From extreme hikes to camping trips, having someone with is better than doing it alone. When we mean someone we mean a dog! These 5 breeds love to be active and love to accompany you every where you go. We understand there are more than 5 breeds ( a lot more) but we want to try to keep this list short and sweet. So without further adieu, here are 5 breeds that are perfect for you if you live an active and adventurous lifestyle!
I guess this really isn’t a specific breed but it encompasses many breeds: Labradors, Goldens, Flat Coats, Chesapeake are just a few examples. Retrievers are known for their high energy but also their ability to thrive in any household setting. They are great family dogs and eager to please, which makes them easy to train. They are great dogs to have for first time owners or with families with smaller children.
2) Border Collie
Border Collies are known for being one of the smartest breeds out there. If you ever follow Zak George, he has 2 Border Collies which are not only the cutest thing ever, but are the smartest dogs I have ever seen. If you have a chance, please take a look at his series of training videos and his YouTube vlogs here. Even though Border Collies are considered one of the brightest breeds, be prepared to spend 2-3 hours a day exercising them. They are super high energy and if you don’t have the time to dedicate, this may not be the right dog for you.
3) German Shepherd
German Shepherds are very popular and for good reasons. They are smart, loyal, hard working, and, most importantly, gorgeous. German Shepherds thrive when physically and mentally exercised. They are considered a work dog, for they are active in so many support roles in the community. You see them constantly as police dogs, military, search and rescue, and many more. If you decide to get a German, please socialize them when they are pups and emphasize positive reinforcement.
4) Siberian Husky
Beautiful dogs but they are not taken lightly. Huskies are known as escape artists because of their ability to crawl under or jumping over fences. They tend to be very active and that is why many husky parents leave their pup outside but owners need to make sure they are supervised. They need plenty of exercise or they become destructive, which is perfect for the active individual. Huskies are recommended to start positive reinforcement training early and consistently. They are also a highly vocal breed but of course, every dog has their own personality.
5) Local Adopted Mix Breed
Last but not least, the best breed would be found at your local shelter. Even though purebred dogs are amazing dogs (For I do have a Golden), do not undermine your local mixed breed. Mixed breeds tend to have the best of both worlds without the potential medical issues. For example, Golden Retrievers are prone to hip dysplasia but maybe if mixed with a chow, it could mitigate that health issue. If you are looking for a local pet to adopt, please click here. Not only are you helping your local shelter, you give 1 dog a loving home and a life full of love.
I understand that there are many other breeds that we can add to the list, but the idea is to get you on the right track and to make sure you do your research before you bring home your new dog. Many new dog parents underestimate the amount of work needed or find that the breed does not match their lifestyle. If you do love the outdoors, please consider these 5 breeds.