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 who travel well. These dogs will not only be low-stress companions, they’ll 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 environment, routine, and sometimes even diet without much trouble. Breeds that adapt well to novel conditions include the English Bulldog and the Maltese.
The English Bulldog is one of the most easygoing of 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 times a day.
It is worth mentioning that, while the English Bulldog might be great on a roadtrip, many airlines refuse to let any "snub-nosed" breeds fly, as their condition, known as brachycephaly, makes it difficult for them to breathe at highter altitudes.
The Maltese is 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 are great for cramped car trips or for flying.
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.
The Spaniels, both Cocker 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 to people other than their owners.
The Beagle, which was breed to work in groups for sporting and hunting in England and Europe, is another highly sociable dog. This breed, with their 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 environment or situation.
So, 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!
More on Traveling with Your Dog
Training Your Dog to "Load" into Your Car
Socializing Your Dog
Take Your Dog for a Drive