Dogs that are willful and good hiking companions

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  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: tendency to chew, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, loves water, good hiking companion, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: white
  • patterns: flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, playful, aloof
Mellow but never boring, the rare Clumber spaniel is a large love bug who adores attention and makes a delightful companion in any home where fur and drool are welcome.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies, easy to groom, cold weather tolerant, high prey drive, easy to train
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, aloof, willful, playful
The Chesapeake Bay retriever, the only American-bred retriever, is a loyal family dog who loves a job, whether that’s hunting, hiking, or splashing around in the cold water of his namesake. 
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, gray, white
  • patterns: brindle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful
The pumi may look like a teddy bear that’s come to life, but these brainy dogs are more than mere fluff. Find out more about these Hungarian herders with a comically endearing appearance.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies, tendency to chew, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, fawn, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, brindle, tuxedo, black and tan, blue and tan, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful, playful
American pit bull terriers are affectionate, loving, and energetic pups that make wonderful family dogs. Learn more about caring for pit bulls, a sweet and misunderstood breed.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, brown / chocolate / liver, white
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: willful, outgoing, playful
American bulldogs might surprise you with their devotion, task management, playfulness, and courage. Sure, they’re terrific working dogs—but they also have a sweet, sensitive side that makes them good family dogs.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful
Berger Picards are a loving and active dog. They're fairly rare, especially outside of France, but have won the hearts of many with their big ears, sweet eyes, and silly nature.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, tolerates being alone, high prey drive, loves water, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Jagdterriers are smart, capable hunting dogs developed in Germany. If you're an outdoor enthusiast and an experienced dog owner, a jagdterrier could be the perfect companion.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, high prey drive
  • colors: blue, black, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: outgoing, playful, willful, gentle
A regal and determined hound, the bluetick coonhound can be a wonderful hunting companion and gentle best friend wrapped into one shiny body. Needing an outlet for their “houndy” behaviors, these special dogs could amaze your neighbors with their ability to “sing”. Find out if this unique breed is a suitable addition to your lifestyle.
  • breed group: none
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: high prey drive, easy to groom, loves water, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: willful, aloof
A loyal and independent hunting companion, the Karelian bear dog is a rare, medium-sized, Finnish breed that needs a devoted, experienced pet parent—and lots of outdoor exercise.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: good hiking companion, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, high potential for weight gain, loves water, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: gray, black, white
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, willful, playful
A loyal family companion and an eager outdoor playmate, intelligent Norwegian elkhounds are an ancient dog breed that fits well into an active, modern lifestyle.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: cream, blue, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: gentle, willful, friendly, outgoing, playful
He's small, fluffy, and looks like a lamb, but the Bedlington terrier is all dog—and adaptable enough to join his family in any activity, from hikes to lazy days on the couch.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, tolerates being alone, tendency to chew, prone to health issues, highly territorial, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, cream, fawn, black, blue
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, willful, playful, aloof
The Chinese shar-pei is easy to recognize because of her loose, wrinkly skin, sandpaper fur, and a "hippopotamus" muzzle. This independent and loyal breed is best for experienced dog owners.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, strong loyalty tendencies, high potential for weight gain, loves water, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, fawn, gray
  • patterns: brindle, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, willful, playful, aloof
Big, brainy, and boasting a shaggy double coat, the Bouvier des Flandres is a versatile working dog and family companion. But because of his intense grooming and activity needs, he’s not for everyone.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, hot weather tolerant, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: spotted, flecked / ticked / speckled, bicolor
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: outgoing, willful, playful, friendly, aloof
German wirehaired pointers are energetic, intelligent, loyal dogs that love spending time outdoors and are easy to train. If you're an avid hiker, a GWP might be for you.
  • breed group: hound
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, hot weather tolerant, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: tricolor
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: friendly, willful
Treeing Walker coonhounds are known for helping hunters put food on the table and winning hunting competitions, but these hound dogs can serve as excellent, active companions for you and your family—no matter where you live. 
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, gold / yellow, fawn, black
  • patterns: bicolor, sable
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: outgoing, friendly, playful, willful
Meet the puggle: A high-energy, affectionate small mixed breed that’s a combination of the pug and beagle. Though short in stature, he’s the ideal pup for active families.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, requires lots of grooming, tolerates being alone, low prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, cream, black, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful, protective
A friendly, loving family dog who's easy on the allergies makes Labradoodles one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. These dogs love activity, just not as much as they’ll love you.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: cream, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Samoyeds are so pretty and cheerful, it’s easy to think they’re lazy lap pooches who don’t want to muss up their stunning white coats. But learn why this loyal, clever, and impish work dog lives best with outgoing, athletic people.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to groom, highly territorial, high prey drive, high potential for weight gain, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, cream, black, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, tuxedo, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: willful, playful, aloof
Small but mighty, Shiba Inus are an ancient Japanese dog breed that walk to the beat of their own drum. They’re completely satisfied roaming the house without much human attention, but they still love to entertain and make their owners laugh.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: high prey drive, hypoallergenic, apartment-friendly, good hiking companion
  • colors: blue, fawn
  • patterns: blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: friendly, willful, anxious
Silky terriers are highly intelligent, curious, and ready for an adventure. These small dogs are well-known for their long sleek coats and silly personalities.