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Best car for a Golden Retriever?

We are getting a puppy in June and we are excited that as he grows we will be able to take him with us to all sorts of places. But right now I'm not sure we have the right vehicles to do so. We have a Plymouth Neon coupe, a Mustang GT convertible, and a Scion XB. Once he is fully grown, I don't know if any of these cars will do. (Certainly not the Neon or the Mustang.)

So my question is what vehicle would you suggest for a new owner of a Golden Retriever? Price isn't a huge concern, but obviously I'm not looking to buy a Bentley either. We also don't have any children so the vehicle just needs to hold me, my wife, and our doggo. Anything else is nice but not necessary.
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We have always had SUVs for our Goldens. Once they are a year or so, they don't need to travel in a crate. They can just go in the back and they LOVE looking out the window while we are driving. You don't need a large SUV. Just big enough in the back for him to lay down, stand and turn around. Keep in mind that all your stuff will have to fit in the back seat because the dog owns the back! We also don't have kids traveling with us ... our Golden is our kid these days. We have a Lexus RX 350 and it's perfect.
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I have a 2017 Subaru Outback Touring with a TransK9 crate in the back for my two dogs. I also have rear AC and tinted windows to help keep them cool back there. I liked the Outback because it's not high like a typical SUV so they can jump in and out and if I have to give them a boost, it's not a big deal, also it's good gas mileage for an SUV. I like the crate because I do dog sports and can leave the back open when I'm crating out of my car at events. The TransK9 and Variocage, as well as other brands, are crash tested so the dog won't get squished in the back and are not shooting through your windshield. If the back or doors pop open in a wreck, you don't have a scared dog running in traffic. Since my dogs are with me a lot due to the dog sports, this really matters to me. If you're someone who just takes the dog to the vet, to the park once a week, on a hike a few times a year, etc. then you may not feel the need for such a set-up. All that said, one of the major advantages to crating your dog in the car is that the crate contains most of the hair.
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I have a Nissan murano and i love it for my dog! We do not have kids either and this suv is the perfect size. Spacious back seat that can lay down flat when you have to transport them in a crate. And when not in the crate plenty of room to lay down or stick his head out the window! I love it because it feels like a luxury vehicle but is affordable!


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Best car for a Golden Retriever?

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We are getting a puppy in June and we are excited that as he grows we will be able to take him with us to all sorts of places. But right now I'm not sure we have the right vehicles to do so. We have a Plymouth Neon coupe, a Mustang GT convertible, and a Scion XB. Once he is fully grown, I don't know if any of these cars will do. (Certainly not the Neon or the Mustang.)

So my question is what vehicle would you suggest for a new owner of a Golden Retriever? Price isn't a huge concern, but obviously I'm not looking to buy a Bentley either. We also don't have any children so the vehicle just needs to hold me, my wife, and our doggo. Anything else is nice but not necessary.


My two dogs loved riding in my old convertible. However, I traded it in for a Tacoma double cab short bed pickup with a cap. The two dogs now get the back seat with a Dog Hammock, and there is room for gear, bikes and bags in the bed.


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LOL I have a Mini Cooper :-) Not much room but we can go for miles!
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We have a 2015 Mazda hatchback and a 2001 BMW sedan and my dog fits quite well in the back seat of both cars. My son sits next to him and he still has room to lay down or sit up and look out the window. That said, we are planning to trade in our sedan for an SUV for the extra space.
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I have a Dodge Grand Caravan. Plenty of space in the back for crates and whatever else we need. She can also ride comfortably in the back seat of my hubbys Chevy Spark without a crate.
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We have newer Jeep Cherokee, dog rides in back seat and loves it. He isn't crazy about getting in it while in garage though, but once in has a great time.
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We have a 2016 Toyota Highlander and a 2012 Toyota Tundra, extended cab. We have two kids, too & she fits nicely.

We've had a Jetta, a Sentra, and a Rogue and our Bridge girl didn't mind those either! I think they'd fit nicely in whatever!
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