Moving your four legged friend

Transporting your nearest and dearest in comfort and safety is a cornerstone of automotive ownership.

This need is often extended to our furry friends that, let's be honest, are as much family as kids, parents and siblings.

Given that 41% (12 million of us) in the UK own a pet of some description and that the most popular pet in the country is a dog, we felt it high time to explore what cars make the best canine cabs.

What type of car should you buy for fido?

The first question on dog owners lips is "what type of car should I go for?"

Fair question reader.

In our minds, there are only really three practical types of car that offer your pride and joy the kind of ride they deserve.

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When looking for the car to move your dog around you've got the choice of:

  • Hatchback
  • Estate
  • SUV

Clearly, some dogs are bigger than others but for the purposes of this discussion, we'll focus on the fact that most of the top 10 most popular breeds in the UK are medium to large. Think Staffordshire Terriers to Golden Retriever size.

Our suggestions

There are many a dog friendly car on the market and we've picked three of our top choices.

The Ford Fiesta

That's right, Fords small family classic is more than big enough to shift your hound from A to B.

Whilst it is the smallest car on our list, there are more than a few reasons why this is a great choice.

It's one of the most popular cars in the country and sells by the million, that's because it is just so good. A solid drive, great value, both to buy and run, as well as there being a huge collection of dog accessories available for the car. Either from Ford directly or approved suppliers.

As long as you don't have anything else in the boot, your Labrador, Poodle or Westie can travel in comfort.

Interested in getting a Fiesta to transport your doggy about? Check this one out on our website.

The Mercedes E Class Estate

Wagons, tourings or avants. No matter what you call them, estates are hard to overlook as a strong favourite when picking a pooch friendly motor.

Estates have had a tough time of late due to the rise of the SUV but they offer a comfortable, dynamic and practical solution.

There are a number of strong choices in this category, the Volvo V70, BMW 5 Series Touring and the Audi A6 Avant to name a few but our pick is the Mercedes E Class.

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The E Class is luxurious, offers huge amounts of space in the boot, plenty of room for passengers as well as being fun to drive.

Mercedes offer a range of engines, trims and the best news, second hand prices are affordable whilst a Mercedes rarely depreciates in value once you've had it for a year or so.

Check out this E-Class available on Yoauto, practical, great value and a real looker to boot.

The toughest of all choices, which SUV to buy?

SUVs are big, comfortable, multipurpose and popular.

With a host of accessories available from manufacturers and retailers, there is no shortage of toys to make your dogs journey even safer and comfortable.

This makes picking a top choice a tough ask but, we have gone for the SUV that combines street cred, fashion and functinality and gone for....

The Range Rover Sport

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We've picked the Range Rover Sport for a number of reasons. When you aren't transporting your four legged passenger in the boot, the Range Rover Sport is one of classiest cars on the road.

With looks that still turns heads and a presence that is hard to deny, if you're going to buy an SUV, get something that does multiple jobs.

Want to buy one, check this Range Rover Sport out on Yoauto.

It's large enough to accomodate all but the biggest dogs plus the family and deliver you all into a forest, field or beach with competence. There are many SUVs on the market that best the Range Rover Sport in some areas but none can beat it on actual off road pedigree.

There you have it, our list of dog friendly cars.

Tell us, which would you choose?

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Stuart Porro

Stuart is a nationally and internationally recognised automotive content creator. Reviewing cars for some of the biggest names in the four wheeled world, you can catch him right here on Yoauto.
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