5 Dog Breeds to Consider for your Active Lifestyle
As humans, we develop deep connections with our canines. And for those of us who love exploring and finding adventure in the outdoors, there’s no one better to have by your side. Here are five breeds we recommend venturing into the wild with.
1. Siberian Husky
These dogs are serious athletes. They were born to pull sleds, and can run more than 400 miles in Alaskan dog sled races. The Siberian Husky has incredible endurance to keep going through harsh conditions, so they are great for trekking through the snow.
This breed is independent by nature, so keep in mind they can be a bit stubborn when it comes to commands. It might be best to keep this free spirit on a leash in certain places and conditions.
2. Border Collie
Collie’s have a drive to work endlessly until the job is done, making them a bit of a workaholic. Don’t be worried if you get a weird look from this dog either, that’s just the intense “herding eye,” used to stalk cattle.
Their build doesn’t work well for long-distance running, however they are full of energy and need to get moving every single day. They love obstacle courses, so building one in your backyard will be the best gift you can give them.
3. Australian Shepherd
A herding dog with some real brainpower, this breed can be found among today’s modern cowboy’s on working ranches. The Australian Shepherd has the ability to adapt to unfamiliar situations and use the information they’ve already learned.
Their brains, agility and quick reactions make them perfect for a game of frisbee. Like the Border Collie, they can be a little shy around strangers, but they love being apart of family life.
4. Labrador Retriever
Whether they’re getting wet in the water, or playing fetch in the park, labs are constantly bursting with enthusiasm for any activity they do. This breed makes the perfect companion for hunting, fishing or hiking.
Their energy comes from a desire to do what they love and you love, which means you’ll never feel lonely with them by your side. According to the American Kennel Club, the lab has reigned the most popular dog breed in the U.S. for the past 23 years.
This hunting dog is super active, and loves to get out and keep you running. These copper-hued dogs are tough and up for any exercise you give them, but they especially love sprinting. They were bred to spend long days in the field, so count on this breed making an excellent running companion.
Even better, they have a can-do attitude that help them excel at training. Just keep in mind that this breed requires daily exercise, so you need to be a real fitness buff!