What dog breeds are best to take hiking?

By Product Expert | Posted in For Fun, Tips on Friday, April 13th, 2018 at 3:53 pm
four puppies in back of hatchback vehicle

We already spoke about what to do when you go car camping with dogs, but what are the best breeds to take hiking with you? If you are searching for a new pup, or are a first-time owner, here are some things you may want to think about when packing your Honda with all your dog’s favorite gear.

Worst dogs to take camping

No matter how much you love your greyhound (and we can definitely understand why you do), taking them is not a good idea. Like all sighthounds, they love to zoom around after anything that catches their eye. And hey, with such good eyesight, wouldn’t you? However, you’d have to be extra vigilant when camping, and their delicate bone structure doesn’t allow for great health outdoors. We say this for all sighthounds: taking them hiking is not advised.

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Top 3 Dog breeds that enjoy the outdoors

Husky on leash with woman standing to the sideNow that we got that out of the way, what pups are the best to bring with you? Well, a Husky is definitely #1 on the list. If this isn’t the first stop you’ve made in your dog research, you’ve probably already seen something similar. But still; Husky? Good choice. They have the stamina and passion for the outdoors that is required for a good hiking buddy, plus, they can be trained to be extremely obedient.

Australian Shepherds are another top choice; regular, or mini. They can be trained to be great on or off leash, and are another breed that has good stamina. Like the Husky, they are able to negotiate on or around rocks and other obstacles as well. Plus, many like water, so you may be able to take them kayaking or canoeing as well—just don’t forget a doggie life vest!

Last but not least; the Australian Cattle Dog. Fit, energetic, and great stamina. They also are easy to train, and if you are looking for a dog whose hair isn’t as long as the previous two, the Cattle dog is the way to go.

Be sure to make sure that you can carry your dog back to the campsite if something happens: leaving them when you hike because they can’t make it back is not good for anyone. This means: if you can’t carry the dog, don’t bring it. We know nobody plans on leaving their dog, but keeping this in mind will help prevent any unfortunate circumstances.

As always, be safe, have fun, and enjoy the great outdoors!

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