There are around 6.5 million dog owning households in the UK, with nine in 10 of those thinking of their pet as a fully-fledged member of the family. So, what should you choose if you're looking for a car that's as comfortable for Fido as it is for Aunt Frida?
Well, something with a good-sized boot is obviously crucial, and a cream interior a big no-no. But you might also want to think about tinted windows to help keep your dog cool in summer, a partition grille to stop them joining you in the passenger compartment, and good air flow to prevent that 'doggy' smell.
If you've got a large dog, you'll also want to make sure they can jump into the boot instead of having to be lifted in. And, of course, a forgiving but well controlled ride is a must if you want to stop them getting car sick.
Making the right choice is more complicared than it looks at first glance, then. So, we've picked our favourite dog-friendly cars to suit all budgets.
Less than £15,000
Best buy: Suzuki Vitara 1.6 SZ4
Options to add Rear seat pet protection cover (£46.80 official Suzuki eBay store); boot liner (£37.99 official Suzuki eBay store)
Dacia Duster TCe 125 4x2 Laureate (£13,995) with optional Protection Pack, which includes all in one boot liner and exterior tailgate protection (£640)
Fiat Qubo 1.4 8v Lounge (£13,160) with no options
Best buy: Skoda Fabia Estate 1.0 TSI 95 SE
Options to add Partition screen (£110); variable boot floor (£110); rubber boot mat (dealer fit); boot protecter trim (dealer fit)
Kia Sportage 1.6 GDi 130 '1' (£18,795) with trunk sill protector (£76) and bumper protection foil (£45)
Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 CDTi 110 Design (£19,485) with foldable cargo liner (£117.94)
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