If you’re a thrill seeker and want a furry friend to share the experience with, you may want a dog that matches your personality and loves adventures as much as you do. Even though all pooches enjoy the outdoors, these ten breeds may be a good starting point when looking for the right fit for your active lifestyle. These are active and built-for-adventure pooches who will keep you on your toes and find a place in your heart.
German Shorthaired Pointers
Bred to hunt, German Shorthaired Pointers are smart and talented at trailing and retrieving. They can weigh anywhere from 45 –70 pounds and live between 12 – 14 years. Some of their favorite activities are trail running, bird hunting, and dock diving. If you provide the mental stimulation and exercise that they so crave, German Shorthaired Pointers would make great companions for adventures and life in general.
Vizslas are bred to be extremely trainable companions and make excellent long-distance runners. Needless to say, they love running and would make great running partners. But what you may not know is that they can actually run up to 40 mph. That makes them some of the fastest dogs among the pack - just shy of the Greyhound who comes in at 45 mph. Impressive!! These redheaded pooches weigh between 40 – 64 pounds and live between 12 – 15 years. They make a great fit for someone who is equally high energy and active.
Jack Russell Terrier
Known for their endless energy, the Jack Russell Terrier was originally bred to be a small but active foxhunter. However, today’s Jack Russells enjoy a much wider array of activities than fox hunting. Some of their favorites include running, hiking, fetch, tug of war, and agility sports such as fly ball and catching frisbees; but you may not know that they can also be masters at food puzzles and even rock climbing. These agile and energetic fidos weigh up to 18 pounds and typically live between 13 – 16 years. If you're constantly on the go and want a smaller four-legged companion, you'll love the Jack Russell.
First thing that comes to mind about Siberian Huskies is obviously sledding. It’s true that they were originally bred to push heavy sleds for long periods of time. How long, you may ask? These amazing pooches can run 5 back-to-back marathons in one day, day after day, for more than a week. That’s over 130 miles a day continuously for a week. So yes, they need to live a very active lifestyle and they need to run, and a lot of it to stay happy and healthy. A husky is a great choice if you live in colder climates or places without extensive periods of high heat. These wolf-like fur babies can weigh up to 60 pounds and live between 12 – 15 years.
Strong and loyal, the Doberman was bred to be an obedient protector for their owners. They are athletic, enjoy a lot of walks and jogs, and being active with their owners. Some of their favorite activities include swimming, running, catching a frisbee, and cycling, which is a great option for those Doberman pooches who have a need for speed. Dobermans are also extremely intelligent so they enjoy plentiful amounts of mental exercise and training activities. The male Doberman typically weighs up to 100 pounds and lives an average of 10 – 13 years.
You might be surprised to learn that Rhodesians originally hunted lions in Africa. They're friendly, fast, and built to handle the heat. Their superb agility makes them great for more challenging outdoor adventures and their quick minds make them the perfect obedience competition candidates. They typically live between 10 – 12 years. Male Rhodesians can weigh up to 90 pounds, while females can weigh as low as 64 pounds. They are well known for their sleek body shape that gives them their elegant and graceful look. But don’t let their slender bodies fool you, and keep an eye out on how much these fur babies eat as they are known to gorge themselves until sick if left at their own discretion.
Bred to hunt anything from animals to truffles, the Lagotto Romagnolo is an Italian breed that will love to work, be challenged, and stay active. This is also a very old breed with evidence of these fidos working in the marshes of Italy as early as the year 1600. Lagotto Romagnolos naturally gravitate toward water as they were originally bred to be water dogs. Their name reflects their heritage - “ lago” is the Italian word for “lake”. These curly hair pooches are ideal for people who enjoy a daily swim with their fury companion. Lagottos can weigh up to 35 pounds and live between 15 – 17 years.
Bernese Mountain Dog
Bred to be all-purpose farm dogs and also carry packs in the snow, Bernese (or “Burners” for short) are working dogs who are devoted, gentle, and affectionate. They thrive in an active lifestyle where they have a lot of room to roam around and are not suitable for apartment living. These mountain dogs love running, romping around in the snow, and going on hikes but they are not built to handle long and hot summers. A larger dog, both the males and females can weigh up to 110 pounds, but unfortunately they only live an average of 6 – 8 years due to their size.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Active and surprisingly agile, the Welsh Corgi is a small dog of 30 pounds who loves to move. Don’t let their short legs fool you, Corgis loves to run and with proper training, they love dog competitions to show off their agility. Corgis were originally herders and tend to be happiest when outdoors. These adorable tail-waggers typically live between 12 – 14 years and make great companions for life’s many adventures.
Australian Cattle Dog
Smart and excellent at herding, the cattle dog is actually part dingo. However, they are known unofficially as blue heelers or Queensland blue heelers. Renowned for their high energy and uncanny intelligence, these pooches are happiest when they have large spaces they can roam. Weighing around 35 pounds and living between 13 – 15 years, these blue heelers love activities such as running, hiking, swimming, and catching frisbees. Keep in mind that they also need proper mental and physical training. As a result, these intelligent fur babies can do very well in many organized dog sports and competitions with proper training.
So there you have it, ten dynamic, always interesting breeds of dogs. From the entertaining Jack Russell Terrier to the sweet and adorable Pembroke Welsh Corgi, there is a breed for every active person out there. The question now is which one will you pick?