The Pembroke Welsh Corgi lbs is a herding dog that originated in Wales and was used to herd cattle in rural areas. The Corgi is a herding dog through and through, and loves games that involve chasing and agility. Aside from some eye disorders, this breed is generally healthy, with their primary cause of death being cancer or old age. The Schipperke lbs is highly curious, incredibly high-energy, and is always on the move. Schipperkes thrive on athletic activities, and hiking can be an awesome means of engaging them mentally, while also working some of that energy out. They tend to be willful and, if overindulged, can be rather manipulative.
Aside from this, the biggest disservice you could do to your Schipperke is withholding physical exercise and overfeeding, as this can in turn lead to joint and skeletal problems. There are other advantages to a small dog too. Generally, a smaller dogs is better if you live in a small space and they are less expensive to feed. Also, if you like to travel a lot, a small dog is more likely to be accepted by dog-friendly hotels that have a weight limit.
Speaking of travel, if you live in a RV full time, or are on a Vanlife adventure of a lifetime, a smaller dog might be a more convenient travel buddy. As you can see, big dogs are not the only ones that are great for hiking and adventuring. If you want a dog you can take on many hiking adventures, but your not sure a big dog is for you, I highly suggest you check out some of the breeds on this list. Jessica lives and breathes everything Dachshund, hiking and camping with dogs, and blogging.
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Given her cumulative 25 years of owning Dachshunds, studying the breed, and organizing an member Dachshund club, she's considered a breed expert by many. Jessica's dogs have been her best hiking and camping buddies for the last 16 years. She started this blog in to share what she knows.
She's since won several industry awards and become one of the premier blogging experts in the pet industry. I have a chiweenie and often take him hiking with me, but it seems like he gets tired easily when hiking steep terrain and walks real slow. How have you conditioned your dogs to hike steep terrain? Hi Michelle. I guess my first question to you would be how long have you been hiking with your pup and how did YOU work him up to longer and steeper hikes?
With Chester and Gretel, they took to it right away. I took them on their first hike not expecting a lot. I picked something with a bit of an incline but not too steep and expected I might have to turn around before we got to the destination.
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The first trail I took Gretel on was about 4 miles round trip. If she had, I would have taken her on a shorter hike the next time. Anyway, once you know what they can handle, you can progress to longer and steeper hikes. Chester has been hiking for over 10 years and Gretel for over 6. Good luck and let me know if you have any more questions. The first few hikes we went on were fine for him, he has lots of energy left after the hike.
Thanks for your insight! So glad to see dogs of all sizes hiking! Small dogs really are the best. I have so much love for terriers, but the wire coat gives me such an awful contact allergy. I love this little list. I love hiking, but never would have thought to bring my families little dachshund on a little hike. Maybe, I can work little Frankie up over time with increasingly longer walks around the neighborhood. Great read, thank you. Your article has settled several debates in our household. We have recently moved into a house with a garden and our 7 year old wants nothing more that to have his own dog.
We enjoy a lot of outdoor activities so need a dog that will be able to join us. We love Miniature Schnauzer but having cared and walked my moms Schnauzers, we were worried about how excitable and vocal they are, hiking with one of her dogs would be a traumatic experience at best.
I live on a farm that has patches of woods amongst the fields. My dachshund Oscar aka Mini man loves the woods because it is so isolated and very far from roads I let him run unleashed his athletic ability is amazing. My bf used to take my dachshund Princess RIP squirrel hunting she loved it, when deer season and fireworks season would start she would hear the sounds and scatch at the door wanting to see if they got their kill Oscar does the same thing he has yet to hunt with him though The funny thing she did this before he ever took her into the woods for a hunt instincts I suppose.
I guess what I am getting at is people sometimes forget that the dachshund is a hunting breed dog. Not if you like rats though. Great work, Jessica. You have put together a good list. He was fast, active, and covered all the miles without getting tired. Since then me and my hiking companions have got like 3 small dogs for hiking. Absolutely love to go on hike with them. Keep up the great work. As usual, so many people make comments about their short legs and how tired they must get. While they did sleep during our 2-hour drive back home, they were ready for a game of tug and fetch as soon as we walked in the door!
