very own terrier eradicated all the rats in his house. All in all, Rat Terriers are very common in the United States and just like Apple Pie, they are an American Tradition. With the correct amount of socialization, training and the correct amount of forgiveness, Rat Terriers can be a great addition to any family.

Rat Terrier

Rat Terriers are also excellent watchdogs hence they are the ideal farm dog. The breeds strong jaws and swift movements are what made them very popular among farmers who were very keen on eradicating rats and many another vermin from their farms. Many times, Rat Terriers are often confused for Jack Russell and the smoothly coated Fox Terriers. For owners who might be worried about the excessive digging, you can choose to allocate a certain portion of your backyard so that the dog can dig to his or her content.

All in all, the breed’s strong jaws, swift movements and light weight are what makes this dog breed an ideal candidate for playing Frisbees. With the right amount of training and exercises, Rat Terriers can be unrivaled at playing and catching Frisbees.

The Australian Shepherd

Unlike popular beliefs, the Australian Shepherd happens to originate from the western regions of the United States and not from Australia as previously thought. Originally, the Australian shepherd was exclusively bred to herd livestock hence, up to this date it remains one of the most popular working dog breed in the United States and many other countries. The Australian Shepherd dog breed is usually pleased when he or she has been assigned a task or has a job to do.

Apart from being a working dog the Australian Shepherd also makes a wonderful family companion especially if his energy and intelligence are directed into other activities such as sports.  However, when his intelligence and energy are not put into use, the Australian Shepherd will not only become loud but they will also become very destructive.

The Australian Shepherd dog

Also, he or she may end creating his or her job like chasing cars, herding the kids or tearing down the house. It is very important to note that if you are always on a busy working schedule hence you will not have time to train the dog, then he or she may not be a right fit for your lifestyle. They’re heritage as working dogs is what makes Australian Shepherds loyal companions who at all times are more than determined to protect their families especially from strangers.

When it comes to looks, the Australian Shepherd unquestionably stands out from the crowd especially due to their nice-looking medium length sized fur coat and dark brown eyes. All in all, if you are enthusiasts of dog sports, then the Australian Shepherd is unquestionably a right fit for you. Their medium sizes, agility and naturally bobbed tails is what makes them ideal candidates for playing Frisbees, playing flyball and obedience tests. Furthermore, Aussies usually weigh between 40 to 65 pounds which in turn means they can jump up to unimaginable heights.

Border Collie

Just like the Australian Shepherd, the Border Collie was originally bred to control and gather sheep in the region between England and Scotland. The Border Collie is widely known for his stare or eyes with which he uses to control and gather livestock and sheep. Since the Border Collie are a working dog breed, they usually have unlimited stamina, energy and workflow that makes them ideal candidates for controlling livestock. In many parts of the world, Border Collie’s are still being used on ranches and farms.

As a medium sized dog, Border collie’s usually weighs somewhere between 30-40 pounds that make them be among some of the lightest dog breeds. Also, Border Collies also do possess an endless amount of stamina and energy, which many researchers believe it was as a result of working in the valleys and hills or rugged Scotland.

Border Collie with Frisbee

However, if Border collies are brought up by a dog owner who does not truly understand them, the energy and Stamina can be a major problem. Keeping up with this dog breed can be physically, and emotional demanding especially for a family that was looking for a more laid-back pet. All in all, for the right owner, the Border Collie can be a wonderful pet to live since they are usually easy to train due to their tractable nature and unrivaled intelligence.

Collies are usually very sensitive and according to those who truly understand this dog breed, they have the uncanny ability to figure out what you are going to say way before you say it. In addition, if Border Collies are well trained when they are young, they can be able to adapt and live in any living situation as long as the owners can provide the physical and mental exercises that this dog breed requires.

