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Top 10 Best Dog Purse Carriers

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Dog Carrier Purse Pet Travel Bag Cat Portable Handbag,Soft Sided Tote with 2 Fleece Pads for Small Pets,Come with a Pet Comb,Up to 15lbs,Go Traveling Hiking Shopping with Your Doggy (Pink) PetsHome Dog Carrier Purse, Pet Carrier, Cat Carrier, Foldable Waterproof Premium Leather Pet Travel Portable Bag Carrier for Cat and Small Dog Home & Outdoor Small Black RETRO PUG Pet Carrier for Small and Medium Dogs,Cat - Pet Sling Purse - Front Pack - Travel Puppy Carrying Bag - Pet Pouch - Adjustable Shoulder Strap - Premium Dog Carrier - 15~20 lbs
Dog Carrier Purse Pet Travel Bag Cat Portable Handbag,Soft Sided Tote with 2 Fleece Pads for Small Pets,Come with a Pet Comb,Up to 15lbs,Go Traveling Hiking Shopping with Your Doggy (Pink) PetsHome Dog Carrier Purse, Pet Carrier, Cat Carrier, Foldable Waterproof Premium Leather Pet Travel Portable Bag Carrier for Cat and Small Dog Home & Outdoor Small Black RETRO PUG Pet Carrier for Small and Medium Dogs,Cat - Pet Sling Purse - Front Pack - Travel Puppy Carrying Bag - Pet Pouch - Adjustable Shoulder Strap - Premium Dog Carrier - 15~20 lbs
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Dog Carrier Purse Pet Travel Bag Cat Portable Handbag,Soft Sided Tote with 2 Fleece Pads for Small Pets,Come with a Pet Comb,Up to 15lbs,Go Traveling Hiking Shopping with Your Doggy (Pink)

  • Dog Carrier Purse Pet Travel Bag Cat Portable Handbag,Soft Sided Tote with 2 Fleece Pads for Small Pets,Come with a Pet Comb,Up to 15lbs,Go Traveling Hiking Shopping with Your Doggy (Pink)
  • Dog Carrier Purse Pet Travel Bag Cat Portable Handbag,Soft Sided Tote with 2 Fleece Pads for Small Pets,Come with a Pet Comb,Up to 15lbs,Go Traveling Hiking Shopping with Your Doggy (Pink)
  • Dog Carrier Purse Pet Travel Bag Cat Portable Handbag,Soft Sided Tote with 2 Fleece Pads for Small Pets,Come with a Pet Comb,Up to 15lbs,Go Traveling Hiking Shopping with Your Doggy (Pink)
  • Dog Carrier Purse Pet Travel Bag Cat Portable Handbag,Soft Sided Tote with 2 Fleece Pads for Small Pets,Come with a Pet Comb,Up to 15lbs,Go Traveling Hiking Shopping with Your Doggy (Pink)
  • Dog Carrier Purse Pet Travel Bag Cat Portable Handbag,Soft Sided Tote with 2 Fleece Pads for Small Pets,Come with a Pet Comb,Up to 15lbs,Go Traveling Hiking Shopping with Your Doggy (Pink)
  • Dog Carrier Purse Pet Travel Bag Cat Portable Handbag,Soft Sided Tote with 2 Fleece Pads for Small Pets,Come with a Pet Comb,Up to 15lbs,Go Traveling Hiking Shopping with Your Doggy (Pink)
  • Dog Carrier Purse Pet Travel Bag Cat Portable Handbag,Soft Sided Tote with 2 Fleece Pads for Small Pets,Come with a Pet Comb,Up to 15lbs,Go Traveling Hiking Shopping with Your Doggy (Pink)
  • Dog Carrier Purse Pet Travel Bag Cat Portable Handbag,Soft Sided Tote with 2 Fleece Pads for Small Pets,Come with a Pet Comb,Up to 15lbs,Go Traveling Hiking Shopping with Your Doggy (Pink)
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Specifications:
Manufacturer: ZOOSTAR
EAN: 0610822470068
UPC: 610822470068
Part Number: BG-91PK
Height: 9.45 inches
Width: 7.87 inches
Length: 1 foot 2 inches
Editor's Choice
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PetsHome Dog Carrier Purse, Pet Carrier, Cat Carrier, Foldable Waterproof Premium Leather Pet Travel Portable Bag Carrier for Cat and Small Dog Home & Outdoor Small Black

