15 Best Dog Breeds for Hiking Buddies

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Bernese Mountain Dogs

Big, strong, surefooted, obedient and happy to help, a BMD is an ideal hiking companion, especially for longer treks. This dog can also help carry some supplies, like his food and water. They do great in cooler to cold climates, so don’t leave him behind in the winter; it’s his favorite time of the year to go hiking. The inverse of that is of course to be cautious in warm weather or warm climates, because he will struggle.

Bernese Mountain Dog

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  • Grommit

    Sorry but if your dog is more than 40 pounds, that is NOT a hiking dog. Miniature schnauzers are probably the most ideal size of a dog. Just barely big enough to carry a backpack, absolutely strong enough to make it to the top of a mountain, but small and compact enough still that you can carry them out if they get injured in any way. I am so sick and tired of having to read about cases where someone had to leave their large dog behind on the mountain to die alone because it got it’s paws cut up or some other issue arose and they weren’t willing or capable of carrying a 60 pound dog down off of the mountain with them. Think of it as no different as bringing your 3 year old child with you. If you aren’t absolutely willing to carry them the whole way when they can no longer move themselves, then you shouldn’t have brought them in the first place. This is happening hundreds of times every year and these people should be criminally liable for what they do.