While any dog can be an exception to their common breed stereotype, there are some breeds that are more prone to enjoying outdoor adventures than others. Often times, pet parents adopt a dog based on their love for being outdoors, and they need a companion who will fit that lifestyle.
Humans tend to gravitate toward dog breeds that match their personality and hobbies. For example, if you’re a runner, a Bulldog probably wouldn’t be the best choice. And if you prefer to be lazy, a Border Collie isn’t for you. But if you have a knack for fresh air activities, here are 10 of the most popular dog breeds that love outdoor adventures (in no particular order).
American Staffordshire Terrier
American Staffordshire Terriers have become very popular in recent years, as they make great family dogs. You can bring the entire family camping or hiking with an Am Staff. They won’t get tired of the exercise or family time. An American Staffordshire Terrier would make an excellent fishing or paddle boarding companion, too!
Outdoor strengths: Hiking and camping
Jack Russell Terrier
Jack Russell Terriers have a ton of energy and their size makes them great dogs for just about any sort of outdoor excursion. Swimming in the ocean, hiking through the mountains or competing in agility could be excellent adventures for a Jack Russell Terrier. They need all of the exercise they can get to let loose and tire them out.
Outdoor strengths: Water sports, hiking and agility
If you want a water dog, a Lab is for you! Labrador Retrievers are known for their affinity for water, and make fantastic swimming, boating and kayaking buddies. Labs are happiest with their people, so they are certain to enjoy any outdoor activity with you. Being a medium to large size dog, Labs will do well with almost any outdoor hobby you enjoy.
Outdoor strengths: Water sports and activities
Surprised to see Chihuahua on the list? Don’t be! Despite negative stereotypes about Chihuahuas, they can be extremely happy in an outdoor setting. Of course, they prefer warm weather, but activities like hiking and kayaking can be some of their favorites. A Chihuahua’s size makes them easy to travel with or put on a paddle board. Then at the end of the day they will be happy to snuggle in the tent with you. The Chihuahua has become one of the most popular dog breeds in America, and their outdoor strengths are slowly coming to light.
Outdoor strengths: Kayaking, paddle boarding and camping
Unlike the Chihuahua, Siberian Huskies prefer cold weather. Romping in the snow is something a Husky would love to do. Going sledding or ice fishing? Don’t forget your friend at home! Siberian Huskies are working dogs who will appreciate any sort of physical challenge to help stimulate their mind and body. Much like the Labrador Retriever, Huskies are social dogs who will prefer to be around their humans or fellow furry family members.
Outdoor strengths: Snow sports and hiking
Australian Shepherds are extremely active and intelligent dogs, making them one of the best dogs for outdoor adventures. They are a medium size dogs, which means they can easily kayak, paddle board or relax in a hammock with you. Australian Shepherds were originally bred for herding so they enjoy having a job to do. If you want a companion who will be wonderful in any outdoor situation, an Australian Shepherd is for you!
Outdoor strengths: Agility, kayaking and hiking
Vizslas are hunting dogs and they were bred for working. Similar to Australian Shepherds, Vizslas will be happiest outdoors, exploring a forest or playing fetch in an open field. They make for excellent hunting companions. Vizlas require a ton of exercise and stimulation to remain fulfilled. If you live an extremely active, outdoor lifestyle, consider a Vizsla. One could be your perfect match!
Outdoor strengths: Hunting, fishing and exploring
Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is one of the most popular breeds for outdoor adventures. They thrive in a variety of climates, and their size allows them to be agile. Bred for herding, Australian Cattle Dogs also require plenty of exercise to stay happy. Their medium size makes this breed perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, hiking and other activities.
Outdoor strengths: Water sports and hiking
German Shorthaired Pointer
A member of the Sporting Group, the German Shorthaired Pointer was bred for hunting. They are popular in the sport of quail hunting, as their desire to be included in the vigorous activity is unmatched. The GSP does need to be well trained and exercised so they don’t become destructive. If you want a reliable dog for hunting, exploring or being active outdoors, the GSP could be wonderful for your lifestyle. Just remember that this independent breed does need plenty of work to do.
Outdoor strengths: Hunting, fishing and exploring
Forget the intimidating remarks you’ve heard about Rottweilers – they are incredible family dogs and outdoor companions. While they may not be the best dogs for kayaking or paddle boarding due to their large size and build, they will enjoy romping through the mountains or camping by your side. Rottweilers make great family guardians, as they are known for bonding heavily to their humans.
Outdoor strengths: Exploring and camping
Although mutts add a #11 to our list, never discount the beauty of a mixed breed. Some of the most special, talented dogs come from shelters and rescues. Any mutt can be a phenomenal addition to your life!
Outdoor strengths: The possibilities are endless
Doing anything with your dog can make the entire experience more enjoyable. Dogs are always happy to be with you and participate in whatever activity you want to do. Always remember, however, that no matter the breed, any dog will require training to behave well outdoors. The more time you spend training with your dog outdoors, the more confident and bonded to you they will become.