Best Dog Backpacks

Last update March 16, 2017
Can't imagine hikes without your little buddy? Then a dog backpack will be a must-have item! It can hold all dog's essentials as well as your own gear during long hikes or in-town walks! We have selected 5 best dog backpacks and reviewed them with an eye on durability, comfort and convenience.  ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
DOG WEIGHT
SIZE
MATERIAL
CONVENIENCE
CAPACITY
 
PROS
This backpack is totally weatherproof. So, the rain or snow will never stop your hikes.
CONS
The leash is not suitable for a separate collar.
OUR VERDICT
The EzyDog Summit Backpack is great for outdoor use and city walks. It will ensure you (your doggie) can easily bring all pet's essentials for various activities.
detailed parameters
DOG WEIGHT
From 65 to 100 pounds
SIZE
(L) Girth: 26-45 in., Neck: 13-23 in., Also available in S, M, XL
MATERIAL
Polyester
CONVENIENCE
Padded carry handle, Waterproof zippers, Reflective trim, Leash caddy
CAPACITY
600 cu.in
PROS
5-point adjustable straps will provide your pet with comfortable fit and free movements.
CONS
Every side has only one pocket.
OUR VERDICT
This pack has the best balancing design and can hold food for up to 3 days, 2 liters of water, collapsible food and water bowls. It is great for long hikes and camping.
detailed parameters
DOG WEIGHT
From 30 to 55 pounds
SIZE
(S) Girth: 22-27 in., Neck: 11-14 in., Also available in XXS, XS, M, L, XL
MATERIAL
Polyester
CONVENIENCE
Padded assistance handle, Coated zippers, Stash pockets, External gear loops, Leash caddy
CAPACITY
549 cu.in
PROS
Thanks to bright green or blue design, your doggie will always be in your field of vision.
CONS
The material may become scuffed up after a while.
OUR VERDICT
This is an ideal backpack for neighborhood walks and in-town use. It is ideally tapered and can accommodate pet gear, treats, ice packs, keys etc.
detailed parameters
DOG WEIGHT
From 55 to 85 pounds
SIZE
(L) Girth: 28-32 in., Neck: 14-18 in., Also available in S, M
MATERIAL
Polyester
CONVENIENCE
4 expandable pockets, Reflective accents, D-ring clip, Breathable mesh harness, Adjustable straps
CAPACITY
500 cu.in
PROS
Multiple and easily adjustable straps make it easy to fit snugly so that the backpack doesn't shift or chafe.
CONS
The capacity is not very high.
OUR VERDICT
This light pet backpack perfectly combines durability, functionality, and utility. It is perfect for a day-long trips or training treats.
detailed parameters
DOG WEIGHT
From 55 to 100 pounds
SIZE
(L) Girth: 32-42 in., Neck: 16-21 in., Also available in S, M
MATERIAL
Polyester
CONVENIENCE
2 soft-sided 0.6L collapsible water bottles, Foam-padded chest and belly straps, Carry handle
CAPACITY
195 cu.in
PROS
The fabric is quite dense, but it breathes freely. So, your pet will not overheat. You pet won't feel hot wearing this backpack.
CONS
This drenched pack may weigh the dog down.
OUR VERDICT
This model has the significant capacity and pannier style saddlebags. It will be great for the owners of large dogs who can't imagine hikes without their furry friends.
detailed parameters
DOG WEIGHT
From 55 to 85 pounds
SIZE
Girth: 27-36 in., Neck: 13-18 in.
MATERIAL
Soft Cotton
CONVENIENCE
2 additional side bags, D shape buckle, Carry handle
CAPACITY
700-800 cu.in

