Dog backpacks are great for a whole load of reasons which I’m going to get into, but it can be hard to know what to look for when there are so many different brands and types to choose from.
First though you should know this is an article for backpacks your dog wears not a backpack to keep your dog in.
But if you are looking for a back pack for your dog you’ve come to the right place! Whether it’s hiking or around the park this article will help you find the best dog backpack for your dog.
Advantages of A Dog Backpack
There are loads of great reasons to get a dog backpack for your pooch, here are just a few of my favourites.
1. Extra Exercise
This is only really relevant for big dogs who need a lot of walking but the extra weight of the backpack means your dog has to work harder on their walks. Because sometimes you don’t have hours upon hours to give your dog the long walks they deserve so adding a little extra weight is great way to tire them out faster.
Obviously you don’t want to be absolutely packing extra weight on! You’re not out to hurt your little guy.
2. They can carry their own stuff so you don’t have to!
It’s handy for things like a collapsible dog bowl, poop bags, even some food if it’s sealed and you can trust them not to tear it apart trying to get it.
3. Doubles As A Dog Harness
Dog harnesses are great for long walks and running, they just avoid a lot of neck strain and chafe a collar can cause. And if you’re going on a long hike you’re going to want something comfortable.
What Your Dog Back Pack Needs
There are just a couple of things you’re going to need to look out for if you’re buying the best dog backpack.
Making sure it’s breathable is a must. If it’s not, your dog will start sweating underneath the straps which then leads to chafing which can get pretty serious if you’re on a really long walk.
Not a must but having reflective strips is a nice added safety feature if you plan on doing any walking at night.
As I said before you definitely want a backpack that doubles as a harness and you might find some cheaper models don’t. All of the backpacks I recommend below do so no problems there.
Best Dog Backpack Reviews
And now it’s time for the main event! I’ve gathered the 5 best dog back packs and reviewed each one. I’ve linked them all through to Amazon so you can order yours today!
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Full Day Hiking Pack For Dogs
Sizes: X-Small to Large
- Integrated Harness
- Handle On Back
- Reflective Trim
Ruffwear are a tried and tested brand that appears again and again on All Dog Advice because they make fantastic products! Their hiking backpack for dogs is no different, it’s well built, comfortable and great for extended use.
The pockets are well balanced as long as you fill them evenly, lots of room in them with a 6L capacity on the X-Small up to a 24L capacity on the Large/X-Large. The Ruffwear backpack is well made and will hold together for many an adventure. And if you find yourself tracking through the mud you can throw it in the washing machine when you get home.
It’s available in an orange and a green colour, if you’re walking in the woods a lot I’d definitely go for the orange so you can easily spot them amongst all the green foliage.
Overall, it’s a top quality product, built to last, comfortable and a strong choice for the best dog backpack.
Outdoor Dog Saddle Bag
Brand: Ruff Armour
Sizes: Small to Large
- Free collapsible Bowls
- Breathable Material
- Reflective Trim
Anything that has free stuff is just always going to be a winner with me. So to get a free collapsible bowl set is perfect! You can zip the two bowls together and attach it to the zip on the harness or put it in the side pocket. One for water and one for food, ideal.
The harness itself is then comfortable to be worn by your dog and the harness is breathable which we know is a big plus.
Finally the blue is a nice visible colour if you’re walking in green areas and the reflective strips add a layer of safety.
But as a caution, this might not be suitable if you have a large strong dog who has a tendency to pull. The strap you attach the lead to can tear if it’s tugged on with a lot of force. As an option though you can keep the dog backpack on and just attach your lead to a collar as normal.
Overall, a fine dog back pack with a great added free gift but might not be suitable for big/strong dogs.
Stylish Dog Backpack
Brand: One Tigris
- Stylish Design
- Comfortable Cotton Material
- Sturdy and Well Built
I really love the vintage look of this dog backpack. It doesn’t affect the usability at all but it’s just so cute when you see it on a dog!
But aside from the massive cuteness factor it’s a comfortable backpack thanks to the cotton cover material and the pockets provide ample space for bits and bobs.
The sizing can be a bit misleading as it says it’s for medium to large dogs but the sizes tend to be a bit bigger than expected. So I’d only buy this one if you know you have a large dog, a German Shepherd, Labrador or dogs of that size.
Overall, a great looking backpack perfect for large dogs.
K-9 Dog Backpack
Sizes: Small – Large
- Ergonomic Tapered Sides
- Mesh Sides For Ventilation
- Reflective Trim
My favorite thing about the Mountainsmith dog backpack is the mesh sides for added ventilation. This extra breathability stops your dog overheating when your on long walks and makes it great for summer use.
The sides are tapered to fit alongside your dogs comfortably and the whole thing has a reflective trim keeping your pooch visible.
And, the pockets are nice and deep so you can comfortably keep treats, your keys, water or anything else in them.
Overall, it’s a great dog backpack for summer and warmer climates. Great for hiking and doing long trips thanks to the comfortable and breathable design.
Day Pack Saddle Bag
Brand: Outward Hound
Sizes: Small – Large
- Great Price
- Easy To Adjust
- Easy To Clean
The Outward hound dog backpack is cheap and easy to use. The perfect budget model it’s easy to adjust and easy to clean if you find yourself hiking through the mud.
The downside is that if you have to fully extend the adjustable straps it can lose its ability to sit perfectly on the body. Basically, it has a tendency to slip to one side, you can tie the straps tighter but then you risk squashing your dog which would be no use.
Overall, it’s a good budget model and is ok for shorter walks.
Got any questions? Just leave me a comment below!