When choosing a dog carrier purse, there are definitely basic bags available that will let you carry your pet around. But why settle for something so simple?
We have curated a list of the 10 best dog carrier purses based on not only their functionality but also their unique features, what sets them apart from the competition. This way, you can become well informed about what’s available on the market and determine what’s important to you as a buyer.
To some, style is the most important. Others may care more about the price, the amount of storage, or the quality of the material. We have taken all of these factors into consideration while creating this list, so you’re sure to find a bag that works for you.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
The 10 Best Dog Carrier Purses
1. Hubulk Dog Carrier Purse – Best Overall
This bag is listed as the best overall because it has style, good quality of material, and bonus features that set it apart. It is available in two sizes (small and medium) and two colors, so you can customize it to fit your aesthetic. The khaki color is chic and sophisticated, while the purple is fun and bright. It includes an adjustable strap and four outer pockets for storage.
Aside from aesthetics, this bag is made of top-notch Oxford cloth, which resists tears and is easy to clean if it gets messy due to muddy paws. It is not, however, machine washable.
Its unique features include a mesh zippered top so your pet can look outside or stick their head out. It also has ventilation holes to keep them cool. The bottom cushion is removable, and it has an anti-escape safety leash attachment to keep your pet comfortable and safe.
As an added bonus, this dog carrier also comes with a collapsible travel water bowl, so your pet can stay hydrated on the go.
2. Sherpa Park Tote Pet Carrier – Best Value
This is the best dog carrier purse for the money because it works as a two-in-one carrier and a blanket at an affordable price. It is great for going to the park because you can simply unzip the bag, and it becomes a full-sized blanket. It is available in two colors (black and brown) and two sizes (small and medium).
There are two points of visibility for your pet: through the zippered mesh top and through the mesh side window. The latter has a covering that can be rolled up or rolled down to allow for visibility. With both mesh windows and four ventilation holes, this bag allows your pet to breathe easily.
Unlike the Hubulk, this bag only comes with one zippered pocket to store small items. It also does not have a sturdy base, since it can be unzipped from all sides and acts as a blanket. Therefore, it does not keep much structure, but it is entirely machine washable. Because it is more flexible than most carrier bags, it is great for a trip to the park, though it may not be the best option for airline travel.
This carrier bag is the premium choice because comes with features that make it worth the extra cost. The exterior is made of premium leather that is sturdy and easy to clean, while the interior is plush and comfortable. It can be expanded from the sides for additional room for your pet to lay down or play. It has a full-zip opening and mesh openings for excellent ventilation. However, it does not include a shoulder strap, only two top handles.
This bag is great because of the material it’s made out of and the way it can expand outward, though it is a little pricier than some of the other options on this list. It is desirable if luxury and style are more important than affordability, as it comes in 10 different colors and two sizes (small and medium).
4. Kenox Fashion Dog Carrier Purse
This bag is more about fashion than function. It looks more like a handbag than other dog
carriers, but it lacks many of the features that make the top three on our list so great. This bag is available in one size and one color, so there are fewer options to choose from, and it is only designed for small dogs. It is, however, made of a sturdy, stiff material that will not collapse with your pet inside. The quality may be wanting, however, as we found that several customers have reported malfunctioning zippers, loose threads upon delivery, and not a great deal of ventilation for your pet.
It’s not without its benefits, though. It has spacious pockets, looks cute, and has two windows to provide visibility for your pet. Overall, a good option, but not the best unless fashion is your top priority.
5. RETRO PUG Pet Sling Purse
The RETRO PUG Pet Sling has a unique design: It resembles a Babybjörn in that it wraps around your body, and your pet rests inside a pouch close to you. This design is beneficial for hands-free activities and works well for holding your pet while you work, walk, or ride public transportation.
This sling is waterproof and adjustable and has an ergonomic design to avoid fatigue while carrying your pet. There are several sizes available that work for small to medium sized dogs, and there is one color option available.
The drawbacks to this design are that there is little to no movement available for your pet while being carried, no storage pockets, and you cannot use it as a sturdy, enclosed bag like other carrier bags.
6. MG Collection Dog Carrier Purse
This bag has a stylish two-tone design that comes in three different colors. It has a mesh top for ventilation and visibility, with an added layer of fabric for privacy and safety. It also has studs on the bottom for support and to keep it from getting dirty on the ground/floor.
The major drawback for the design of this bag is the way it uses Velcro to close instead of metal clasps or zippers. It also only comes in one size: small. It doesn’t come with an adjustable shoulder strap, and you can only carry it using the top handles, which could be a pro or a con depending on what you prefer.
If you have a tiny pet, this bag would be a good option, but it’s not for medium sized pets and doesn’t have features that add value like others on this list.
7. WOpet Fashion Dog Carrier Purse
Of all the bags listed here, this one most resembles an actual handbag. It has a leather
exterior and a quilted interior that are easy to clean. Other than the top and side windows being able to be unzipped and exposed, this is basically a regular purse. It does have a shoulder strap, as well as top handles, and comes with a stylish bow on the side. It’s available in one size and one color, so it is limited in its customizability, but it is definitely a cute option if fashion is a top priority.
