Are you a dog lover? Do you also love your four wheels just as much as your four-legged friend? Nothing beats seeing the excitement on your pooches face when you lift the lead ready to set off to their favourite park or field.
But this doesn’t come without the angst of deciding where to strategically place your furry friend to ensure they’re comfortable on the family journey. Fear no more we’ve compiled a quick read including some of the best new cars and accessories for dogs and their owners that are sure to get your tail wagging.
So, without further adue, number one on our list is the new Nissan Prototype. Round of apaws to Nissan who this year released the new Nissan X Trail which is without doubt one of the best cars for dog lovers. It comes as standard with some of the best car accessories for dogs we have seen! Equipped with a non-spill water bowl, hair dryer and mesh guard not to mention a screen to keep an eye on your dog from the cockpit.
The design and specification for the X Trail has been solely centralised around Dog Lovers the boot even comes with a ramp to minimises accidents. Nissan have really considered it all, so naturally this is our no.1 pick!
As a dog owner, you’ll already know that the most essential item for dog owners and their cars is a spacious boot and the Land Rover Discovery ticks all the right boxes when it comes to your four legged family members. Space in the car boot is important for dog owners not only due to the size of your dog but also to ensure you can fit dog crates, leads and water bowls. It is also important to consider the highway code where they offer some tips on dog safety in the car.
Land Rover also offer an abundance of accessories like boot liners, seat covers, dog crates and more hence why we have listed it as one of the best cars for dog owners, not to mention YOU GET TO OWN A LAND ROVER!
Every dog owner needs a vehicle with plenty of space for the dog to manoeuvre and adjust when they are in transport. This is a very important not only for movement but also for storage, if cages or harnesses are used there is plenty of space for extra doggy accessories to come along on the journey.
The Skoda Superb Estate is a great spacious boot and has the benefit of being a little lower to the ground than an SUV, this will be easily accessed by any animal. The Skoda also comes with foldable back seats which can create even more space and provides the owners with access to the back cargo should it be necessary.
The BMW 3 Series could be considered when buying a new car that is suitable for your dog. Besides the space the BMW 3 series also comes as standard with a panoramic sunroof, which may leave dog owners initially concerned as they are always potential escape routes.
However, if your dogs are secured in the back seat of the car, then a panoramic sunroof is a great source of ventilation to keep our furry friends cool in the car. There are a lot of tragic cases of dogs getting heat stroke and even in some cases brain damage in extreme temperatures while they are trapped in a hot vehicle, a sunroof is a great way to get air into the back of the car to help cool down our pets.
The Volkswagen Passat Estate is massive and really well shaped, due to its boxy nature dog cages can be slotted in quite easily. The load lip at the opening of the boot is quite low so it makes it accessible even for smaller pups, there is also the option of an electronically powered boot should you need it, there are also storage options with the VW Passat Estate including tie-down rings and straps on top of the standard four tie-downs.
Volkswagen also offers a wide range of parts and accessories for your car that are suited for the dog including dog cages and dividers for the back and cargo, making it ideal the ideal car for dog lovers.
The Peugeot 308 is well equipped for handling even the biggest of pooches, the Peugeot is not only great for dog owners but it’s probably one of the most reasonably priced cars for dog owners, ranging from £18,684 NEW, fantastic news for dog owners who are on a budget! The Peugeot 308 at one point used by the Police in the UK for the service dogs, indicating that it is one of the better vehicles to use for dog owners.
In order to pick the best car for dogs, there are a number of things to take into consideration before your purchase. First things first look out for a spacious boot so you are not limited with space, particularly if the dogs are transported in cages. Look out on the manufacturer website to see what accessories they offer to protect your car from damage, i.e. dividers and boot lid covers.
Keeping in mind the dog needs to access the car easily so it is always beneficial to have a lowered boot or fold down rear seats so the dog can enter the vehicle without any harm. It is necessary to know the tip and tricks traveling with the dogs in your car for safety. When purchasing a new car, it’s worth also thinking of ventilation, do the rear windows open? Are there air conditioning vents in the back? Is there are sunroof for extra ventilation? These are all questions worth considering when considering a new car for yourself and your beloved four-legged friends.
That being said, there are plenty of options when it comes to buying a car or accessories for your dog. For us, these are some of the best cars for dog lovers on the market. None the less if you are not looking for a new car we also have tips for Dog Lovers to Dog Proof your car, with plenty of car parts and accessories available there is so much choice.