Dog-Friendly Taxis In Dublin

Posted on June 02, 2017 by Paul Froggatt | 4 comments

Over the last year more and more restaurants and pubs are welcoming our four-legged friends, but getting there with a pooch in tow can still present a challenge for many. In February TheJournal.ie spoke to a number of public transport companies, with mixed results:

  • Irish Rail - Small dogs allowed on the owner's lap or in a carrying bag
  • Bus Eireann - No dogs allowed (except guide dogs)
  • Dublin Bus - Unclear guidelines suggest it's at the driver's discretion
  • LUAS - Small dogs allowed in an enclosed carrier case/box

Dogs on busNot taken in Ireland...

When travelling within Dublin taxis are often more convenient than public transport, so we thought we'd try to identify a few dog-friendly companies to help customers navigate the city with their canine companion.

Finding A Dog-Friendly Taxi

Neither myTaxi or Uber enable you to specify that you have a dog when booking, and in our experience it's pot luck whether you get a driver who will let in even small dogs. Because of this, it's probably easier to go old-school and call a taxi company. We called around, and managed to find two pet-friendly companies in the vicinity of Pupp:

Both companies said their pet-friendly policies extend only to small dogs, and we're yet to find a company that will accept large dogs. If you're looking to book a taxi be sure to let them know in advance that you have a dog - maybe with a bit of sweet-talking they might allow a well-behaved larger dog, though it will very much depend on the driver (and your persuasion skills).

Dog in taxi 

Slowly but surely the city is becoming more dog-friendly, and any company that's interested in making the transition can join the Dog-Friendly Association of Ireland (www.DFAI.ie) for help and advice.

Know any other dog-friendly taxi businesses? Or other ways to get around the city with your pooch? Drop us a note in the comments, or chat to us on Facebook or Twitter.

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John Driscoll
John Driscoll

June 07, 2017

I tried both those companies – KCR and Rathgar…by the way they are answered by the same call center – and i was told they will not take any dogs….

Derek
Derek

June 02, 2017

The MyTaxi app supports “Dog Friendly” but not in Ireland yet (they don’t have the info from the cabbies yet). But I’ve yet to have a HailO/MyTaxi cabbie refuse our two small dogs (4.5kg each, ±).

Cat sawkins
Cat sawkins

June 02, 2017

Murphy’s taxi, if your out in bray direction, will take dogs if you let them know beforehand (: can’t wait for Ireland to get with the programme and get into the same century as the rest of Europe and allow dogs on public transport. I really can’t understand it myself having travelled the world and seen dogs everywhere from cafes to libraries to busses and everywhere in between, then to come here and they are even banned from some outside places!! Makes me really angry and sad. Especially when most dogs are cleaner, quieter and better behaved than some people they allow on public transport.

Orla
Orla

June 02, 2017

Thanks for this – it’s very handy information to know & difficult to find out!
The Dublin Bus issue makes my blood boil!!! Only the very occasional driver will let you on with a small dog, and even if you get to your destination, there’s no guarantee you’ll find a driver willing to let you make the return journey. They need a standardised & more lenient policy for those of us who can’t afford cars, but still need to get around with our pooches!

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Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and we want whatever you buy to be comfortable and well fitted for your pooch. Sizing can often be confusing, with manufacturers using different standards and metrics. At Pupp we list all our sizes in cm's so you can find the perfect fit.

How to measure your dog:

Collars

Neck: Measure right around the neck, allowing enough room to slide 2 fingers in for comfort

Harnesses

Chest: Measure right around the body around the deepest part of your dog's chest, usually just behind the dog's front legs.

Neck: Measure right around the neck, allowing enough room to slide 2 fingers in for comfort

Sizing Guide By Breed:

BREED AVERAGE NECK SIZE
AIREDALE 40.6-55.9cm
AKITA 50.8-55.9cm
ALASKAN MALAMUTE 45.7-55.9cm
AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD 40.6-55.9cm
BASSET HOUND 40.6-55.9cm
BEAGLE 30.5-45.7cm
BICHON FRISE 35.6-45.7cm
BORDER COLLIE 35.6-45.7cm
BOSTON TERRIER 30.5-45.7cm
BOXER 40.6-55.9cm
BRITTANY 35.6-40.6cm
BULL TERRIER 30.5-45.7cm
BULLDOG AMERICAN/ ENGLISH 45.7-61.0cm
BULLDOG FRENCH 30.5-40.6cm
CAIRN TERRIER 25.4-40.6cm
CHIHUAHUA 20.3-35.6cm
CHOW CHOW 45.7-61.0cm
COCKER SPANIEL 30.5-45.7cm
COLLIE 45.7-55.9cm
CORGI 35.6-40.6cm
DACHSHUND MINI 20.3-43.0cm
DACHSHUND STANDARD 40.6-50.8cm
DALMATIAN 35.6-50.8cm
DOBERMAN 45.7-55.9cm
ENGLISH SETTER 45.7-61.0cm
FOX TERRIER 25.4-40.6cm
GERMAN SHEPHERD 45.7-61.0cm
GERMAN SHORTHAIRED 50.8-61.0cm
GOLDEN RETRIEVER 40.6-61.0cm
GREAT DANE 50.8-66.0cm
GREAT PYRENEES 61.0-76.2cm
IRISH SETTER 40.6-55.9cm
JACK RUSSELL TERRIER 25.4-35.6cm
LABRADOR 45.7-61.0cm
MALTESE 25.4-35.6cm
MASTIFF 63.5-81.3cm
NEWFOUNDLAND 40.6-81.3cm
OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG 45.7-61.0cm
PEKINGESE 30.5-40.6cm
POMERANIAN 25.4-35.6cm
POODLE MINI 25.4-40.6cm
POODLE STANDARD 30.5-40.6cm
POODLE TOY 20.3-35.6cm
PUG 30.5-40.6cm
SCHNAUZER GIANT 50.8-66.0cm
SCHNAUZER MINI 25.4-40.6cm
SCHNAUZER STANDARD 35.6-50.8cm
SCOTTISH TERRIER 35.6-50.8cm
SHAR PEI 40.6-50.8cm
SHETLAND SHEEPDOG 30.5-45.7cm
SHIH TZU 25.4-35.6cm
SPRINGER SPANIEL 35.6-45.7cm
STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER 35.6-50.8cm
WEIMARANER 40.6-55.9cm
WHEATEN TERRIER 45.7-55.9cm
YORKSHIRE TERRIER 15.2-30.5cm