Year of the dog: Where your canine friends come from and why you should go too

The dog days have just begun

It’s the Year of the Dog! To celebrate the start of an auspicious Chinese New Year, we thought we’d celebrate man’s best friend. Think you know where some of the most popular breeds originate from? Here we talk about canine roots and why you should take a trip too.

More of a cat person? Check out these 8 destinations for cat-lovers

German shepherds: Germany

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Why you should get a German Shepherd: They have powerful bodies, and are known for their courage, attentiveness and loyalty.

Why you should visit Germany: It’s a great place for the cultured crowd, with around 300 theatres, 130 professional orchestras and 630 art museums. And of course, if you’ve got a love for German beer, there’s no better time to cheers with kindred spirits than during the world-famous Oktoberfest. Check out our top 5 things to do in Berlin here.

Pugs: China

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Why you should get a pug: They’re cheerful, gentle, playful and sometimes a little stubborn but hey, aren’t we all?

Why you should visit China: The Great Wall of China might be one of the most popular attractions in the world, but there’s so much more to China. The Chinese civilisation is one of the oldest in the world, so start at the Forbidden City and Summer Palace in Beijing before breathing in fresh air (you’ll see what we mean) at the Tianzi Mountains. Get inspired with a look back at one of our favourite “traveller”, the hilarious Sevelyn Gat.

Golden retrievers: Scotland

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Why you should get a golden retriever: These beautiful furbabies are known for being energetic, well-mannered (Marley was an exception), obedient, and intelligent (that Marley really was).

Why you should visit Scotland: Three things Scotland reigns supreme in: highlands that stretch for hundreds of miles, scenic drives that urge you stop and take it all in along the way, and beautiful castles like Edinburgh Castle. You can’t go wrong in Glasgow, which is where we fell deeply in love with the Scottish cuisine.

Poodle: France

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Why you should get a poodle: Poodles are proud, intelligent and elegant, much like the French themselves.

Why you should visit France: The beauty and culture! What could be a better way to experience Paris than having a picnic at the Parc du Champ ­de ­Mars? You might find this guide on how to fake it till you make it in Paris helpful too. France also has some gorgeous places to gawk at like the star-studded St Tropez and skiing at Mont Blanc.

Beagle: England

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Why you should get a beagle: Apart from being adorable, beagles are also curious, brave and have a keen sense of smell.

Why you should visit England: Cold? Grey? Hardly. England is home to the most charming stone cottages and cobbled streets, like the quintessentially English villages of North Yorkshire. The beaches in Cornwall are chilly but always worth a trip, and London is full of art and culture (we love the Tate Modern!). Plus, it’s just one of the most photogenic places to get that shot.


Looking for places to travel to with your pooch? Look no further

Diandra Soliano

Our resident Wander Woman with a passion for languages, big cities and bronzer. When she's not listening to The Smiths a little too loudly at the office (after hours!), she can be found singing along to the soundtrack of Les Miserables with her two cats for an audience.

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