These five great dog breeds for hiking will give you far more reason to get out there than just your health.
Nobody, not you, your spouse, or your partner wants to get out on the trail more than your dog.
Every time we open the door, man’s best friend is ready to go, but when you’re really serious about getting out on the open trail some breeds are better suited than others.
Here is the first word in dogs that are fit, bred for strength and purpose, and have all the tools to spend time on the mountain or in the woods.
Grab your hiking boots and read on.
1. Australian Shepherd
Perfect for its medium size, the “Aussie” is not only a hardworking, loyal, and amazingly trainable dog, but has boundless energy and drive. They usually need a job to do so why not put one to work on that local hill climb?
Start here: Aussie Rescue
2. Rhodesian Ridgeback
This breed was originated in South Africa and is known for its voracity in keeping lions at bay! Ridgebacks are intelligent, loyal, and extremely hardworking. Called the “Navy SEALs” of the dog world, they are said to be able to keep up with a running horse for 30 miles.
3. German Shorthaired Pointer
This loving, loyal, and graceful dog is a high energy version of a “Jeopardy” contestant. They have great intelligence and are terrific recall animals. They love to work! My shorthair jumped puddle ducks with me in swamps, chased ruffed grouse up and down High Tor WMA in New York, and was hell on pheasants.
You won’t out-hike this breed.
4. Portuguese Water Dog
Hiking near water should be part of everyone’s plan, although this breed is just at home on land as it is in the water, living up to its name. Their size and temperament make them great companions in the field or on the trail.
They are friendly to strangers which gives them a plus on your hike.
5. Labrador Retriever
The standard in family pets and outdoor dogs for many people in many places, the “lab” will give you love for years. This breed wants to play and needs exercise as much as any dog out there. Like some breeds, Labradors will gain weight quickly if not given a respectable run once in a while.
Just like us; go hike it out.
- Vizsla– High energy; needs to go, go, GO!
- Bernese mountain dog/Alaskan malamute– Great if you need a dog that can pull 10 times its body weight or you’re hiking the Yukon.
These are but a few of the best dog breeds for hiking; breeds that like to get their legs moving and won’t let you down.
Remember, your dog needs activity before hiking. Make sure that you keep your animal active, get him regular vet visits, and keep things like flea and tick control up-to-date.
It’s paramount that you invest in a good quality, packable first-aid kit. Make sure your kit includes a collapsible water dish and water for both of you.
We all know that Fido will drink from that mud puddle you just found, but your dog is counting on you to be the leader: don’t let him drink it if you wouldn’t unless it’s an emergency.