Love the outdoors and looking for a four-legged companion to share the experience with?
There are particular breeds of dogs that make great hiking companions; dogs whose endurance, carrying capabilities, interests, and body type are ideal for dusty trail jaunts.
Weimaraners: This breed is agile and quick, plus they have fur that tends to repel burrs and thistles.
Rottweilers: Because this breed easily carries extra weight and has plenty of endurance, Rottweilers are great for packing on a long trail trip.
English Springer Spaniels: The high energy and enthusiasm of these dogs helps them keep a quick pace while pushing through rough terrain.
German Shepherds: This watchful breed will happily follow along on an extended hike.
Huskies: The Northern heritage and natural endurance of this breed make Huskies great winter hiking companions. Just be sure to protect them from overheating in warm weather.
Labrador Retrievers: Loyal and active, these dogs will happily accompany you on-leash or off. Just be prepared for their instinctual dip in any puddle, pond, river, or lake.
There are many other breeds that make great hiking companions. Many search far and wide for the ideal dog and end up adopting a mixed breed that fits the bill perfectly. In general, dogs high in energy, endurance, loyalty, and work ethic make great trail companions.
What advice would you give to someone searching for the ideal hiking dog?