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The Best Dogs for Hiking  

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List of the best dog breeds for hiking, as ranked by hike aficionados and breed experts alike. One of the great joys in life for the adventurer seeker and hiking lover is trekking through the boundless wonder of nature on a nice, cool day. It can be relaxing to walk through the gorgeous, over-arching trees past a waterfall or up a sandy mountain with the smell of the wilderness caressing your senses. The only thing that can make it better is to have man’s best friend by your side. Many dogs love the outdoors just as much as even the most enthusiastic nature lovers. They love the sights and smells, as well as the feel of the wind through their fur as they walk besides you. This list contains the best dogs for hiking on long or short trails.
 

This list answers the question, “What are the best hiking dog?” as the dogs on this list are energetic and are physically made for long adventures like hiking. These canines can walk long distances without tiring out and their personalities fit perfectly with the hiking lifestyle.

This list contains the best dog breeds for long arduous hikes, as well as short, brisk ones. Whether you are an avid hiker who goes on the toughest trails or somebody who just occasionally hikes, there’s a dog that’s perfect for you -- and if you're more of a runner, be sure to check out our list of the best dogs for running.

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Australian Cattle Dog is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Australian Cattle Dog (ACD), or simply Cattle Dog, is a breed of herding dog originally developed in Australia for droving cattle over long distances across rough terrain. This breed is a ...more
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Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Labrador Retriever, or just Labrador, is a large type of retriever-gun dog. The Labrador is one of the most popular breeds of dog in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.A ...more
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Border Collie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Scottish borders for herding livestock, especially sheep. It was specifically bred for intelligence and obedience. ...more
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Rhodesian Ridgeback is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog breed developed in the Southern Africa region. Its forebears can be traced to the semi-domesticated, ridged hunting dogs of the Khoikhoi, which were crossed with ...more
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Australian Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Australian Shepherd, often known simply as the "Aussie", is a medium-sized breed of dog that was, despite its name, developed on ranches in the United States during the 19th ...more
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Bernese Mountain Dog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Bernese Mountain Dog (German: Berner Sennenhund) is a large-sized breed of dog, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps. Bred from crosses of Mastiffs and ...more
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Golden Retriever is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Golden Retriever is a large-sized gun dog that retrieve shot waterfowl, such as ducks and upland game birds, during hunting and shooting parties. They were named 'retriever' because of their ...more
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Australian Kelpie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Australian Kelpie, or simply Kelpie, is an Australian sheep dog successful at mustering and droving with little or no guidance. It is a medium-sized dog and comes in a variety of colours. ...more
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Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Weimaraner ( VY-mə-rah-nər) is a large dog that was originally bred for hunting in the early 19th century. Early Weimaraners were used by royalty for hunting large game such as boar, bear ...more
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American Pit Bull Terrie... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is a purebred dog breed recognized by the United Kennel Club and American Dog Breeders Association, but not the American Kennel Club (AKC). It is a ...more
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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
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The Boxer is a medium-sized, short-haired breed of dog, developed in Germany. The coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colors are fawn brindled or white, with or without white markings. Boxers are ...more
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German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
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The German Shepherd (German: Deutscher Schäferhund, German pronunciation: [ˈʃɛːfɐˌhʊnt]) is a breed of medium to big-sized working dog that originated in Germany. In the English language, ...more
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Beagle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The beagle is a breed of small hound that is similar in appearance to the much larger foxhound. The beagle is a scent hound, developed primarily for hunting hare (beagling). With a great sense ...more
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Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) originally bred for their strength and endurance to haul heavy freight, and later as a sled dog. They are similar ...more
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Bluetick Coonhound is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Bluetick Coonhound is a breed of Coonhound originating in the United States. The Bluetick Coonhound is known for its friendly persona, cold nose and deep bawl mouth. It is most commonly used ...more
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Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting in England. It is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated and can be any colour. The Jack ...more
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Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is a medium-sized gundog bred primarily for hunting. It is often referred to as a "toller". It is the smallest of the retrievers, and is often ...more
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Pitbull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
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Chesapeake Bay Retriever... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog belonging to the Retriever, Gundog, and Sporting breed groups. Members of the breed may also be referred to as a Chessie, CBR, or ...more
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Black and Tan Coonhound ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Black and Tan Coonhound is a breed of hunting dog. Developed in the United States from crosses between the Bloodhound and the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound, this scent hound runs its game ...more
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English Coonhound is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The English Coonhound, also referred to as the American English Coonhound (by the American Kennel Club only) or the Redtick Coonhound, is a breed of coonhound that originated in and is typically ...more
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American Foxhound is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The American Foxhound is a breed of dog that is a cousin of the English Foxhound. They are scent hounds, bred to hunt foxes by scent.
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Airedale Terrier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Airedale Terrier (often shortened to "Airedale"), also called Bingley Terrier and Waterside Terrier, is a dog breed of the terrier type that originated in the valley (dale) of the ...more
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Curly Coated Retriever ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Curly-coated Retriever (not always hyphenated, and often called the Curly for short) is a breed of dog originally bred in England for upland bird and waterfowl hunting. It is the tallest of ...more
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American Staffordshire T... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The American Staffordshire Terrier, also known as the Amstaff, is a medium-sized, short-coated American dog breed.In the early part of the twentieth century the breed gained social stature and ...more