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    There’s no shortage of dogs who will gladly join you in every adventure, but these 20 prove especially up to the task. If you're looking for a dog who can keep pace, you should start with this list.

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    20. Lagotto Romagnolo

    Hailing from the Romagna subregion of Italy, the Lagotto Romagnolo was named as a lake dog and traditionally used as a gun dog. With a natural instinct for retrieving, these dogs make for the ideal hunting companions. Their most interesting occupation, though, is truffle hunting.

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    19. Tibetan Terrier

    Don't let their size fool you. Tibetan Terriers, originally bred and raised in monasteries 2,000 years ago, make for excellent outdoor companions. Kept as good-luck charms and watchdogs, and originally used for herding sheep as well as retrieving items that fell below mountainsides, Tibetan Terriers are agile, excel in the snow, and love to climb.

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    18. Bernese Mountain Dog

    Originally bred as a drafting and droving dog, the massive Bernese Mountain Dog will gladly take on mountain walks by your side—it will even carry a pack for you. A great dog for hikers, especially if you live in a colder climate and don’t want to bother with a leash, since the Bernese is very easy to train.

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    17. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

    Welsh for "dwarf dog," the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is small but no lap dog. Bred for herding, these creatures love to stay active and do well in the outdoors. Despite their short legs, corgis are surprisingly quick and athletic.

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    16. Portuguese Water Dog

    Bred to herd fish, retrieve broken nets, and swim as couriers, Portuguese water dogs excel in the surf. Given their working history, they also stay close to their owners—inside and outside. With a strong retrieving instinct and love for the water, these dogs make for the ultimate water companions.

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    15. German Shorthaired Pointers

    German shorthaired pointers are both versatile and intelligent. According to the American Kennel Club, this breed excels at trailing, retrieving, and pointing. It’s also comfortable hunting animals such as pheasant, quail, grouse, waterfowl, raccoons, possum, and deer. No matter what your hunting style is, this dog can do it all.

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    14. Shetland Sheepdog

    One of the most intelligent breeds, Shetland Sheepdogs are intelligent, playful, and trainable. And with a strong herding instinct, they enjoy chasing and herding animals. They also love to run in wide-open spaces, but keep them clear of roads—their herding instinct can lead them astray.

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    13. Vizsla

    If you live in the city or want to skip the leash, vizslas make the perfect companion. Their exceptional trainability helps them keep focused in busier areas, and experienced runners will appreciate the vizsla’s athleticism. According to Runner’s World, this breed excels at speed, endurance, navigating obstacles, and even jumping.

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    12. Dalmatian

    Bred to clear the way for firefighting carriages, Dalmatians can keep pace with horses—which means they can easily keep pace with you. If you're looking for a more protective breed to accompany your long-distance jogs, look no further.

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    11. Doberman Pinscher

    The Doberman Pinscher might have an intimidating reputation, but it's really an affectionate friend and guardian. Of course, it's also an excellent fit for active types—fearless but obedient, up for jogs and hikes, and as low-maintenance as they come.

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    10. Australian Cattle Dog

    The Australian cattle dog is a true herding dog: whip-smart, energetic, strong, and protective, not to mention it has some dingo in its blood. With that kind of heritage, you can expect this breed to keep going all day. It loves wide-open spaces but will also form a tight bond with its owners, making it a great choice for active families.

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    9. Jack Russell Terrier

    Small but mighty, Jack Russell terriers have boundless energy and can run for surprisingly extended periods of time. If you're looking for a more compact long-distance running mate, this adventurous breed should be just right.

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    8. Rat Terrier

    An American dog breed with a hunting and farm-dog history, Rat Terriers are cherished as family pets and for their pest control skills. Often mistaken for Jack Russell terriers, these dogs are equally at home on the sofa as on the hiking trail. Highly nimble and obedient, they excel in agility and obedience training.

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    7. Rhodesian Ridgeback

    Rhodesian ridgebacks were originally bred to hunt lions in Africa, so they are extremely athletic yet surprisingly good with people. They have an efficient stride and a short, low-maintenance coat that helps when running in the heat.

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    6. Australian Shepherd

    A busybody of a breed, Australian shepherds are herding dogs set apart by their people skills and protective nature. This breed would make a wonderful addition to an active family, and a good companion for anyone who likes to explore different kinds of terrain.

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    5. Weimaraner

    The Weimaraner is an ideal jogging companion, able to expertly navigate tricky terrain. It's also a good pointing dog for hunters. Plus, its grey coat takes well to hot climates and needs minimal brushing. This breed is known to be rambunctious and extremely active, so you’d be well advised to provide an open running area in addition to exercise.

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    4. Siberian Husky

    The Husky is a beautiful and independent breed that requires an active lifestyle. After all, this is a breed capable of pulling a sled Iditarod distances. An ideal dog if you live in cold weather and want a capable companion on ridiculously long hikes, trail runs, and camping trips—the tough Siberian Husky will keep you safe too.

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    3. Labrador Retriever

    Eager and energetic Labs are "weatherproof, waterproof, and tenacious—the epitome of a hunter," says Outdoor Life. Regularly named as the most popular dog in the U.S., great with families, and an excellent athlete, it seems the Labrador retriever can do no wrong.

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    2. Border Collie

    Herding dogs are agile runners, and the border collie is considered one of the most intelligent of the breeds. This dog loves having a job to do, says the American Kennel Club, so keep it busy as a faithful and sure-footed running mate.

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    1. The Mutt

    Let's hear it for the non-purebreds, the dogs who boast a quirky mix of breeds whose lineage is charmingly unique. Find one at your local animal shelter and you’ll be rewarded with a loyal friend who will eagerly join you on every adventure and whose qualities you won’t find anywhere else. There's no better outdoor companion than that.

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