Best Dog Breeds for Spring

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Science has established that “Man’s Best Friend” is deserving of this title for many reasons—they’re good for your well-being and make an overall excellent companion. While adventure may be on the horizon for you and your four-legged pal, not every climate is a walk in the park. 

Fortunately, Brighton is home to many dog-friendly activities that thrive, particularly in the springtime. If you’re on the market for an outdoor-loving pup, here are a few breeds you’ll want to consider. 

Border Collie

Considered the most intelligent breed in the world, Border Collies are not intimidated by adventure. If you love an extended springtime holiday, your Border Collie will be just as thrilled to roam the English countryside, frisbee in tow. 

Keep in mind that this agile breed can be challenging to keep up with. If you’ve been skimping on your daily jog, you may want to get back into shape! 

Australian Shepherd

Contrary to their title, you’ll find no shortage of Australian Shepherds gallivanting across Brighton. Its short coat allows your pup to spend hours under the sun—though you won’t want to forget to keep them hydrated!Shepherds are fans of long hikes and the occasional sprint, so pack those running shoes. You’ll love the wisps of fresh air upon your face with your canine comrade by your side. 

Bernese Mountain Dog

These gentle giants are outdoor adventurers at heart. As their name suggests, Bernese Mountain Dogs are excellent trekkers and have a knack for leading mountain trails. They are docile and easy to train for walking-off leash—perfect for a spring afternoon of birdwatching .Bring extra water bottles when on a walk with your Mountain Dog—their long, flowing coats make them susceptible to overheating!

Labrador Retriever

You can’t go wrong with a Labrador Retriever, no matter the climate. These loyal companions love a daily whiff of the outdoors and have a particular affinity for swimming. Originally bred to assist fishermen, these agile paddlers won’t hesitate to go after a ball in the water. 


However, this faithful breed is prone to obesity. Ensure that your Labrador is in good shape before taking them out for a springtime swim. 

Alaskan Malamute

Despite their heavy coats, Alaskan Malamutes fare well in any type of weather. Sturdy, rugged, and with excellent stamina, these working dogs are destined to enjoy the outdoors. 

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With that in mind, novice owners will require lots of research and preparation to keep this strong-willed breed in shape. Beyond the springtime, always keep your Malamute regularly exercised. 


As fierce as they may appear, Rottweilers have a soft spot for traveling with their owners. These talented swimmers won’t mind a daily dip—especially during the spring as temperatures rise. 

If you’re a frequent traveler, plan a dog-centered holiday. These pups don’t enjoy being separated from their owners for too long! 

Time to Spring Into Adventure 

Ultimately, any breed will enjoy a springtime walk in the park and a daily sniff of budding flora. However, these outdoor dogs thrive more than most. 

If you’re a first-time dog owner, always take the time to consider whether your home is suitable for any of the breeds listed above.

About the Author

Mike Powell is the founder of Dog Embassy, an initiative dedicated to providing resources and information about dog ownership. He is passionate about animal nutrition, wellness, and companionship. 

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