Are you looking for a stroller so your small pup can travel in luxury? In this article, Richard Cross lists five of the best dog strollers for small dogs. Each provides a comfortable and secure place for your dog to travel...while also being great value for money. Let's get started!
Many people - even dog fanatics - consider a dog stroller to be a step too far. It's one thing to accept dog clothing, sofas or even memory foam beds...but pushing your pup in a stroller can seem a little over the top.
I've got to admit that I felt a similar way when I first saw a dog stroller!
I'm happy to admit when I'm wrong though. There are actually a number of reasons why strollers for dogs aren't a terrible idea - so I've changed my mind. Here are some reasons why your small dog may benefit from a stroller:
If you've decided a stroller could benefit your dog, the next step is to choose the right model. In this article, I've listed five of the best dog strollers for small dogs to help you make the right choice.
Before we get to the top-rated strollers, it's important to know what makes a great dog stroller. Here are some things to be aware of:
Now you know what to look for in a dog stroller for a small dog, here are five of the best options. You can also take a look at the table below for a quick overview.
|Image||Name||Buy It For...||Colors||Price Range||View Price|
|OxGord Pet Stroller||Walking, Park Walks & Vet Visits||Purple, Black, Blue, Pink, Red||$$||View Price|
|Pet Gear Happy Trails Plus||If you want greater comfort than the OxGord||Blue, Cobalt Blue, Pink||$$$||View Price|
|VIVO Four Wheel Pet Stroller||If you need plenty of on-board storage||Black, Blue, Green, Yellow, Purple, Pink||$$$||View Price|
|Pet Gear No-Zip Jogger Pet Stroller||Jogging or more rugged terrain||Green, Red, Blue||$$$$||View Price|
|Pet Gear Double Pet Stroller||Transporting two small dogs at the same time||Red, Blue||$$$$$||View Price|
One of my top recommendations for a small dog stroller is the OxGord Pet Stroller. It's a four-wheeled stroller (although a three wheel version is available) that's lightweight, comes with a range of useful features and a foldable design.
The first thing to note about the OxGord is that it's very simple to put together. I can't say the same for many dog strollers, so this is a welcome bonus!
It has a folding design, which is great for storage or taking on your travels. Once unfolded, it provides a sturdy and comfortable place for your dog. There is a cushioned mat included, along with ventilated windows and a rear curtain door.
There are also a number of useful features included with the OxGord. It has a seat belt leash to keep your dog secure, hooded top windows and rear brakes. There are also a couple of cup holders.
The OxGord may not be the best choice if you want to go jogging on rugged terrain, as the plastic wheels don't provide the same cushioning as air alternatives. It's still comfortable and stable, but a stroller with shock absorbers is a better choice for running.
Overall, the OxGord Pet Stroller is an excellent choice for a small dog - and it's available for a relatively cheap price. It also comes in several different colors, so there's almost certainly an option that suits your tastes.
Quick Summary: The OxGord is an excellent stroller that's available for a very reasonable price. For simple walking or trips to the vet, it's my #1 recommendation.
Another of the top-rated dog strollers for small dogs is the Pet Gear Happy Trails Plus. It's suitable for pets up to 30lbs, making it a great choice for all small breeds. The Pet Gear also has a foldable design and front shock absorbers.
Like the OxGord, the Happy Trails Plus is designed to provide a comfortable ride for your pet during everyday tasks or short walks. It has plastic wheels, so probably isn't suitable for rough terrain, but has a stable design. The front shock absorbers also help to improve its comfort.
It's a folding dog stroller, which is a useful feature for storage or to take travelling. Unlike poor-quality alternatives, it's easy to fold down. The Happy Trails Plus also comes with Pet Gear's "NO-ZIP" function, which means you use a latch to open the door instead of a zip.
The only downside is that it's more expensive than the OxGord. If you like the NO-ZIP design or extra comfort provided by the shock absorbers, then it's a great choice though.
Quick Summary: The Happy Trails Plus Dog Stroller is a great all-round option that also comes with shock absorbers. This makes it better suited for the occasional bumpy surface - although for off-road I recommend getting a model with air tires.