  • PetsHome Dog Carrier Purse, Pet Carrier, Cat Carrier, Foldable Waterproof Premium Leather Pet Travel Portable Bag Carrier for Cat and Small Dog Home & Outdoor Small Black
  • PetsHome Dog Carrier Purse, Pet Carrier, Cat Carrier, Foldable Waterproof Premium Leather Pet Travel Portable Bag Carrier for Cat and Small Dog Home & Outdoor Small Black
  • PetsHome Dog Carrier Purse, Pet Carrier, Cat Carrier, Foldable Waterproof Premium Leather Pet Travel Portable Bag Carrier for Cat and Small Dog Home & Outdoor Small Black
  • PetsHome Dog Carrier Purse, Pet Carrier, Cat Carrier, Foldable Waterproof Premium Leather Pet Travel Portable Bag Carrier for Cat and Small Dog Home & Outdoor Small Black
  • PetsHome Dog Carrier Purse, Pet Carrier, Cat Carrier, Foldable Waterproof Premium Leather Pet Travel Portable Bag Carrier for Cat and Small Dog Home & Outdoor Small Black
  • PetsHome Dog Carrier Purse, Pet Carrier, Cat Carrier, Foldable Waterproof Premium Leather Pet Travel Portable Bag Carrier for Cat and Small Dog Home & Outdoor Small Black
  • PetsHome Dog Carrier Purse, Pet Carrier, Cat Carrier, Foldable Waterproof Premium Leather Pet Travel Portable Bag Carrier for Cat and Small Dog Home & Outdoor Small Black
  • PetsHome Dog Carrier Purse, Pet Carrier, Cat Carrier, Foldable Waterproof Premium Leather Pet Travel Portable Bag Carrier for Cat and Small Dog Home & Outdoor Small Black
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Specifications:
Manufacturer: Guangzhou Shanglin Trading Co., Ltd
EAN: 0702535061135
UPC: 702535061135
Part Number: PH-US-pet-bag-A-S-BK
Size: Small
Height: 10.2 inches
Width: 8.3 inches
Length: 1 foot 3 inches
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RETRO PUG Pet Carrier for Small and Medium Dogs,Cat - Pet Sling Purse - Front Pack - Travel Puppy Carrying Bag - Pet Pouch - Adjustable Shoulder Strap - Premium Dog Carrier - 15~20 lbs

  • RETRO PUG Pet Carrier for Small and Medium Dogs,Cat - Pet Sling Purse - Front Pack - Travel Puppy Carrying Bag - Pet Pouch - Adjustable Shoulder Strap - Premium Dog Carrier - 15~20 lbs
  • RETRO PUG Pet Carrier for Small and Medium Dogs,Cat - Pet Sling Purse - Front Pack - Travel Puppy Carrying Bag - Pet Pouch - Adjustable Shoulder Strap - Premium Dog Carrier - 15~20 lbs
  • RETRO PUG Pet Carrier for Small and Medium Dogs,Cat - Pet Sling Purse - Front Pack - Travel Puppy Carrying Bag - Pet Pouch - Adjustable Shoulder Strap - Premium Dog Carrier - 15~20 lbs
  • RETRO PUG Pet Carrier for Small and Medium Dogs,Cat - Pet Sling Purse - Front Pack - Travel Puppy Carrying Bag - Pet Pouch - Adjustable Shoulder Strap - Premium Dog Carrier - 15~20 lbs
  • RETRO PUG Pet Carrier for Small and Medium Dogs,Cat - Pet Sling Purse - Front Pack - Travel Puppy Carrying Bag - Pet Pouch - Adjustable Shoulder Strap - Premium Dog Carrier - 15~20 lbs
  • RETRO PUG Pet Carrier for Small and Medium Dogs,Cat - Pet Sling Purse - Front Pack - Travel Puppy Carrying Bag - Pet Pouch - Adjustable Shoulder Strap - Premium Dog Carrier - 15~20 lbs
  • RETRO PUG Pet Carrier for Small and Medium Dogs,Cat - Pet Sling Purse - Front Pack - Travel Puppy Carrying Bag - Pet Pouch - Adjustable Shoulder Strap - Premium Dog Carrier - 15~20 lbs
  • RETRO PUG Pet Carrier for Small and Medium Dogs,Cat - Pet Sling Purse - Front Pack - Travel Puppy Carrying Bag - Pet Pouch - Adjustable Shoulder Strap - Premium Dog Carrier - 15~20 lbs
  • RETRO PUG Pet Carrier for Small and Medium Dogs,Cat - Pet Sling Purse - Front Pack - Travel Puppy Carrying Bag - Pet Pouch - Adjustable Shoulder Strap - Premium Dog Carrier - 15~20 lbs
  • RETRO PUG Pet Carrier for Small and Medium Dogs,Cat - Pet Sling Purse - Front Pack - Travel Puppy Carrying Bag - Pet Pouch - Adjustable Shoulder Strap - Premium Dog Carrier - 15~20 lbs
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Specifications:
Manufacturer: RETRO PUG
EAN: 0026404936998
UPC: 026404936998
Part Number: RPPS-00002
Height: 2.4 inches
Width: 8.7 inches
Length: 10.3 inches
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Kenox Fashion Dog Cat Pet Carrier Bags Travel Mesh Tote Handbag

