The Best Pooches for Your Outdoor Adventures

The mountains are fountains of men as well as of rivers, of glaciers, of fertile soil. The great poets, philosophers, prophets, able men whose thoughts and deeds have moved the world, have come down from the mountains – mountain dwellers who have grown strong there with the forest trees in Nature’s workshops.
-John Muir

Our origins reside in the outdoors, yet our culture has moved towards an industrialized playground and farther away from the connectedness of nature. Evolving in nature and exploring her vast terrain is always better with a furry four-legged friend! If you’re ready to explore the great outdoors, read below for the best active dog breeds, and find dog outerwear at Pupaholic!

Siberian Husky

Owning a Siberian Husky requires a love for all things active as they are extremely high energy! This working dog is known widely for pulling sleds in the Alaskan Iditarod races and could become destructive without proper exercise and care. Because of their high energy, this makes Huskies the perfect pooch for hiking fourteeners or hut-to-hut snowshoeing trips!

Labrador Retriever

This innate hunter is a perfect companion for the hunting season but thrives in the outdoors because of its waterproof, weatherproof, and steadfast personality. This high energy and outgoing dog is fast and athletic and would be able to keep up and possibly pace any ultramarathoner out there!

Border Collie

A Border Collie is known for their highly intelligent and obedient personality. They thrive in having a purpose, and do well herding livestock, sheepdog trials, and competing in dog sports. If your purpose is getting outside, you’ll be sure to have a companion next to you before sunrise for the early morning climb!

The Mutt

You are able to get the best of all breeds in a mutt, plus you’re rescuing a dog from a shelter! Non-purebreds have a mix of unique qualities and charm, along with a relentlessly positive personality. Bring this dog around for any activity!

Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a fiercely loyal companion that has your back. They were originally bred in Africa to attack predators, specifically lions. With its low-maintenance coat, it would be a great companion in the desert wilderness, such as Moab or Joshua Tree.


The Vizsla is a perfect city companion. If you love getting outside, but live in a busy city such as Denver, this dog is deeply focused and can tune out the ongoings of city life. This dog transcends endurance, speed, and navigation. Explore the city with this hound!

Portuguese Water Dog

It’s all in a name, this dog loves the water. Originally bred to herd fish, retrieve nets, and act as a courier this dog will surf and swim like the pro it is, with you! Known for staying close to their owners, you don’t have to worry about your pup being lost at sea.


This smaller bred, with its short little, dwarf legs are anything but a lap dog! They love herding and being outdoors! They are shockingly agile and athletic, and make a great comrade to any outdoor enthusiast!

Bernese Mountain Dog

This instantaneously lovable furball makes an excellent dog for winter activities! This breed is easily trained and will even happily carry equipment or packs for you! Hike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski with this dog!

Find a dog

If you’re a purveyor of the outdoors and are looking for a companion, please do your research and consider rescuing a dog from a shelter! A majority of the breeds above are high energy, and it is imperative they receive mental stimulation and more-than-average amounts of exercise daily! Enjoy the great outdoors!

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