For dog owners, there's nothing quite like the feeling of walking through a wooded trail or along the shoreline with your best friend in tow. Dogs have a very different relationship with nature and can open our eyes to new surroundings. What makes being outdoors with your doggo even better is they'll keep you in shape — whether you want to be physically active or not. If you love being outside or need a little bit of help staying motivated to move, then you'll love these dog breeds.


Don't let their small size fool you. Beagles are extremely active and very energetic. They can really go the distance. They love to move and have fun, and it seems as though they never tire of it. They can get anyone off the couch and running around in no time. If you lead an active lifestyle already and are looking for someone who can keep up, you'll love having a beagle around.

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Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are extremely playful and have boundless energy. They keep their owners active by constantly urging them to get up and play. If you have any trouble staying motivated, a Labrador Retriever will do the job for you.

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English Setter

An English Setter enjoys the great outdoors no matter the season. Rain or shine, this playful pup loves to remain active. Traditionally trained as a hunting dog, this breed is known for its ability to spend loads of time outdoors. They also love brisk walks, regular jogs in the park, and a fresh dip in the lake.

English Setter puppys portrait. Puppy stands in the sea. JaneFaizullin / Getty Images


Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd likes to keep both their mind and their body active all day long. They love playful activities like frisbee, but they also love doggie puzzles and toys. They can play with their owners outdoors and indoors, keeping the owner fit both physically and mentally, as well.

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Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dogs are traditionally working dogs. They herd cattle and work farmlands, so they are super up for any challenge you have outdoors. If you live in an area with lots of farmland or open green space, a Bernese Mountain Dog will be right at home. They're also very loyal dogs who absolutely love spending time with their owners.

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Siberian Husky

Hikers pair very well with the Siberian Husky. They absolutely love trekking and have the body type for it. They can hike in rain, snow, or sleet. So if you don't give up on your workout routine, your pal won't give up on it either. Siberian Husky's are adventure travelers by nature, so they will fit into your life perfectly.

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Don't let their dashing good looks deceive you. Poodles can run with the best of them. If jogging and running are a big part of your fitness routine, you'll love having this four-legged pal around. Poodles can run for long distances, and they truly enjoy it. If you are looking for ways to stay motivated enough to get up and run every day, you can count on this puffy cutie to keep you motivated.

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Border Collies

Border Collies seem to never run out of steam. They constantly have loads of energy, and they love being outdoors. If you enjoy switching up your daily workout routine, this is the dog for you. They can adapt to any outdoor activity, and you're almost certain to run out of stamina before they do. Owning one of these dogs is a great way for you to stay fit and maintain a varied workout routine.

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American Staffordshire Terriers

These medium-sized dogs are a breed of Pitbull but don't let that throw you off. They're actually a very loving breed, and they are absolutely playful. They love high-energy activity and group activity. This means they'll keep their owners moving all day long. American Staffordshire Terriers love to run, jump, fetch and get their cardio on. This pup will keep up with your active style or encourage you to lead a more active lifestyle from day one.

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Dalmatians love running. In fact, they do it for fun! Every chance they get, they'll playfully run around and keep their owners moving. They have very long legs, even as pups, and running doesn't really tire them out. If you plan on taking your dog out for a casual stroll, it'll probably turn into a run or at least a brisk jog. If you have trouble keeping your heart rate up, Dalmatians will keep you moving and improve your activity level.

Little girl playing tug-of-war with a dalmatian dog. The are in a garden on the grass. SolStock / Getty Images


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