  • Kenox Fashion Dog Cat Pet Carrier Bags Travel Mesh Tote Handbag
  • Kenox Fashion Dog Cat Pet Carrier Bags Travel Mesh Tote Handbag
  • Kenox Fashion Dog Cat Pet Carrier Bags Travel Mesh Tote Handbag
  • Kenox Fashion Dog Cat Pet Carrier Bags Travel Mesh Tote Handbag
  • Kenox Fashion Dog Cat Pet Carrier Bags Travel Mesh Tote Handbag
  • Kenox Fashion Dog Cat Pet Carrier Bags Travel Mesh Tote Handbag
  • Kenox Fashion Dog Cat Pet Carrier Bags Travel Mesh Tote Handbag
  • Kenox Fashion Dog Cat Pet Carrier Bags Travel Mesh Tote Handbag
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Specifications:
Manufacturer: Kenox
EAN: 0718117761133
UPC: 718117761133
Model: Kbag0213-stripe
Part Number: Kbag0213-stripe
Height: 1 foot 4 inches
Width: 2 inches
Length: 11.9 inches
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WOpet Fashion Pet Carrier Bag Dog Carrier Purse Dog Handbag Pet Tote Bag for Outdoor Travel Walking Hiking (Black)

  • WOpet Fashion Pet Carrier Bag Dog Carrier Purse Dog Handbag Pet Tote Bag for Outdoor Travel Walking Hiking (Black)
  • WOpet Fashion Pet Carrier Bag Dog Carrier Purse Dog Handbag Pet Tote Bag for Outdoor Travel Walking Hiking (Black)
  • WOpet Fashion Pet Carrier Bag Dog Carrier Purse Dog Handbag Pet Tote Bag for Outdoor Travel Walking Hiking (Black)
  • WOpet Fashion Pet Carrier Bag Dog Carrier Purse Dog Handbag Pet Tote Bag for Outdoor Travel Walking Hiking (Black)
  • WOpet Fashion Pet Carrier Bag Dog Carrier Purse Dog Handbag Pet Tote Bag for Outdoor Travel Walking Hiking (Black)
  • WOpet Fashion Pet Carrier Bag Dog Carrier Purse Dog Handbag Pet Tote Bag for Outdoor Travel Walking Hiking (Black)
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Specifications:
Manufacturer: WOpet
EAN: 0723610871814
UPC: 723610871814
Part Number: 4334674223
Size: L
Height: 1 foot 1 inch
Width: 7.8 inches
Length: 1 foot 4 inches
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Naiver Fashion PU Pet Carrier Dog Carrier Purse Dog Handbag Pet Tote Bag for Small Dog and Cat Airline-Approved

