Steve takes a look at a selection of vehicles that he feels are best suited for dogs.
It cannot be denied we are a nation of dog lovers, and 26% of Britain's currently own at least one dog. As such I feel it important to highlight a selection of vehicles which have been designed with the transport of your canine companion in mind and I have tried to cater for most budgets.
Nissan X Trail
The current X Trail can be equipped with a pet pack Nissan call 4dogs. The pack transforms the boot into a comfortable compartment for your dog. Included in the pack is a wipe down interior, fold away ramp, shower, dog bowl, spill free water bowl, a boot camera with audio link so you can see and talk to your pooch on the journey, harness hook and a drying system that blows warm air into the boot.
Land Rover Freelander Mk1
Despite the youngest mk1 Freelanders being 14 years old Land Rover were ahead of their time when designing the Freelander as it vehicle was graced with a boot window that could be lowered so that your dog could have fresh air either on the move or whilst left in the vehicle. Not bad for a vehicle that made us depute in 1997.
Jaguar F Pace
Much like Nissan's pet pack, Jaguars pet accessories also convert the 650L boot into a nice dog transportation system which just like the Nissan includes wipe down interior, fold away ramp, shower, dog bowl, spill free water bowl.
Skoda Superb Estate
Despite no pet packs being available for the Superb it has still made the list due to it's low boot entry and flat floor, combined with 660 Litres of boot space makes it ideal for your dog. Furthermore the superb is very ice handling car which will make the journey more pleasant for you and your dog.
Aston Martin DBX
The DBX is Aston Martins first attempt at an SUV and is available with a petpack which includes a bumper protector, partition to transport to dogs in comfort as well as a wipe down interior and portable shower.
Dacia Logan MCV
Dacia has really made a name for itself in recent years with economical motoring and the Logan MCV is no exception. The robust interior should stand up to punishment from even the most energetic of dogs and they'll have ample space as the boot as a respectable 573 litres.
Land Rover Discovery Sport
Yet another Land Rover has made it into this list and much like it's Freelander predecessor the Discovery Sport also caters for dogs. The Disco is available with a pet pack which includes a boot that can take 981 litres, a folding ramp which can cope with 85kg abd a 6.5 litre portable shower. I appreciate the picture depicts a Range Rover but the pet accessories are the same.
Mercedes E Class W213
Just like the Skoda, the E Class has a carnivorous boot that will take 670 litres. Furthermore the E Class has great roadholding which is ideal when transporting the most travel sick of dogs.
I know some will argue that the rifter technically is more related to a van than a car, what cannot be denied is it's ability to transport a dog in comfort thanks to 771 litres of boot space and lower boot floor. There's even an array of storage compartments for your assortment of doggy accessories.
Volvo V70 Mk2
Launched in 2007 and ended production in 2016 the V70 is a very capable hauler thanks to it's 575 litres of boot space and lower entry make it ideal for dogs.
Chrysler Grand Voyager MK2
I'll appreciate this is an oddball but one you should consider if you need to transport 7 people plus a dog. The Grand Voyager offers van like space but with the luxuries of an executive car. The boot can hold 756 litres with all 7 seats in situ which is very impressive when you consider that you couldn't swing a cat in the boot of the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso, Renault Grand Scenic and even the Ford Galaxy when the 3rd row of seats are in use as they take up most of the boot space.
Ford Focus mk4 Estate
Despite not being ba large estate car the Focus is still capable of transporting your dog with reasonable comfort thanks to 608 litres of boot space and an adjustable boot floor.
I hope this list has helped you when choosing your next dog friendly car. Thanks for reading.