Many PetParents enjoy the great outdoors, and who better to share your passion for nature than a canine companion? There’s an outdoor sport for every season, and the mountains have so much to offer-no matter the time of year. Not every breed makes the most adventurous companion, so we’ve rounded up the best dogs for the mountains:
1. Siberian Husky
Bred to haul sleds over treacherous terrain and dangerously cold conditions, the Siberian Husky has the stamina and endurance to keep up with even the most skilled human hiker. Always ready for his next adventure, the husky revels in hard physical activity. He’ll be ready to go-go-go with you all day, and will be a warm cuddly teddy bear of a snuggler that night.
2. Bernese Mountain Dog
Considering his name mentions mountains- this is probably a clear fit. A sturdy companion, the Bernese Mountain Dog loves adventuring with his owner, and can handle days full of activity without batting an eye. The Bernese Mountain Dog is one of four breeds (see Entelbacher below) developed in the Swiss Alps who have the love of mountain life bred right into them.
3. Labrador retriever
If you’re ready to get active in any way, a Labrador retriever is ready to be your constant companion and sidekick. Hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, boating, you name it, he’s ready to go! Labs love being with their people, and relish the opportunity to get out and explore nature.
Akin to the energizer bunny of the dog world, Vizslas make excellent companions for active owners. Adventurous and with long lasting endurance, this is one dog that won’t be done going until you say-so.
5. Entlebucher Sennenhund
The Entlebucher is the smallest of four breeds of dogs developed in the Swiss Alps. His smaller size allows him to move quickly and quietly. Entelbuchers were bred to help herders move cows and sheep in and out of mountain valleys. Limber, and sure footed, the Entlebucher is the most smiley hiking companion you’d ever hope to see.
6. Karelian Bear Dog
Not a well-known breed, the Karelian Bear dog is most similar to an Akita. Extremely rugged and brave, this breed is intensely bonded to their owners and will have your back out in the wilderness. As the name suggests, they were bred to hunt bears (and wolves) and though not used for this purpose any longer, their prey drive and intense fearless nature live on strongly.