Mutt Matches: Which Vehicle Model Suits Your Dog Breed?

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Have you ever looked at your dog and thought, “Wow, you remind me of a Hyundai Elantra”? OK, probably not, but you have to admit there are some similarities between dogs and cars. Both are always there when you need them, and they’ve seen you at your best and worst. We’re taking a look at some of the most popular dog breeds and finding their personality match in vehicle form.

Golden Retriever: Toyota Corolla

Golden Retriever/Image Credit: Helena Lopes on Unsplash – 2022 Toyota Corolla/Image Credit: Toyota

We’re starting off with one of the most popular dog breeds in the country and one of the best-selling cars in the world. It’s easy to see why the Golden Retriever and the Toyota Corolla are so beloved. The retriever has a friendly, calm disposition that makes it a great family dog and loyal companion. The Corolla is dependable, safe, and fun — making it almost as hard to resist as those big, brown, puppy-dog eyes.

Poodle: Ford Mustang Mach-E

Miniature Poodle/Image Credit: Tuomas Härkönen on Unsplash – 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT/Image Credit: Ford

If you think Poodles are just fluffy show dogs, think again. Much like the powerful Ford Mustang Mach-E, this working dog is highly intelligent and extremely energetic. If it were a car, it would have to have features like the 15.5-inch touchscreen and 480 horsepower in the GT trim. Like the upbeat Poodle, this EV is incredibly fun while also working hard, with an estimated range of over 300 miles. Get ready for an adventure with this combination.

Corgi: MINI Cooper

Corgi by a lake/Image Credit: Yifei Tsui on Unsplash – 2022 MINI Hardtop/Image Credit: MINI USA

Look at those faces! Both the Corgi and the classic MINI Cooper Hardtop are totally adorable and tons of fun. With its quirky round interior and countless customization options, the MINI definitely has a playful spirit that matches the Queen of England’s pet of choice. Not to mention both originate from the United Kingdom and are undeniably British at heart.

Cocker Spaniel: Kia Soul

Cocker Spaniel/Image Credit: Ashley Anderson on Unsplash – 2021 Kia Soul/Image Credit: Kia Motors

The Cocker Spaniel is known as a very merry dog, and the Kia Soul shares that cheery disposition. This adorable pup is known to be a people-pleaser. Judging by the fact that the Soul is one of the best-selling subcompacts in the United States, we’d say people are quite pleased by it as well. Though neither is known for extreme power or performance, both have a playful energy that you can’t help but love.

Greyhound: Mercedes-AMG GT

Greyhound in the snow/Image Credit: Deann DaSilva from Pexels – 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe/Image Credit: Mercedes-Benz

If the Greyhound were a car, it would have to be something incredibly fast. The Mercedes-AMG GT, with a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds, fits the bill. Putting aside speed for just a moment, though, and both the dog and the coupe have a sleek, elegant style that you have to admire. The Mercedes also features a luxurious, comfortable interior that an off-duty Greyhound would love to lounge around in.

Bulldog: Land Rover Discovery

English Bulldog/Image Credit: Josue Michel on Unsplash – 2021 Land Rover Discovery/Image Credit: Land Rover

The image of the Bulldog is strongly linked with England and its culture, a symbol of bravery and dignity. So it’s only natural that its automotive counterpart is also a British icon. Like the Bulldog, the Land Rover Discovery has always blazed its own path: it’s a luxury SUV that is both family-friendly and off-road-ready. Both are willing to take any challenge head-on and make a loyal companion on all of your adventures.

Great Dane: Cadillac Escalade

Great Dane/Image Credit: leonides ruvalcabar on Unsplash – 2021 Cadillac Escalade/Image Credit: Cadillac

The Great Dane is often called a “gentle giant” for its friendly and affectionate disposition. The Cadillac Escalade’s “gentleness” lies in its extremely luxurious features and technology. While an imposing figure from the outside, this large SUV has a comfortable, stylish interior with premium audio and entertainment options. Oh, and we’d wager that the behemoth ESV model could make a whole pack of gentle giants more than comfortable on a long journey.

When finding your new furry friend, do you find yourself drawn to certain personality types? Why not take those preferred attributes and apply them to your next vehicle too? Whether you’re looking for a cute, friendly hatchback or a tough-as-nails truck, we’ll help you find your BestRide.

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Kasey McNerney

Kasey McNerney

Kasey McNerney is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and inherited her interest in cars from her dad. She previously worked at Phoenix Raceway, where she assisted with communications for NASCAR events. Currently, Kasey writes automotive content for BestRide and works with auto and auto-adjacent businesses to strengthen their social media presence.

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