The suggestion in my last post that Irish Setters are notoriously bad drivers — really, a gratuitous, baseless slur — led me to thinking: Which breeds or particular dogs would excel or fail, and why?
Frankie isn’t fond of cars, for example, but that could be because he would prefer to be in the driver’s seat; being a terrier mix, he likes to be in charge. He’s also extremely smart, so he could learn the traffic rules, no problem, but he’s easily distracted. He would be like one of those teenagers who texts behind the wheel. Final assessment: Under close supervision, with someone to force him to pay attention, he would do fine at city driving. I would not trust him on the highway for long distances, however.
And your dog?
P.S. I’ve moved the comments thread from my last post to this one, but have already had responses about Huskies (another slur without documentation — what say you, Phetched?) and one from GoodDogNess:
Shelties would be horrible drivers….imagine one car, with a sheltie at the wheel, trying to round up all the others…..and since Shelties are very vocal , especially while *working*, I would assume they’d be honking that freakin car horn the entire time too.