After a year of lockdown filled with binge-watching TV shows, working from home and air fryer-cooked meals, you’re finally ready to travel and see new places. You know who else has just about had it with the mundane routine? Your sweet pup who’s been with you through all of quarantine. The daily stroll around the block and occasional jaunt to the dog park are great, but just like you, they want to explore. But before you pack up your dog and hit the road, there are several things to consider.
While we love all of our furry friends, some of them may not be suitable for travel. If you’re thinking about flying, for example, large dog breeds such as Alaskan Malamutes and Dobermans may not be able to tag along. “Many airlines have a 20-pound limit so if you have a dog that is bigger, you will need to purchase a seat,” explains Katja Lang, DVM, Medical Director at Heart of Chelsea Veterinary Group. “It’s helpful to have a dog who is comfortable being transported in a carrying case, as some airlines will require your pet to stay in the carrier during the flight.”
And of course, some doggos are a bit more sensitive than others, so before you haul them on a plane, make sure they’re in the right emotional state. “Consider using an anti-anxiety supplement or medication for your pet if you think the experience will be stressful,” advises Dr. Lang. (CBD for dogs, perhaps?)
But, for wanderlusts who are looking to adopt a new exploring companion, here are the three dog breeds that are the easiest to travel with.