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Travelling With The Best Friend Of A Man

By raccars Published

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We all know dogs love to stick their heads out of the car window and enjoy the wind in their fur, but it's really not the best way for them to travel. Ideally, dogs should travel in an appropriately sized crate in the boot of the car, both for their safety and your own. Barring that, your pet should be restrained by a harness that fits into the seatbelt clip on your car.

If you're on a day out with your dog, remember to take plenty of water and a bowl for him to drink from. Your four legged friend should be able to travel comfortably in the following cars.

Subaru Outback

Even the biggest hound should be able to relax in a Subaru Outback or a Subaru Legacy, both popular cars with dog owners. The Outback is a pleasant ride on the road and fairly competent off it, and has 526 litres of boot space with the rear seats up, and 1,677 litres with them folded down. It's pretty rugged too, able to cope with some wet fur and muddy paws without too much fuss.

Volvo V70

Volvo estates have been the standard Labrador carrying vehicle for some time now, as if they had been given some kind of doggy Royal warrant. Now that SUVs and crossovers are taking over the auto industry, dog lovers have plenty of other suitable canine carriers to choose from, but the V70 still offers all the requisite attributes, including easy loading, a comfortable ride and sturdy construction.

Skoda Superb

An alternative option is the Skoda Superb Estate. With badge snobbery unlikely to trouble your dog, he will no doubt be delighted by the Superb's huge boot, which is big enough for a pair of Great Danes to travel at ease.

Dacia Logan MCV

Offering 573 litres of boot space, the Logan's real bonus is its bargain price. It doesn't make an awful lot of sense to seek out premium badges for a vehicle that's likely to be chewed, covered in mud and wet fur and generally abused by man's best friend. Britain's cheapest estate car may not be your ideal cruiser but it's certainly a practical choice for doggy outings.

Land Rover Defender

Queen Elizabeth II is regularly seen driving her Corgis around Balmoral in her trusty Defender, and if it's good enough for them... The cabin is utilitarian and, frankly, so is the ride, which makes it eminently suitable for the rough and tumble a pack of hounds will subject it to.

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