  • Naiver Fashion PU Pet Carrier Dog Carrier Purse Dog Handbag Pet Tote Bag for Small Dog and Cat Airline-Approved
  • Naiver Fashion PU Pet Carrier Dog Carrier Purse Dog Handbag Pet Tote Bag for Small Dog and Cat Airline-Approved
  • Naiver Fashion PU Pet Carrier Dog Carrier Purse Dog Handbag Pet Tote Bag for Small Dog and Cat Airline-Approved
  • Naiver Fashion PU Pet Carrier Dog Carrier Purse Dog Handbag Pet Tote Bag for Small Dog and Cat Airline-Approved
  • Naiver Fashion PU Pet Carrier Dog Carrier Purse Dog Handbag Pet Tote Bag for Small Dog and Cat Airline-Approved
  • Naiver Fashion PU Pet Carrier Dog Carrier Purse Dog Handbag Pet Tote Bag for Small Dog and Cat Airline-Approved
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Specifications:
Manufacturer: Naiver
EAN: 0756910613129
UPC: 756910613129
Model: V-330-G
Part Number: V-330-G
Size: 14.17*11.02*7.09
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BETOP HOUSE Fashion Dog Carrier PU Leather Dog Handbag Dog Purse Cat Tote Bag Pet Cat Dog Hiking Bag, Brown, Small 382317cm

  • BETOP HOUSE Fashion Dog Carrier PU Leather Dog Handbag Dog Purse Cat Tote Bag Pet Cat Dog Hiking Bag, Brown, Small 382317cm
  • BETOP HOUSE Fashion Dog Carrier PU Leather Dog Handbag Dog Purse Cat Tote Bag Pet Cat Dog Hiking Bag, Brown, Small 382317cm
  • BETOP HOUSE Fashion Dog Carrier PU Leather Dog Handbag Dog Purse Cat Tote Bag Pet Cat Dog Hiking Bag, Brown, Small 382317cm
  • BETOP HOUSE Fashion Dog Carrier PU Leather Dog Handbag Dog Purse Cat Tote Bag Pet Cat Dog Hiking Bag, Brown, Small 382317cm
  • BETOP HOUSE Fashion Dog Carrier PU Leather Dog Handbag Dog Purse Cat Tote Bag Pet Cat Dog Hiking Bag, Brown, Small 382317cm
  • BETOP HOUSE Fashion Dog Carrier PU Leather Dog Handbag Dog Purse Cat Tote Bag Pet Cat Dog Hiking Bag, Brown, Small 382317cm
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Specifications:
Manufacturer: BETOP HOUSE
EAN: 6922082483684
Model: CW0107a1
Part Number: CW0107a1
Size: Small (38*23*17cm)
Height: 1 foot 4 inches
Width: 3.2 inches
Length: 8.6 inches
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WOPET Fashion Pet Dog Carrier PU Leather Dog Carriers Luxury Cat Travel Carrying Handbag for Outdoor Travel Walking Hiking

  • WOPET Fashion Pet Dog Carrier PU Leather Dog Carriers Luxury Cat Travel Carrying Handbag for Outdoor Travel Walking Hiking
  • WOPET Fashion Pet Dog Carrier PU Leather Dog Carriers Luxury Cat Travel Carrying Handbag for Outdoor Travel Walking Hiking
  • WOPET Fashion Pet Dog Carrier PU Leather Dog Carriers Luxury Cat Travel Carrying Handbag for Outdoor Travel Walking Hiking
  • WOPET Fashion Pet Dog Carrier PU Leather Dog Carriers Luxury Cat Travel Carrying Handbag for Outdoor Travel Walking Hiking
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Specifications:
Manufacturer: WOpet
EAN: 0769700206494
UPC: 769700206494
Model: FBA_WOp-0744
Part Number: FBA_WOp-0744
Size: L
Height: 7 inches
Width: 11.4 inches
Length: 1 foot 4 inches
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MG Collection Black/Gray Designer Inspired Stylish Quilted Soft Sided Travel Dog and Cat Pet Carrier Tote Hand Bag

