Whether it is going on a road trip or flying to another country
on vacation, you want to share the experience with your best
friend. Dogs do not just make great companions at home, they are
also wonderful to travel buddies. Unlike humans, they do not
complain or make you change plans, which is why you should rather
plan a trip with your canine buddy. Here are some dog breeds that
make amazing travel partners.
ChihuahuaThese dogs are travel size, no larger
than a regular utility bag. Given their size, Chihuahuas do not
take a lot of space, so all you will need is a small carrier.
They also do not need large quantities of food, which gives you
the freedom to travel light.
BeagleThese adorable medium-sized dogs are a
lot of fun to travel with. They are loyal and energetic, so you
will not get bored during the trip. Beagles also have a great
sense of direction and always shadow their owners, so you do
not have to worry about your pet wandering off.
Labrador RetrieverThese large, cuddly dogs
love adventure as much as they love their humans. Although your
Labrador cannot fit into a small carrier, they are still
rearing to follow you anywhere. These dogs are obedient and
loyal, so you never have to worry about your Labrador
misbehaving during the trip.
PomeranianThese fuzzy cuties are amazing
travel companions because of their no-nonsense attitude. They
are well-behaved as they are adorable. Pomeranians are small
and non-fussy dogs, so you can take them anywhere.
DachshundThese adorable wiener dogs make
journeys a lot more interesting because they love exercise and
adventure. Dachshunds are small and low-maintenance dogs, but
they can sometimes get annoyed by children or strangers. It is
best to keep this fellow inside his carrier during the journey.
Poodle It is no secret that Poodles are
high-maintenance dogs, but that does not mean they do not enjoy
the adventure. These dogs come in different sizes, so make sure
you have appropriate travel plans in place. Poodles are smart
and obedient dogs, so you do not have to worry about a
stressful trip with these canines.
German ShepherdGerman Shepherds are one of the
larger breeds of dogs out there, so you will not be able to
squeeze one into a small carrier on a plane. These intelligent
dogs are extremely loyal and hardworking. They are always eager
to please, which makes them very easy to train. German
Shepherds are not easily excitable, which means you can enjoy a
Your dog loves you and would want to follow you everywhere you
go. Why not share your wanderlust with your canine best friend
and take him along on your next trip?!
The next section gives an overview of your traveling companion by
classifying them into different sets.
What Are the Best Dogs to Travel With?
Globe trotters, train hoppers, world travelers, ramblers—some of
us just love to get up and go. But even with the excitement of
travel and seeing new places, we can miss our pets, the dogs that
we leave at home.
For those who want to take their canine companions with them,
there are a number of excellent breeds that travel well. These
dogs will not only be low-stress companions, but they’ll also
enjoy the experience as well.
Characteristics of Good Travel Dogs
Traveling can be a challenging experience, for people and pooches
alike. A dog who likes to ramble will have many of the same
characteristics as a travel-ready person. Your dog should be
adaptable, social, and obedient.
The Adaptable Dog
To begin with, a good travel dog is one that
doesn’t get too stressed
out in new situations. These are dogs who can handle
changes in the environment, routine, and sometimes even diet
without much trouble. Breeds that adapt well to novel conditions
include the English Bulldog and
The English Bulldog is one of the most easygoing breeds out
there. These dogs are great companions on the road especially and
will enjoy long rides in the car. The English Bulldog also won’t
mind time spent in a hotel room or cabin, as long as they get a
few minutes to stretch their legs a couple of times a day.
It is worth mentioning that, while the English Bulldog might be
great on a road trip, many airlines refuse to let
any "snub-nosed" breeds fly, as their condition, known
as brachycephaly, makes it
difficult for them to breathe at higher altitudes.
The Maltese are another breed
with an even, stable
personality that can make for a great travel companion.
These dogs are smart and loyal and love to spend time with their
masters. The Maltese is also on the small end for dogs and
therefore is great for cramped car trips or
The Sociable Dog
A traveling dog will also likely encounter a lot of strangers
while out and about, both of the human and canine kinds. For this
reason, dogs who get along with a lot of other dogs and other
people make for good road partners.
Spaniels and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels,
fit this description well. These cheerful, playful dogs will
enjoy nothing more than romping with a strange group of dogs in
some Parisian park or Amsterdam square. They also take readily
people other than their owners.
The Beagle, which
was bred to work in groups for sporting and hunting in England
and Europe, is another highly sociable dog. This breed, with its
friendly, affectionate dispositions, won’t mind meeting new
people and new dogs from Alaska to Australia.
The Obedient Dog
Finally, a good dog to take with you no matter where you roam is
one that will respond to your commands readily and quickly. After
all, you never know what you might encounter while out on the
road, and obedience in a dog will help keep both of you safe.
The various breeds of Collie, whether
the Rough or Smooth Collies,
the Shetland Sheepdog, or
the Border Collie, are the epitome
of well-mannered pets. These dogs were bred to herd and to
respond immediately to orders from their masters. They are also
keenly intelligent dogs and are able to respond quickly to
changes in the environment or situation.
too, the Poodle -- both Standard
and Miniature varieties -- are dogs that love to please their
owners. Having originally served as hunting dogs, Poodles are
alert to your commands and ready to serve at a moment’s notice.
What’s more, because these dogs don’t shed to the extent of many
other breeds, you can take your Poodle on business trips with no
fear of dog hair all over your best suit!
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