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Best Dog/Pet Carriers of 2018: Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

The best dog Carrier or best pet carrier for you and your dog will depend on your needs.

You can use each of these dog/pet carriers for slightly different uses.

We’ve put together a top rated dog carrier list, as well as a buyer’s guide outlining the uses for each type of dog carrier.

Let’s check them out!

Best Dog/Pet Carriers of 2018: Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

Our top picks for the best dog carriers and best pet carriers are:

Pet Carrier Bags

Sherpa Deluxe Pet Carrier (on Amazon) – for pets up to 22lbs, fits pets up to 18″ in length x 11″ in height

Pawfect Pets Pet Travel Carrier (on Amazon) – Carrier measures 17.5″L x 10″W x 11″H. For small pets

AmazonBasics Soft-Sided Pet Travel Carrier (on Amazon) – for pets up to 22lbs

PetPeppy Expandable Pet Carrier (on Amazon) – for pets up to 14 lbs

Mr Peanut’s Soft Pet Carrier Bag (on Amazon) – for pets up to 14 lbs

OxGord Soft Pet Carrier (on Amazon) – for pets up to 15 lbs

Pet Carriers With Wheels

Snoozer Wheel Around Travel Pet Carrier (on Amazon) – A rolling pet carrier, backpack, bed and car seat all in one. Has 2 wheels. For pets up to 21-pounds. Interior dimensions up to 12”H x 14”W x 7”L

Pet Sling Carriers

Furry Fido Pet Sling Carrier (on Amazon) – for pets up to 15 lbs

Alfie Pet Sling Carrier (on Amazon) – for pets up to 12 lbs

Bro’Bear iPet Pet Sling Carrier (on Amazon) – for pets up to 12 lbs

Pet Carrier Backpacks

Petsfit Pet Carrier/Backpack (on Amazon) – for pets up to 10 to 15 lbs

k9 Sport Sack AIR (on Amazon) for dogs up to 30lbs, and measuring anywhere between 10 up to 23 inches from their collar to the base of their tail

Plastic Pet Carriers/Crates

Read more about the best plastic pet carrier crates for small to large dogs

Best Dog/Pet Carriers of 2018: Reviews

Sherpa Deluxe Pet Carrier

Check out a review of the Sherpa Deluxe Pet Carrier in this guide.

Pawfect Pets Pet Travel Carrier

Check out a review of the Pawfect Pets Pets Pet Travel Carrier in this guide.

AmazonBasics Soft-Sided Pet Travel Carrier

Check out a review of the AmazonBasics Soft Sided Pet Travel Carrier in this guide.

PetPeppy Expandable Pet Carrier

Check out a review of the PetPeppy Expandable Pet Carrier in this guide.

Mr Peanut’s Soft Pet Carrier Bag

Check out a review of the Mr Peanut’s Soft Pet Carrier Bag in this guide.

OxGord Soft Pet Carrier

Check out a review of the OxGord Soft Pet Carrier in this guide.

Snoozer Wheel Around Travel Pet Carrier

Check out a review of the Snoozer Wheel Around Travel Pet Carrier in this guide.

Furry Fido Pet Sling Carrier

Check out a review of the Furry Fido Pet Sling Carrier in this guide.

Alfie Pet Sling Carrier

Check out a review of the Alfie Pet Sling Carrier in this guide.

Bro’Bear iPet Pet Sling Carrier

Check out a review of the Bro’Bear iPet Pet Sling Carrier in this guide.

Petsfit Pet Carrier/Backpack

We rated this Petsfit backpack/carrier as the best for light walking, hiking and biking – read a review here.

k9 Sports Sack

Read more about the k9 Sports Sack Backpack in this review.

Plastic Pet Carriers/Crates

Read more about the best plastic pet carrier crates for small to large dogs

Best Dog/Pet Carriers of 2018: Buyer’s Guide

What Are The Different Types Of Dog and Pet Carriers?

The main types of dog carriers are:

  • Dog Carrier Bags
  • Dog Carrier Bags With Wheels
  • Dog Carrier Slings
  • Dog Carrier Backpacks
  • Plastic Dog Carriers/Crates

What Are The Different Types Of Dog Carriers Used For?

Apart from the plastic dog carriers/crate, dog carriers are mainly intended for small dogs 30 lbs and under.

The main uses for the different types of carriers are:

  • Dog Carrier Bags – people love to use these for transporting their dogs in their car to the vet or away on vacation, and in cabin on major airline flights domestically. You can check out the best in cabin pet carriers in this guide

Read more about the Best Dog Carrier Bags in this guide.

  • Dog Carrier Bags With Wheels – really like the dog carrier bags, except these carriers come with wheels and a pull handle which allows you to wheels the carrier around behind you.

Read more about the Best Dog Carrier With Wheels in this guide.

  • Dog Carrier Slings – for very small dogs. A sling you essentially put across your shoulder and chest and carry your dog smaller distances with.

Read more about the Best Dog Carrier Slings in this guide.

  • Dog Carrier Backpacks – can be used for outdoor activities like light hiking, walking and biking. You use them like a backpack. There is two main designs – the bag type enclosed design, and the patented designs like the Ruffit backpack has, which is an X strap crossover design.

Read more about the Best Dog Carrier Backpacks For Hiking, Walking and Biking in this guide.

  • Plastic Dog Carriers/Crates – Essentially plastic dog crates. For small all the way through to extra large dogs. You can even get heavy duty molded plastic dog crates. Most people use plastic dog carriers/crates for airline travel when going through checked baggage/cargo. The carrier has to be airline approved though, which usually involves complying with USDA and IATA regulations. You can check out the best dog carriers/crates for cargo and checked baggage in this guide

Read more about the Best Plastic Dog Carriers/Crates in this guide

What Size Dog Carrier Should You Get?

It depends on the type of carrier. The manufacturer should tell you how to:

  • Measure your dog for their carrier
  • Match your dog’s measurements (and sometimes weight) to a size of carrier that they offer

So read the product description closely.

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