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The 9 Greatest Dogs for an Outdoorsy Life

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We love the Outdoorsy Life!  Dogs are no strangers to the beauty and charm of the great outdoors. They can barely contain their excitement when they know they’re being taken out for a walk. We know that as much as your dog enjoys the stroll, you, the owner, are never far behind.

There is a general assumption that dog lovers and dog parents are extroverted types who love socializing, being outside, and making merry. While this does ring true to an extent, there are those who might as well shift almost all aspects of their lives outdoors. To them, we say, have we got the perfect canine buddy for you!

All dogs love being outdoors, but there are a few who are a cut above the rest. Read on to find out which one could potentially be your pal for some serious fun in the sun!

Labrador retriever

These dogs are a handful, and even more so outdoors. They love the water and are amazing swimmers. Although athletic and playful, they have been known to fall victim to conditions like hip dysplasia.

Labradors were originally bred to be companions for bird-hunting, and are thus naturally conditioned to be outside. After all, all that trapped energy needs to be put to good use!

They also have a tendency to gain a lot of weight though, so being outdoors might be more of a necessity than a frivolous predilection.

Alaskan malamute

This graceful dog is built to survive cold climates. They are known to love the cold so much that some owners have trouble getting their dogs back in the house after a fresh snowfall. Yes, they love playing in the snow!

Alaskan malamutes were actually bred to make life easy in the tundra. Made to pull sleds, it makes perfect sense as to why they love having a ball in the snow.

These dogs are susceptible to overheating, and it is thus advised that they be kept far away from warmer climates.

Since they are used to working, malamutes are not ones to enjoy a lot of rest. They are most comfortable being out and about, expending all that energy they house in that sturdy frame.

German shepherd

Like the Alaskan malamute, German shepherds are also full of energy. They are sporty by nature, and this is why they are kept on farms and preferred to have on trails.

They adapt well to both hot and cold climates, because their coat is just thick enough to provide insulation during the winter months, and not cause any overheating during the summer.

German shepherds are very outdoorsy, but they don’t like being by themselves. They’re one of the clingiest among the canines, and love their humans a bit too much.

Rhodesian ridgeback

This is the best friend you need if you live somewhere warm. They were originally used for hunting, and have come all the way from the African savannah.

Their coat isn’t fluffy and so reduces the risk of bugs or ticks getting caught in it while they’re chasing after squirrels. This also grants them low-maintenance status, which is balanced out by their stubborn nature. Because this can present many challenging situations, Rhodesian ridgebacks are not for novice owners.

Border collie

Considered one of the most intelligent dogs, their energy knows no bounds. Extremely agile, border collies are known to dart around and jump over things like it’s nobody’s business. This carefree attitude coupled with their hyperactivity is what makes them fun dogs to have around outdoors.

Take them along on a hike and they’ll show you what they’re made of by jumping across rivers and hopping on logs!

Jack Russell terrier

If you thought border collies were in a league of their own, you obviously haven’t come across the Jack Russell terrier.

These tiny dogs know how to pack a punch; they are amazing at obstacle courses and their agility will leave you spell-bound. They feed off of their interaction with you, and absolutely love it if you throw things for them to fetch.

Even though they are small in size, they are made for the outdoors. If you bring one home, you’ll be getting a walking buddy, a hiking hound, and a camping canine all rolled into one.


It’s all about first impressions…not! Papillons can fool you much like the Jack Russell terrier in that they may be tiny, but have oodles of energy. They, too, are highly agile and are famously known for being so.

If you do take a leap of faith and bring this dog home, you can be sure to expect days to go by simply watching them be their energetic selves.

Bernese mountain dog

If the name itself wasn’t a dead giveaway, Bernese mountain dogs are gentle dogs that will go the distance with you, literally and otherwise.

Originally used by Swiss weavers to pull carts, the Bernese will be more than happy to accompany you on hiking trails and evening walks.

These dogs are docile and disciplined enough for you to allow them to walk without a leash. They may not be powerhouses of energy, but then again, that’s not all there is to being an outdoorsy pooch.

Australian cattle dog

The Australian cattle dog has all the makings of a great outdoor dog. They love sprinting across open pastures, and are scrappy by nature.

They may have trouble being around people and other animals, so if you want to take them out frequently, make sure to help with their socialization skills.

This dog is also stubborn like the Rhodesian ridgeback, and might not work well with first-time dog owners.

If you do add one to your family, make sure they exercise daily because that’s a surefire way to keep them happy.

Whether you’re in the market for a new pup, or looking to add a new member to your canine family, there are no wrong decisions when it comes to giving an animal a loving home. Remember: adopt, don’t shop!