8. PetAmi Airline Dog Purse Carrier
This bag is a basic, no-nonsense dog carrier that provides comfort and stability. It’s made out of high-quality polyester and is available in five different colors. It also has a Sherpa-lined cushion for maximum comfort and warmth. As the only window is at the front, it allows for privacy for your pet, though it does lack a certain amount of ventilation and visibility.
This is a good option for airline travel because it resembles a laptop bag. It is only available in one size in order to fit with TSA regulations. It also has a bonus collapsible water bowl for easy hydration on the go.
9. Betop House Pet Carrier Purse
This bag resembles a regular purse with a mesh zippered top, which is good for ventilation and visibility for your pet. It includes several pockets for carrying basic items, and it can be worn on your shoulder or as a cross body.
It is available in one size and one color, so there are limited options for customization. It is also quite small and can only fit dogs that are 12 pounds or less.
This bag is a good option for basic carrying on a daily basis, but it is not ideal for travel nor does it allow for much movement on the part of your pet.
10. Hillwest Fashion Dog Carrier Purse
Unlike the other bags, this one is much tinier and typically only works for very small animals like cats and dogs under four pounds. It is also made of patent leather, which is more prone to damage and more uncomfortable for pets, even though it may be more aesthetically pleasing. Although it has a top and side mesh zipper for ventilation, patent leather is known to trap heat.
This bag, although fine, is not the most ideal option due to its low-quality material, lack of unique features, and lack of space. It does include an adjustable strap and an interior safety leash, but it doesn’t have the space and comfort of others listed here.
What is the most important factor to consider when choosing a dog carrier purse? Is it the aesthetic of the bag? Is it the size? The value? Let’s break it down.
When buying a dog carrier purse, the most important factor to consider is the safety of your pet when using it, especially if you intend to use the carrier for long-distance travel or on an airplane. A carrier purse does not make up for the safety of a crate when traveling on an airplane, but you can choose one that has the structure and quality of material that will keep your pet safe and secure while traveling.
Comfort is also quite important. Look for carriers with multiple windows with mesh coverings or with multiple ventilation holes to make sure that there is a constant airflow while your pet is in the bag. Make sure that the bottom is cushioned, so the dog can lay down and sleep. Some carriers come with rock-hard bottoms, but the provided cushion can usually be replaced with a blanket or a pillow that is more comfortable for your pet and can make them feel more at ease.
The best way to make sure your dog is safe, secure, and comfortable is by taking your dog’s measurements and comparing them to the products you’re interested in. Make sure not to purchase a bag that is too small and could make your dog feel claustrophobic. This could cause them to try to chew their way free or have a panic attack.
If you’re looking for a carrier that you can use every day for shorter carrying distances, there are those that are more of a cradling experience for your pet, like the RETRO PUG Pet Sling Purse. This is a good option for young dogs or for dogs with abandonment issues, as they can feel close to you while you’re working or commuting.
How the bag looks should always be secondary to the safety and comfort of the bag. Those designed to look more like a purse than a dog carrier often do not have the same features or high-quality materials as regular carrier and are typically only for very small dogs.
Value is an important factor to consider unless money is no object. Sometimes, however, value replaces quality, and an inexpensive bag probably won’t last as long as a more expensive one, especially if you plan to use it daily or for long trips. Sometimes, it’s better to invest in a higher quality bag if you want product longevity.
Based on the quality of material, aesthetic appeal, and overall functionality, our top choice of dog carrier purse is the Hubulk Dog Carrier Purse. It is affordable and offers an Oxford cloth material that is easy to clean and is more durable than some of the other bags made of patent leather or polyester.
The Sherpa 55103 Park Tote Pet Carrier is a close second because it has value and comfort on its side. If you’re traveling, you want a carrier that will keep your pet level and not be uncomfortable or unstable for your pet.
The key when choosing a carrier is to determine your priorities for value, fashion, quality, etc., take accurate measurements, and most importantly, find the safest option for your pet that allows for maximum movement, ventilation, and comfort. Follow these guidelines, and you will find a carrier for your dog that you will not be disappointed with.
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Dog Carrier Purses
- 1. Hubulk Dog Carrier Purse – Best Overall
- 2. Sherpa Park Tote Pet Carrier – Best Value
- 3. PetsHome Dog Carrier Purse – Premium Choice
- 4. Kenox Fashion Dog Carrier Purse
- 5. RETRO PUG Pet Sling Purse
- 6. MG Collection Dog Carrier Purse
- 7. WOpet Fashion Dog Carrier Purse
- 8. PetAmi Airline Dog Purse Carrier
- 9. Betop House Pet Carrier Purse
- 10. Hillwest Fashion Dog Carrier Purse
- Buyer’s Guide