When you decide to start making money by driving a truck, you become responsible for every aspect of your business, including the safety and well being of your dog. You see, it would be easy to drive around the country and forget about your best friend until you reach your destination. You could skip walks, meals, and exercise time. This is the sure way to kill your dog — quickly even. Some people have been guilty of attempting things like this with their pet dogs, only to learn the hard way that their dog was not able to handle the rigors of travel on its own.
Best dog breeds for truck drivers:
1. Bulldogs • Pugs
These pudgy breeds are perfect for riding shotgun in your truck because they’re small and don’t require a lot of exercise. They adapt well to the trucking lifestyle and are content with sitting for long periods of time.
Plus, their short coats shed minimally and won’t leave your truck looking like a shag rug. When deciding on this breed, keep your geography in mind. Bulldogs and pugs are perfect for truckers who deliver to mild-temperatures or colder areas, but don’t do well in overly hot desert areas.
2. Pitbulls • Boxers
These medium sized dogs are preferred by truck drivers because they are extremely loyal and make you feel safe on the road. Like bulldogs, their coats shed minimally and they will be happy to sit by your side during your deliveries. Since they are bigger and more active breeds, however, they will require a few more pit stops and walks to cure their restlessness.
3. Chihuahuas • Pomeranians • Miniature Dobermans
Toy breeds like these are excellent road companions. Their size, easy grooming, and even-tempers make them almost too easy to take anywhere you have to go. You’ll never have to worry about leaving them behind because most pet-friendly motels allow these pups to spend the night with you.
Like bulldogs and pugs, these little breeds are sensitive to temperature. Because of their size, they prefer warmer climates. Try to opt for bigger or hairier dog breeds if you mostly make deliveries in cold or snowy regions. Doggy sweaters are always an option, too!
4. Old Dogs
Old dogs can learn new tricks! When picking a trucker dog, older dogs are a great choice. You’ll never have to worry about puppy energy and many are already housebroken, so there’s no need to stop as frequently to avoid any accidents. Since older dogs are more complacent, they won’t require a lot of exercise, but will always be up to go for a walk at rest stops. Plus, older shelter dogs would love to be adopted to hit the road with you!
Once you pick the perfect breed, make sure you take the time to get your dog familiarized with your truck and get used to the noises that come with life on the road. After a few drives, your dog will be well adapted to the trucking lifestyle, and you’ll be happy to have a loyal driving buddy.
Why wait around for slow-paying customers when you could factor your invoices and get money today? That’s money you can use to go after the better-paying loads. Don’t forget, less time chasing customers for money means more time playing fetch! With freight factoring services, you and your pup will be able to go more places, see more things, and make more memories.
Loyal Labradors will make the perfect companion for drivers who do not want to feel alone.
They are known to be loving and protective of their owners; they are also easily trained; thus, you will not have to spend time reprimanding them while on the road.
6. Golden Retriever
This friendly dog breed makes great companions for drivers on the road.
The Golden Retriever is a powerfully built, medium-sized breed of dog; according to the Kennel Club breed standard, dogs stand from 56 to 61 centimetres (22 to 24 in) and bitches from 51 to 56 centimetres (20 to 22 in). Healthy adult examples typically weigh between 25 and 34 kilograms (55 and 75 lb).
The Golden Retriever has a broad head with a well-defined stop, with dark eyes set well apart, a wide and powerful muzzle, a large black nose, dark-pigmented and slightly drooping flews, and ears of moderate size set high and hanging with a slight fold. The neck is muscular and fairly long with loose-fitting skin, the shoulders well laid-back and long-bladed, and the body deep through the chest with well-sprung ribs. The back is usually level from withers to croup and the long, straight tail is usually carried flat, roughly in line with the back. The forelegs are straight with good bone, the hind legs are powerful with well bent stifles and muscular thighs, and the feet are cat-like.
The double coat is a recognisable and striking feature: the outer coat is long, flat or wavy and has good feathering on the forelegs, while the undercoat is dense and provides weather resistance. The coat can be any shade of cream, yellow or gold; the coat typically becomes paler with age. The Kennel Club breed standard prohibits red or mahogany-coloured coats, but a few white hairs on the chest are permitted. Originally only yellow or golden coloured examples were permitted, this excluded many outstanding cream coloured dogs; to overcome this in 1936 the Kennel Club’s standard was amended to include the cream colour. The cream colour, which in more modern times can be almost white, has become the dominant colour and is particularly favoured by conformation show exhibitors. Golden Retrievers that are bred for conformation shows tend to have longer and finer coats than those bred for working as gundogs.
The Kennel Club breed standard is accepted by every kennel club in the world except those of Canada and the United States. Breed standards in North America call for a slightly taller dog and the cream colour is not permitted.
The Golden Retriever is considered an intelligent, gentle natured and very affectionate breed of dog. As is typical with retriever breeds, the breed is generally calm and biddable, being very easy to train and extremely keen to please their master. The breed is known to make excellent pets and family dogs, being generally extremely tolerant of children and keen to accompany any member of the family in a range of activities. Due to their affable natures, the breed is often completely devoid of guarding instincts.
The breed usually retains many of their gundog traits and instincts including an excellent sense of smell and a strong instinct to retrieve; even among those not trained as gundogs it is typical for Golden Retrievers to present their owners with toys or other objects.[
7. Miniature Pinscher
Also known as the Zwerg Pinscher, the Miniature Pinscher is an assertive and outgoing dog. They are incredibly friendly towards their owners and tend to be friendly towards other pets and strangers after becoming familiar with them.
The Miniature Pinscher’s attentive nature is ideal for truck drivers because they will alert you of anything that seems suspicious, so you can rest assured that you would be safe with them around.
The Miniature Schnauzer is of German origins and is amongst the most intelligent breeds in the world. They are easy to train and tend to pick up on new commands.
Although the Miniature Schnauzer is even-tempered mainly, they can be pretty spunky and vocal at times. They are drawn to chasing any rodents and tend to wander off now and then, so you should keep an eye on them during your stops.
No single breed is better than another for truck drivers. It all depends on the individual. If your job allows you to take your dog with you, find a breed and breeders who fit your life style. Research the breed by talking with people who have them or reading about them. The important thing is that you really love your dog and match that with a bit of research, which brings me to my last point. I hope this guide helps you find the best dog for a truck driver.