View Full Version : What pet do you travel with?

07-13-2014, 08:37 AM
We have a cat, but we're hoping to retire and long time -- if not full time -- in a few years. The cat will most likely stay with my daughter then and I would like a dog again. We used to have a Corgi, but they shed much too much for my husband's liking. So I'm looking for a sweet companion with little shedding. Any recommendations?

07-13-2014, 08:47 AM
Reptiles don't shed much, don't make much noise, and don't require a lot of attention. :D

07-13-2014, 08:50 AM
I would reccomend a shi-tsu. None shedding--great lap dog. fairly low energy, but do re3uire a lot of maintenance as far as grooming. Poodles are too high energy to be good in an RV, in my oipinion. We have an Ethiopin monkey beaver dog. I know he is Ethiopian because he is always hungry and he eats bannanas and tree roots. I really do not know what he is, but I think he is a cross between a poodle and a garbage disposal-- a disposapoo. We got him from a shelter about 2 weeks before we started fulltiming. He does not know anything but rv's. He is a great traveler, but he does love to run. It is a problem trying to find places to let him off leash. He will do everything I tell him to do. I just have to be careful what I tell him. I can find a spot to let him run and tell him to go run until he is completely exhausted and do not come back no matter how many times I call and that is what he will do.

07-13-2014, 09:26 AM
I guess I should say that I'm pretty intrigued by Havanese. They don't shed and are supposedly easy to train, intelligent and lower energy for being a small dog. They're part of the Bichon family, but come in many different colors. My husband told me "no all-white, pompom dogs."

07-13-2014, 09:55 AM
If you're not opposed to a larger dog Labradoodles are great dogs. They don't shed, are very intelligent and very dedicate to their owners. They are also great with children and adults alike. We have a Boxadore which is Lab and Boxer mix. she is a wonderful pet that loves to travel and camp she but does tend to shed if not brushed regularly. We wouldn't trade her for the world!! Tim

07-13-2014, 10:24 AM
We have a Golden Retriever. They are great dogs, about as laid back and easy going as you can get. But do need regular brushing. We keep her cut relatively short to minimize the shedding.

07-13-2014, 12:01 PM
Don't give up on the cat. We travel with three, a small, a large and an extra large (26#). In our opinion they are as good or better than dogs in that you never have to take them outside in the rain.

07-13-2014, 12:06 PM
Well we have 2 poodles we have rescued. The black one is Chuck, who is the most laid back, lazy dog I have ever had. But then he is special, no for real he is a window licker, crayon and helmut kinda dog. His previous owners kept him tied to the refrigerator and never let him out. They kicked him in the head so much he is missing a bunch of teeth and is now mentally challenged. Poor dog never even knew what grass was till we got him. 1st time out on the lawn he freaked out. Took us a long time to get him back to where he is a pretty good lap dog. He does sleep a whole lot so that makes him a good traveling dog. Now his sister the white poodle is just the opposite. She is a rescue too and is one of the bouncy bouncy poodles. She also travels well but has a habit of bitching us out and talking back. Plus she thinks she is a princess...

07-13-2014, 02:48 PM
Take a look at the Yorkshire, great little dogs, no shedding, ours doesn't bark unless a cat or other critter is in his space. Have fun finding that perfect companion!

Virginia Young
07-13-2014, 02:55 PM
I would pick the Yorkie. But, don't tell my blue heeler. 36 lbs of shedding mess. She IS an awesome traveler and a great watchdog and I wouldn't trade her for anything. Besides - she loves me and is a great jogging/walking companion. Afraid a little foo-foo dog would last 100 yards . . .

07-13-2014, 02:56 PM
2nd the Labrardoodle we Rv with 2 people that have them Great dogs that shed very little, we have 2 cats and they do shed a lot AND my wife is allergic to them but they best thing we ever bought was a good Air purifier PROBLEM SOLVED the Cats stay:D

07-13-2014, 06:38 PM
I'll tell you right up front that our Chesapeake Bay Retriever does shed, but she is the single most intelligent dog we have ever owned and we have had quite a few! Loving, loyal, a great traveler, and eager to explore wherever we we will take her. And not one of those little foo foo dogs! :)

Phil P
07-13-2014, 11:35 PM

We have been traveling with a cat and a Boston terrier sense purchasing the trailer in 2009. We have obtained a second Boston terrier puppy and she will be taking her first long camping trip with us when we go to the Montana rally in Sevierville TN.

You will see both dogs on the wife’s lap in the picture at the bottom of this post.

Phil P

07-14-2014, 03:34 AM
Wow, I'm amazed at how many of you travel with big dogs! Maybe I'll have to rethink this. My husband is definitely not a fan of the foo foo dogs but I really want a lap dog. Maybe I should be looking at medium sized dogs. Thanks for all the responses!