  • MG Collection Black/Gray Designer Inspired Stylish Quilted Soft Sided Travel Dog and Cat Pet Carrier Tote Hand Bag
  • MG Collection Black/Gray Designer Inspired Stylish Quilted Soft Sided Travel Dog and Cat Pet Carrier Tote Hand Bag
  • MG Collection Black/Gray Designer Inspired Stylish Quilted Soft Sided Travel Dog and Cat Pet Carrier Tote Hand Bag
  • MG Collection Black/Gray Designer Inspired Stylish Quilted Soft Sided Travel Dog and Cat Pet Carrier Tote Hand Bag
  • MG Collection Black/Gray Designer Inspired Stylish Quilted Soft Sided Travel Dog and Cat Pet Carrier Tote Hand Bag
  • MG Collection Black/Gray Designer Inspired Stylish Quilted Soft Sided Travel Dog and Cat Pet Carrier Tote Hand Bag
  • MG Collection Black/Gray Designer Inspired Stylish Quilted Soft Sided Travel Dog and Cat Pet Carrier Tote Hand Bag
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Specifications:
Manufacturer: MyGift
EAN: 0696739332644
UPC: 887702195131
Model: TB-PET0006BLK
Part Number: TB-PET0006BLK
Size: Small
Height: 11.75 inches
Width: 7.5 inches
Length: 1 foot 4 inches
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Elegant Embossed Leather Purse Carrier Black for Small Dogs Cats Teddy Poodle Pomeranian PBB02

  • Elegant Embossed Leather Purse Carrier Black for Small Dogs Cats Teddy Poodle Pomeranian PBB02
  • Elegant Embossed Leather Purse Carrier Black for Small Dogs Cats Teddy Poodle Pomeranian PBB02
  • Elegant Embossed Leather Purse Carrier Black for Small Dogs Cats Teddy Poodle Pomeranian PBB02
  • Elegant Embossed Leather Purse Carrier Black for Small Dogs Cats Teddy Poodle Pomeranian PBB02
  • Elegant Embossed Leather Purse Carrier Black for Small Dogs Cats Teddy Poodle Pomeranian PBB02
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Specifications:
Manufacturer: Glield
EAN: 6311330026818
Part Number: PBZ01
Size: 15.7Lx7.9Wx9.8H inches
Height: 1 foot 3 inches
Width: 9.8 inches
Length: 7.9 inches

Best Dog Purse Carrier Reviews

Picking out the most fashionable and functional dog carrier purses for your pooches doesn't have to take a lot of time! We've rounded up some of the best dog purses out there to make finding that perfect dog carrier handbag that much easier.

 

Editor's Choice

PetsHome Dog Carrier Purse, Pet Carrier, Cat Carrier, Foldable Waterproof Premium Leather Pet Purse Portable Bag Carrier for Cat and Small Dog Home & Outdoor

 

The PetsHome Dog Carrier Purse earns a strong rating from us. There's a lot to love about this pet travel carrier! It features plenty of mesh ventilation, the interior is soft and waterproof, and the inside also features a fixed leash to keep anxious pups secure. And just because it's functional doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style! This purse comes in 15 different color options and sports a fashionable faux leather exterior.

 

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MG Collection Stylish 2 Tone Quilted Soft Sided Travel Dog and Cat Pet Carrier Tote Hand Bag

 

The MG Collection Stylish 2-Tone Quilted Dog Carrier Tote Hand Bag is an incredible value. This tote features a mesh top and eight ventilation holes to help keep occupants feeling refreshed.

 

What we really like about this pet carrier purse (besides the awesome price tag) is the exterior quilt pattern, which comes in three dual-color options. It's fun and actually looks like a real purse or tote bag. It also features some extra pockets so dog parents can store treats or toys or food.

 

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Best Sling

RETRO PUG Pet Carrier for Small and Medium Dogs,Cat - Pet Sling Purse - Front Pack – Travel Puppy Carrying Bag – Pet Pouch – Adjustable Shoulder Strap – Premium Dog Carrier – 15~20 lbs

 

The RETRO PUG Pet Sling Purse the top-rated dog carrier sling on this list, earning a 9.0 rating from us at Top10. Ideal for dogs and cats weighing between 15 to 20 pounds, this sling features an adjustable strap for maximum comfort. What pet owners will love is that it is waterproof, making clean-ups a breeze. RETRO PUG is so sure of its product's quality that they're offering a lifetime replacement warranty on it!

 

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Best Looking

If you're looking for a bag tote that looks like a real high-end women's purse, then you'll probably like the following!

