The Best Dogs for a Life on the Road

Funny smiling boxer dog looking into the cameraDriving across the country is a lonely job if you don’t have anyone to share it with. The thought of taking a buddy along on the job sounds good, until you really think about it. Some truckers enjoy the peace and quiet in their cab and would prefer to not have to entertain another human for hours. Did you know you could have the best of both worlds? Company and quiet can be found in a dog.

While any dog can certainly ride in the cab of a truck, some are better at handling the road than others. If you are thinking of adding a canine companion to your route, here are some of the best breeds for the job (in no particular order).

1. Boxers

To know a boxer is to love the breed. These goofy dogs may be the clowns of the canine world. Boxers are loyal to their owners while maintaining a friendly disposition with strangers. A boxer loves nothing more than to be with its favorite human, making it a perfect breed for truckers. This medium-sized breed is an active one, so it will mean making a few extra stops along the way to give your pup a chance to stretch its legs.

2. Pugs

If you are of a certain age, you no doubt remember Frank from “Men in Black.” The cute dog actor made pugs a popular, sought after breed for several years. Pugs are still wildly popular and make excellent traveling companions. This small breed will fit perfectly in your passenger seat. Despite a common misconception, this breed does shed quite a bit. If that’s bothersome for you, you may want to consider another dog.

3. Bulldogs

Bulldogs are stocky and require little exercise compared to larger breeds. They make wonderful traveling companions, but be prepared for vet bills. English bulldogs tend to develop allergies and skin issues, meaning that you may need to establish yourself at at least one vet along your route in case you need to make an appointment. Keep in mind, as well, that this breed does not tolerate heat well. They are best suited to truckers who drive primarily in mild to moderate climates.

4. Toy Breeds

Any toy breed is perfectly suited for the road. Min Pins, Chihuahuas and Pomeranians are all good choices. Because they are small, you will hardly ever run into an issue should you need a hotel room — most hotels welcome these little guys. If you do choose a toy breed, resist the temptation of letting it ride in your lap as you drive. It’s a risky choice.

5. Mutts and Senior Dogs

If you have a soft spot in your heart for mixed breed and old dogs, why not visit a local shelter and give a senior a new lease on life? You may or may not get the exact breed you’re looking for, but you will be getting a friend who is grateful for the chance to spend their remaining years having a grand adventure.

Before adopting a dog as a companion, check with your trucking company to make sure it’s allowed. If you do choose to take a dog along on your route, remember that it’s not just you and your truck you will have to worry about should you break down. Make sure your emergency commercial roadside assistance coverage is up-to-date. We are happy to speak with you about your needs and help you identify the coverage that is perfect for you.