Now i have plan to climb a mountain high above sea level.
Will be glad if you can email me your experience with small dog in high mountain above meters. Hi Kresnata. I wrote an article on dogs and altitude sickness. Mine dogs have been to 14, feet 4, meters with no problems at all. There were many other dogs at the top of the mountain too. Have fun!
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She make it to about meter, then stop run everywhere like usual. I put her in my backpack, then continue to camping ground at meter.
I decide not to continue to the top at meter. Night at home, she sleep more than usual, but normal again at following day. So i decide is the limit fot my lovely pom. A very insightful piece, thank you. I am thinking of getting a Cairn Terrier and as an avid hiker I am glad they made the list. Is this a breed that would be best kept on leash like others you mentioned, or is it okay to give them free reign? They ARE hunters but I think terriers can be trained to be off leash more easily than hounds. In general anyway.
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My cairn partner Cactus of 13 years died just two months ago. His nose sometimes caused him to wander off yards but he would always come looking for me often winding the air to find me because i hid. I think a Rat Terrier is my next buddy. Great article. Very informative, thank you. I did want to mention one other small breed that is excellent for hiking. We have had a small mini poodle, I think about 12 lbs, and she is an excellent hiker. We take her on all our hikes.
She recently completed a 10 mile hike with us and did awesome. We love our mini poodle! Keep up the great work! Hello, Iam a day hiker who recently adoptedand an 8pound min pin mix named Lilly.
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I want to take her with me n oselect hikes thisfalll. I am looking for a backpack carrier that is roomy and well ventulated. Along with somestorage. Do you have any recommendations? Hi Betty. I would look at the K9 SportSack. Good luck! Can dachshunds generally go off leash? It gets pretty dirty as well.
I also tend to zone out and focus on digging so I can become pretty oblivious to things going on around me i. I would love to have a companion come along with me. I also have to stay overnight in hotels regularly and can see myself camping for a job in the future. So a small, short haired dog seems like the absolute best option for me. Especially if the owner is not paying keen attention to them. However, with a lot of training, they could be mostly reliable off leash… or at least the chance that they would come back to eventually could be more reliable.
However, I would bring a long leash and tie one end to a tree or something while you go about your business. The main drawback is that the leash could get caught on something so you might need to check on them periodically. Also of note: my recommendation would be the same for any type of hound or terrier. Papillon make great hiking buddies too. Friendly and bright they will either love sport or prefer to stay closer to home. I currently hike with my yorkie but may have a new Pap joining us later this year. Great to see we are not alone in both hiking with small dogs or getting shocked looks!
Your email address will not be published. As for mixed breeds, the eventual size and traits of the animal could be unknown when you're looking at a little puppy. Then again, an even-tempered mutt will always make a better pet than the pedigreed pooch with a troubled past.
Good luck dog shopping! Dear Matthew: I need help! I own a male Alaskan Malamute who is 3 years old. He's the sweetest and gentlest dog I know. I picked him up at the pound last November. My problem is that after three months, he still seems very detached, and his strong desire to run has put him in danger. The other day, he slipped out of his collar and took off. He ran two miles before my husband caught him, and in the process he almost got himself killed by an oncoming car.
I love this dog and I don't want to give him away, but we can't keep worrying about him running. He doesn't respond to his name and won't come when we call him, especially when he's running. Dear Desperate: Have you made a concerted effort to train your dog to come when called? Recognizing and responding to one's name is not a habit a dog can usually pick up just from hearing his name mentioned every so often -- it's as much a learned trick as rolling over or sitting on command.
In fact, teaching your dog how to sit is a necessary precursor to training him to come. Once you've taught a dog how to sit and stay while on a leash, the next step is to back away from him and give the "come" command. If he doesn't initially move, give the leash a tug and repeat the command. Most likely, after mustering the self-control to sit in place, the dog will be ready to come bounding up to you the second he hears his name.
Practice this from farther distances, until your dog's ears perk up no matter what is going on around him. Sound difficult? It's certainly not easy. It's going to require a lot of work, especially since you adopted your dog when he was several years old.
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