To be frank, our dogs and pets live a more luxurious life than most humans. Naturally, we want to give them the best car rides possible, and there are plenty of options, such as car carriers, to make that happen. Here, we focus on car seats and beds for dogs. The former suit smaller dogs, while the latter are better for larger breeds. Small breeds have a unique problem in the car which is not being able to see out of the window perched on the car seat.
Some dogs loathe car travel, in which case making sure they can see out of the window is a non-issue, and your main challenge is to keep your dog from panicking or vomiting all over the car. However, if your little Shih Tzu or enormous Irish Wolfhound relishes a car ride then read on because we've provided you with a definitive list of the best car booster seats for small dogs, and car beds for larger dogs.
Best car booster seats and beds for dogs
1. Kurgo Booster Seat
What you get with Kurgo products is a brand that specialises in dog gear. That means they are passionate about what they do which pays dividends everywhere; the Massachusetts-based company develops top products that you get to enjoy. This booster seat is a classic case in point. It's made for small dogs up to 13.5kg/30lbs; has strong metal supports; and a fleece lining inside. It uses straps and clips to easily attach to the car seat, but importantly, it comes with a proper seat belt tether that connects to your dog's harness. Pros:Safe and secureWell madeCons:You have to decide if the price is worth it (we think it is)
2. PetSafe Booster Seat
You could mistake this for an old picnic basket, but make no mistake this is bona fide pooch receptacle. Like the Kurgo seat above, it attaches to the backrest with straps so your King Charles Spaniel can see the traffic jam too. It comes in two sizes, rated up to about eight and 11kgs respectively. The outer is microsuede paired to a soft inner liner. On the practical side, the liner is removable, and there is a tether included to clip on to your terrier's harness. Pros:Good lookSecureCons:Not as good a quality as the Kurgo seat
3. All Pet Solutions Car Pet Bed
At the basic level, this is an upgrade from a folded towel. A comfortable padded cushion from a brand UK that pet owners may recognise. It is 50cm x 50cm so it should fit snug on to most car seats. In terms of staying put, there is an anti-slip finish to the base, and a tether to clip on to your dog's harness. Being in a subdued grey, it also means there is unlikely to be any unfavourable colour clashes with interiors.Pros:Subtle but classy lookValueCons:Not that secure
4. GoFirst Dog Car Seat
Rather than being elevated, this booster seat just plonks straight onto the car seat base. It looks cool, like a classic tub armchair. Straps fix it to the rear seat via the headrest or to the front passenger seat with an additional strap around the backrest. There are storage pouches on both of the armrests and the base has is dotted with non-slip rubber points. At 55cm square, it's ideal for smaller dogs such as pugs. There are seven tasteful colours to choose from as well.Pros:Good featuresLooks greatColour optionsCons:Not as secure as the Kurgo seat
For larger dogs:
If you have a Great Dane, you'll have undoubtedly noticed that the aforementioned car seats aren’t exactly for you. Below are a couple of options for larger dogs. But also check out our articles on dog seat protectors and boot liners for further options.
Kerbl Car Dog Bed
This car bed sits in the boot and is designed for a Saint Bernard who would fit a booster seat like a 40-year-old fits their school uniform. It comes in two sizes: 95x75cm or 80x60cm with a lip for bumper protection. The padded velour base makes for great comfort while Oxford fabric around the border ensures durability.
Pet Rebellion Car Seat Carpet
A functional seat carpet for larger dogs. If a full-size seat protector is what youu2019re after, check our article on car seat protectors. This one is a double act of being a comfort to your dog while protecting your caru2019s interior fabric. Itu2019s held in place by a velcro strap that fits around the headrest and has a non-slip backing. Suitable for front and rear seats.