Top 15 of the best dog backpacks – from hiking to cute!

Do you often take your furry friend on long excursions and find yourself carrying not only yours but also their supplies? If you answered positively to these questions, a dog backpack is just the right thing for you. 

Worn by dogs on their backs, the extra weight is an element of an excellent workout which aids muscle building for the animals, helps them sleep better at night (as a good workout should!), brings them in better shape over time, and can also help calm down hyperactive canines. A dog backpack does not only make your dog healthier but also happier. Carrying something on their backs gives the dogs a sense of responsibility and makes them feel like they are assisting you, which enhances focus and contributes to their happiness and self-satisfaction. And there’s something for you too in it: have your personal first-box carrier or water bottle bearer right by your side on all those early morning walks and evening treks! 

Whether you have a tiny pup or a bigger dog, a backpack can prove to be one of the most useful dog-related purchases for both you and your dog and is an investment you should definitely consider making. 

Here we review 15 dog backpacks to help make your decision easier. 

Things to Consider

Top 15 of the best dog backpacks - from hiking to cute! Global Grasshopper

Let’s first look at some important factors to consider before you buy your dog backpack.

·        Purpose

There are a number of variants available in the market, all for different purposes, and you must find one that fits yours. For example, backpacks to be used in rainy areas should be waterproof with extra padding, while those specifically for uphill hikes should instead be as light as possible. 

Similarly, if you are buying the backpack for day-long trips, then you should focus more on storage and durability, but if it is for urban dog shows, then design and aesthetic would be your top-most considerations. Make sure you buy what’s fit for purpose. 

·        Size

Dog backpacks come in different sizes and are typically divided into weight ranges. However, you will have to consider your dog’s breed and particular body type in order to make the right size choice. For instance, you might want to go one size up for a small dog that is heavier than normal.

Moreover, backpacks also have size ranges in terms of their storage capacity. If you plan on carrying proper travel items like water bottles or boxes, then you would need a bigger saddlebag, but if you have fewer and smaller items to carry like leashes and poo bags, then even a small backpack would suffice.

·        Comfort

This is the factor that will decide whether your dog enjoys the backpack experience or runs away at the sight of it. Make sure the straps have sufficient padding and do not chafe your dog as it walks. Breathability is another key feature because your dog will need to cool itself during the workout. Firstly, the material of the backpack and especially the straps should be breathable, and secondly, the straps and ties should not take up too much space against the dog’s fur or skin. The backpack should ideally also have adjustable straps that fit snugly enough but are not so tight that they make the dog uncomfortable. 

·        Durability

Since some options you will see on here and in the market are priced towards the higher end, you want your product to last as long as possible. The dog will run, fall, get stuck in the underbrush, and trip over rocks – make sure that your dog backpack can stand all that test to its durability! You want to look for rip-stop nylon ties and straps, and sturdy canvas or nylon saddles that will not rip easily. Some products have reinforced stitching all around, which is yet another specification to look out for.

·        Additional Features

Keep an eye out for additional product features like removable bags, washable and adjustable straps, and harnesses, water-resistant material, and clear top panels for ID. Other helpful features include an ergonomic design, quick-pull release for leashes, provision of attached collapsible food bowls, and reflective trims to help you spot your dog in darker settings. 

·        Ease of Cleaning

As discussed earlier, your dog backpack will inevitably get dirty and that too in a very short time. You want the saddlebags to be removable, and both the material and the padding to be quick drying. Similarly, all leashes and harnesses should be removable and washable. If the material is water-resistant, you might even be able to wipe it clean with cleaning wipes, which is a big plus. 

Reviews

1. OneTigris Dog Saddle Bag

Made out of premium canvas fabric, keeping in mind your dog’s utmost comfort, this is the perfect gift for your canine companion on all your hikes, treks, and walks. 

The OneTigris Dog Saddle Bag comes in one classic khaki color and clean, vintage design, fit to match the love for all things natural. The heavy-duty cotton canvas base makes it sturdy and lightweight, while the top handle for hanging makes storage more convenient. It comes with a D-Ring leash attachment, reinforced stitching all around on the straps, as well as an elastic rubber band on the 3 straps, making them highly adjustable and durable. 

The backpack also has 2 spacious zippered pockets for the pet’s supplies, and 2 semi-open front pockets; however, the manufacturer makes a note that the zippered pockets are not for heavy items.

