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.
- 1The Golden Retriever is a large-sized gun dog that retrieve shot waterfowl, such as ducks and... more
- 2The Weimaraner ( VY-mə-rah-nər) is a large dog that was originally bred for hunting in the... more
- 3The Australian Cattle Dog (ACD), or simply Cattle Dog, is a breed of herding dog originally... more
- 4The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting in England. It... more
- 5The beagle is a breed of small hound that is similar in appearance to the much larger... more
- 6The Bluetick Coonhound is a breed of Coonhound originating in the United States. The Bluetick... more
- 8The Labrador Retriever, or just Labrador, is a large type of retriever-gun dog. The Labrador... more
- 9The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog belonging to the Retriever, Gundog,... more
- 10The Black and Tan Coonhound is a breed of hunting dog. Developed in the United States from... more
- 11The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a dog breed developed in the Southern Africa region. Its forebears... more
- 12The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Scottish borders for... more
- 13The Australian Shepherd, often known simply as the "Aussie", is a medium-sized breed of dog... more
- 14The Anatolian Shepherd Dog (Turkish: Anadolu çoban köpeği) is a breed of dog that originated... more
- 15The Basenji is a breed of hunting dog. It was bred from stock that originated in central... more
- 16The Bernese Mountain Dog (German: Berner Sennenhund) is a large-sized breed of dog, one of the... more
- 17The borzoi (, literally "fast"), also called the Russian wolfhound (Russian: Ру́сская псовая... more
- 18The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is a purebred dog breed recognized by the United Kennel... more
- 19The German Shepherd (German: Deutscher Schäferhund, German pronunciation: [ˈʃɛːfɐˌhʊnt]) is a... more
- 20The Australian Kelpie, or simply Kelpie, is an Australian sheep dog successful at mustering... more
- 21The Boxer is a medium-sized, short-haired breed of dog, developed in Germany. The coat is... more
- 22The English Coonhound, also referred to as the American English Coonhound (by the American... more
- 23The Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog is a rare dog breed from Alapaha, Georgia.
Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog
- 24The Airedale Terrier (often shortened to "Airedale"), also called Bingley Terrier and... more
- 25The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) originally... more