If you love the great outdoors and are looking for a dog to walk, run, hike, camp, swim or explore right alongside you, we have just the list. Many of these breeds were created for outdoor work, from the Alaskan Malamute (bred to pull sleds across harsh terrain) to the Portuguese Water Dog (who, as her name implies, prefers being wet).

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We all want our dogs to share our lives for many years. Whether that happens depends in large part on factors such as great nutrition and veterinary care, not to mention protection from accidents such as being hit by a car, but genetics play a role, too. Some breeds seem to be programmed for long lives.

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Some dogs will face down a cougar or rush into a burning building to save a child. Others will duck and hide when threatened. Yes, there are small, yappy dogs that won’t run from a fight, but they lack the weight and chops to intimidate an attacker or yank a child from danger.

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