07-14-2014, 04:09 AM
We started with a black lab. I felt so bad for him being "stuck" in such a small space. I'm sure he felt bad for us having to walk around him all the time as well. He moved on to a much larger home and was replaced with a half chihuahua half something else. She sheds a bit but not too bad and does much better in the limited space as do we.

As a side, we had a couple pull in that travel with two adult great danes and a great dane puppy. No idea how they manage that but...

07-14-2014, 04:17 AM
Here is a picture of our Boxadore travel companion. The best pet we could ever ask for! She just loves to pose for the camera!!


Mrs. CountryGuy
07-14-2014, 05:48 AM
I vote, of course, for yorkies. Our 6 have traveled miles and miles. Our last two (seniors, at 15 plus years) have traveled from coast to coast.

Size and spirit, they don't take up much space (their gear does, but, not them! LOL). But, they are feisty. And, yep, they can be mouthy.

When these two travel to the Rainbow Bridge, I want another. I doubt I will be able to change breeds.

Cause - - I have been yorked. If you have been yorked, you get it. If not, there are many other wonderful breeds for us to love and care for.

07-14-2014, 06:31 AM
My son's family has a Havenese and they are wonderful pets and don't shed. They do require grooming frequently and look really cute trimmed short. Good for people who have allergies also. Expensive but really sweet pets.

07-14-2014, 06:47 AM
We had a 5 lb Chihuahua that loved camping. She only barked when someone knocked on the door. We loved her dearly for almost 15 years but I won't ever go through having a pet put to sleep again. I said then that I never wanted another pet to have to worry about when we traveled and would be gone for 10-12 hours at a time. I'm also getting too old to get up rain or shine and take them out. Just getting lazy, I guess. Ours was named Angel and she truly was one. Probably wouldn't be that lucky again.

07-14-2014, 06:50 AM
Let me throw an odd one in the mix. We travel with both a cat and dog. The dog is a Basenji which is a medium sized dog that weighs in at about 35 pounds. Sheds very little, has no odor (even when wet), and the full breed ones do not even bark (ours is mixed and barks alot!). The dog is very protective, if she sees me even hugging DW, she starts growling and barking, and I believe would protect DW from any threat!!

A shot from a previous rig of her standing proudly:


07-14-2014, 10:04 AM
I never could see me with a foo foo dog either. I have always had Mastiffs or Rotties or the smallest being a Lab. But now that I have the miniature poodles and also had a Shih Tzu, I have discovered one thing. My dogs of the past all made BIG poopies, my current poodles make little tiny poopies. Traveling and cleaning up after your dog is not a real big deal with them. Believe me it's a lot nicer .... lol lol lol

07-14-2014, 11:05 AM
We travel with a rescued Papillon, butterfly in french. They do shed a little but never need grooming and don't smell. Ours is larger than norm at 10 lbs, the average is about 6-7 lbs. So they make great lap dogs, and that is where our can be found most of the time. Our's is a great traveling dog and curl up between us in the truck for hours and never move.

07-14-2014, 03:58 PM
quote:Originally posted by LonnieB

Reptiles don't shed much, don't make much noise, and don't require a lot of attention. :D

Good point. I thought about that when we were in New Mexico a few weeks ago, since I could have rescued a couple for sure.

07-14-2014, 05:45 PM
We had a Sheltie a few yrs back (before we started RVing) and had to put her down after 17 yrs. My wife said never again. Less than a year later we got a Chocolate Lab cross. Mother a pure bred Lab, father a super dog, able to leap tall fences.
She is a great lap dog, although at 60#, you need a big lap. Sheds a lot though. Travels well as long as she is close to us. Long walks are a must to keep the energy level down.
She is a great friend and companion but we do have to plan our days around her needs which can be a bit limiting when on the road.

07-23-2014, 10:59 AM
Check out a retired greyhound. They are not high maintenance, shed very little, and will enjoy the retirement as much as you. Since they have been kenneled, they are very clean, and know what to do when let outside.

07-23-2014, 12:30 PM
quote:Originally posted by boje

Check out a retired greyhound. They are not high maintenance, shed very little, and will enjoy the retirement as much as you. Since they have been kenneled, they are very clean, and know what to do when let outside.

Greyhounds are awesome, and I would adopt one in a heartbeat but I have an indoor cat, an outdoor cat and wild bunnies, groundhogs and other little critters. Greyhounds instinctively chase little critters. We also have 3 1/2 acres that are fenced on 3 sides. The fourth side is a creek. A smaller dog wouldn't cross the creek (well, my corgi tried once, but after I rescued her she never tried it again.)

07-23-2014, 01:14 PM
We prefer the...Ta Da...NONE!

07-27-2014, 06:15 AM
We travel with 2 Golden Retrievers. Groom them often, but we've gotten use to being covered with fur! It's worth it for their companionship.Serendipity is that's how we ended up with our Big Sky - needed the upgrade from a 26' travel trailer.

