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Backpack Carriers for Small Dogs

No Time? Read Our Quick Picks

Air 2: Lightweight pack made with durable and breathable fabric - great for short walks, bike rides, and on public transport. 

Knavigate: Comfortable and durable with some storage space, this pack is made for strenuous use for the more active owner. 

Plus 2: Adventure is out there, and now you and your best fur friend can go find it together! Pack what you’ll need for the day in the extra storage pouch on this multi-functional pack.

Walk-On: A packable backpack carrier with storage bag and compatible harness. The storage connects to the harness so your dog can tote its gear around until it’s time to pull out the carrier.

Teacups & Small Puppies

Teacups & Small Puppies

5 Benefits of backpacks for teacups & small puppies: 

Teacup dogs and young puppies are similar in many ways and wearing a backpack can be really beneficial to both you and your dog. Here are some of the top advantages of backpacks for small dogs like these:

1. Little dogs like toy breeds have fragile bones. Carrying your pup or teacup in your pack in more risky terrain or busy city streets will keep them safe. 

2. Too much exercise can actually damage a puppy’s joints, so a backpack can be a wonderful solution to give them frequent breaks. Plus, they can get tired quickly!

3. If your teacup dog or small puppy isn’t quite socialized appropriately, having them packed away can keep both other animals and your dog safe from unwanted interactions. 

4. Puppies who haven’t received all their required vaccinations can still enjoy getting out and about without compromising the health of other dogs or their own health.

5. Puppies flying to their new home or for any type of travel need to be in a proper carrier. Getting through the airport is 10x easier when your puppy is on your back!

Teacups & Small Puppies Pick 1: Trainer

The Trainer is an affordable entry-level backpack, great for growing dogs and puppies.

Best use: Casual use, short hikes or bike rides, on public transport

Sizes available: XS - L

Colors available: Koral, iron gate, greenery, harbor blue

Number of pockets: 1 side pocket 

Notable features: lumbar support strap (not on XS, as the zippers alone are ample support), padded shoulder straps, side cinch straps, ventilated side panels, and a wide base 

This K9 Sport Sack is the most affordable carrier. It is a compact, entry-level option that is ideal for smaller breeds and dogs that are still growing or learning to socialize. The Trainer is designed for casual, light activities, so it’s most suited to owners who want to use it for short walks or to hop on a bus with their furry friend.

What you’ll love:

The padded shoulder straps are just what you need to stay comfortable while using the Trainer.

An option of 4 great colors.

The affordable price.

What your dog will love:

The side cinch straps prevent your high-energy pup from leaning backwards and keep them in an upright position.

The lumbar support strap not only keeps your puppy secure but also supports their back while in the pack.

The wide base accommodates different-sized pups and their tails.

Teacups & Small Puppies Pick 2: Air 2

The Air 2 is a durable, mid-level backpack for smaller to medium dogs and more active owners.

Best use: Intermediate grade walks, hikes, and bike rides plus public transport.

Sizes available: XS - L

Colors available: Jet black, light gray, summer mint, tropical

Number of pockets: 2 side pockets 

Notable features: sternum strap with whistle clip, upgraded shoulder strap design for extra comfort, side and back cinch straps, ventilated side panels, updated side mesh, an adjustable collar enclosure and a wide base 

The Air 2 is K9’s best-known backpack. Made for the smaller end of the doggy spectrum, it suits teacup and puppy owners perfectly. The Air 2 is lightweight and easy to use but also has a durable design, so it’s great for keeping your dog safe or rested on short hikes or bike rides.

The Air 2 is a step up from the Trainer in terms of features:

What you’ll love:

Upgraded shoulder straps designed for extra comfort on walks with your dog.

Angled side cinch straps keep your pack where you want it positioned on your back.

The sternum strap with a whistle clip helps keep the pack secured.

Dual pockets provide a little extra space to pack some water, snacks, or belongings for your easy-going activities.

There’s a choice of four different colors.

What your dog will love:

Side and back cinch straps keep your dog upright and feeling secured.

The fur flap prevents your long-haired (or wriggly!) pup getting her fur caught in the zipper.

The wide base accommodates different-sized pups and their tails.

Ventilated side panels help them stay feeling cool.

Small & Stocky

Small & Stocky Pick 1: Knavigate

Built for durability and comfort, this is a great choice for heavier dogs or for owners who are very active.

Best use: Longer, strenuous activities with your dog; for extra support carrying your pooch

Sizes available: XS - XL

Colors available: lunar rock, midnight black 

Number of pockets: dual side pockets and zippered hip pockets

Notable features: An internal metal frame, padded shoulder straps, hip belt, bottom storage compartment, dog lumbar support straps, lap belt, safety clip.

The Knavigate was designed with durability and comfort in mind. It’s great for very active owners who want to go on long hikes or bike rides with their pet or for owners who want extra support carrying their small but hefty pooch. This pack holds up to 50 lbs, so if your dog is a little more on the heavier side, this would be a good choice.

What you’ll love:

A long-lasting, hard-wearing backpack.

An internal metal frame keeps the load of the backpack closer to your body, so you’ll feel more balanced and stable on difficult terrain.

Comfortable padded shoulder straps, a padded mesh back panel, a padded hip belt, and a chest clip.

