Best Dog Breeds for the Country

By: Orvis Staff

Yogi loves being out in the country.

Photo by: Macy, Camden

If you live in the country, chances are you enjoy exploring the fields, forests, and footpaths of your rustic stomping grounds. If you’re interested in getting a dog you can bring along on these excursions, choose with care. Some dog breeds would rather stick close to home than romp across rolling fields or venture out into the wilderness. Thankfully, however, many dog breeds are naturally adventurous and game for al fresco escapades. If you’re the outdoorsy type, you should be on the lookout for the latter.

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Five Questions About Golden Retrievers, Answered

By: Orvis Staff


The golden retriever is a true family dog who loves the outdoors.
Photo by Dirk Vorderstraße, via Wikipedia, used by CC BY 2.0

The happy-go-lucky Golden Retriever is the star of the show—quite literally, in many cases—and anyone who has ever owned one can tell you why. They’re a friendly, highly coveted dog breed with a well-known reputation for being the perfect pet. You’ve seen them in movies, competing in agility, at the dog park, and in the show ring. This breed is everywhere, so what’s so special about them? Ask a Golden owner and they’ll likely tell you “everything.

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American versus English Labradors


English-bloodline, American-bred Labrador retrievers make great pets and gun dogs.
Photo via facebook.com/wildrosekennels

Before I start on this interesting topic, let’s establish that I’m talking about field bred dogs here, not bench bred dogs. There’s a difference, but I’m not about to get into that thicket, so I’ll just stick . . .

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Rescuing the Pit Bull’s Reputation


A WWI postcard by Wallace Robinson posited the Pit Bull as America’s protector.
Photo courtesy the Animal Farm Foundation, via washingtonpost.com

We post a lot about Pit Bulls here on the Orvis Dogs blog, mostly about how the public’s perceptions of the breed are mistaken. A new book by Bronwen Dickey traces the history of. . .

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Audio Interview: “Pit Bull, Friend or Fiend?”


The reputation of the Pit Bull has suffered over the past century.
Photo montage via Wikimedia

As I was driving home last night, I was listening to “Fresh Air” on NPR and heard this fascinating interview with Bronwen Dickey, who has written a new book called Pit Bull: The Battle over. . .

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The Rise and Fall of the Terrier

The website fivethirtyeight.com is all about data: statistics, charts, and the like. Back in February, reporter Oliver Roeder visited the annual Westminster Kennel Club show to explore the. . .

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