The dimensions of the two main side pockets are 7 x 9.6″ / 17.8 x 24.4cm, while the two front pockets stand at 7.7 x 5.3″ / 19.6 x 13.5cm. The backpack weighs 600g/21 oz.

Pros:

  • Chic design
  • Easy to store 
  • Adjustable straps
  • Reinforced stitching
  • Spacious pockets
  • Washable and quick-drying
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Cannot carry a lot of weight 
  • Top handle cannot be used to lift the dog
  • No reflective trim
  • Heavier than other alternatives
  • Not waterproof

https://www.amazon.com/OneTigris-Travel-Camping-Backpack-Rucksack/dp/B00MQGL712/ref=sr_1_56?crid=1MIC5SVQVZPVM&dchild=1&keywords=dog+backpack&psc=1&qid=1572949932&sprefix=dog+back%2Caps%2C249&sr=8-56

2. RUFFWEAR Approach Pack 

This product is made for adventure. Lightweight and streamlined, it has five adjustable straps that maximize comfort for your dog while providing a snug fit and an increased range of motion. It has two leash attachments with aluminum V-Rings and additional security through a webbing loop. 

The approach pack also has a reflective trim, which makes it all the more suitable for nighttime travels. It comes in two colors, orange poppy, and meadow green, as well as 4 sizes ranging from X-Small to Large/X-Large. 

The dimensions of the product are 13.4 x 14 x 8 “, and it weighs a mere 450 grams.

Pros:

  • 5 points of adjustment for the best fit
  • Extra secure leash
  • Reflective Trim
  • Non-slip straps 
  • Lightweight

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Cannot be machine washed or machine dried
  • Not waterproof

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3. Daypak Dog Backpack Hiking Gear by Outward Hound

Coming in two colors, red and green, and three sizes ranging from small to large, the DayPak Dog Backpack is a dog lover’s delight. It has four expandable pockets that can carry all your dog’s essentials, and a D-ring clip to simply attach the leash whenever you and your furry friend are ready to roll.

The dimensions of the backpack are 20.5 x 12.4 x 2.2 “, and it weighs only 290 grams/10.2 oz.

Pros:

  • Breathable 
  • Reflective trim
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Adjustable straps
  • Expandable pockets

Cons:

  • Non-removable bags
  • Not waterproof

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4. OSPet Saddle Bag Backpack

OSPet’s Saddle Bag Backpack is another excellent option in our list, exclusively for larger dogs.

It is made of super-tough nylon and is therefore lightweight yet sturdy. With its detachable saddlebags, the product can instantly turn into a harness and is a two-in-one product at a great price. It comes in a bright red color with zippered pouches on both sides, and a reflective trim all around. 

Unlike most other alternatives, OSPet’s Saddle Bag Backpack also has a top carry handle that can be used to lift your dog when need be. The straps are adjustable and non-slip, making it all the more secure, and the padding reduces friction to decrease the likelihood of chafing. The manufacturer also offers a 6-month warranty period on the backpack.

The dimensions of the product vary across the three sizes, while the weight is 400 g/0.88 lb.

Pros:

  • Reflective trim
  • Modern design 
  • Handle on the top to lift your dog
  • Detachable pockets 
  • Padded harness
  • Six-month warranty

Cons:

  • No color options
  • Not for small dogs 

https://www.amazon.com/Backpack-Detachable-Instantly-Adjustable-Saddlebag/dp/B06XRXF95F/ref=sr_1_29?crid=1MIC5SVQVZPVM&keywords=dog+backpack&qid=1572949636&sprefix=dog+back%2Caps%2C249&sr=8-29

5. Go Fresh Pet Trail Pack Backpack

The Go Fresh Backpack is also a two-in-one dog backpack and harness. It comes in one color, charcoal black, with a hot pink safety swatch for extra visibility at night. It has 2 quick-release snap-click detachable saddlebags, which also have a reflective trim all around, 2 zippered side pockets, 2 sectioned zip sections, and 1 inner pocket, making it super spacious. 

With its nylon build, the backpack is lightweight, breathable, and sturdy. It also comes with a padded harness for extra comfort, a non-skid rubber top handle to lift your dog and D-ring leash attachment for the straps and harnesses. This product is also for larger dogs.

The dimensions of the product vary across the sizes, and it weighs 1.4 pounds.

