As dogs continue to be man’s best friend around the world, many owners opt to take their canine companions on outdoor adventures throughout the year. If you want to hop onto the pet-owning bandwagon, there are many dog breeds available on the market for outdoor enthusiasts.
Self-proclaimed outdoor enthusiasts love having a four-legged travel buddy by their side. However, not every breed fares well in challenging environments. If you want to introduce a dog to your outgoing, outdoor lifestyle, consider adopting one of these breeds.
In no particular order, our top 10 dog breeds for outdoor adventurers include:
- Labrador Retriever
- Alaskan Malamute
- Border Collie
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Australian Shepherd
- German Shepherd
- Irish Wolfhound
- Golden Retriever
Now we will go into more detail:
1. Labrador Retriever
Naturally acclimated to the outdoors, Labrador Retrievers will enjoy just about any activity—from swimming to hiking and even kayaking. As their name suggests, Labradors will happily retrieve whatever you toss at them, be it a frisbee, tennis ball, or whatever you find in nature.
Not only that, they are energetic and friendly with everyone they encounter. Labradors are the ultimate utility dogs and constant companions.
2. Alaskan Malamute
Much like the Siberian Husky, this arctic dog can acclimate well to any weather conditions. Thus, they make the perfect outdoor companion whether under the glistening sun or powder-white snow. These strong-willed animals can embark on challenging hikes and extreme sports.
3. Border Collie
Dubbed the most intelligent dog breed, Border Collies can learn nearly anything—from water sports to circus tricks. As natural herding dogs, they will also fare well with other animals and are easily sociable. These athletic dogs are incredibly agile and will happily sprint alongside cycling enthusiasts.
4. Bernese Mountain Dog
Despite their impressive size and muscular build, the Bernese Mountain Dog is more agile than they look. Like any other dog, they enjoy spending ample time outdoors and will do well in warmer climates. Their loving nature makes them excellent companions for younger children who enjoy afternoons at the park or beach.
5. Australian Shepherd
Much like the Border Collie, an Australian Shepherd is a highly intelligent and energetic breed that will take well to multiple outdoor activities. When well-trained, they are obedient and can perform many impressive commands. These nimble dogs will also do well taking on precarious terrain. If you love a good hike, this dog will make the perfect companion.
6. German Shepherd
Contrary to what the media dictates, German Shepherds are more than their police personas. These family dogs are unexpectedly affectionate and love spending time with the entire household. Because they were originally developed to herd livestock, they are also easily trainable and enjoy a variety of climates. You’ll be surprised to find out how much these fierce-looking pets love chasing a tennis ball!
Not only are they easily trainable but incredibly loyal. If your outdoor adventures take you out into the wilderness a German Shepherd will stay with you until the end.
Lose something on your outdoor adventure? Not to worry—a Vizsla can find it for you. These energetic sighthounds with an impressive sense of smell are among the most energetic breeds. With a Vizsla, no time spent in nature is too much. These intelligent and good-natured dogs love exploring forests and fields and will never say no to a run!
8. Irish Wolfhound
One of the tallest breeds in the world, the Irish Wolfhound can take on incredible leaps and jumps. Plus, they are avid fans of the water. Originally bred to hunt deer and track large prey, hide and seek is a game this determined dog doesn’t tire of. Their thick, coarse fur helps them withstand different temperatures, so they’ll do well in the sun or snow.
9. Golden Retriever
This dog’s sweet, puppy-like temperament is ideal for families with younger children who love to venture out into nature. Friendly, agile, and good-natured, this fun-loving breed is a definite crowd-pleaser. Eager to please, they’ll go on just about any adventure!
Contrary to their fierce appearance, Rottweilers are affectionate and love to accompany their owners on a journey into the great outdoors. Many will enjoy an afternoon in the forest, at a park, or even swimming in the backyard.
They may have a reputation but as with all dogs, it comes down to the owner. Train them well and have a loyal and energetic buddy for your adventures!
The Bottom Line
There is nothing an afternoon spent outdoors can’t cure—even dog depression! If you need a sought-after pick-me-up and want a canine companion to share the experience with you, any of the dog breeds listed above will make for an excellent outdoor partner.
Mike is a dedicated dog owner and animal expert. Through Dog Embassy, he is able to provide accessible resources on helpful dog training and nutrition tips.