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Top 5 Dogs Breeds if You’re the Outdoorsy Type

Dogs are a (wo)man’s best friend – there’s no two ways about it. So, if you’re looking for a four-legged friend to accompany your outdoor adventures, here’s a list of breeds who’ll enjoy trotting alongside you!

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever was originally bred as a hunting dog, and as the name suggests, would fetch what the hunter had caught. Although not every Labrador is bought/adopted for that purpose, they hold the same incredible sense of loyalty and determination as their ancestors did. Retrievers are smart and therefore easy to train –  that’s why they make such amazing assistance dogs – helping those with impaired mobility, special needs and sight impairments. Labradors are keen to please, and love nothing more than affection. You’ll have to bear in mind though these dogs require a high amount of mental stimulation and regular exercise – but they’ll be the perfect companion for your outdoor escapes.



Again, the Vizsla was bred as a hunting dog, yet this time in central Europe. They are incredibly athletic, with a streamlined physique. This breed has an above-average learning capacity and they’re incredibly eager to please, meaning that they will respond to commands well. This dog is a bundle of energy and will need an owner who will meet it’s need for both mental and physical simulation – making the perfect dog for an active family or individual!

Huskies pulling a sled

Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is the choice breed for dog sled teams due to its high level of endurance, power and speed. This breed has a dense, two-layered coat that keeps them warm – making this breed perfect for hiking in colder climates. Please note: due to the popularity of the TV show Game of Thrones, many of these beautiful dogs have been purchased for their resemblance of the show’s ‘Dire Wolves’ and left in shelters when owners didn’t fully understand the commitments needed to fully care for this breed. Like most athletic dogs, they need a LOT of exercise, and will be unhappy in a home that can’t provide this.

Border Collie

The Border Collie is energetic, agile and incredibly smart – best known for its impressive sheep herding. Although they are still used to herd sheep on farms across the world, they would make the perfect hiking/cycling companion as their energy seems almost limitless. These dogs learn very quickly, and it can sometimes be difficult to keep them constantly challenged, meaning they require a high level of mental stimulation. They also cannot stand to be bored – these busy, busy dogs will relish following you anywhere.

Water dog

Mixed Breed

Mixed breed dogs often get overlooked, but they shouldn’t be! It’s important to remember that all breeds will have something in common with the dogs mentioned before. Their genetic makeup will be much more varied than KC/Pedigree class dogs. They’re great at being your best friend – so they’ll long to follow you anywhere. Whether your little companion-to-be is small, tall, long, wide or thin you’ll always manage to find a dog to suit you and your lifestyle!

What are your favorite adventure dogs? 

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