The storage space - the pouch on the bottom of the pack, easy-access hip pockets on the hip belt, plus two side pockets.

Take your dog with you where you couldn’t take them before - long hikes, bike rides, overnight trips, and more!

What your dog will love:

Padded panels and neoprene armholes provide comfort for your pup’s legs on long journeys.

Dual lumbar pet straps keep your dog feeling extra secure during hiking, biking, and other activities (lumbar not available/needed on the size XS).

Long mesh side panels keep the air flowing and your pup cooled.

Small & Stocky Pick 2: Air 2

The Air 2 is a durable, mid-level backpack for smaller to medium dogs and more active owners.

Best use: Intermediate grade walks, hikes, and bike rides plus public transport.

Sizes available: XS - L

Colors available: Jet black, light gray, summer mint, tropical

Number of pockets: 2 side pockets 

Notable features: sternum strap with whistle clip, upgraded shoulder strap design for extra comfort, side and back cinch straps, ventilated side panels, updated side mesh, an adjustable collar enclosure and a wide base 

K9 Sport Sack’s best-known product, the Air 2 is a lightweight pack that is built for durability and comfort. It’s great for carrying your heavier-set small dog around town or on intermediate-level walks, hikes or bike rides.

What you’ll love:

Lightweight, easy to use, and durable design mean you’re getting a high-quality, long-lasting pack.

The sternum strap helps keep the weight of the pack evenly distributed.

Side and back cinch straps keep your pack where you want it positioned on your back.

Dual pockets give you a little extra space to pack some water, snacks, or belongings for your easy-going activities.

What your dog will love:

Side mesh panels really keep the air circulating and your pup at a comfortable temperature - great for heavy-set dogs who are more in danger of overheating.

The pet lumbar back strap helps keep your dog in place during more moderate activities.

The fur flap stops their fur from getting caught in the zipper - ouch! (Especially useful for long-haired pups.)

The wide base accommodates your hefty pooch’s rump and their tail.

Long Bodied

Long-bodied Pick 1: Knavigate

Built with extra padding and lumbar support straps, this is a great choice for supporting your long-bodied dog’s back.

Best use: Longer, strenuous activities with your dog; for extra support carrying your pooch

Sizes available: XS - XL

Colors available: lunar rock, midnight black 

Number of pockets: dual side pockets and zippered hip pockets

Notable features: An internal metal frame, padded shoulder straps, hip belt, bottom storage compartment, dog lumbar support straps, lap belt, safety clip.

The Knavigate is great for dogs with long spines who need extra back support. It’s also a brilliant choice for owners who want to go on long, strenuous hikes or bike rides with their pet or for owners who want extra support carrying their pooch. This pack holds up to 50 lbs, so if your dog is also high-weight, this would be a good option.

What you’ll love:

A long-lasting, durable backpack.

Balance and stability on tricky terrain due to the internal metal frame keeping the backpack’s load close to your body.

Comfort features are a big bonus on this pack: padded and adjustable shoulder straps, a hip belt, and a chest clip keep the bag’s weight evenly distributed.

Handy storage space - between the extra-large bottom storage pouch, easy-access hip pockets, and dual side pockets, you have lots of places for necessities, food, and water.

Take your dog with you wherever you go - long hikes, bike rides, overnight trips, city streets, and more!

What your dog will love:

Dual lumbar pet straps to support your dog’s long spine and pull them in closer to your body to keep them extra secure.

Angled side-cinch straps that keep your dog’s long spine in an upright position.

A padded back panel and neoprene armholes provide comfort for your pup’s little legs on long journeys.

Long mesh side panels keep the air flowing and your pup cooled.

Long-bodied Pick 2: Plus 2

 A multi-functional storage pack great for longer adventures with your long-bodied small dog.

Best use: Moderate walks, hikes, and bike rides plus public transport.

Sizes available: S - L 

Colors available: Jet black, light gray, summer mint, camo blue.

Number of pockets: Mesh dual side pockets plus front pocket on detachable pack

Notable features: detachable storage pack (14”x9”), sternum strap with whistle clip, pressure-relieving shoulder straps, adjustable side and back cinch straps, ventilated side panels, mesh side pockets, an adjustable collar enclosure and a wide base. 

The Plus 2 is another good choice for long-bodied pups as it provides much-needed back support. This one is for owners looking to go on moderate hikes or day adventures with their dog. The extra, detachable storage bag is a real plus here (pun intended!) Bear in mind that there is no XS option here - for a similar bag in XS, check out the Air 2.

What you’ll love:

The extra storage bag allows you to take along what you might need for a day adventure, PLUS it detaches, making this pack one of our most versatile options.

The padded back panel gives your back extra love on those long adventures

Thicker, wider, pressure relieving shoulder straps and a chest clip keep the weight of your pup, the pack, plus your supplies evenly distributed.

Adjustable side and back cinch straps mean you get the perfect fit on your body.

There's even a spot for your water bladder to stay easily hydrated on a long walk or a hot day.

What your dog will love:

The extra pack acts as a support for your pup’s spine, keeping them nice and snug against your back. A padded back panel is just what your long torso pup needs to have that extra layer of comfort.

Mesh dual side pockets increase the ventilation for your dog on long adventures.

Upper and lower lumbar straps keep them extra secured.