This blog was submitted by an external contributor, the opinions contained within are solely those of the author. Please do your research before deciding on the best dog for you and your family.


When you’re a person who loves nature, you want a very active dog who can keep up with outdoor activities while staying by your side the whole way. But with hundreds of breeds to choose from, which one could keep up with your outdoorsy lifestyle?

Today, we’re counting down our top picks on the best dogs for outdoor lovers, and explain which dog breed is right for you and your needs. Ready to find out?

8 Best Dog Breeds

German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherds are loyal and intelligent dogs. They’re curious, alert, confident, and a great outdoor companion. GSDs behaviour is largely dependent on their training and socialisation. These dogs need constant stimulation both mentally and physically- which makes them perfect dogs for outdoorsy owners. 

German Shepherd dogs are also highly adaptable. They can easily adapt to any kind of lifestyle! So whether you’re a camper, a hiker, or a traveller, they can adjust and suit your lifestyle.

Alaskan Malamute

Alaskan Malamutes are one of the oldest and largest sledge dogs, who thrive in cold weather. These working dogs have strong stamina which is why they were used to transport goods and pull sleds. 

Malamutes are very athletic with incredible endurance, strength, agility, and speed. They are an excellent partner for a morning jog, cycling, or a hike! 

Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large but gentle powerful working dog. Bernese Mountain Dogs are friendly and perfect for families- as they are exceptionally gentle with children. They also enjoy extraneous activities, making them excellent hiking companions.

Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky originally worked as sledge & cart pullers (just like the Alaskan Malamute) in harsh, cold climates. These working dogs are energetic and are always ready for adventure at any time!

Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds are widely known as farm dogs. The Australian Shepherd dog is an intelligent and adventurous breed that excels in any dog sport! 

They also have strong agility and endurance which makes them perfect for long walks and a lot more intrepid activities. 

Labrador Retriever

Thinking of travelling with your dog? Why not bring your Lab with you? Lab Retrievers are gentle, active, easy to train, and great for those who love to travel. You can take them by RV or car- it doesn’t matter because Labs are naturals on the road.

They may not be the dog you’d want to take on a plane considering their size, but overall Labrador Retrievers are great travel companions. 

Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a very active and dignified dog. They’re usually aloof towards strangers but are very affectionate to their owners. Rhodesians are also excellent companions for active families who love to exercise, camp, hike, and swim!


Are you thinking about getting a Collie soon? Great decision! Collies are good watchdogs. They are alert – quickly reacting to sounds and protective of their families. They are also friendly and great around kids. They love playing, getting involved in family activities, and being around lots of people.


About the Author

Ane is a dog lover who is passionate about giving tips on how to keep pups healthy and happy. If not writing, you can find her going on adventures with her dog, Ozzy.