(Men's Journal) If you want a dog that's up for an adventure whenever you are, you can't go wrong with one of these breeds:

Labrador Retriever
Weighing in between 55 and 80 pounds. Labs were bred in Newfoundland to help fisherman haul in nets, and there's a reason the breed has been America's most popular for 26 consecutive years. This is an all-around awesome dog that checks every box: athletic, gentle, loyal, good with kids, and smart enough to do anything. Best Qualities -- They are born with an instinct to retrieve and swim, an aptitude to be trained, and a strong desire to please.

Siberian Husky
Weighing in between 35 to 60. The Husky is an ancient breed relative to most of the purebreds on the list. It emerged centuries ago in the Russian Far East and was bred to pull sleds in the snow. It was brought to the U.S. in the early 20th century, to pull sleds in the snow. Huskies eventually became popular as pets because they're tireless, and have very little aggression, despite their wolfish looks. Best Qualities - Huskies are loyal, and have limitless amounts of energy provided you don't live someplace warm.

Standard Poodle
Weighing in between 45 to 70 pounds. Few breeds are as misunderstood and maligned. The poodle originated in Germany and was bred to be a water retriever, and the standard is the largest version of a breed that comes in three sizes; Miniature, Toy, and Standard. They don't have to have the ridiculous hair, either. Those poofs are for show dogs and are only necessary if you want your pet to look like a topiary. Best Qualities - Their original purpose was to retrieve birds from water, so swimming comes naturally to poodles, which are very smart and extremely trainable.

Australian Shepherd
Weighing in between 40 to 65 pounds. This American breed that's right, it's not from Australia, developed on the vast ranches of the West, where shepherds bred together the best bobtailed herding dogs until they're created a new one that thrive in high altitude. Thus Aussies are comfortable in all types of weather. Best Qualities - These are highly intelligent, motivated dogs that can run for hours, and are so good with kids that farmers have trusted them as babysitters.

Border Collie
Weighing in between 30 to 45 pounds. Smart and impossible to wear out, Border Collies are arguably the best athletes in the dog world. These midsize dog world. These midsize dogs tend to dominate in canine sports like agility and Frisbee, and are always atop the list of smartest breeds. Best Qualities - Loyalty and boundless energy. Their hyper-intelligence also make Border Collies easy to train.

Standard Rescue Mutt
Weighing any at any size you want. All breed began as mutts: They were just feral canines that interbred like any other wild animal. Then they partnered up with humans and artificial selection began, which is how we got hundreds of variations some of them so different from each other that it's hard to believe they're the same species. Best Qualities - The right mutt, trained correctly, can do anything the others on this list can, with less risk of the genetic health problems that often come with purebreds. Also, if you adopt, you're probably saving a life.


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