By Nancy Cope
If your family likes to spend lots of time outdoors, you need to find a dog you can take along on your long walks, hikes and runs.
Here are a few active, sporting breed dogs that might blend well with your family.
A lab can be a very gentle and calm companion, but if you look at his history the lab was bred as a retrieving dog. He likes to have work and purpose, and physical exercise is important for his mental health.
A lab is a great dog to take into the woods. His thick coat will keep him warm, and when in the water his strong tail acts as a rudder. Labs are also great with children, and make a great all-around dog package.
The English Setter was bred as a hunting dog, and loves to run and retrieve. He is patient and intelligent, making him a good choice for families with older children as well.
English Setters love mental challenges, and would have great fun with agility courses or simply going on a daily run with you.
The Standard Poodle
No, not the little yappy fellow, but the original deal. The standard poodle weighs in at around 45-55 pounds and is a sturdy and intelligent dog who thrives on owner interaction. Poodles have fairly high energy and love to exercise.
The breed was actually once used for retrieving ducks, and thus they love any water sports. Poodles are also good with older children and are friendly with strangers as well.
Of course, there are many other breeds who would do well in your active lifestyle. Don’t forget to check out the pound either; where many athletic mixed breeds are just waiting for a new home. Good luck finding your new canine companion, and may you stay happy and fit.
Nancy Cope is the owner of four rescue dogs and Pampered Dog Gifts.