 

Kenox Fashion Dog Cat Pet Carrier Bags Travel Mesh Tote Handbag

 

Kenox's fashion pet carrier handbag is the purse for fashion statements. Coming in two prints, its striped version (shown here) is simply stunning. It comes with bronze-colored handles, and the exterior sports black-and-white stripes. The interior is made to make a statement with a bold leopard print.

 

This purse is small and features mesh-lined sides and top for optimal ventilation for your pooch. To make things easier for you, the bottom is also removable for easier cleaning. Extra pockets on the exterior are perfect for storing your furry friend's favorite snacks. Lastly, an interior leash can easily clip onto a collar to help keep an anxious pooch in place

 

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Best Design

Naiver Fashion PU Pet Carrier Dog Carrier Purse Dog Handbag Pet Tote Bag for Small Dog and Cat Airline-Approved

 

We also love Naiver's fashion carrier purse for small dogs or cats. Made of faux leather, this carrier bag could easily be mistaken for a normal purse or handbag. It's also quite practical, as its waterproof lining and removable floor make cleaning a breeze. The hard-sided construction can also keep your pooch safe while the padded bottom makes every trip comfy. Like other pieces on this list, this easily portable dog handbag includes an interior leash to secure wriggling puppers.

 

However, this stylish piece is really only suitable for small animals weighing up to 8 pounds.

 

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If you're ready to learn more, read our in-depth buying guide below so you can buy the best dog purse carrier for you and your pet!

 


 

Dog Purse Carrier Buying Guide: How to Travel in Style with Your Pooch

If you have a smaller dog in your household, you have probably experienced taking them on a walk, hike, or nature excursion with you, only to end up carrying them all the way back home because their little legs just couldn't carry them any longer! While you are probably used to picking your furry friend up and carrying them home, it can sometimes be difficult to keep a good grip on them if they are wiggly or the surrounding terrain is rugged. This is where a dog purse carrier could make your outdoor adventures a whole lot easier!

 

There are lots of pet carriers for dogs on the market today. While many of them are safe and functional, a lot aren't much to look at. Fortunately, pet purses, handbags, and slings are available for more fashion-forward dog owners. These specialized pet carriers are designed to be both functional and stylish. This way, you can safely carry your pup without sacrificing looks as you take adventures together, whether it be on a nature hike or trip to the mall.

 

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Different Types of Fashionable Dog Carriers

There are many types of doggie purses out there. Familiarizing yourself with each kind can help you make an informed purchase in the future. Some of the most popular types and styles of these pet fashion carriers include:

Dog Purses, Totes, and Handbags

A fashionable purse, tote, or handbag is what most people think of when they hear the phrase "dog purse." If you want a dog carrier that can easily pass for a luxurious, quality handbag, this variety might be for you.

 

Most people assume that a "fashion" dog purse or tote will only hold a literal puppy or a smaller dog. However, plenty of dog purse carriers are designed for medium-sized dogs too! So, lots of stylin' dog-lovers can rejoice if their fur babies are a bit bigger: there's something out there for them as well.

 

The main advantage of investing one of these products is that it will allow you and your dog to be stylish wherever you chose to go. This would be a great option if you frequently take your out on the town or would like to stay fashionable during other travels. Because of the immense selection of patterns and styles, there's probably a bag out there that can complement your outfit (and your pup's accessories too!)

 

Those with larger pups or like hiking should consider fashion totes with sturdier builds. Some, for example, come with stiff cushioned bottoms to provide more support for your doggie. This padded yet firm bottom makes for a perfect dog purse for outdoor travel.

 

Fashion totes sometimes come with longer shoulder straps than a traditional purse. Just toss the tote over your shoulder (with the pup inside) and go about your day! This frees up your hands and also makes carrying pooches around that much easier. This variety of tote is a total win if you desire to look cute with your dog but also need them to be comfortable for longer periods!

 

Tiny chihuahua in a black dog purse carrier on a green hill.
Shutterstock/Annette Shaff

 

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Shoulder Bags and Dog Slings

A shoulder bag carrier or dog sling will completely free your hands. These pieces have a front-facing pouch with a strap that will cross the body and rest on the shoulder. Whether carrying shopping bags at the mall or luggage at the airport, slings allow you to carry extra bags and Fido at the same time! This bag would also work for simple errands like a grocery run, as you would still be able to push a grocery cart and grab your grocery bags freely.

