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WHY MINIS AND DOGS ARE MADE FOR EACH OTHER.

Our iconic handling and MINI charm have won over plenty of drivers. But when it comes to impressing canine critics, which of our cars’ features gets bums wiggling?

We’re glad you asked.

Here are five key things that make MINIs good cars for dogs and their owners too.

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THERE’S SPACE TO STRETCH OUT.

Whether they’re sitting in the back, boot or in their favourite carrier, dogs need enough room to get comfortable.

Our cars can accommodate just about any breed, from sighthounds to spaniels to terriers, and everything in between. The MINI Countryman and MINI Clubman are our biggest models, with surprisingly generous room in the back. They also have the perfect dog car boot, too. In fact, 59% of MINI Countryman drivers surveyed said the spacious boot was their favourite feature for dog travel*.

And if you’re keen on that iconic, original MINI look then there’s also the MINI 5-door Hatch. Think of it as the more spacious brother to the 3-door, with two extra doors and added rear leg and boot space.

THEY COME WITH PAW-FECT ACCESSORIES.

We know how essential it is to keep your pooch safe and comfortable on their travels, which is why we offer a range of dog guards. They can be fitted to many of our models, and offer extra security. Helping to keep your pup safely in the boot, away from the driver – and from your perfectly packed picnic, for that matter. If you’re looking for a dog car boot divider then head to our shop to have a browse.

You can also add a set of paw-pleasing All-Weather Mats, which stop them from skidding around, and protect your footwells and boot lining too.

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ENJOY EASY ACCESS, THANKS TO SPLIT REAR DOORS.

The MINI Clubman’s split rear doors will have your hound jumping for joy. Because of their unique split door design, dogs can hop in and out with total ease. And as there’s no parcel shelf or slanted hatchback shape, they can even stand up and turn around comfortably.

It’s one of our drivers’ favourites, with 55% of Clubman owners voting the split rear doors as the best feature for their dog**.

THE SMOOTH RIDE HELPS DOGS FEEL CHILLED.

As many dog owners will know, our canine companions can be prone to car sickness. Which is why smooth handling is just as important to them as it is to us. 

A serene drive can help dogs feel relaxed and comfortable, from the moment you put your foot down to the moment you park up. But don’t just take our word for it – 43% of MINI drivers say the smooth handling is their dog’s favourite feature.

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A HAPPY ATMOSPHERE CAN HELP YOUR DOG RELAX.

Dogs are sensitive little souls, and can pick up on our emotional cues. We believe life is brighter behind the wheel of a MINI. And if you’re feeling happy up front, then you might just find it helps your pooch feeling equally as content in the back, too. For more happy travel advice, have a read of our helpful Dogs Trust tips.

*Stat according to our Dogs Survey of 1,000 MINI drivers. Click here to discover more about how we proved this stat.

** Stat according to our Dogs Survey of 1,000 MINI drivers. Click here to discover more about how we proved this stat.