Pros:

  • Detachable pouches
  • Sleek design
  • Quick-drying material
  • Spacious saddlebags
  • Reflective trim
  • Safety Swatch
  • Water-resistant

Cons:

  • Straps might loosen soon
  • No color options

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H7VP6KN/ref=dp_cerb_3

6. Denver Urban Pack Backpack by Outward Hound

Coming in a rustic brown color with blue accents, this is for dogs and owners that like to keep it simple. It has 2 large side pockets with a flip-over flap for added security, and 2 smaller zip pockets to carry all your dog’s essentials. 

The straps are adjustable for a customized fit, and breathable nylon mesh allows your dog to cool down while you are out and about. The leash attachment has a dual D-ring build, which makes the structure more durable. 

The backpack also has an easy-grip top handle that lets you restrain your dog where needed; however, the manufacturer makes a note that the handle is not meant to retrain dogs that pull heavily. The dimensions of the product are 5.4 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches, and it weighs a mere 15.2 ounces.

Pros:

  • Super spacious
  • Trendy yet simple design
  • Hand washable
  • Good fitting

Cons:

  • No reflective trim
  • No color options
  • No handle to lift the dog

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRVXHZT/ref=dp_cerb_1

7. Lifeunion Polyester Dog Saddlebags Pack

This 100% polyester dog backpack by Lifeunion comes in 3 sizes for dogs of all builds and has two variants, one with just the backpack, and one with an additional detachable food bowl attachment. 

Both these variants can be bought in four different colors that are blue, green, orange, and red. With its bright and modern design, this product is for the sporty dogs and dog owners who love to have fun! The backpack has adjustable straps with plastic buckle fastenings, a heavy-duty D-ring, a saddle top made of breathable mesh, a contrasting reflective trim all around, and is thoroughly waterproof. On top of this, the back has extra layers of padding to guarantee the utmost comfort for your dog.

If you choose to purchase the food bowl accessory as well, you will have for your dog a high-quality food-grade silicone collapsible bowl, perfect for a mid-walk energy boost. There is a pocket each on both sides, and the pockets are big enough to store your pet’s food, water bottle, keys, and a cell phone.

Pros:

  • Super lightweight
  • 4 reflective strips for night visibility 
  • Wide variety of colors
  • Waterproof
  • Modern design

Cons:

  • Only 2 pockets
  • The plastic buckle might snap if pulled against
  • No top handle to lift the dog

https://www.amazon.com/Lifeunion-Polyester-Saddlebags-Camping-Backpack/dp/B06X99CBZB/ref=sr_1_33?crid=1MIC5SVQVZPVM&keywords=dog+backpack&qid=1572949636&sprefix=dog+back%2Caps%2C249&sr=8-33

8. Phyxin Dog Backpack

Made out of breathable oxford cloth with a camouflage print, the beautiful Phyxin Dog Backpack is padded under the back and has thin padding against all the straps as well, ensuring total comfort and security. It has two side pockets that are sufficiently spacious to hold dog food, keys, a cell phone, poo bags, and perhaps some more snacks. 

The best part about this dog backpack is that it comes in 6 very unique colors: Khaki, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Purple, Pink, and Red. This, quite possibly, is the widest range of colors you will get from any manufacturer! There are, however, only two size choices, large and extra-large, so those with smaller dogs might have to go over this one. The straps are adjustable with quick-snap strong nylon buckles and have reflective webbing all around.

Since the Phyxin backpack is completely eco-friendly, it will also help you do your bit for the environment.  

Pros:

  • Adjustable straps for a customized fit
  • Non-slip straps for added security
  • Reflective webbing
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Hand washable 

Cons:

  • Not as durable as other options
  • Top handle cannot be used to lift the dog

https://www.amazon.com/Phyxin-Backpack-Reflective-Adjustable-Harness/dp/B07N5K614P/ref=sr_1_44?crid=1MIC5SVQVZPVM&keywords=dog+backpack&qid=1572949636&sprefix=dog+back%2Caps%2C249&sr=8-44

9. PAWABOO Dog Backpack 

For dogs weighing between 39lbs and 60lbs, the PAWABOO Dog Backpack is made of top-quality 600D oxford cloth and comes with breathable and adjustable straps, connected to extremely convenient press-and-release buckles. The D-ring attachment allows you to remove the harness as well. 

This beautiful, sporty backpack comes in 4 different color combinations: blue and gray, red and gray, orange and gray, and black and gray. This backpack aims for performance, and with its secure construction, you’ll be sure to get just that! When buying the PAWABOO backpack, be sure to check the size and fit because it only comes in one size and is very custom-built. 

