Dogs That Are Built For the Great Outdoors!


Best of the Best:

Best Dogs for Outdoor Living

Okay, so Pom-poms, Chihuahuas, and Yorkies are all adorable dogs.  But let’s be honest, if you take your Yorkie camping, you may not come back with him.  In some cases, you can’t let your dog outside to do his duty without fear of losing him!  We live in Colorado, and there is over 2 feet of snow on the ground right now.  We would have to attach a 3-foot tall flag to a Chihuahua to let him go outside!  So that leads us to our next series of dogs.


Dogs that are built for the great Outdoors!

1. Siberian Husky

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The great Siberian Husky is, and has been for decades, one of the most popular outdoor dogs.  These hard working sled dogs are known for their intelligence, love, loyalty, and strength. Huskies are known for their ability to understand many different types of commands, which is why they make ideal sled dogs.  Although many of these dogs can look fierce and ferocious, they are lovers, not guard dogs!  With their thick coat, they are ready for even the harshest outdoor temperatures.  Siberian Huskies are still used to pull sleds in Alaska and other places in the world, making them some of the toughest outdoor dogs around.

Things to be Aware of:

Huskies are made for outdoor, cold weather.  This means if you are going to have one in a warm weather climate, brush him daily!  These dogs need constant walks and exercise. If properly trained and maintained, they will be life-long companions.  Even though Huskies are a hard working breed of dog, do not over work them if you live in a warm-weather climate.  These dogs are very obedient if there is one dominant owner.  They like to have a “leader of the pack” and that leader needs to be consistent and firm.  Training these beautiful creatures is a challenge because they can often be stubborn.  But stick with it, and you will have a dog that is ready and willing for anything.

Grooming & Health:

A husky needs to be brushed once a day and bathed once a week.  These dogs have thick fur and it needs to be maintained.  The Siberian Husky is known for various health complications.  Make sure you take him in for regular visits to the veterinarian to keep up with all of his shots and general care.

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2. Chow Chow

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More commonly known as the Chow, this dog is one of the most recognized breeds in the world.  It is believed that the Chow has been in existence since as early as 150 B.C.  These beautiful animals are very muscular and stocky.  These dogs have thick coats and are ready for extreme Mother Nature!  Sadly, they are often misunderstood and mistrusted by many.  Chows are not family dogs, they are outdoor dogs and do not appreciate too much attention.  Chows are protective, and can be very unfriendly or aggressive toward people that they do not know.

Things to be Aware of:

As noted before, these dogs are great around a single family but can be very unfriendly around people that they do not know.  This is not a dog for a house that has small children as a Chow will often not put up with the antics of a small child.

Grooming & Health:

One of the most common illnesses associated with Chows is diabetes.  Pay close attention to your Chow’s diet; only feed him what the veterinarian recommends.  Make sure to keep up with the regular visits for your Chow to ensure he lives a long and happy life!

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3. German Shepherd

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Another dog known for its protective prowess, these dogs were actually originally used as sheep dogs. German Shepherds have thick coats that allow them to remain outdoors without worry. They are very intelligent and very loyal to their owners.  Always on the alert, German Shepherds make great camping and hiking companions.   Today, these dogs are used primarily for police work.  They are fast and very strong dogs, which means they can drag down the bad guy before he even knows what hit him.  These dogs are easy to train at a young age but, if you wait until they are older, they will become difficult to control.

Things to be Aware of:

Another reason why these dogs are used so often by the police is because they do not require any special care.

Grooming & Health:

Daily grooming will help to keep their coat clean and healthy.  The most severe disorder that can occur with German Shepherds is epilepsy.  This disease can result in seizures and develops between the ages of 2 and 5 years.  Be sure to visit the veterinarian on a regular basis to treat this disease.

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 4. Alaskan Malamute

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This is a type of dog that lives for the outdoors. This breed is very energetic by nature and requires a good deal of exercise. Originally used for pulling sleds across the Alaskan wilderness, these dogs are very smart and loyal companions!  Malamutes are often mistaken for Huskies because of their similar colors and look.  But the Malamute is a much bigger built dog.  They are great with families and kids, very easy to train and amazing companions.  With their quiet and dignified demeanor, these amazing animals quickly become a cherished member of your family.

Things to be Aware of:

These dogs are made for the cold weather, so if you do have one in a warmer climate, do not make him sleep outside or exercise in warm weather.  Serious health problems could result.  Other than that, there is not much to be careful of.  Just make sure if you do decide to add this loving dog to your family that you love him back with consistent exercise!

Grooming & Health:

Alaskan Malamutes shed significantly in the summertime, so make sure to brush them at least once a day and wash bi-weekly.  To ensure a long, healthy life for your Malamute, make sure to provide him with a good diet and regular check-ups.  Polyneuropathy is one of the most common diseases among Alaskan Malamutes.  This disease usually begins around the age of 1 or 1½ years of age and can cause weakness in all limbs and exercise intolerance.  Be sure to provide your dog with a healthy balance of all nutrients to prevent this.

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5. Irish Wolfhound

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Well, you guessed it, these dogs were originally used for hunting wolves by the Celts in Ireland and is comfortable with the outdoor life.  This is the tallest dog in the word and also one of the largest.  Their easy temperament makes them ideal companions. Since dogs of this breed are rather large, they need plenty of space for exercise.  They are only expected to live for 7 to 8 years, so they have a very short life span.  This intelligent, quite-loyal breed is very patient and slow to anger.  By nature, they are not guard dogs, but many are used for this purpose simply because of their size.  The wolfhound has a mind of his own and will need socialization and obedience training at a young age.

Things to be Aware of:

The Irish wolfhound needs plenty of space and a reasonable amount of exercise.  They need a secure and tall fence if you intend to keep them in a home environment.  Their basic instinct is to run and chase after little critters (like the neighbor’s cat) and they will overcome them.

Grooming & Health:

With their wavy hair, this breed needs daily brushing to keep the coat free of knots.  The hair on the eyes, neck, and underside will need to be trimmed on a regular basis.  Cataracts are one of the most common health issues with the Irish Wolfhound.  One of the best solutions for prevention of this disease is Doggles!  And you can get them at!

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