10 Adventurous Dog Breeds

Border Collies The border collie is considered one of the most versatile outdoor dog breeds. It is well-known for its endurance, unsurpassed intelligence ("the Mensa") and exceptional agility. This breed is well-suited for outdoor and exercise, but can become bored if they don't have something to do. This breed is ideal for active, high-energy owners who have the time and energy to train their dogs and plan outdoor adventures. 

Bernese Mountain Dog The Bernese mountain dog was bred to pull heavy carts. It has an endurance that can withstand long distances and harsh winter conditions. The Bernese, a large breed that is outdoors-oriented, is very agile. It is affectionate and loyal, and will happily tag along with family members on any adventure or activity. 

German Shorthaired Pointer The German shorthaired pointeder, although considered a prize hunting dog is not all work and no play. The German shorthaired pointer is a loving, affectionate, and loyal dog who enjoys spending time outdoors with its loved ones. This dog is a great choice for adventure on land or in the water because of its endurance and high energy levels. This dog is intelligent and obedient, and thrives on being active.

Australian Shepherd The Australian shepherd is a classic working dog. It can navigate rocky terrain well and can withstand a full day of outdoor activities. The Australian shepherd is a strong companion who will happily explore the outdoors with you, thanks to its energy and exceptional endurance.

Labrador Retriever The Labrador retrievers are a beloved dog breed that is loved for its willingness to go on outdoor adventures. Labrador retrievers can be playful, agile, intelligent and energetic. You can take them on a camping trip, sail, hike, or train them to ride a bike.

Siberian Huskie This original sled dog is well-known for its ability to withstand cold temperatures. Siberian Huskies are also excellent trail runners, making them an ideal companion for hiking in all climates. However, owners need to be careful on hot days so that their dog is adequately hydrated. While on an adventure, you might want to equip your Siberian husky with GPS locators. These brave dogs can be feisty escape artists and will often wander off when they are curious.

Portuguese Water Dog The Portuguese water dog is one of the best companions for water sports. It can be used to go kayaking, sailing, or rafting along with your four-legged friend. The Portuguese water dog is an intelligent, athletic breed that follows and listens well to commands. The PWD is a great choice for active owners who don't mind boredom.

Rhodesian Ridgeback This African dog breed is tolerant of heat and makes a great companion for hiking in desert areas. This dog breed is great for riding alongside horses, and it's also great for those who enjoy equestrian activities. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is brave and fearless, and will trust anyone who loves him. However, owners must be strict about training their dog, as they can be stubborn and mischievous.

Saluki Dog The Egyptian dog breed is able to run long distances and can be a great companion for hikers or runners. Their unique ability is that they can run simultaneously on all four legs, rather than having a staggered gait as most dogs. According to DNA analysis, Salukis are graceful gazelle-hounds that are one of the earliest descendents of wolves. Salukis are known for their ability to sing when they sense danger. 

Don’t Forget About Mutts! Mixed breed dogs, especially those that are a mix of the breeds above, can be great all-round adventure dogs. Adopting a rescue or shelter dog who is best suited to your outdoor activities will help you find a dog you can take along.