What is a Dog Backpack

Want to take your furry friend on adventures? Then you'll definitely need a comfortable, strong, and durable dog backpack. It can perform various functions. First of all, it will provide your doggy with a sense of purpose. As a result, he will feel like a real helper. Furthermore, the dog backpack may lighten your bag. All pet's gear, as well as food, water, and bowls, can be easily stored in such bags. A healthy, young dog can carry about 25% of his body weight (but not more). Another advantage is that such saddlebags can be used for training aims. For example, they can improve dog's stamina. One more beneficial feature is that backpacks can hold aid kit, camera, portable radio, and other useful stuff. So, these special pet bags can be useful for both hikes and neighborhood walks. They will surely encourage your doggy to focus on the task at hand. As for design, typically, backpacks are made of durable, waterproof fabric and are fitted with two large pockets. They also have adjustable straps that provide a comfortable fit for both medium and large breeds. All in all, if you want your dog to feel like a tourist, read our best dog backpacks review.

But if you often take your furry friend on car trips, we suggest you consider using one of the pet car protectors and barriers in your vehicle.

What To Look For

Dog's Weight and Size

When you go hiking, you don't overload or overtighten your rucksack. Right? The same goes for dog's backpacks. Pet backpack should be foremost comfortable. The dog will not be able to tell you that it feels uncomfortable with the bag if it is too tight. Therefore, a properly selected size will allow your pet to feel much more comfortable during long walks and hikes. As we have already mentioned, the dog can carry up to 25% of its weight. But! Don't overload the backpack! What is more, the backpack must be loaded carefully - you should think of even weight distribution so that the backpack does not to sag. As for the sizes, manufacturers usually provide several options to fit every breed. For example, backpacks with adjustable straps from 26 to 45 inches will suit large dog breeds, weighing from 65 to 100 pounds. Backpacks with straps of 21 to 37 inches will fit medium-sized dogs, weighing between 40 and 90 pounds. And, finally, models with straps of 16 - 29 inches will be ideal for dogs of the smallest breeds. 

Material

It is the material that provides strength and durability. Most dog backpacks are made of polyester and are treated with special weatherproof impregnation so as to protect the contents from rain and splashes. Besides, polyester backpacks are very light in weight and low in price. Regarding natural materials, there are some cotton models on the market. They are also very durable, but they do not always have a water-repellent impregnation. Consequently, there is a possibility that the contents may be damaged as the rain or dew can soak inside. So, it is better to store all the stuff inside an additional package. As a rule, backpack straps have plastic latches. They are very strong and will never open even during active movements.

Convenience and Capacity

The majority of products have a top handle for extra convenience. For instance, if your pet is tired, you can easily carry the bag by yourself. What is more, the owners can always help their four-legged buddies to climb the hills or take them out of the pits thanks to this versatile handle. It goes without saying that all backpacks have extra pockets for belongings or aid kits. Additionally, some manufacturers equip backpacks with BPA-plastic bottles. Take into account that bright colors and reflective accents increase visibility. Hence, it is almost impossible to lose the sight of the dog even at great distances.

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Review of EzyDog Summit Dog Backpack

EzyDog Summit Dog Backpack

EzyDog Summit Dog Backpack

Size

We have reviewed tons of different pet backpacks and can conclude that if you are looking for a high-quality item that will be supported mostly by dog's shoulders (not the back), don't look further. This convenient saddlebag is available in S, M, L, and XL sizes. For example, the L size will fit dogs with a chest girth of 26-45 inches and neck girth of 13-23 inches. So, this very size will be great for labs, collies etc. Furthermore, an impressive capacity of 600 cu. in. allows your pet to become a full-fledged tourist who can bear not only its own accessories but also yours.

Material

Like most backpacks, this one is made of lightweight and yet durable polyester. This material is breathable, it does not fade in the sun. EzyDog Summit Dog Backpack also protects pet gear from rain since water will not leak through the waterproof zipper. So, you can hold even pet's food in the backpack because the inside space will always stay dry. As for the fasteners on the straps, they are made of plastic. This material is very durable and you will not have to worry about accidental openings.

