Since our species first stepped out of Africa,man has taken his best friend on his voyage to explore the world.
And with good reason, he’s a protector,a fellow explorer, and a friend.
Nowadays from swank hotels to shacks in thewoods from yachts to kayaks, our canine companions can be found with us in the air, on the road,at sea and romping through the rough wilderness.
Heck, we’re willing to bet he’ll be withus as we travel to Mars and beyond.
But for now and a little closer to home, let’slook at the top 10 best dog breeds to travel with.
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Labrador Retriever There’s a whole lot of world out there toexplore.
Why not bring along a travel companion whowon’t ask, “Are we there yet?” every five minutes? Gentle, active and easy to train, great forthose traveling on the land, whether by car or by RV, the Labrador Retriever is a naturalon the road.
He loves to get out.
He loves meeting new people and he loves toexplore.
This might not be the dog you want to takeon a plane since he is so big and heavy, but he’s going to make a great travel companion.
Your Labrador will be up for any activityyou choose to do, whether you want to take a hike in the mountains or take a kayak outfor a river adventure.
Since he needs quite a bit of exercise, he’san ideal pet for the active traveler.
Golden Retriever Like his cousin the Labrador, the Golden Retrieveris more at home on the ground than in the air.
This people-loving pooch wouldn’t do wellsitting in the cargo hold of an airplane, but he’s perfect for car rides, and youcan count on him being friendly to people you meet at rest stops and camp sites.
This active family companion likewise willbe game for any outdoor adventure.
As long as he is with you, he doesn’t minda long trip.
Both the lab and the golden learn obedienceskills quite easily and a well-trained retriever of either type make outdoor adventures a pleasure.
Yorkshire Terrier The Yorkshire Terrier is fantastic for long-haulair travel because he is tiny and doesn’t need a lot of exercise.
The Yorkshire Terrier is commonly used asa companion dog and is very affectionate toward his owner.
He is a perfect travel companion and willkeep you calm when you feel a bit anxious about your trip.
He’ll do well on a flight or in a car, orany other mode of transportation you decide to use.
His loyal nature makes him easy to travelwith, as he prefers to stick close to mom or dad.
Here’s a quick tip: To keep your dog healthyas you travel, bring along a supply of his regular food and some local or bottled waterand be sure to bring any medication he needs.
French Bulldog The French Bulldog may sport a bit of a frown,but he is actually quite friendly and playful, He is known for being easy to train, meaninghe can be trained for travel.
He does come with a caveat.
This breed is brachiocephalic, which meanshis short muzzle could make it hard for him to breathe in the cargo hold of a plane.
Some airlines have even grounded such breeds.
Not that we really suggest putting any dogin the cargo hold of a plane, but he’s a high-risk flyer.
Boston Terrier Like the Frenchie, you have to be carefulwith airline travel, but otherwise, the tenacious Boston Terrier is ready for anything: frommotorcycling to riding the rails.
he has a spunky personality and adjusts quickly tonew situations.
If you travel often, you know that adaptabilityis a necessary trait.
And, Boston Terriers are known for being adaptable.
This companion dog does well in new environmentsand situations, making him a great companion for the long-term road warrior.
Dachshund If you’ve been in an RV park you’ve seena doxie, or two, or three, maybe even a pack.
Easy to travel because of his size and minimalgrooming, he makes a good watchdog for your motorhome.
A friendly, inquisitive breed, the Dachshundis generally adventurous and is willing to try new things with his owner, including travel.
If urban adventure is more your style, thisis the dog you want.
He’s small, which makes it easy for ownersto carry him around cities without issue.
While they make great travel dogs, they’renot particularly friendly with new people, unless well-socialized.
Poodle Of course you think of jet-setter when youthink poodle.
This highly intelligent breed is one of theeasiest to train of all dogs.
Combine that with his low-shed coat and hisgeneral love of adventure and you have a perfect traveling companion.
If all that is not enough, he comes in threesizes to fit almost any travel lifestyle.
Bichon Frise The fluffy Bichon Frise is known for his gentle disposition.
He is cheerful and easy-going, making himan optimistic pal for any type of travel.
The Bichon may be a small dog but he's hardy.
He also doesn’t shed like other breeds.
These traits make him a great pet for thetraveler.
He does, however, suffer from separation anxiety,so if your version of travel require leaving your dog locked in a hotel room for long periodsof time, he might not be the best breed for you.
But if you want a dog as a constant companionon your travels, he’s more than willing to oblige.
Pomeranian A little dog is a huge plus when it comesto hopping on a plane.
The compact Pomeranian is ideal for airlinetravel because he can fit comfortably next to your feet on the plane.
Easy to train and highly adaptable to almostall living conditions, Pomeranians love to please their owner.
Don't be surprised if your Pomeranian getsmore attention than you do on vacation.
Bonus Dog: Papillon Nicknamed the "butterfly dog" for his beautiful,fluttery ears, the papillon is easy to train and does not need a lot of daily activity.
Be aware that while the papillon can handlethe heat well, he has a harder time in the cold.
Pack an extra doggy sweater if you plan ontraveling in chillier climates.
Otherwise, he’s up for any adventure youare.
Chihuahua Have a long flight ahead of you? The lovable Chihuahua is the perfect breedfor you.
His little body doesn’t require much exercise,which can make him the perfect pet if you travel overseas.
The Chihuahua is an amazing travel companion.
He’s small, so he fits in small carriers.
This also helps because you can carry yourdog onto a plane and avoid large fees associated with placing large dogs in specialized planecompartments.
If you’re looking for a small and loyaltravel companion, this is the dog breed for you.
It’s easy, and enjoyable to travel withthis little guy.
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