If you are a family that likes to go on runs, hikes, and camping adventures, you will need a dog that will keep up with your escapades! Here are a list of some of the most active large breed dogs that might suit your adventuring needs.
1. Siberian Husky
These beautiful dogs are more than just wolves with piercing eyes — they are active dogs that are friendly, affectionate, social and adore life. Bred to pull sleds in harsh winters, this dog is great for participating in sports like dog sledding, canicross, skijoring, bikejoring and running. The Siberian Husky makes a great exercise partner with lasting endurance, but beware of their amazing Houdini-like escape abilities.
2. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
The Toller is a great companion for any outdoorsy family. They are smart and easy to train, with an outgoing and upbeat attitude. They have a high-prey drive and like their name implies, they are natural duck retrievers. The Toller definitely has a mind of its own, so they need an owner that is able to withstand their high energy demands and set down proper boundaries. They are best suited for weekend hunting trips or sports like flyball.
Vizslas are adored for their devoted and affectionate nature, and their infectious enthusiasm for life. They are lively, but also very protective and fearless, making them a great watchdog and exercise buddy. They are great pointing and hunting dogs, and can retrieve on both land and water. Their great memory is attributed to their ability to remember and pinpoint the best spots for finding birds. Vizslas are also great running partners and excel in sports.
4. German Shorthaired Pointer
Whenever I see a dog zooming around the park, leaping over fences and darting from dog to dog, it is usually a Pointer. These fun loving and mischievous dogs loves spending time with their family, as well as going on runs. They are highly intelligent, and a bit stubborn, but are considered the ‘Cadillac’ of hunting dogs, with a huge bird drive. Stimulate your Pointer with sports like tracking and field trials where they are top competitors.
5. Rhodesian Ridgeback
Unique for the mohawk running along their back, these dogs have a quiet and even temperament as adults. As puppies they are exuberant and curious, not afraid to test boundaries. They are great fans of running, hiking and play, but can also get away with a run in the backyard as mature adults. As puppies they need a lot of exercise, so get ready for a wild ride!
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6. Australian Shepherd
The Australian Shepherd is a smart and focused dog, willing to be your best friend if you can keep them occupied with dog sports such as agility, flyball or herding trials. One of the smartest dog breeds, these guys needs a lot of exercise or they’ll be using that wily mind to find some new games— some that might not be appreciated.
7. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is the epitome of a family dog. Loyal, calm and easy-going at home, yet exuberant when fetching a ball or going for a swim. They are great versatile dogs that are great companions, service dogs, hunting dogs, athletes and enjoy activities like swimming, hiking, and a rowdy game of fetch. As long as the Lab is outdoors with his people, he is game for anything.
Dalmatians were bred to be coach dogs, running alongside carriages or horseback riders for miles to discourage stray dogs from interfering with the horses, and to guard the carriages at rest stops from approaching highwaymen. Their abilities were later adapted by the firemen who used them to clear the paths for the horse-drawn fire engines. A smart dog with a sly sense of humor and a strong desire to please, the Dalmatian makes a great marathon or biking partner who will always be by your side.
With it’s beautiful grey coat and yellow eyes, the smart and energetic Weimaraner is a great family companion, and a skilled hunting dog. Incredibly intelligent and deeply loyal to their owners, they are happy to be with you on your hiking adventures, marathon running and canine agility sports. Be warned, though, these dogs do not have an off switch.
10. Border Collie
One of the smartest breeds of dog in the world, the Border Collie is for no lazy couch potato. This herding dog is a total workaholic that lives for order and values employment above all else. They have amazing focus, so if they are bored, be prepared for the havoc they will wreak! They have an amazing drive and are masters at dog sports such as agility, flyball, herding trials and more.
Please remember to contact your vet before you start doing any hardcore exercising with your dog. Ensure they are old enough and their joints and bones have completely grown before starting an exercise plan— your dog’s safety is number one.