Needless to say, this dog breed is an ideal match for any dog owner who is very active, especially those who are interested in dog sports. It has been proven that with the right amount and type of training, this dog breed can succeed in any sports or activity that he or she might try. Currently, Border Collies are used in several activities and dog sports such as Flying Disc games, Agility competitions, Fly Ball games, and Tracking, Advanced Obedience, and Freestyle Obedience competitions.

Golden Retrievers

Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular breeds in the United States and many parts of Europe. Just by going with their name, Golden Retrievers were given that name because they were very excellent at retrieving games such as hunting, tracking, airport security checks and also as assistance dogs. This dog breed is very friendly and has an excellent attitude, thus making him a favorite among many families and homes. Apart from being extra friendly, Golden Retriever’s also very intelligent thus making this dog species an excellent working dog.

It is very important to note that this dog breed usually matures very slowly hence will retain the silly and playful characteristics of a puppy until they reach around four years. For some members of this breed, they will keep the puppyish characteristic up to old age, which can be very annoying for some dog owners.

Golden Retriever with Frisbee

Originally, Golden Retrievers were bred to execute physically demanding jobs such as retrieving ducks and many other fowls for hunters. Since, they are a working dog breed, Golden Retrievers will require daily exercises whether it’s walking, jogging or playing a game of fetch. Also, just like the many other dog breeds that have been bred to work, Golden Retrievers are always looking for work may it be walking family members, retrieving papers or involvement in sporting activities.

Once they are tired, Golden Retrievers are usually well mannered. Like all the other four dog breeds discussed above, Golden Retrievers are also suitable candidates for Frisbee Games because of their agility and strength. Their miniature sizes and tiny weight enables them to reach greater heights and still be able to land safely.

The Australian Cattle dog

Originally the Australian Cattle Dog breed was developed to herd livestock and up to this date he is still being used for this purpose. Apart from being a working dog breed, the ACD is also very friendly hence a suitable family companion. Because he is a working dog breed, the Australian Cattle Dog is a dog breed that needs to active and busy all the time. If not he will become bored, hence will look for an alternative form of entertainment like digging up the trash, or the flower garden.

It is also very important to note that the Australian Cattle Dog breed usually attaches himself or herself extremely closely to one member of the family hence will bond less with other family members. Many times, he or she is also referred to as a Velcro dog because he will attach so firmly with the chosen member all the time.

The Australian Cattle dog

Apart from being a little bit clingy, the Australian Cattle Dog is not only very loyal but also very protective of the owner’s family though at times he might a little bit scared of outsiders. Since this dog breed was bred to herd dogs by force, he in turn tends to be a mouthy dog. He or she can decide to nip anything that moves like cattle, children, cars or other pets. If the breed’s tendency to bite is not controlled with training and socialization when young, it can eventually become a dangerous behavior in the long run.

If you are an ardent dog sports fun i.e. Frisbee sports and are looking for an ideal dog breed, then the Australian Cattle Dog breed might be just what you are looking for. The ACD usually weighs around 30 to 50 pounds which are an advantage because the breed can be able to carry its weight to unimaginable heights. Furthermore, this breed is also slightly masculine and has an enormous amount of strength.

It is very important to note that despite the fact that the dog breeds discussed above are the best dog breed for playing with Frisbee’s, their personality will entirely depend on the amount of time and energy you dedicate on their training.

Important tips and guidelines for training your pet to play Frisbee

Before the first training session, you should ensure that your pet’s physical condition has been properly evaluated by a veterinarian. Furthermore, it is also very important the type of Frisbee disk you select. Not all disks are suitable for playing Frisbees with your dog. The best Frisbee disks are not only soft but also very flexible hence very resistant to your dog’s extremely sharp teeth.

To ensure maximum adaptability, you will be required to introduce the Frisbee disk during normal playtime so that the dog can become used to holding the disk in his or her mouth. If your dog starts to show interest on the disk, you should be able to praise him or her. During the initial sessions, it is very necessary to ensure that the disk is thrown at a very low level most likely a dog’s height. Alternatively, you can also decide to roll the disk once in a while towards the dog’s side so that you can allow him or her to chase down the disk and bring it back to you.

