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The Best Dog Carrier Backpacks of 2022

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Texsens Bubble Backpack

Recommended for dogs up to 18 pounds, the Texsens Bubble Backpack is a sleek, ultra-modern backpack that’s approved for travel by most major airlines. Read More

Pros

  • Bubble window great for inclement weather
  • Easy entrance and exit
  • Padded shoulder straps

Cons

  • Not ideal for larger dogs
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PetAmi Deluxe Pet Carrier Backpack

Removable sherpa lining offers additional comfort for your pet, and large mesh windows ensure that your dog has plenty of fresh air during their ride. Read More

Pros

  • Multiple entry points
  • Mesh siding for great ventilation

Cons

  • Flimsy materials
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Pecute Pet Carrier Backpack

The Pecute offers an expandable pet carrier backpack to ensure extra room and comfort for your furry friend and easy storage for you. Read More

Pros

  • Pop-out feature for dual usage
  • Easy to clean
  • Dries quickly

Cons

  • Not great for hot weather
  • Weight limits may not be accurate
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Pawaboo Pet Carrier Backpack

A convertible front-and-back-carry backpack, the Pawaboo Pet Carrier is super lightweight and fits dogs from five to 18 pounds. Read More

Pros

  • Extra affordable
  • Easy to take on and off
  • Convertible

Cons

  • Padding could be better
  • Not great in rain
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K9 Sport Sack Adjustable Carrier Backpack

With multiple sizes and colors and a size chart to find the perfect fit, this backpack is suitable for dogs up to 30 pounds. Read More

Pros

  • Vet approved
  • Comes in multiple sizes

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Colors may bleed when wet

It’s hard to think of anything cuter than a dog—except for a dog in a backpack. Yes, a dog in a backpack. Some dogs need a little extra help due to their age or ability to go on long excursions, but if you’re the type of pet parent who likes your dog to be included on all of your adventures, then a dog carrier backpack might be perfect for you.

When picking out a dog carrier backpack (or cat backpack), you’ll want to keep in mind comfort for both yourself and your pet in mind; breathability, so as not to overheat your pet; whether or not the pack is waterproof or water resistant; and the bag’s weight limit. If you’re a new pet parent or are looking to upgrade your gear, be sure to check out our picks for best dog carriers.

To help you find the right backpack, we dug through thousands of reviews for a variety of options available online. Based on our research, these are some of the best dog carrier backpacks you can get right now.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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Texsens Bubble Backpack

Recommended for dogs up to 18 pounds, and up to 11 inches long and 15 inches tall, the Texsens Bubble Backpack is a sleek, ultra-modern backpack that’s approved for travel by most major airlines. Still PU leather overlay and grommeted air holes and breathable inserts for maximum ventilation make this a great dog carrier backpack for puppies and smaller breeds who may tire easily. What we like most about the Texsens Bubble Backpack is its round mesh window that can easily be swapped or an included plastic bubble in cold or rainy weather. Large, zippered openings run the length of both sides, making for easy access for your pooch, and padded straps ensure comfort for the wearer.

One important thing to note about this dog carrier backpack is that pets are intended to sit rather than lay down due to its size. The Texsens Bubble Backpack comes in a variety of colors, making it even more fun to pick out your perfect pack.

Pros

  • Bubble window great for inclement weather

  • Easy entrance and exit

  • Padded shoulder straps

Cons

  • Not ideal for larger dogs

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PetAmi Deluxe Pet Carrier Backpack

Offering both front and side access for your pet, the PetAmi comes in a variety of colors. Removable sherpa lining offers additional comfort for your pet and large mesh windows ensure that your dog has plenty of fresh air during their ride-along. As is with some other dog carrier backpacks out there, the PetAmi does have padded straps for your comfort and chest and waist buckles make for a smoother transport for your dog. While these additional features are meant to make you and your pet feel more secure, the materials (primarily polyester) do strike us as a little flimsy. For occasional use this would be a good choice but for longterm, rough outdoor use, we might suggest another option.

The PetAmi carrier is recommended for pets up to 18 pounds, 10 inches long, and 14 inches tall while seated.

Pros

  • Multiple entry points

  • Mesh siding for great ventilation

Cons

  • Flimsy materials

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Pecute Pet Carrier Backpack

Petcute offers an expandable pet carrier backpack to ensure extra room and comfort for your furry friend and easy storage for you; 300 denier oxford cloth and PVC composite lends to this backpack’s scratch resistance, making it a nicely built option. The mesh zippered skylight and acrylic side windows also ensure optimal viewing and airflow for your pet. Because this carrier backpack is expandable it is a great option if you don’t want to invest in a backpack separate from your regular carrier and as such it can be used as both. While it is a great option as an all encompassing carrier, users mention that it will not fit underneath an airplane seat so it may not be a great option for air travel.

Some users of the Petcute backpack do report issues with the bottom platform sliding and causing discomfort in their lower back and say that the weight limit may be closer to 10 or 15 pounds, rather than the manufacturer recommended 20, so this may not be a pick if you have a larger dog. A one-way in and out and a retaining leash make it so dogs won’t scurry off once let out of the backpack, since the zipper locks are said to be so-so.

Pros

  • Pop-out feature for dual usage

  • Easy to clean

  • Dries quickly

Cons

  • Not great for hot weather

  • Weight limits may not be accurate

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Pawaboo Pet Carrier Backpack

The only convertible front-and-back-carry backpack we chose, the Pawaboo Pet Carrier Backpack is super lightweight and fits dogs from five to 18 pounds. This lightweight carrier backpack is easy to get on and off of your dog without hassle, and a size chart makes it simple to pick the right fit for your furry friend. This is the most barebones option when it comes to pet carrier backpacks and though it does have padding for your comfort, reviewers say that it could be more comfortable given a little more thought.

The Pawaboo backpack doesn’t have any sort of enclosure and gives dogs less mobility so if you have a wiggly dog or are looking to hike in a variety of weather conditions, it might not be the right pick for you. If you’re looking for an easy lightweight option, this backpack is a great inexpensive choice.

Pros

  • Extra affordable

  • Easy to take on and off

  • Convertible

Cons

  • Padding could be better

  • Not great in rain

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K9 Sport Sack Adjustable Carrier Backpack

U.S.-based K9 Sport Sack makes the only vet-approved dog carrier backpack we found, for the most peace of mind. With multiple sizes and colors and a size chart to find the perfect fit, this backpack is suitable for dogs up to 30 pounds. Although this backpack does have padded straps as well as a padded back side intended for comfort, the lack of a hip strap has users feeling less secure than other backpacks on the market and some find it uncomfortable, especially with larger breeds.

This dog carrier backpack is not waterproof and won’t keep your dog covered in bad weather; it’s suggested that you pre-soak it to prevent color bleeding ahead of use. We recommend the K9 Sport Sack for occasional use with smaller dog breeds.

Pros

  • Vet approved

  • Comes in multiple sizes

Cons

  • Not waterproof

  • Colors may bleed when wet

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