The VIVO Pet Stroller is another four-wheeled option that's great if you want a solid stroller without spending a fortune. It has ample window space, good ventilation and a sturdy design - plus it folds up when required.
Like the first two small pet strollers on this list, it's built with plastic wheels. This reduces shock absorption, so it's worth looking for an air-filled alternative if you're going to be using it on uneven terrain. Even so, the double front wheels provide a stable ride for your dog.
Surrounding the carriage are a mixture of windows and access points. These are opened with zippers for quick access. The mesh windows provide excellent ventilation to prevent your dog overheating, while the top window is great for monitoring how your pet is doing.
As you would expect, the VIVO has a collapsible design that allows you to fold it to almost-flat. There's also a back wheel lock and an under basket that provides plenty of storage for your dog's leash, treats or whatever else you need to bring with you.
Quick Summary: If you're looking for a relatively cheap stroller with plenty of on-board storage, the VIVO is a great choice. It's not the most feature-packed model, but is durable and stable.
If you're planning on using a stroller for jogging, you need a model that's durable and provides a comfortable ride for your pup. For this reason, the Pet Gear Jogger is one of the best dog strollers for jogging with small dogs.
What makes it different from other options though? Firstly, the Pet Gear Jogger is made with Air Ride tires. These provide greater cushioning for your pet than the plastic ones found on cheaper strollers. The front wheel can either swivel or be fixed depending on whether you want more stability or manoeuvrability.
The Jogger is bigger than some of the other strollers on this list, as it can hold dogs of up to 70lbs. If you have a small dog, you may want to add extra padding so the interior isn't too roomy. It also doesn't come with a bolster pad - although a removable liner is included.
Like other Pet Gear strollers, the Jogger comes with the company's NO-ZIP technology. This allows you to quickly open the compartment without messing with a zip. Other features include an elevated paw rest, so your dog can get a better view, and a panoramic window. There's also a basket for storage and an internal tether.
A big drawback of the Pet Gear Jogger is the price. It's considerably more expensive than the first three models on this list, so it's not the right choice if you're on a tight budget. If you want your dog to be comfortable while jogging, however, then it's a great option.
Quick Summary: The Pet Gear Jogger is a great choice if you want to go jogging with your pet. The air-filled wheels provide a much smoother ride, while the front wheel can be locked for greater stability.
As you can probably tell by now, I'm a big fan of the Pet Gear range of strollers for small dogs. The Pet Gear Double Pet Stroller, as the name suggests, is designed with an extra-wide twin compartment to hold more than one pet. It's expensive, but a great choice if you want to transport your small dogs in comfort.
Let's start with the most important feature of the Pet Gear Double - the extra-wide carriage. It has a spacious design so your dogs won't feel cramped, along with two safety tethers so your dogs aren't stuck together. The stroller also has a maximum capacity of 90lbs, which should be more than enough for two small dogs.
Like the Jogger, the Double has air-filled tires and also comes with a pump. This provides a smoother ride than plastic wheels. You can also quickly lock the back wheels to prevent it rolling away.
The Pet Gear Double comes with the company's "NO-ZIP" design, so you don't need to fiddle with a zipper to get access to your dog. As a bonus, this model comes with a bolster pad for extra comfort, along with a waterproof exterior and panoramic viewing window.
If you're looking for a wide dog stroller for two small dogs - especially if you want to provide a smooth ride - then the Pet Gear Double is a great choice. It's expensive, but I think it's worth the money.
Quick Summary: The Pet Gear Double is one of the best dog strollers for two small dogs. The extra-wide compartment provides plenty of room and it also comes with two tethers. The biggest drawback is the price.
Dog strollers are much more than an expensive way for dog owners to treat their pets like children! They are great for jogging, transporting a dog that gets tired easily or just providing extra comfort for your canine companion.
My top recommendation for a dog stroller for small dogs is the OxGord Pet Stroller. It's a durable model that's available for a great price - plus it's easy to put together and simple to fold. If you need a smoother ride for jogging or tough terrain, the Pet Gear No-Zip Jogger is my favorite.
Do you need help choosing the best dog stroller for your small dog? Or do you own a stroller you think I should include on this list? Let me know!