 

Many people think that this option is typically less fashionable than a more traditional dog purse. You may be surprised, though, by the patterns available when you search for a travel tote shoulder bag for your pup! Designs range from simple and plain to exciting and colorful; the choice is up to your personal preferences.

 

A sling a great way to keep your dog close to your heart (quite literally), so that you can keep an eye on his well-being. This is, of course, a sensible option for smaller pups since they can be easily contained by a sling. One of the most attractive perks of a dog sling carrier is that you can customize the fit relative to your body. This can reduce the amount of stress on your body from toting around your doggie.

 

Another major benefit of a shoulder sling is that it can calm a pup down since he will be so close to you. This is a great option for young puppies or any dog that gets anxious when you take them places. All in all, a sling is an extremely versatile pet carrier option, and could be used for running errands around town or trips to the park or mall!

 

Mini dog in a dog shoulder sling of a woman on the street.
Shutterstock/avtk

 

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Doggie Backpack

A pet carrier backpack is portable, functional, and oftentimes fashionable. A dog backpack will allow you to use your hands because your pup strapped securely to your back. This type of large pet carrier is great if you know you will be doing a lot of moving. Some situations that may call for a dog travel backpack include a long day of traveling—whether it be by bus or plane—or a long hike when you know your dog will be tired on the way back. This is also a great option if your pup is on the larger side, because you will be able to have the weight centered on your back instead of on one shoulder.

 

Many a dog hiking backpack will also have an extra pocket or two on the sides. These are great storage features so you can bring along a water bottle or waste bags on the trail, all without sacrificing the use of your hands.

 

Cute dog peeking from animal carrying backpack.
Shutterstock/Creative Family

 

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Size Restrictions & Considerations

When buying portable pet carriers, it is important to consider the size of the carrier itself and the size of the pup you are hoping to carry. Most of the options recommended here are for small or medium-sized dogs. For example, you could put most small-sized dogs in a dog fashion tote or sling. Medium-sized dogs may fit in the fashion tote, but many might need a shoulder bag. Depending on how you define large, a large dog may squeeze in a backpack, but it could be a stretch.

 

You'll want to be sure to check the weight recommendations on any portable pet carrier before you try it out with your pup. This way, you will know he will be safe and not at risk for falling out! If you find a purse for small dogs you like—but your doggo is a big boi—you may find a similar travel pet carrier that could work. Oftentimes, online retailers like Amazon will show related items in their searches, so something workable for your dog might show up relevant dog products. Remember to be flexible when searching for the best dog carrier bag for your pet!

Other Desirable Features

Think of purchasing a portable pet carrier the same way you would purchase a new high-end purse: you need to really nail down all of the details before making your final purchase. Some things to keep in mind besides the considerations listed above include:

Fabric and Material

You'll want to think about the fabric or material of any products you're looking at. Ask yourself: Do you have a personal preference for a material? Some people prefer to have faux leather pet carriers while others prefer something that their pets' nails can't scratch, such as mesh material.

 

Mesh is a great material for pet carriers because it provides plenty of ventilation. At the same time, make sure the holes in the mesh are not so big that nails get stuck or paws may fall through. Also note that zippered mesh windows are currently popular. However, shop for ones that have clasps at the end that can secure flaps in place. Some pets, after all, are amazing escape artists, and might be able to unzip themselves free from the inside.

 

You'll also want to make sure you pick a material durable enough to hold wriggling pups! Sometimes products look really cute, but just aren't sturdy. Remember: your pet's health and well-being is more important than anything. Always be sure that cute doggie handbag is heavy duty so it can securely tote a pet around.

How Long You'll Use It

Something else to think about is the longevity of the piece. For example, puppies that will grow larger may not need the longest-lasting dog carriers as opposed to owners of smaller dog breeds. Prior to purchasing a pet carrier, you'll want to think about how long you will need it to last and if you plan on purchasing just one or multiple pet carriers. This will help you make other decisions, such as the type of material.

