Here are the top 10 types of dog for hiking with.
Although beagles can be stubborn dogs, nothing beats their sense of adventure and willingness to keep going in search of new sniffs. While beagles are best-kept on-leash, they are more than willing to go the distance.
American Staffordshire Terrier
American Staffordshire Terriers are among the most athletic of the bully breeds. This Am Staff does great with a lot of exercise and is eager to please its owner, making it a great walking companion.
The Labrador Retriever was specifically bred for long outings in the woods as a waterfowl dog. A well-bred Labrador Retriever has limitless energy and a desire to be outdoors with his or her owner, making this breed perfect for long walks.
German Shorthaired Pointer
Like the Labrador Retriever, the German Shorthaired Pointer was also bred to serve as an energetic companion to hunters. German Shorthaired Pointers are not only great off-leash, but they love to walk and explore with favorite humans.
The Brittany is a spaniel-type dog that is also primarily used for hunting. Smaller than a Lab or Pointer, the Brittany is just as energetic. This breed loves to hike, explore, and spend time outdoors.
The Border Collie is an active dog used to working all day herding farm animals. When this breed is kept as a pet, the extra energy can lead to destruction and hyperactivity. Not only is the Border Collie great for long, off-leash walks, but can also be trained to do just about anything.
There is no such thing as too much exercise for a Siberian Husky. For this reason, Huskies make great walking (and running, and sledding, and biking) partners!
Like the Border Collie, the Australian Shepherd has boundless energy due to its primary job as a shepherd. This small, hardy dog needs a job to do, and daily long walks are one way to fill that need.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is often overlooked when it comes to outdoor activities, mainly due to its size. However, this breed is highly athletic and versatile, making it a great walking partner.
Bernese Mountain Dog
Known for its gorgeous tri-colored coat, the Bernese Mountain Dog originated in the Swiss Alps as a farm dog. This loyal, affectionate, athletic breed requires plenty of exercise and time spent outdoors, which is why it is one of the best breeds for long walks.
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