Exercising alone is okay, but it’s more fun exercising with our loved ones, even if those loved ones are our furry friends. Here are some of the best dog breeds to take with you on your next fitness adventure.
Bernese Mountain Dog
They are big, they are hairy, they are adept at roaming through mountains. Yep, you guessed it. We’re talking about the Bernese Mountain Dog. Weighing in at between 80 and 110 pounds, they are able to keep warm while traversing through colder climates and they can carry heavy items on their backs leaving less for you to handle. Bernese are also very obedient and easy for their owners to train.
German Shorthaired Pointer
Pointers are great hiking dogs because of their ability to “point” things out in the wilderness. For this reason, they also make great hunters. They can track down waterfowl, raccoons, possum, deer, quail, pheasant, and lots of other little creatures. Of course, this kind of resourcefulness can occasionally backfire. You have to protect them from getting overly friendly around snakes.
They are more than just a pretty face. Dalmations can move really, really fast through the wilderness, keeping pace with many horses. Not only are these pups good around fire engines, they are good around just about everything!
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
These little dogs are surprisingly versatile. Although most corgis today are used as domesticated lap dogs, they still have the hunter/conqueror gene firmly planted in their psyche. They are fun to take herding despite their short, stout physique.
Portuguese Water Dog
“Water Dog” is in their name which means they love owning the surf. Their thick coat of fur absorbs the water like a sponge, while their retrieval instincts make for a good time chasing down balls and toys.
Australian Cattle Dog
Aussie Cattle Dogs are some of the brightest pups around. Not only are they incredibly smart, strong and protective, they are bursting with energy. They will probably have way more energy than you do on your hike.
Jack Russell Terrier
Talk about energy. The Jack Russell Terriers certainly have an abundance of it. They can run and run and run forever. They certainly make for a great long-distance running pal.
This shepherd is one of the nicest you’ll find. Great with people, good to go on any length hike, Australian Shepherds are a treat all the way around.
Hopefully these suggestions will help you select a great furry companion to take on your next outdoors adventure. If not, then you can be like the rest of us and enjoy everyone else’s dog on the trail.
I only go hiking for the dogs
— jillian henry (@jill_henn) February 12, 2017