Top 10 Dogs To Have On An Adventure
1. Labrador Retriever
Labs were bred in Newfoundland to help fisherman haul in nets, and there’s a reason the breed has been America’s most popular for 26 consecutive years. This is an all-around awesome dog that checks every box: athletic, gentle, loyal, good with kids, and smart enough to do anything.
2. Siberian Husky
The husky is an ancient breed relative to most of the purebreds on this list. It emerged centuries ago in the Russian Far East and was bred to pull sleds in the snow. It was brought to the U.S. in the early 20th century…to pull sleds in the snow. Huskies eventually became popular as pets because they’re tireless, and have very little aggression, despite their wolfish looks.
3. Standard Poodle
Few breeds are as misunderstood and maligned. The poodle originated in Germany and was bred to be a water retriever, and the standard is the largest version of a breed that comes in three sizes. (Miniature and toy are the other two.) They don’t have to have that ridiculous hair, either: Those poofs are for show dogs and are only necessary if you want your pet to look like a topiary.
4. Australian Shepherd
This American breed — that’s right, it’s not from Australia — developed on the vast ranches of the West, where shepherds bred together the best bobtailed herding dogs until they’d created a new one that thrived in the high altitudes. Thus Aussies are comfortable in all types of weather.
Originally from France and one of the smallest of the all-purpose hunting dogs, Brittanys work on land or in water. They’re cute and always happy.
6. Border Collie
Smart and impossible to wear out, border collies are arguably the best athletes in the dog world. These midsize dogs tend to dominate in canine sports like agility and Frisbee, and are always — always — atop the list of smartest breeds.
7. Karelian Bear Dog
This Finnish breed was designed to hunt dangerous game — we’re talking moose, boar, and bear. Rangers in some U.S. national parks use Karelians to keep cougars and bears away from campgrounds.
8. German Shepherd
Shepherds are herding dogs by pedigree, which is how they got their name, and it’s hard to find a better mix of brains and brawn. They’re tireless workers, extremely loyal, and highly trainable.
9. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
That this breed isn’t more popular is kind of a surprise. Tollers are like smaller, more dynamic Labs, about the size and color of a red fox — which is intentional. Canadian hunters noticed that foxes often played along lakes to lure birds. The birds, which seemed mesmerized by their behavior, wandered close to shore and were soon eaten. Tollers mimic this behavior to help hunters, then also swim out to retrieve their prey.
10. Standard Rescue Mutt
The right mutt, trained correctly, can do anything the others on this list can, with less risk of the genetic health problems that often come with purebreds. Also, if you adopt, you’re probably saving a life.