Top 10 Best Outdoor Dog Breeds

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Dogs have been known to be our best friends for as long as we can remember, but some dog breeds are better suited for the outdoor life than others. If you live in Alaska and have a hairless dog, they should probably not be an outside dog, just as you should not leave a Husky with a double fur coat outside all day if you live in the desert. Genetics has predisposed certain breeds for outside living in any climate and condition. Here are the top 10 outdoor dog breeds to help you decide which outside pup would suit your lifestyle best.

Australian Shepherd

Bred to be outdoors all the time, these pooches would much rather be outside than indoors. They were originally bred to be a herding dog and are also excellent at tracking, agility, hunting, flyball, and anything else you want to do outside. Intelligent, athletic, and energetic, these pawesome pups will keep themselves busy all day.

Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky was bred for cold weather and hard work with a thick double coat and muscular physique. They were typically used in Russia to pull sleds through the snow, and while people still use them for sledding, they are often kept as hunting dogs or just hiking buddies.

Labrador Retriever

The Lab is friendly, intelligent, easy to train, love to swim, and can hike with the best of them due to their endless energy and endurance. You will not find a better furst mate for boating and fishing, as well as many other outdoor activities like hunting and even herding.
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Siberian Retriever

The Siberian Retriever is a designer breed that is a mix of the Labrador and the Husky. These furfectly adorable poochies are great hunters, love to swim, they’re smart, and easy to train. They’re also great family dogs because they love kids and other pets, and have an abundance of energy.

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is the second most favorite dog in the United States and loves to go anywhere you go and do whatever you are doing. Whether you are fishing, swimming, hiking, or boating, the Golden will join you and listen like the best-behaved child. And they’re pawsitively adorable too.

Australian Retriever

Another hybrid dog, the Australian Retriever is a cross between the Australian Shepherd and the Golden Retriever. Both breeds are known for their energetic personality, loving and gentle spirit, and gentleness with kids and other animals. They also like to herd, hunt, swim, boat, and hike so you can count on them to be by your side.

Australian Cattle Dog

Yes, the Australian Cattle Dog was bred to herd cattle, and they have been doing it for centuries. Not only that, they love to hunt and have the physical ability to follow you anywhere you can go whether it is in a boat, into the woods, or hiking in the desert.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Another cattle dog, this is a big one and loves to be outdoors doing anything you want to do. In fact, they will even follow you up a mountain if you are into that. They do need some training and grooming, but they are hard-working and sweet natured dogs with high intelligence.

Border Collie

This highly active pooch will keep you busy and can keep up with whatever you choose to do. They are great at herding and seem to be fearless, so they make a fantastic watchdog too. With some training, these canine kids are great hiking and hunting partners, and can be trained to go in a boat too.

Border Heeler

A mix of the Border Collie and the Australian Cattle Dog, this hybrid is a bundle of energy that needs to be outside more than inside. They have to have plenty of exercise, so if you are one of those people who cannot sit still, this pooch may be the furfect one for you.