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12 Adventurous Dog Breeds

Written by: Scott H
Scott Haiduc is the Director of Publishing for iHeartDogs, iHeartCats and The Hero Company. When not working, Scott spends his time on the farm, taking care of his animals and crops.Read more
| Published on July 27, 2016

It seems that more people are learning to appreciate the outdoors again and they are often looking to take their dogs along for the ride. While many breeds were developed for civilized companion life, there are some dogs that just love being outside. These breeds are active and easy to take anywhere, so if you’re looking for a hiking buddy you’ll want to consider them.

#1 – Siberian Husky


Siberian Huskies are very active dogs that need a lot of exercise. They are an excellent choice for someone looking for a hiking or backpacking partner. This breed does very well in cold weather due to their northern heritage, so they handle outdoor temperatures well.

#2 – Labrador Retriever


Labrador Retrievers are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world, and their outstanding temperaments are the reason. These dogs are very fun-loving, social and enjoy spending time in the outdoors. They are great with families and strangers and are ready to go on any adventure.

#3 – Australian Shepherd


Australian Shepherds are a breed that needs a job to do. They are easy to train and very active, making them an excellent choice for an outdoor companion. These dogs do very well as hiking and backpacking partners.

#4 – Vizsla


This hunting breed was created to move over large areas for extended periods of time, which means they are very active and need a lot of exercise. They are energetic and social dogs that enjoy spending time with their people outdoors.

#5 – German Shorthair Pointer


German Shorthair Pointers are another hunting breed that was created to work all day. They do best in a very active home and make excellent outdoor companions. Sweet and fun-loving, these dogs are wonderful family companions in the right home.

#6 – Australian Cattle Dog


Australian Cattle Dogs are smart, active dogs that do best when provided a job to do. They are a very sturdy breed that can easily keep up on long hikes and camping trips.

#7 – Weimaraner


The Weimaraner is another hunting dog that requires a lot of physical activity and they thrive for strenuous runs and hikes. This breed is very loving and social and makes a great family companion. 

#8 – Bernese Mountain Dog


Bernese Mountain Dogs are a giant breed that love being outdoors. They were bred to work in harsh winter environments. Because of this, they do best in cold weather but make great outdoor companions for those living in colder climates. They are gentle giants, fun-loving and adventurous dogs.

#9 – Portuguese Water Dog


Portuguese Water Dogs are very active and intelligent dogs that make wonderful family companions. They enjoy being outdoors and, true to their hunting heritage, enjoy swimming and retrieving in water.

#10 – Rhodesian Ridgeback


The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a very adventurous breed that does best in a highly active home. They are hunting dogs bred to work long hours, so they enjoy being outdoors exercising. They make great hiking and backpacking companions.

#11 – Alaskan Malamute


The Alaskan Malamute is another northern breed that does well in colder weather. They were bred for pulling sleds very long distances and enjoy being active outdoors. The breed requires a lot of exercise but does best in colder climates.

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