07-27-2014, 10:24 AM
We now travel with two rescue Siberians that some of you met in Seven Feathers and at Don's memorial this year. Quiet, well mannered, shed like crazy, and love cats (barbecued). Need lots of exercise and a big truck. Siberians and Shih Tzus are one reason the truck is big (the sleeper is not for the driver). Furnishings in the trailer are dog friendly, too.

07-27-2014, 03:44 PM
We love big dogs so we travel with a 110 lb German Shepherd, the most gentle dog that we have ever been lucky to have. Only barks when someone comes to the door, is friendly to everyone as long as we are around, but certainly is protective if he needs to be. Yes he sheds, but it's worth it.

07-29-2014, 04:00 AM
We travel with our five Devon Rex cats. They love to go camping with us and we enjoy their company.

08-27-2014, 05:57 PM
Golden Doodles are available in three different sizes. Very calm, great travelers. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law have a full size and their daughter just got a medium sized one. Similar to the Labradoodle, but more of a golden retriever personality. As a Labrador owner, this is probably heresy, but I have a Lab for hunting.

09-07-2014, 02:39 AM
Why not a picture of a dog and cat?

09-18-2014, 08:38 AM
We travel with 2 doggies, a Jack Russell and a Jack Russell / Shih Tzu mix both are rescued, both shed, both will bark a little, both are awesome! We have multiple sticky rollers all over the camper to keep up with dog hair, Sams sometimes carries these huge ones. We love our girls so much and cant imagine not having them with us, we lost our 14 year old Chihuahua last fall and having the other girls with us really helped ease the pain. Oh and surprisingly enough, both are very calm inside the camper and once in the truck they go to sleep instantly. The only problem is the Jack Russell does not want to be inside when I am outside. I had to install a piece of Plexi glass over the bottom of the screen door to keep her from tearing the screen but hey, no worries.

10-28-2014, 07:03 PM
a Percheron/Quarter Horse mix, a molly mule, a Texas heeler and an Australian Cattle dog.

10-28-2014, 07:35 PM
We have two Yorkie's male six years name Yahzi Navaho for little friend and female three years old Lilly got her in Las Vegas so named her after the 1800's dance hall singer Lilly Langtree. They don't shed their hair is like a humans. Need grooming every six months or so. Don't eat much and take up much room.

10-29-2014, 03:36 AM
We're with Dick, we're traveling with 4 cats, all Pure Bred American Shorthairs that don't have to be taken for walks or out at some un-Godly hour in the AM. There guys have seen more of this Country than many people. Several only know the camper as home.

10-29-2014, 06:17 AM
We have the Cat, bird and goldfish....

Here is what I did with the hamper from the closet in the new rig...made it into the Tabby hut and acts as a bird perch as well...


And yes, bird, cat and fish all get along....although they all get jealous when you speak to or play with the other....

Debbie Asher
10-29-2014, 12:26 PM
We travel with two newfoundlands that weigh in about 130 each. Lovely babies now that we are passed the puppy stages, one is 8 years old the other is 3 years old. Daisy when she was a puppy she ate the 2006 montana we had.

10-31-2014, 03:16 PM
We have 2 Ultimate Doodles (one parent was a labradoodle and one parent was a golden doodle). They are absolutely the best travelers. No shedding, very friendly, love kids, smart and well behaved (most of the time).

11-08-2014, 08:30 PM
We have a Shih Tzu Havanese cross, now a sweetheart at going on 4yr old, the first 2 were....challenging!

11-26-2014, 07:19 AM
We got Molly from the shelter. (5.5lb Maltese) Was about 6ys old, a breed dog, quit producing so they threw her away. For the next 11 years or so she was DW's dog. Did not shed, never barked for the first 3 years, then when she did learn to bark it was just a soft one squeek, like see me, I want some attention.

She went everywhere with DW

We think she had a stroke, could not walk right and was blind. We had to put her down 10/1 but she still travels with us. We miss her so much.






11-26-2014, 10:20 AM
Oh my gosh, what a sweet dog! My heart goes out to you. But it looks like you have many happy memories. And it sounds like you were fortunate to have found her and she you.

When we're ready we need to look at shelter dogs.

11-26-2014, 04:05 PM
quote:Originally posted by jlb27537

We got Molly from the shelter. (5.5lb Maltese) Was about 6ys old, a breed dog, quit producing so they threw her away. For the next 11 years or so she was DW's dog. Did not shed, never barked for the first 3 years, then when she did learn to bark it was just a soft one squeek, like see me, I want some attention.

She went everywhere with DW

We think she had a stroke, could not walk right and was blind. We had to put her down 10/1 but she still travels with us. We miss her so much.






What a wonderful story and tribute to Molly. We should all be so lucky (both pet and people).

11-26-2014, 06:50 PM
We love our Pug and she is a great traveler, but if dog hair is a problem, I would look at a different breed

Willy Bee
12-23-2014, 05:27 AM
Travel with 2 Bassett Hounds. Would not have it any other way!!! Happy Holidays!