Top 10 Dog Breeds for Outdoor Junkies

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Camping, climbing, running, hiking… these are just some of the woofderful ways you can enjoy the outdoors with your canine companion. When selecting a puppy, you’ll want to make sure you choose a breed that can keep up with your active lifestyle. The last thing you want is to have to carry your Bichon Frise up to the summit! Just like humans, there are certain breeds that long to get out into the great outdoors, and can hack it in the wilderness. Here are some of the top breeds that are ready and eager to venture into the wild with you.

#1 Australian Cattle Dog

The number one dog breed for outdoor junkies on this list is the Australian Cattle Dog. Born to drive cattle across the australian outback, Australian Cattle Dogs are tough, athletic, intelligent and protective. These rugged mates are ready to join you on all your outdoor adventures, and can handle the rough terrain. Their alert and loyal demeanor might even save your skin!

#2 German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer was bred for hunting and retrieving pheasant, quail, and the like. These handsome pups are true outdoorsmen. As high energy dogs they need lots of exercise, preferably off-leash and in the fresh air. They are obedient and independant, so they might reach to summit before you, but they’ll always come back to check up on you!

#3 Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgebacks were originally bred to hunt lions in the African bush. What else is there to say? These muscular, sturdy dogs can handle the heat well, and make great companions for hiking or mountain biking in the desert. Their pet parents need to be ready to handle the Rhodesian Ridgeback’s independence and strong prey drive.
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#4 Portuguese Waterdog

As the name implies, these pups do well by the water, and are great companions for boat trips. They were originally bred to herd fish into nets and retrieve lost tackle from ships. They are intelligent and trainable. Because they often like to stay close to their human, they make great off-leash swimming companions.

#5 Collie

All types of collies are known for their stamina, intelligence, agility, and herding instincts. This breed has boundless energy, and is great for long distance or challenging hikes. They’re known as the Girl Scouts of the canine world for being intensely loyal and resourceful. There’s a reason Lassie was casted as a collie!

#6 Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd first caught most American’s attention by doing tricks in rodeos. They are known for being agile, skilled in obedience and very high energy. These herding dogs can easily handle precarious and tough terrain. You’ll be able to watch with envy while your Australian Shepherd effortlessly leaps across boulders, rocks and steep inclines.

#7 Vizsla

Vizslas are rugged, but elegant athletes built for long days in the field, and the pride of Hungarian sportsmen. They are versatile and light on their feet. This red-coated bird dog will love traipsing through the forest right by your side. They are great swimmers, but are susceptible to cold, so be sure to bring a warm blanket.

#8 Bernese Mountain Dog

Hearty, docile, and good-natured, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a great companion for your outdoor adventures, especially in cooler temperatures. They don’t have as much stamina as some of the other dogs on this list, but they need exercise. They especially love short hikes with their humans or some playtime in the snow! With good training, they’ll stay close by off-leash.

#9 Siberian Husky

Another great wintertime companion, Siberian Huskies were built to work hard in the snow. Their heavy coat gives them difficulty in the summer heat, but their strength and endurance make them great adventure buddies for multi-day treks, trail runs, and cold-weather camping. They are smart, tough, and are even eager to help carry your gear.

#10 Labrador Retriever

Athletic, playful, and happy-go-lucky, Labrador Retrievers have a love for life and thirst for adventure that is contagious. Their webbed paws make them excellent swimmers, and they were originally bred to retrieve waterfowl for hunters. These dogs have a tendency to gain weight if not exercised regularly, so be sure to include your lab on all your outdoor adventures.