Although dog breeders everywhere are quick to tell you otherwise, mutts are often the most loyal companions and all the more unique for their mixed lineage. Adopt a pup from your local shelter and chances are you’ll end up with a friend for life.
Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler)
Adorable, protective, and descendants from a long line of rough-and-tumble herders, Blue Heelers are bad to the bone. They’ll give you a run for your money with their high energy and tenacious spirit.
Bernese Mountain Dog
These dogs love staying active and being outside – they even have “mountain” in their name! This breed originated as a working farm dog in Switzerland. Because of their size, Bernese Mountain Dogs need a large area to play – and the great outdoors is the perfect place.
Anybody descending from Siberia is a guaranteed badass, and Siberian Huskies are no exception. They’re smart, brave, fun-loving, and serious lookers. Regulars in extremely cold weather, Siberian Huskies have made multiple appearances on the Iditarod race circuit. That takes some serious panache.
Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog
With a North American heritage that includes wild boar hunting, these lanky troupers have just the right amount of independence to make them the perfect road trip and adventure partner.
Portuguese Water Dog
These fluff balls are perma-happy pleasers who never tire of adventures. Bonus: they’re hypoallergenic, one of the main reasons the Obamas adopted Bo as the “First Dog.”
German Shorthaired Pointer
With an insane sense of smell and above-average intelligence, the GSP is game for any and all hobbies. They make perfect crag dogs, excellent hunting partners, and crush the trails. Affectionate and highly trainable, your four-legged best friend will be the life of the party.
Known broadly for their high energy and working dog status, the Border Collie is a goldmine for outdoor adventurers. With enough brains to outrank all other breeds (According to Stabley Coren’s Intelligence of Dogs), the Border Collie takes direction extremely well and never tires.
The family dog of choice for thousands, Labs are rarely without a “smile” on their faces. They love playing fetch, they love running, they love being outside, and most of all, they love you.
With looks reminiscent of a red-headed Weimaraner, Vizslas originated in Hungary and are known for the abilities as hunters. Part pointer and part retriever, they combine the best of some of the greatest outdoor breeds.