Top Dog Breeds Most Suited For an Active Lifestyle
Having a dog and an active lifestyle is a perfect combination. If you like exploring the great outdoors and going hiking or camping, there's no one better to have by your side than your dog. Although we believe that all dogs can make great outdoor companions, some breeds are more physically suited than others. Some dog breeds have been bred for long hours of work outdoors in all kinds of weather, so just be aware of your dog’s physical limitations when planning a hike. If you are looking for an active doggie friend, you may want to consider these breeds below. Which breed does President Obama have? Read on to find out!
Huskies were originally bred to pull sleds and carts over long distances in the unforgiving Russian cold and snow. If you've met a husky, you know that they are powerful dogs with lively spirits, and always up for an adventure. They're an endurance breed and an excellent choice for anyone looking for a dog who will keep them entertained on long hikes. Despite their size, they are gentle creatures, but also very social dogs and are in their elements outside.
A highly intelligent breed, Australian Shepherds are adventurous and always ready to go. Originally used as herding dogs, that is still a job they excel at today, as well as in dog sports like agility and obedience. They make great hiking partners, being very athletic, friendly and suited for long hours of activity.
Hungarian hunting dogs, the Vizslas are still used in hunting activities today. Very powerfully built, they have a need for exercise and a love for the outdoors. They are sporting dogs and loyal companions as well as gentle and affectionate. Easily able to handle long hikes outdoors, Vizslas make an ideal choice if you're looking for an active dog.
The Weimaraner is a large dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. Early Weimaraners were used by royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear and deer. Loyal, affectionate and fun loving dogs, they make perfect hiking partners. They do well on long or short excursions as they are built for speed and stamina.
Bernese Mountain Dog
A hardy dog that thrives in cold weather, the Bernese Mountain Dog's intelligence and strength originally helped him perform work on the Swiss farms. Today, this versatile breed enjoys playing sports and spending time with his human companions. They'll often become more attached to one lucky person, and if that's you, then your dog will enjoy nothing more than going hiking with you.
A large and muscular dog, the Rhodesian Ridgeback was not only developed as hunter but also as a family protector. Originally bred in Africa to hunt lions the breed is also known as the African Lion Hound. Very active dogs, they are dignified in nature and can be reserved towards strangers, but very affectionate with their family. If you want a dog that loves engaging in exercise with you, this is the breed to look for.
The largest and oldest of the Arctic sled dogs, the Alaskan Malamute possesses great strength and endurance. They are not designed to race, but rather to carry large loads over long distances. Today, many Malamutes are family pets, but are highly athletic and still capable of enjoying sledding, weight-pulling, back-packing, jogging and swimming with their owners. Since they were bred for endurance and not speed, it makes them suitable for long hikes, whatever the weather.
One of the more famous Portuguese water dog's, the ex-first dog and President Obama.
Portuguese Water Dog
Known for centuries along Portugal's coast and prized for its strength, spirit and soundness, the Portuguese Water Dog is a loyal worker and companion. The breed possesses a waterproof coat and the ability to swim all day. The breed has worked many jobs including herding fish into fishermen’s nets, retrieving tackle and nets, and as couriers from ship to shore or ship to ship. They are affectionate and adventurous, and they are happiest when they get lots of exercise.
Now that you have the perfect doggie companion to take hiking, you have to have the perfect harness for him too. At Embark, our Adventure Dog Harness is strong, durable and soft, and comes in 3 sizes. Whether your preference is hiking, trail running, or just a simple walk, our Adventure Dog Harness will help you and your best friend go on many adventures together. Our harnesses are constructed from lightweight no-rip nylon and have many features you will love.