Which companion excels outdoors?
Are you looking to take your four-legged friend out into the great outdoors? This list includes a variety of adventurous dog breeds that will suit your interests, whether you are into water sports or prefer to explore by land.
Tip Before you take your dog on an outdoor adventure, ensure that he has had a recent checkup and is healthy enough to participate in physical activities. To ensure your dog’s well-being, no matter the season, keep him hydrated.
1. Border Collies
The border collie is considered one of the most versatile outdoor dog breeds. It is well-known for its endurance, unsurpassed intelligence (“the Mensa”) and exceptional agility. This breed is well-suited for outdoor and exercise, but can become bored if they don’t have something to do. This breed is ideal for active, high-energy owners who have the time and energy to train their dogs and plan outdoor adventures.
2. Bernese Mt Dog Adventurous
The Bernese mountain dog was bred to pull heavy carts. It has an endurance that can withstand long distances and harsh winter conditions. The Bernese, a large breed that is outdoors-oriented, is very agile. It is affectionate and loyal, and will happily tag along with family members on any adventure or activity.
3. German Shorthaired Pointers
The German shorthaired pointeder, although considered a prize hunting dog is not all work and no play. The German shorthaired pointer is a loving, affectionate, and loyal dog who enjoys spending time outdoors with its loved ones. This dog is a great choice for adventure on land or in the water because of its endurance and high energy levels. This dog is intelligent and obedient, and thrives on being active.
4. Australian Shepherds
The Australian shepherd is a classic working dog. It can navigate rocky terrain well and can withstand a full day of outdoor activities. The Australian shepherd is a strong companion who will happily explore the outdoors with you, thanks to its energy and exceptional endurance.
5. Labrador Retrievers
The Labrador retrievers are a beloved dog breed that is loved for its willingness to go on outdoor adventures. Labrador retrievers can be playful, agile, intelligent and energetic. You can take them on a camping trip, sail, hike, or train them to ride a bike.
6. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
This retriever breed is not as well-known as others, but it weighs in at 50 pounds. The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling retriever is a great choice for people who don’t want to have a large dog. It has the same characteristics as Labrador retrievers and golden retrievers, but they are happy, playful, and a ball chaser. Their name comes from the way their tails lure waterfowl into their shooting range. This agile breed is great hunting companions and enjoys water adventures.
7. Siberian Huskies
This original sled dog is well-known for its ability to withstand cold temperatures. Siberian Huskies are also excellent trail runners, making them an ideal companion for hiking in all climates. However, owners need to be careful on hot days so that their dog is adequately hydrated. While on an adventure, you might want to equip your Siberian husky with GPS locators. These brave dogs can be elude artists and will often wander off when they are curious.
8. Portuguese Water Dogs
The Portuguese water dog is one of the best companions for water sports. It can be used to go kayaking, sailing, or rafting along with your four-legged friend. The Portuguese water dog is an intelligent, athletic breed that follows and listens well to commands. The PWD is a great choice for active owners who don’t mind boredom.
9. Rhodesian Ridgebacks
This African dog breed is a great companion for hiking in the desert. It can withstand heat well. This dog breed is great for riding alongside horses, and it’s also great for those who enjoy equestrian activities. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is brave and fearless, and will trust anyone who loves him. However, owners must be strict about training their dog, as they can be stubborn and mischievous.
10. Saluki Dogs
The Egyptian dog breed is able to run long distances and can be a great companion for hikers or runners. Their unique ability is that they can run simultaneously on all four legs, rather than having a staggered gait as most dogs. According to DNA analysis, Salukis are graceful gazelle-hounds that are one of the earliest descendents of wolves. Salukis are known for their ability to sing when they sense danger. They also get bored easily if they do the same thing over and over again. This breed is happy to try new adventures and keep them interested.