Pros:

  • Adjustable straps with padding
  • Fun, sporty design
  • Spacious pockets
  • Good dispersion of load
  • Durable
  • Super lightweight

Cons:

  • Bags not removable
  • Not waterproof

https://www.amazon.com/Pawaboo-Backpack-Adjustable-Harness-Traveling/dp/B01KEVA1W6/ref=sr_1_14?crid=1MIC5SVQVZPVM&keywords=dog+backpack&qid=1572949636&smid=A1QH4K99W04MKK&sprefix=dog+back%2Caps%2C249&sr=8-14

10. OneTigris Eureka K9 Backpack

With its 1000D Nylon construction, exceptional resistance to water, dirt, and scratches, a thoroughly breathable mesh lining with padding for added strength and comfort, and a snug and secure fit, the OneTigris Eureka K9 Backpack is the best value for money.

It is specifically an outdoors backpack with a load capacity of 1.6L in total, distributed over a main pocket, and an interior zippered compartment to hold smaller items. It also has a clear top ID panel in the front. 

The key feature of this backpack is its interior lower pocket carrying the poop bag, which minimizes the risk of any unwanted accidents on your daily walks. It also guarantees a fully customizable secure and snug fit with its adjustable straps and UTX-Duraflex buckles. The OneTigris Eureka K9 Backpack comes in three color options: black, coyote brown, and range green.

The product is extremely lightweight, weighing only 9.1 ounces.

Pros:

  • Extremely spacious
  • Lightweight
  • Water-resistant
  • Scratch-proof
  • Clear top ID panel
  • Quick-pull buckles
  • Quick access poo bag

Cons:

  • Comes in only one size
  • Limited choice of colors

https://www.amazon.com/OneTigris-Backpack-Durable-Camping-Walking/dp/B07TYCF98W/ref=sr_1_35?crid=1MIC5SVQVZPVM&keywords=dog+backpack&qid=1572949636&sprefix=dog+back%2Caps%2C249&sr=8-35

11. Kurgo Baxter Dog Saddlebag Backpack

This hiking backpack comes with detachable bags and can, therefore, also be used as a camping and travel vest for your medium or large dog. The rugged Kurgo Backpack comes in a beautiful range of colors to choose from: coastal blue, barn red, black and orange, and wander. 

It is made of heavy-duty polyester and is coated with PU to increase durability and make the product resistant to water and abrasion. The backpack also has four reflective patches to increase visibility at night and is therefore very secure. This dog backpack comes in two sizes, medium and large. Both are extremely spacious, with the Baxter (Medium) having a capacity of 3.75L, and the Big Baxter (Large) being able to store up to 7.5L of content.

The key feature of the Kurgo Backpack is its ergonomic design with padding throughout to support your canine’s back and keep the load evenly distributed.

The dimensions of the product are 1 x 8 x 12 inches, and it weighs only 12.8 ounces.

Pros:

  • Reflective trim
  • Lightweight
  • Detachable bags
  • Eco-friendly
  • Ergonomic design
  • Leash attachment

Cons:

  • Not for small dogs
  • Top handle cannot be used to lift the dog 

https://www.amazon.com/Kurgo-Baxter-Backpack-Walking-Camping/dp/B00VTTD50I/ref=sr_1_80?crid=1MIC5SVQVZPVM&keywords=dog%2Bbackpack&qid=1572949932&sprefix=dog%2Bback%2Caps%2C249&sr=8-80&th=1

12. Wellver Dog Backpack

Available in 3 sizes and 4 beautiful color combinations, the Wellver Dog Backpack is roomy, trendy, and fit for all.

The straps are adjustable and lined with soft mesh padding, ensuring both that the fit is perfect and that comfort is maximized. The straps have easy on and off buckles, making loading and unloading all the more convenient. There are two pockets, one on either side, and both come with spacious zippered compartments. The product is made of mesh and polyester fabric and ensures breathability. If you are still not satisfied, the manufacturer even offers a 100% money-back guarantee.

The dimensions vary across the three sizes, and the backpack weighs only a mere 9.6 ounces, which is lighter than most variants available in the market.

Pros:

  • Hand washable
  • Breathable 
  • Super lightweight
  • Roomy pockets
  • 100% money-back guarantee

Cons:

  • Buckle liable to snapping if pulled at
  • Black and Grey/Black and Red variants do not have D-rings

https://www.amazon.com/Wellver-Backpack-Outdoor-Walking-Camping/dp/B07BKS45RP/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=dog+backpack&qid=1572950931&sr=8-10

13. EXCELLENT ELITE SPANKER Dog Pack Hound Backpack

This backpack, with its totally military aesthetic, is for the rugged and daring dog that loves the outdoors and is not afraid to challenge itself. Perfect for travel, camping, and hiking, the EXCELLENT ELITE SPANKER backpack is made of high-quality 1000D Nylon and Ykk Zippers, with a reinforced and finely finished stitching all around. 