Dog' s frisbee day

As soon as the dog becomes fully accustomed to going after the disk and bringing it back, you can now safely move to the subsequent level. After the first few stages have been successful, you can now safely try tossing the Frisbee disk over short distances probably at the park or the yard. Still, always ensure that the disk is thrown at the dog’s height. Also, it is also very important to ensure that the disk is not thrown directly towards the dog so as to avoid any injuries.

Retrieving the disk is the next step that you will be required to teach the pet. When teaching your dog how to retrieve a disk properly, you should select a place where he or she will be not at danger especially when running after the Frisbee disk. The most suitable places are usually parks or any area that is properly fenced. During this stages, training treats are essential and will improve your dog’s overall performance significantly.

Also, you can always choose to use a very long training lead, but always ensure that the lead is not the tangling type. During the training sessions, it is also very important to choose consistent command words so that the dog will be able to know when to bring the Frisbee disk and when to drop it. As soon as the dog gets comfortable at a certain level, you can then decide to increase the distance and height at which you will be throwing the disk.

About the author
John Walton
John Walton

John Walton lives in Somerville, MA, with his two dogs, two sons, and very understanding mate. He is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a mentor trainer for the Animal Behavior College, an AKC Certified CGC Evaluator, and the Training Director for the New England Dog Training Club.

  • I have a terrier mix and oh my goodness he is only one year old and he can catch anything you throw. I feel so bad I wish I could find someone who loves to play Frisbee I would give him to them. I had got him in 2014 when I had to put my dog that was 16 years old to sleep. I am 64 years old and did not realize the energy this dog has.

    When I have something in my hand to throw he intensely watches it and does not take his eyes off of it and he goes down with the front of his body and he pats his front feet one after the other telling me to throw it throw it I do but he seems so disappointed when he brings it back because I do not want to play anymore with him I got him when he was 6 weeks old and I did not train him either its like while I was sleeping someone train him to catch. He has so much energy he wants to run and never does he tire out. He will bring different things and put them in my lap and go away from me and look back like throw it throw it I wish I knew someone who wanted a good Frisbee dog and would love him like I do.

    This puppy was born to run and catch. One time I threw a little bitty piece of paper way up in the air and he leaped up and caught it no problem. He would make someone a good good winner. Just wish someone would be good to him and would let him chase the Frisbee until his heart desire . That is the only way I would even think of letting him go only if they were a Frisbee person. He was born Sept 5, 2014 so he is still young. If you know of anyone who is a frisbee professional and would like a good dog. Please email me at [email protected] I live in Houston Texas. Thank you.

    • Hello Judy,
      Thank you for sharing your story with us! I hope you’ll find a warm home for your furry friend.

    • Tyler Kaufmann

      Are you still seeking a home for your little boy? I have a very energetic and athletic terrier mix as well. I hoped to train him for frisbee but his eyes are more crossed than we realized when he was a puppy so his depth perception makes competing a no go. We still have lots of fun with jump&toss and he runs with my wife. Anyways, I’m still hoping to find a frisbee trick dog, so let me know.

    • John Walton

      Judy, do you have any updates on your fur baby? I hope everything is well with you.

  • Michelle Ramas

    I am trying to find the perfect dog for my nephew who loves to play. Having brought to this article made my choosing process so much better! What toys/accessories brand do you suggest?

    • Frisbees are okay as it promotes physical and mental stimulation for both the dog and your nephew. A fun way to get physically active, I must say.

  • John Porter

    I love playing Frisbee with Borzoi, but you need to be careful. When he was a pup it turned out that the Frisbee was too hard for his teeth.. :(

    • This is something really important when it comes to dental health because some frisbees are made of hard plastic that can hurt your dog’s teeth and gums.

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