Convenience

EzyDog Summit Dog Backpack is made with clearness in mind! First of all, it is equipped with reflective trim and leash caddy for the extra safety. Moreover, the product has a soft handle on top. Owing to this handle, you can help your dog climb the hill or take him out of the pit. In addition, breathable mesh and soft foam insert add comfort and allow air to flow through (to prevent overheating). Besides, this model is available in Black/Charcoal and Red colors. So, it is a pretty good choice both for male and female dogs! All in all, it may be one of the best buys for hiking trips with your furry friend.


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Review of Ruffwear Approach Dog Backpack

Ruffwear Approach Dog Backpack

Ruffwear Approach Dog Backpack

Size

This version of Approach Dog Backpack is a Small size in campfire orange. It fits dogs with a chest girth from 27 to 32 inches and neck girth from 11 to 14 inches. This backpack is well suited for pets up to 50 pounds. As customers report, this saddlebag fits medium-sized breeds like a glove! The capacity is 549 cu. in., so you can always take pet water, food, and even some other belongings. But do not forget that a large load may cause discomfort and, consequently, affect the dog's health. In conclusion, we would like to mention that this spacious backpack is also available in XXS, XS, M, L, ML sizes.

Material

When it comes to dog saddlebags, they are often priced too high but their quality is low. So, when you receive this Ruffle backpack, you will be shocked at its amazing quality. The bag is made of durable polyester and has a fairly bright orange coloring (also available in Pacific Blue). Such a material is cheap, light, and resistant to ultraviolet radiation. The backpack is quite breathable and, thus, your doggie will not suffer from overheating and the stuff inside the backpack will not rot. Furthermore, the material is treated with a special impregnation, which protects the contents during light rain. To cut a long story short, Ruffwear Approach Dog Backpack withstands season after season of rolling, hiking, running, and other dog-like activities.

Convenience

If you are looking for a dog backpack that is worth the money you're shelling out for, this very model will fit you. First of all, Web Master Harness uses an adjustable system of soft and wide webbing that will feel comfortable around haunches and chest. Thus, even under a heavy load this bright saddlebag stays right in place. It is really important as a moving pack can cause sores and, as a result, your dog may lose balance. Note that this bag is equipped with a convenient handle, which will help you get your doggie out of the pit or just climb up the hill. And if you want to walk your dog on a leash, this backpack is fitted with a special steel D-ring. Besides, the reflective trim enhances visibility, making Ruffwear bag ideal for overnight adventures.


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Review of Outward Hound DayPak Dog Backpack

Outward Hound DayPak Dog Backpack

Outward Hound DayPak Dog Backpack

Size

This backpack will become a real dog lovers' delight that will allow their pets to carry all the stuff as well as pet's essentials! Outward Hound DayPak Dog Backpack works great for all extra gear but you need to make sure that you have taken appropriate measurements to get the right size. This backpack has adjustable straps to get the best fit for your pup. For example, size M has the following dimensions - chest straps can be adjusted from 28 to 32 inches and the neck girth from 14 to 18 inches. So, this is an excellent walking bag for medium dogs. But, if you are the owner of a small or large breed, you can choose between S and L sizes.

Material

Outward Hound DayPak Dog Backpack is made of polyester that makes the bag very light and soft. So, this saddle bag is ideal for both everyday errands and quick getaways. As a rule, most of the polyester/nylon backpacks are treated with special water-repellent impregnation to ensure that your stuff stays dry, and this model is no exception. This product can protect your items from a moderate rain, but not from a heavy downpour. Doggie backpack is fitted with a mesh insert so as to be breathable. Buckles on belts are made of plastic and they prevent opening on the go. As for the colors, this saddlebag is available in bright blue and green.

Convenience

If you are looking for a backpack just for walking or hiking with your doggie, this very model will be a great choice. To begin with, it has reflective accents that enhance visibility. Furthermore, Outward saddlebag is equipped with a D-ring clip. So, when you are ready to roll, you can simply attach a leash directly to this D-ring clip. Finally, the backpack has 2 expandable pockets that can store your phone, keys, apples and even a water bottle. Thus, you can do yourself a favor by purchasing this inexpensive backpack for a dog. Your back, arms, and the whole body will thank you later. Just give your dog a job to do!


