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9 Best Dog Breeds to Bring on a Road Trip

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Are you a road warrior or a road worrier? Twenty-plus years ago when I started traveling with dogs, I admit I fell into the latter category. How could I possibly visit friends across the country and make sure my dog was not left behind? Back then, folks used to do a double take when I mentioned traveling with my dog. Today, we know better and we travel more frequently with our canine companions in tow.

Many dogs make fantastic road warriors and really enjoy the experience no matter their breed. However, you should never force a travel-fearful dog to take a trip, as this only makes for a miserable (and unhealthy) experience for all involved.

Here are nine breeds that are known for making road tripping an experience to remember:)

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Japanese Chin

Japanese Chin

Both a lap and companion dog, he is lively and receptive to indoor living with adequate outdoor exercise. In fact, Chin parents are known to have more than just one, sort of like potato chips. Easy to train and watchful without being aggressive, this Rover is always road ready.

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French Bulldog

French Bulldog

Can you imagine traveling cross-country to see our nation’s landscapes with this clown-like lap dog? Frenchie folks can attest to the affectionate, merry and “center of attention” personality of this companion animal. If you like a dog who likes to be a part of everything, including taking road trips, this pooch is ready to ride shotgun!

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Bassett Hound

Bassett Hound

Self-assured and ready for adventure, this devoted scent hound is sure to be your GPS (great puppy sidekick) while traveling. Friendly with dogs and other animals, this four-legged welcome wagon will help you get your kicks on Route 66 (or whatever roads you travel).

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Newfoundland

Newfoundland

Newfies are adaptable to new situations and environments, coupled with sweet dispositions, calmness to change and patience. Just be warned if you happen to be traveling near a body of water because he is always ready to take to a lake, pool or ocean. If you’re heading for the beach, be sure to pack your Newf!

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Labrador Retriever

This even-tempered, family friendly breed is devoted, obedient, eager to please and the most popular breed in general. He is easily bored, so frequent rest stops are mandatory (for any dog, for that matter). And get ready to socialize—the Lab never met a stranger he didn’t like.

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Clumber Spaniel

Clumber Spaniel

Traveling from place to place may induce stress for some dogs, but the Clumber Spaniel tends to roll with the flow. Conscientious and thorough more than nervous, this retrieving flushing breed is both stoic and easygoing. Want to listen to rock music and sing along as you cruise down the highway? Chances are the Clumber will sleep right through or perhaps gaze longingly as you channel your inner American Idol.

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Standard Poodle

Standard Poodle

He loves to run, be a part of things, explore and is ever watchful but not vicious. The Poodle does not shed and hence, makes the perfect travel companion. No pet hair in between the seats! Thriving on a close bond with his owner, the Poodle is well suited for dog sports and adaptable with you by his side. Whether or not you choose the oh-so-coifed hairstyle, this beauty is sure to be a fun traveling companion.

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English Bulldog

English Bulldog

A friendly, devoted dog who gets along well with children, this breed makes a funny travel companion while snoring soundly in the back seat—safely belted in place, of course. Bullheaded and determined, you need to stay on your game and ask for directions when needed. After all, with a Bullie by your side, he’s liable to slobber you into submission for assistance.

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Maltese

Maltese

Maltese owners often seem to be the most at ease. This breed is alert, intelligent, lively and adaptable. What more could one ask for in a traveling companion? At one point, French royal court held this breed in high regard as lap and bed dogs. Maltese dogs are intelligent and want nothing more than to love and be loved. Cue the easy listening travel music, please.

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Carol Bryant is a marketing and social media manager. She runs the blog Fidose of Reality.