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Best dogs for hiking: top 8 breeds to hit the trail with

1. Border Collie

Border Collies are smart and active, which makes them great exercise partners. They are also great pets who love to please their human friends. 

2.  Australian Shepherd

 They are happy when they have something to do, like agility trials, herding cattle, or running up and down a trail to make sure you haven't gotten lost.

3.  Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russells might not seem like the most obvious choice for one of the best dogs for camping, but what they lack in size, they make up for in personality and general joy of life.

4. Bernese Mountain Dog

The name of the Bernese Mountain Dog gives it away, but this dog is really made for the outdoors. This beautiful breed was made to pull carts through the Alps, so your weekend walks should be a breeze.

5. Siberian Husky

Huskies are about as close as you can get to the stereotypical outdoor dog, so it's not surprising to see them on this list. They'll feel right at home whether you're climbing or running, and they'll be happy to keep up with you. 

6. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are one of the most easy-going dogs around. They are friendly and active, so they will make you a lot of friends on those climbs.

7. Airedale Terrier

One of the biggest Terrier breeds, but also one of the most laid-back. Their boundless energy and enthusiasm make them a good choice for one of the best dogs for hiking. 

8. German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer was originally made to be a hunting dog, but it makes a great outdoor companion because it likes to spend long amounts of time outside in a variety of climates. 

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