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100+ Hiking Dog Names: Ideas for Brisk & Outdoorsy Dogs

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Some dogs are the ideal companions if you’re an outdoorsy individual. Exploring is one of their favorite past times and fresh air is their power source. Hiking is just one of the many things you will get to enjoy with your new addition if you so choose. Long treks through the wilderness are sure to bring you and your pup closer together. More than anything else, you can almost guarantee that Fido won’t turn down an opportunity to take a hike with his partner in crime. Truly, who would pass up the chance to pee on 15 new trees and become friends with the squirrels outside of their backyard? Not any of the eager pups we know! 

If hiking is one of your favorite past times, you might pull inspiration for your pet’s new name from this hobby. You can choose something incredibly obvious or go with an idea that’s a bit more subtle. You could factor in their charismatic nature and burning desire to explore the great outdoors or give a slight nod to the soft appreciation they have for crisp air and a gorgeous sunrise. 

Our list of hiking dog names is a great place to start when looking for a dog name. We hope your search is short and sweet so you and your new addition waste no time planning your next adventure! 

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Female Hiking Dog Names

  • Brook 
  • Ella 
  • Rosie 
  • Aspen 
  • Luna 
  • Koda 
  • Delilah 
  • Aria 
  • Talia 
  • Wander
  • Kalani 
  • Nova
  • Glory 
  • Dixie 
  • Fleur 
  • Gypsy 
  • Raven 
  • Tessa 
  • Mars 
  • Summer 
  • Dakota 
  • Foxy 

Male Outdoor Dog Names 

  • Wren 
  • Duke 
  • West 
  • Comet 
  • Ryder 
  • Tucker 
  • Atlas 
  • Zeke 
  • Otis 
  •  Reed 
  • Zodiac 
  • Quest 
  • Rocky 
  • Chief 
  • Farley 
  • Jet 
  • Sirius 
  • Echo 
  • Bolt
  • Compass 
  • Brisk 
  • Roscoe 
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Hiking Dog Names Inspired by Nature 

Pulling inspiration for the best hiking dog name could be as straightforward as noting the most beautiful things you see while hitting the trails. Nature in itself offers an endless supply of airy, gritty, earthy, and raw suggestions, each the perfect tribute to one of the healthiest and fun outdoor pastimes. Who knows, your pup might be even be hinting at a name each time they mark a birch tree or drink from the river. 

  • Coal 
  • Aqua 
  • Flounder 
  • Lotus 
  • Aurora 
  • Pluto 
  • Sahara 
  • Hawk 
  • Sky 
  • Autumn 
  • Bass
  • Forrest 
  • River 
  • Tuna 
  • Chive 
  • Ducky 
  • Terra 
  • Jade 
  • Daisy 
  • Thorn
  • Aries 
  • Willow 
  • Talon 
  • Birch 
  • Cliff 
  • Finch 

Hiking Dog Names Inspired by Famous Trails

If you are an avid hiker, one of the spots below may be a place you frequent often when you’re looking for a great outdoor expedition or hope to cross off the bucket list one day. If you don’t find your favorite local trail here, we encourage you to create a good hiking dog name of your very own – inspired by your happy hiking place, wherever that may be! 

  • Picchu 
  • Appie | Appalachian 
  • Basho 
  • Tahoe 
  • Indus 
  • Copper 
  • Vesper 
  • Lares 
  • Petra 
  • Zion 
  • Inca 
  • Paria 
  • Machu
  • Fitz 
  • Paso 
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Hiking Dog Names Inspired by Famous Explorers 

When you stop to think about it, early explorers were expert-level travelers and hikers, finding their way to new spots on the map and taking detailed tours of the land before setting up shop. Your pup is similar to these individuals in the sense that they adore new adventures are thrilled about making discoveries along the way. One of these famous historical names could be a perfect match for your little one! 

  • Columbus | Christopher Columbus 
  • Marco Polo 
  • Cortes | Hernan Cortez 
  • Pizarro | Francisco Pizarro 
  • Bao | Hong Bao 
  • Gama | Vasco da Gama 
  • Cabot | John Cabot 
  • Pedro | Pedro Alvares Cabral
  • Buzz | Buzz Aldrin 

Bonus: Dogs From Hiking Movies 

These canine co-stars have left their mark with their roles in each film. Perhaps one of these storylines is your favorite, maybe it was the dog for you, perhaps a cool backstory for your pup’s name is why you’ve chosen one of these. Either way, we think each suggestion would be good names for hiking dogs. 

  • Shadow | Homeward Bound 
  • Kavik | The Courage of Kavik: The Wolf Dog 
  • Chance | Homeward Bound 
  • Nanook | Iron Will 
  • Buck | Eight Below 
  • Copper | Fox and the Hound 
  • Togo | Togo 
  • Dewey | Eight Below 
  • Enzo | The Art of Racing in the Rain 
  • Maya | Eight Below 

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Finding the Right Name for Your Hiking Dog

We understand the weight that comes with choosing the right name for your pet. It is something that sticks with them their entire life, and you have one shot at getting it right. On the bright side, most pups will grow into their name, whatever it may be, and might even develop a bit of a nickname over time. So, the most important thing to remember is to have fun with it. Surely your pup will appreciate your loving home and companionship – the name will just be an exciting bonus! 

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