My dogs hike with me all the time. I do notice that they get sluggish in the heat so I plan around that or choose trails with shade and water. Water especially makes all world off difference. As far as breed, for us, I think it's just personality and character. My main hiking bud is a 4 year old Dalmation Aussie cow dog mix. He usually hikes without his leash and is free to roam. He has encounter rattlers, deer, and rabbits and has always come when called regardless. He is loyal and he lives to hike. He is always on the lookout for me putting on a pack. Our other pal is a 1 year old Chihuahua who has learned all of the rules and regs of hiking from the bigger dog. So, fortunately, he follows the lead of the well trained loyal dog. He can do about 4 miles before I even have to think about toting him around. I do worry about a hawk or something trying to take off with him.
I think dogs are a good deterant for strangers getting too close, other animals, and a great snake warning.
Our big dog has his snake vaccination which helps me have peace of mind.
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