10 Best Hiking Dogs That Will Literally Climb Mountains With You

Almost every avid hiker will agree that a few things are as rewarding as hitting the trail in the company of one of the best hiking dogs. Besides, what’s better than having a canine hiking buddy whose enthusiasm alone motivates you to conquer the trail’s steep ups and downs?

But wait…. not every breed is suited for this thrilling outdoor adventure. Typically, the best dog breeds for running and hiking have strong endurance for intense activities and won’t develop health complications afterward (looking at you, Pugs, French Bulldogs, and other Brachycephalic dog breeds).

While the best dogs for hiking and camping mostly consist of medium and large breeds, there are smaller breeds who’ve earned a front-row seat in the exceptional dog hikers hall of fame.

Here are 10 of the best dogs for backpacking and exploring scenic trails with:

1. The Australian Shepherd

Close up of an Australian Shepherd

2. Siberian Husky

A Siberian Husky lying on a field of grass

3. Rhodesian Ridgeback

A Rhodesian Ridgeback standing on a ground covered in snow

4. Border Collie

A close up of a Border Collie looking into the camera

5. Jack Russell Terrier

A Jack Russel Terrier in a field with an orange ball in its mouth

6. Bernese Mountain Dog 

A close-up of a Bernese Mountain Dog lying on a ground covered with snow

7. German Shorthaired Pointer 

A German Shorthaired Pointer standing in a field covered with brown leaves

8. Labrador Retriever

Close-up of a black Labrador Retriever lying down with tongue slightly sticking out

9. Vizsla

A close-up of a brown Vizsla

10. Australian Cattle Dog 

A close-up of an Australian Cattle Dog