Hiking 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 is a sturdy, compact, well-muscled and powerful working dog. The head is broad and slightly rounded between the widely set, moderately pointed pricked ears. It comes in ...more
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Labrador Retriever is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Labrador Retriever, also known as simply Labrador or Lab, is one of several kinds of retrievers, a type of gun dog. Labradors are athletic, playful, and the most popular breed of dog by ...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 medium sized dog, with a body that is slightly longer than the height and a fairly wide skull. The ears are usually half-perked. The coat colors come in black and white, ...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 Southern Africa. Its European forebears can be traced to the early pioneers of the Cape Colony of southern Africa, who crossed their dogs with ...more
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Australian Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Australian Shepherd, commonly known as the Aussie, is a medium size breed of dog that was developed on ranches in the western United States. Despite its name, the breed was not developed in ...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, called in German the Berner Sennenhund, is a large-sized breed of dog, one of the four breeds of Sennenhund-type dogs from the Swiss Alps. The name Sennenhund is ...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 breed of dog bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties, and were named 'retriever' ...more
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American Pit Bull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The American Pit Bull Terrier is a medium-sized, solidly built, short haired dog whose early ancestors came from England and Ireland. It is a member of the molosser breed group. The American ...more
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Boxer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
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The Boxer is a breed of medium-sized, short-haired dogs developed in Germany. Their coat is smooth and tight-fitting; colors are fawn or brindled, with or without white markings, which may cover ...more
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Weimaraner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Weimaraner 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, and deer. As the ...more
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Australian Kelpie is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Alaskan Malamute is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Alaskan Malamute is a large breed of domestic dog originally bred for hauling heavy freight because of their strength and endurance, and later an Alaskan sled dog. They are similar to other ...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 to medium-sized dog. A member of the hound group, it is similar in appearance to the foxhound, but smaller with shorter legs and longer, softer ears. Beagles are ...more
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Bluetick Coonhound is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Bluetick Coonhound is a breed of dog. It is a type of coonhound and typically bred in the United States.
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Jack Russell Terrier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting; it is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated. It is commonly confused with the Parson ...more
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Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retri... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, or Toller for short, is a medium-sized breed of gundog bred primarily for hunting. It is the smallest of the retrievers, and is often mistaken for a small ...more
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Pitbull Terrier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
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Chesapeake Bay Retriever is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a powerful, muscular retriever with a slightly wavy, rather short coat. Both the outer coat and dense wooly undercoat are oily for water-repellence. The coat ...more
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Black and Tan Coonhound is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Black and Tan Coonhound is a breed of dog used primarily for trailing and treeing raccoons. It was developed from crosses between the Bloodhound, and the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound. The ...more
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German Shepherd Dog is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
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The German Shepherd is a breed of large-sized working dog that originated in Germany. The breed's officially recognized name is German Shepherd Dog in the English language, sometimes abbreviated ...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 or the Redtick Coonhound, is a breed of dog. It is a type of coonhound that is typically bred in the Southern United ...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 large hound with broad, pendant ears and a short, hard coat. It is taller than most hounds. The short, hard coat may be any color. Height: 21-25 inches (53-64 cm.) ...more
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American Staffordshire Terrier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The American Staffordshire Terrier also known as Amstaff is a medium-sized, short-coated American dog breed. In the early part of the twentieth century the breed gained social stature and was ...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 is a breed of dog originally bred in England for upland bird and waterfowl hunting. It is the tallest of the retrievers and is easily distinguishable by the mass of ...more
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Airedale Terrier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dogs for Hiking
The Airedale Terrier, also called Bingley Terrier and Waterside Terrier, is a dog breed of the terrier type that originated in the valley of the river Aire, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, ...more