 

Beautiful image of two dogs sitting in a shoulder bag dog purse carrier in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on June 14, 2015.
Shutterstock/Comaniciu Dan

 

Maintenance and Cleaning

Another important aspect to think about is the care that the dog carrier requires. If you plan on traveling with the pet carrier or taking it on outdoor adventures, you'll likely want something that is easy to clean. Faux animal materials are some of the easiest materials to clean.

 

Easy-to-clean material is also great for the inevitable potty accident. If you have a dog with a weak bladder, you may want to get a plain pet carrier that is easy to clean for travel and a fun purse for when you finally reach your destination. Of course. the fun carrier will need to be cleaned eventually as well. Hopefully, though, this will not be needed as frequently as in the main pet carrier.

 

On the go but need to clean up an accident? A good cleaning method for faux leather or other similar materials are antibacterial wet wipes. This is a quick and easy way to get rid of germs. It is great to use when you do not have access to a sink or washing machine to give your pet carrier the thorough washing that it needs.

 

Another tip for keeping carriers clean is to always wipe your pup's paws prior to putting them in the carrier. This simple step can really help keep the carrier clean! This trick is especially important if you are using a sling, because your pup will likely have their paws on you too.

 

Keeping up with your pet's grooming needs will also help you keep your carrier bag or purse clean. Dog hair is no fun to clean up; regular grooming will reduce the amount of shedding that gets trapped in your pet tote.

Airline-Approved Carrier Status

If you plan to travel by plane with your dog, you must ensure his carrier is approved to bring aboard an airplane. Airlines vary their pet carrier standards. So, when a manufacturer says a carrier is "airline approved," this simply means that it will likely fit many airline standards, but not all. The best way to ensure your carrier is good to go is to call your airline directly or visit their set to see pet carrier requirements.

 

A lot of portable pet carrier manufacturers will put on their products if they are recommended for travel due to their stability and durability. If you start by reading your airline/airport guidelines and regulations, then search for stable and durable products, you should not have any difficulty finding a portable pet carrier that you can take aboard a plane with you.

 

Those looking for more information about what to expect for traveling via air with pets in the United States can visit the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) site. Those looking for information about international travel can visit the U.S. Department of State's site.

Comfort

Lastly, while it is nice to have a carrier that is both appealing and functional, it is also critical that your portable dog tote is actually comfortable for your pup!

 

A key element of comfort is the amount of cushion it provides and the softness of the material from which the pet purse or carrier is made. If you will be carrying your dog for long distances—like through an airport or down a nature trail—you'll want to make sure the interior of your fashion tote is made out of a soft, padded material. This way, even if your dog is jostled, he will remain safe and comfortable throughout the trip.

 

Many a dog owner prefer a hard-sided as opposed to soft-sided pet travel carrier. There's certainly plenty of benefits to hard-sided carriers, including added stability and protection. However, many of these products do not have soft interiors. As such, owners might have to include padded beds or blankets to make these carriers comfier for Fido.

 

If your pup is traveling somewhere new, he is probably already a little more anxious than usual. So, you'll want to do your best to make sure that he is comfortable in his pet carrier. When searching for a fashionable dog carrier, try searching something large enough to fit your pet's favorite toy or small blanket inside. This way, they have a familiar object to help calm them down. Keeping puppy calm is especially important if you will be traveling by plane; you want your dog to be relaxed and quiet so you (and other passengers) can enjoy the flight.

Final Thoughts

There's plenty of reasons to get a portable pet carrier, including to share hikes or trips to the mall with your furry friend. While there are plenty of great carriers out there, don't think you have to sacrifice style for security! Dog purse carriers, shoulder slings, and dog carrier backpacks can all provide a safe, functional, and fashionable way to take your pup with you on adventures.

 

Adorable yorkshire terrier inside shoulder bag carrier of a woman on the street in Paris.
Shutterstock/Veniamin Kraskov

 

Dogs are our best friends; it's only natural to want to give our fur babies the best dog carrier possible. Whether you have a little purse dog or a big doggo, there's a perfect carrier out there for all dogs. A pet carrier, remember, doesn't have to sacrifice function for fashion, either. From handbags to slings to backpacks, there's something out there for everyone. With these tips in mind, you'll be able to find the best dog carrier for your dog in no time!

 

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