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Review of Ruffwear Singletrak Backpack for Dogs

Ruffwear Singletrak Backpack for Dogs

Ruffwear Singletrak Backpack for Dogs

Size

Looking for an adventure backpack for your four-legged hiking buddy? Get this one! The Singletrack bag is very durable, well designed, and it fits a dog perfectly. It is so comfortable that your doggie may not even notice when it is wearing the backpack. Its adjustment system fits snug and does not cause rub marks or chafing (even during a long hike). Bag size L is suitable for large dog breeds. The chest straps can be adjusted from 32 to 42 inches, and in the neck straps - from 16 to 21 inches. This is the largest size produced by this manufacturer. For small and medium-sized dog breeds, you can purchase S or M backpack. The capacity is 195cu.in. So, you will be able to take all your adventure essentials.

Material

Like most other backpacks, this one is also made of polyester. This is quite lightweight and breathable material that will keep your furry friend cool. Moreover, it is also very durable and does not fade in the sun. Just as the previous models, this saddlebag protects the gear inside from a moderate rain. Furthermore, the material dries very fast. This is a great advantage for water-loving pups, enjoying mud puddles. The chest and chest belly straps are padded with foam for extra comfort. Snap-on plastic fasteners make it easy to put this doggie backpack on or off. Super!

Convenience

Hydration is vitally important for doggies on a hike, especially if you live in a hot climate. And if you are looking for a bag that can hold some water and favorite pet dish for hiking, this model will do a trick. This Singletrack saddlebag holds 2 0.6-liter BPA-free and taste-free hydration bottles (they are supplied in a package). The pack has a large pocket for these bottles and a small one for other stuff on each side. This ultralight dog backpack has a streamlined design fitted with reflective trim for a better visibility when the sun sets over its tree-sniffing, squirrel-chasing, hole-digging adventures. In addition, the pack has a leash attachment loop and a convenient handle.


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Review of Lalawow Cotton Canvas Hiking Dog Backpack

Lalawow Cotton Canvas Hiking Dog Backpack

Lalawow Cotton Canvas Hiking Dog Backpack

Size

Some of us may think that loose leash walking with our little devils seems like a myth. We are going to reveal you a secret – this backpack may be the only thing you need for calm walking. It is pretty bulky and does its job perfectly. If you are the owner of a medium or a large dog that is extremely active and that you take hiking, hunting, and on day-trips, this backpack will be the best solution. This pack has the capacity of 700-800 cu.in. So, thanks to Lalawow Cotton Canvas Dog Pack, your dog will be able to carry all accessories for a long hike. What is more, this dog backpack can be used even as a first-aid kit. The chest straps are adjustable and they can be adjusted from 26.5 to 40.5 inches.

Material

Have you ever gone on a trip or a hike with your small friend? No? Come on, it's high time to try it with this marvelous dog backpack. The name "Lalawow Cotton Canvas Dog Pack" speaks for itself. This backpack is made of durable and soft cotton. This material is natural and extremely comfortable for our furry friends. At the same time, the cotton is extremely breathable, so your pet will not be overheated. Additionally, this dog saddlebag is also available in Classic Coffee and Green colors. Overall, this pack in vintage design is ideal for a long training or trip.

Convenience

As we have already mentioned, this dog backpack is quite roomy and, hence, suitable for large dog breeds. The vintage style design of this item will match your doggie anytime and anywhere! Thus, the pack is ideal for those who take their pets on long trips, hikes, hunting or just for in-town walks. It is very roomy and can hold your stuff as well as your dog gear. The bag has 2 main and 2 additional compartments for small things like keys, phone etc. In addition, this dog backpack is fitted with a comfortable handle and a sturdy steel ring on the top. Great!


Lalawow Cotton Canvas Hiking Dog Backpack
Lalawow Cotton Canvas Hiking Dog Backpack