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The best staycation destinations for you and your best friend based on your pup’s breed

With new countries going on to quarantine lists every day, it’s a risky time to be going abroad.

Many people this year are choosing to stay in the UK for their summer break which means we have the benefit of bringing our dogs along if we fancy.

For example, pet-inclusive UK holiday rental company, Dog Friendly Cottages, reported a 415% increase in bookings this spring compared to the same period in 2019.

Since we’re all staycationing with our furry friends, they’ve partnered with top dog psychologist George Barrett, to find out the ‘pawfect’ staycation destinations for your best friend, according to their breed.

Whether you’ve got a lapdog or an exercise-loving mountain dog, there’s something here for everyone.

Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever

Top locations: Padstow, St Ives, and Newquay

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George says: ‘Both breeds are going to love destinations with coves and beaches where they can run in and out of the water and splash around, as well as local dog-friendly bars and cafes where they can socialise with other dogs.

‘For the best combination of sand, sea and coves, make sure you have Hawker’s and Harbour Cove on your list to take your Labrador or Golden Retriever!’

French Bulldog, Dachshund and Pug 

Top locations: Cromer, Ilfracombe, and Brixham

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George says: ‘These breeds can be active in short bursts, but soon get overheated in warm weather so need plenty of rest periods to cool down. That being said, they don’t enjoy going out in the rain.

‘Walking one to two miles a day is sufficient, and due to their short legs, flat ground is easier and accessible in Cromer, Ilfracombe and Brixham. They’re not one for pubs though – so be prepared for lots of cosy, quiet nights in!’

Cocker Spaniel, Springer Spaniel and Vizsla 

Top locations: Bideford, Perranporth and Llandudno

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George says: ‘These breeds are very energetic and love exercise and racing around outdoors. They are good natured with other dogs and happy in busy places, but need to be well exercised.

‘With plenty of long trails offering wide open spaces in Bideford, Perranporth and Llandudno, they make for the perfect staycation spots for Cocker and Springer Spaniel as well as Vizslas.’

Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Border Terrier

Top locations: Staithes, Seahouses and Aberystwyth 

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George says: ‘These are very active outdoor breeds and they are extremely tough. They can interact nicely with well behaved dogs but will not tolerate being challenged so would prefer being outside than relaxing in a dog-friendly pub.”

‘As these breeds prefer time outside, the top locations offer some walks with added extras. For example, you can visit Aberystwyth Castle with a two mile walk along the promenade before heading for the coastline.’

Boxer and German Shorthaired Pointer 

Top locations: Rye, Perranporth, Whitstable  

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George says: ‘These breeds are active dogs that like the outdoors but can differ in their preferences towards water. Adaptable to any terrain as well as busy places, they will take long walks when they’re healthy.”

‘The bustling towns of Rye, Perranporth and Whitstable are great options for Boxers and German Shorthaired Pointers. Comfortable among the buzz, they will also enjoy a stroll along the cobbled streets.’

German Shepherd and Rottweiler 

Top locations: Seahouses, Staithes and Filey

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George says: ‘These are outdoor breeds that enjoy activity over any terrain and will happily take up to three, three mile walks a day depending on age and fitness – so plenty of good walks are a must!

‘They also enjoy a paddle, so accessible beaches and coves will be a hit. Many are often happier with a quieter place as males especially will often not shirt a challenge from other dogs.

‘The coastal villages of Seahouses, Staithes and Filey offer both the opportunity to enjoy the sea and sand as well as the varied hiking and walking terrain. If you adventure over to Seahouses, check out Bamburgh Beach for a view of the castle and fun exploring the dunes.’


Top locations: Aberystwyth, Bridport, Beadnell

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George says: ‘Beagles will walk more than the average person might usually enjoy, but they aren’t keen on water and would rather be running around and barking in wide open spaces.

‘They can easily cover five miles without breaking a sweat. They’re great with other dogs and not bothered by busy places, so will enjoy a good dog-friendly pub or two.

‘As you’ll no doubt be on plenty of walks with your Beagle, make sure you take in the historic sites of the top locations too. Bridport’s green walk and sculpture trail links to open areas of greenery as you visit each sculpture.’

Shih Tzu and King Charles Cavalier 

Top locations: Bude, Newquay, Looe

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George says: ‘These dogs like the quieter side of life and will enjoy a stroll, but are also happy indoors. Due to their shorter legs, they prefer flatter terrain and don’t enjoy getting their hair wet too much so will likely stay on land.

‘Shih Tzu’s and King Charles Cavaliers will appreciate the typically warmer weather in the top locations as well as the option to walk through the lanes of the seaside towns.

‘They often love long car journeys so you can go a little further afield, but regular water stops are still needed.’

Whippet and any running dog 

Top locations: Whitstable, Cromer, St Ives

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George says: ‘These dogs like the outdoors but only in good weather. Preferring short bursts of activity followed by a rest, open spaces like beaches or hills are perfect for their twenty minutes of activity a couple of times a day.

‘These breeds tend to steer clear of water and can be picky about the other dogs they associate with but do well in busier places.

‘The well-loved seaside town of St.Ives offers more than just it’s beautiful beaches, the busy town centre offers plenty of great shopping and dining options that Whippets and running dogs will be well suited to.’

He added that it’s important to keep your dog’s personal temperament in mind when choosing a holiday, as well as their exercise needs and how they deal with stress.

Ensure you never leave your dog off-lead if they could be dangerous or hurt themselves, and make sure they’re microchipped and have your contact details on their collar.


Credit: Original article published here.

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