The Best Dog Breeds For Car Travel, According To Experts
New research from Auto Trader has revealed the best dog breeds for road trips, with Labradors claiming the top spot.
The Canine Car Report, conducted by Auto Trader, analysed advice from 25 pet specialists to discover which dog breed is most commonly named as the best backseat passenger. Labradors came out as the best dog breed for car travel, being named as the most car-compatible breed by 22 canine experts. Famous for being extremely eager to please their owners and very easy to train, Labradors tend to be calm and fuss-free road trip companions.
In the second place, with 17 recommendations from canine specialists, is the Chihuahua. As the world’s smallest dog, they are sure to make themselves comfortable in the car thanks to the privilege of having significantly extra legroom! Following in third is the much bigger build of the Golden Retriever, a breed that shares a very similar temperament to that of the Labrador, tipped by 16 experts as being excellent car-travellers.
Apart from the Chihuahua, much of the top list is made up of larger breeds; including Poodles, Dalmatians, Great Danes, Clumber Spaniels, and German Shepherds.
Top Dog Breeds for Car Travel
|Rank||Dog Breed||No. of mentions by experts|
|9=||Jack Russell Terrier||7|
|10=||German Shorthaired Pointer||6|
Expert Advice on Training Your Dog for Car Travel
Whatever your dog’s breed, getting your pet to be comfortable with car travel requires a good amount of preparation and planning. Auto Trader collaborated with Adam Spivey, Director and Master Trainer at Southend Dog Training, to share his advice on getting your pup ready for car journeys:
Despite dogs being loved by so many people around the world, Auto Trader’s research also found that many of us have mixed feelings about canines in our cars. As part of the Canine Car Report, the researchers surveyed over 1,150 people who do not own dogs, to discover just how much a car owned by a dog-lover appeal to (or repels!) the general public. Their study revealed:
Erin Baker, Editorial Director from Auto Trader comments: “We know that whilst our four-legged friends are an integral part of our day-to-day lives, they can have an impact on the cleanliness and attractiveness of your car. Our research found that cars that show signs of dog use, such as dog hair, or a doggy odour can really put people off wanting to get in your car, and can even put off potential buyers when it comes to selling your car. Whilst larger dogs come out as the best travel companions, they can also be the most off-putting to your fellow human passengers, with breeds such as Great Danes, Retrievers and Labradors shedding lots of hair, or making your car smell, particularly doggy. Regular cleaning and a full detailing service before you sell your car will help pet owners attract more buyers, whatever dog breed they like to travel with.”
You can see the full findings from the report, including dog travel rules and regulations and the best ways to clean a car used by dogs here: https://www.autotrader.co.uk/cars/sell-my-car/canine-car-report/
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