Best dog holidays: Find perfect destination according to your breed

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School’s out for millions of kids across the country and many Brits have opted to take a summer holiday around some of the UK’s most popular destinations. But for those seeking a resort that will suit their dog’s preferences, from long walks to pet meet-ups, Dog Friendly Cottages has something for everyone. Matt Fox, CEO and founder of Dog Friendly Cottages adds: “We’ve seen a huge 415 percent increase in bookings this spring compared to the same period in 2019, so it’s clear that we’re truly obsessed with bringing our pooches on holiday this year.”

Teaming up with top dog psychologist, George Barrett at Dalesman Dog Psychology, a list of the best locations and places to stay around the UK based on your pup’s breed has been created.

George said: “Whilst the above is based on the general behaviours of certain breeds, it’s important to remember all breeds are individuals and as such will vary in temperament.

“Exercise requirements will vary due to age and fitness, and it’s important to remember taking pets to unfamiliar places can alter behaviour due to stress.

“All dogs need to be under control and not let off a lead if they are a danger to themselves, other dogs, livestock or people. Always make sure your pet is microchipped and has a collar and disc on it, with your current mobile number, name and address.”

Here are the best destinations to consider for you and your four-legged family members:

Breeds: Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever

Top locations: Padstow, St Ives, and Newquay

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.”

Where to stay: Sea Shells Barn, Padstow, Cornwall

This tranquil retreat is located one mile from Padstow’s quaint harbour and two miles from the sandy beaches of Cornwall. The former converted barn has enclosed garden and can sleep up to four people and households are allowed to take one pet.

Breeds: French Bulldog, Dachshund and Pug

Top locations: Cromer, Ilfracombe, and Brixham

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. They’re not one for pubs though – so be prepared for lots of cosy, quiet nights in!”

Where to stay: Fern Cottage, Ilfracombe, Devon

This friendly end terrace cottage is situated in the town of Ilfracombe and is surrounded by the North Devon coastline, Exmoor National Park and rolling countryside hills.

The property sleeps three guests and one dog – complete with quirky accessories scattered throughout, adding a real homely touch.


Breeds: German Shepherd and Rottweiler

Top locations: Seahouses, Staithes and Filey

“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!” says George.

“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.”

Where to stay: Thirley Beck Lodge, Scarborough

Just a short twenty minute drive from Filey, this charming lodge sits on a working farm on the outskirts of Scarborough – so it’s best suited to dogs that are used to being around other animals.

Breeds: Cocker Spaniel, Springer Spaniel and Vizsla

Top locations: Bideford, Perranporth and Llandudno

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.”

Where to stay: Craiglwyd Bach, Llandudno, North Wales

In the popular Welsh town of Llandudno, is this delightful, Grade II listed 18th century single-storey cottage welcomes two pets and two people.

Situated on a peaceful lane, Craiglwyd Bach boasts stunning views over Penrhyn Bay, a perfect retreat for couples on activity breaks.

Breeds: Staffordshire Bull Terrier and Border Terrier

Top locations: Staithes, Seahouses and Aberystwyth

“These are very active outdoor breeds and they are extremely tough.” explains George. “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.”

Where to stay: Staithes Cottage, North Yorkshire

Located in the coastal village of Staithes, just north of Whitby, this renovated cottage has distinctive features such as rope going up the stairway.

This luxury ancient gem, which sleeps four guests, perfect to return to after a day of activities with the kids and dog.

Breeds: Boxer and German Shorthaired Pointer

Top locations: Rye, Perranporth, Whitstable

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.”

Where to stay: The Old Sweet Shop, Whitstable, Kent

The Old Sweet Shop is a charming, quirky holiday home sitting in the heart of the vibrant town of Whitstable – ideally situated near the beach and harbour, shops, and cafes.

The cottage welcomes up to two pets and has a snug sitting room, open plan kitchen and dining room, useful downstairs bathroom and three bedrooms on the upper two floors.

Breed: Beagle

Top locations: Aberystwyth, Bridport, Beadnell

“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.” says George.

“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.”

Where to stay: Willow House, Newton-by-the-Sea, Northumberland

South of Beadnall lies this striking family home with stylish and spacious interiors – sleeping up to eight people and three pets.

This large guest house is perfect for a family celebration or a get together with friends and four-legged friends alike!

Breeds: Shih Tzu and King Charles Cavalier

Top locations: Bude, Newquay, Looe

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.”

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

Where to stay: Swallow Cottage, Bude, Cornwall

A converted stone barn, this cottage is well suited to families and groups of friends, sleeping up to six people and welcoming one pet.

Outside is a large, enclosed lawned garden with seating for you to enjoy your morning coffee whilst your dog plays around.

Breeds: Whippet and any running dog

Top locations: Whitstable, Cromer, St Ives

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.”

Where to stay: Horseshoe Cottage, Cromer, Norfolk

Horseshoe Cottage is a former fisherman’s abode close to the beach and local amenities. Sleeping three guests and two pets, this distinctive and cosy getaway is an ideal spot for exploring the seaside resort and local walking routes.

Top five dog-friendly locations in the UK:

  • 1. Padstow, Cornwall
  • 2. Hunstanton, Norfolk
  • 3. Aberystwyth, North Wales
  • 4. Filey, Yorkshire
  • 5. Newquay, Cornwall

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