The straps and back are lined with soft mesh padding to ensure breathability and prevent chafing, no matter how hard the trek. The straps are adjustable and come with UTX-Duraflex quick-snap pull-and-release buckles. There is also a magic sticker ID panel on the top, and you can change the patch according to your mood. The backpack comes in a particularly masculine color palette with 4 available options: ranger green, grey, coyote brown, and black.

Yet another great feature of this backpack is that both the side pockets are supported with interior elastic bands to keep all the contents extra safe and well packed. There even is a Molle System on the top of the backpack, so you can carry even more items if you wish.

The dimensions vary across sizes, and the backpack weighs 1.6 pounds.

Pros:

  • Changeable ID sticker
  • Interior elastic holds in all the pockets
  • Quick-release buckles
  • Reinforced stitching
  • Wide variety of colors
  • Molle system
  • Easy to clean

 

Cons:

  • Not for small dogs
  • Slightly heavier than other alternatives

https://www.amazon.com/EXCELLENT-ELITE-SPANKER-Backpack-Capacious/dp/B07NW9CNV8/ref=sr_1_26?dchild=1&keywords=dog+backpack&psc=1&qid=1572950931&sr=8-26

14. RIGG DOG Saddle Bag Harness Backpack

This backpack is made out of sturdy Oxford Canvas Cloth and is both durable and stylish.

Designed for endurance, the backpack fits medium to large-sized canines and will withstand day-long excursions, all sorts of weather conditions, and even daily wear and tear. The side saddlebags are very roomy and can carry anything from travel amenities, dog food, and water bottles, to cell phones, IDs, and keys. The pouches also have additional metal ring attachments, to which you can bind even more small travel items using a carabiner. 

To ensure comfort, the backpack is 100% breathable, with double layers and extra padding on the back to ensure a comfortable, friction-free fit. Furthermore, the nylon is finished with a water-resistant topcoat to make sure it withstands water exposure and is also easy to clean.

The bag has dimensions of 12 x 8 x 12 inches, and it weighs 13.4 ounces.

Pros:

  • Very tough and durable
  • Handy training control top handle
  • Three adjustment points on the harness
  • Metal clip attachments for extra storage
  • Easy to clean

Cons:

  • Not for small dogs
  • Will leak if exposed to heavy rain
  • Slightly heavier than alternatives

https://www.amazon.com/RIGG-DOG-Oxford-Harness-Backpack/dp/B075DDYJYG/ref=sr_1_54?crid=1MIC5SVQVZPVM&keywords=dog+backpack&qid=1572949932&sprefix=dog+back%2Caps%2C249&sr=8-54

15. BUYITNOW Cute Pet Backpack

As the name suggests, this brown furry backpack is oh-so-cute and super chic! Made only for small dogs, and that too for showing purposes in urban areas, the BUYITNOW Cute Pet Backpack is meant to be used indoors, primarily. It is made of high-quality soft cotton with a padded mesh lining to ensure breathability and comfort for your small dog and features a super cute animated bear face on its front.

However, don’t be fooled by the soft exterior – this product is as functional as it gets. With fully adjustable straps, it has a D-ring for leash attachment, can easily accommodate as much as 2 kilograms of load, and comes with quick-release nylon buckles, and guarantees a snug customized fit.

Pros:

  • Stylish and trendy; best for parties and shows
  • Breathable, soft material
  • Secure fastenings
  • Spacious and strong
  • Functions as both harness and backpack
  • Hand washable

Cons:

  • Not for the outdoors
  • Not for big dogs
  • Only one color option
  • Not resistant to water

https://www.amazon.com/BUYITNOW-Backpack-Harness-Adjustable-Saddlebag/dp/B06Y61J6CN/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=dog+backpack+cute&qid=1572950649&sr=8-1

Conclusion

With the review of our top 15 picks, we hope to have helped you with your dog backpack purchase. Just make sure the fit you go for is perfect for your dog and have sufficient storage space; the rest will come to you with trial and error. We wish you great travels with your furry companions, and here’s to a happy dog and happy you! 

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Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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