Some dogs adapt more easily than others to outdoor-living. The dogs listed as the best outdoor pets, also would be very happy to sleep on a mat in the kitchen, garage or shed, so as to be near the owner. Most dogs enjoy a good stretch of the legs, and appreciate the opportunity to roam free in an outdoor space, but it is still important to make sure your pup has an outside "home" to call his own. For dogs that are 100% outdoor animals, they will need an enclosed area of respite at night, and sheltered place during the hot summer months and the wet winter months. If the dog is going to live outdoors, the owner must be mindful of any ticks or scrapes which could become infected and harmful to the pet. Even if the yard space is limited, the dog will still be subjects to small hazards, and the owner will need to be attentive as the dog is not under constant supervision. Another key focus to prioritize is that your dog still receives ample amounts of emotional attention. An outdoor dog can be a content and happy creature if he is played with daily, and affirmed on a regular basis. So whether you are looking for an outdoor guard dog, a pest-hunter, or simply want to provide your pup with constant running space, any of the below breeds may be right for you.