The Best Dog Breeds For Every Type Of Traveler

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Everyone knows that a dog is man’s best friend. As more people brought a dog into their life during the pandemic, people are feeling the joys of dog training all over the world.

However, for avid travelers, it may seem a little unreachable to bring a dog into your life. Do I take them with me? Do I leave her at home? What if they don’t like sand, new people, or big crowds?

No fear. Dogs can be adaptable, and some, like humans, are incredibly well suited to the travel life.

Leading airline Icelandair spoke to Gayle, dog trainer and owner of, a dog training and behavior change company based in Essex, UK, about their recommended dog breeds for every traveler.

Whether you are a beach-goer, a city breaker, or a traveling family, these are the perfect dog breeds to suit your lifestyle and travel habits.

Best dog for beach lovers: Labrador Retriever

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You can spend your well-deserved vacation on golden sand, sipping a cocktail and immersing yourself in a good book. Luckily for you, a Labrador Retriever is just as laid back and would be the perfect vacation buddy for you.

They love the water and are great companions that will suit your level of activity and energy, whether you are having a lazy day or exercising on the beach.

Gayle’s top tip: “Get your lab used to maintenance from an early age so that brushing the sand off its fur is no big deal!”

Best dog for outdoor adventurers: German Shorthaired Pointing Dog

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If hiking, climbing and exploring the great outdoors is more your vacation style, a German Shorthaired Pointer is your ideal dog partner. They are energetic, adventurous, and built to be explored.

These dogs are great swimmers – perfect if your adventure takes you to the water. Originally bred to work long days in the field or at the lake, GSPs have strength, speed, agility and endurance – the perfect adventure partner.

Gayle’s top tip: “Start recall training early to avoid disappearing on your trip, and get your APS used to a harness.”

Best dog for urban explorers: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

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If you enjoy a city break or want to spend your trip in a more urban setting, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a great choice for you.

Their friendly temperaments and adaptability make them great with lots of people, and as very social dogs, new faces and friends are no problem for them.

They’re not bundles of energy, but neither are they lazy dogs, so they like to trot by your side when exploring the urban jungle without needing a large green space to run around.

Gayle’s top tip: “Start your dog rushing around the city at a young age so he can get used to the sounds and smells.”

Best dog for backpackers: Boston Terrier

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Are you preparing your backpack for a longer trip? A Boston Terrier should be at the top of your packing list!

For someone who travels for a long time, often to several places, the friendly nature and relaxed sociability of the Boston Terrier make them the perfect backpacking partner.

They have enough energy to explore, but are cool enough to sit on transport for long periods of time, which makes them the perfect companion for longer trips. They are intelligent, sociable dogs with a bundle of personality. So if you are traveling alone, they will help you make new friends in no time!

Gayle’s Top Tip: “Get your Boston puppy used to public transportation right away so he’ll be quiet while you drive.”

Best dog for business: Border Terrier

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If you can’t divide much between work and play, and your only option to travel is flying between business appointments, a Border Terrier is the puppy for you.

They have low maintenance requirements, which is ideal for busy people, and are smart and independent so they can be left to themselves if you have to run to your next meeting.

Gayle’s Top Tip: “Socialize your Border Terrier with other animals early and layer up in early obedience. Make sure you get them used to cats showing up in urban areas, for example. “

Best Dog for Family Vacation: Golden Retriever

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Part of a travel package? If your family enjoys vacationing together, you need a friendly, patient, and active dog. Enter: Golden Retriever.

They are both social and tolerant, which means that they are patient with children and enjoy meeting new people and being around strangers. They’re active enough to take part in family activities, but they’re just as happy to relax when the rest of their pack is.

They are also playful and gentle dogs that don’t get stressed out as easily in public places.

Gayle’s top tip: “Start training early so that the family can keep your golden one healthy and fit in an entertaining way.”

What kind of traveler are you? Do you have a favorite breed of dog to travel with? Then let us know in the comments below!

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