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Dog Breeds that Don’t Travel Well

Many people love to travel. Some people love to travel with their pets. Others love their pets, but just cannot travel with them for various reasons. Perhaps the hotel that they plan to stay in does not accept pets, or they are on a business trip and cannot bring the animal with them. If you are a person who is contemplating on getting a dog, but are reluctant to do so because you will be away from home often, what breeds are most suitable for you?

People who enjoy traveling are often away from home for extended periods of time. Their pets are sometimes placed in boarding kennels or at a friend’s place and they are not exercised too frequently. Like career-oriented people with busy lifestyles, these dogs spend many hours of the day alone at home or in a kennel. For such lifestyles, a less active breed would be better suited because they generally require less exercise and are quite content with lounging around all day. Some less active breeds are listed below:

  1. Basset Hound
  2. Clumber Spaniel
  3. English Bulldog
  4. Mastiff
  5. Japanese Spaniel
  6. Newfoundland
  7. Great Dane
  8. Rottweiler
  9. Bloodhound
  10. Bouvier des Flandres
  11. Irish Wolfhound
  12. Great Pyrenees
  13. Bernese Mountain Dog
  14. Chow Chow
  15. Akita
  16. Coonhound
  17. Borzoi
  18. Rhodesian Ridgeback
  19. Curly-coated/Flat-coated Retriever
  20. Greyhound
  21. Afghan Hound
  22. Standard Poodle
  23. Tibetan Terrier
  24. Boston Terrier
  25. Pekingese
  26. Pug
  27. Whippet
  28. Shih Tzu

When people go on vacation, they frequently place their dog in a boarding kennel. Some dogs have separation anxiety and get very depressed and stressed while boarding. However, ‘independent’ breeds are those that are more aloof and do not form such dependent bonds with their family members. These breeds can generally be left alone for periods of time and are ideal for families that are frequently away on vacation. Examples of such breeds are:

  1. Borzoi
  2. Miniature Pinscher
  3. Toy Poodle
  4. Saluki

For the family that prefers to place their dog in a boarding kennel or at a friend’s place while they are away on vacation, it is important to choose a breed that is adaptable and easygoing. A change in environment or daily routine would not stress out the dog and would therefore reduce your own stress level. You would not have to worry about your dog being depressed or not eating because he/she is in a strange environment. Such breeds include:

  1. Basset Hound
  2. Bloodhound
  3. Border Terrier
  4. Clumber Spaniel
  5. English Bulldog
  6. English Setter
  7. Flat-coated Retriever
  8. Great Dan
  9. Great Pyrenees
  10. Mastiff
  11. Newfoundland

Tortora, D.F. The Right Dog for You. Simon & Schuster Inc., New York, NY, USA. 1980.

By – Amy Cheung – writer

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