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Best Dog Car Seats and Boosters

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Looking to provide the ultimate ride for your dog with their very own car seat ? Dog car seats and are designed to give your pooch an elevated view so that they can relax and watch the world go by whilst you are left to concentrate on the road ahead.


Your four-legged friend can either sit alongside you up front or on the back seat throughout your journey.

Dog driving a car wearing seatbelt and glasses

Our detailed review of the best dog car seats available in the UK is divided into several sections.


The Buying Guide along with the Features to Consider sections will help you decide which type of dog seat would be best for your dog.


If you're in a rush, skip directly to the section which interests you :-


Table of Contents

Buying Guide for Dog Car Seats

Features to Consider

The Best Dog Car Seat to Buy Today

How do I Keep my Dog Safe in the Car?

How to Acclimatise your Dog to a New Car Seat


BUYING GUIDE FOR DOG CAR SEATS


Dog car seats are game-changers for small dogs and puppies and are particularly useful if they are prone to car sickness by providing a better view out of the window.


A forward facing, elevated position alongside increased ventilation has been proven to help deal with dogs suffering from car sickness.

Cockapoo looking out car window

Let's face it, if your dog feels comfortable, safe and secure they are more likely to sit or lie quietly, letting you simply concentrate on the road.


Our, human car seats can be very difficult for dogs to steady themselves especially in corners and roundabouts.


A dog car seat or booster will certainly help with stability keeping them comfortable during a long car journey.


But a word of warning, dog seats are designed to prevent distraction for the driver whilst offering your dog a comfy ride.


They are unlikely to offer any protection in the event of a crash according to the Centre for Pet Safety.


For safety reasons we would always recommend fitting your dog with a crash tested harness whilst they are in their car seat.

Dog in Legendog car seat wearing headphones

We feature a crash tested harness along with an amazingly versatile seatbelt tether which you can attach to your car in a variety of ways even via the ISOFIX points.


There are so many different dog car seats available that it can be quite confusing.


This buying guide will help you decide which features are important to you, categorise the car seats making it easier for you to choose and give you a summary of the various seat options on offer.



FEATURES TO CONSIDER


Whether you're looking for a dog car seat for a puppy or dog, choosing the right type is essential. Not only should it look good, but it needs to be comfortable for long journeys, extremely safe and, of course, be roomy enough for your perfect pooch.


Before we get started it's worth mentioning that there are three main types of dog car seat:-


Elevated - by attachment to your existing car headrests (see 1-4)

Elevated Base - Sits on your car seat and incorporates a raised base (see 5-8)

Not Elevated - Sits directly on your car seat (see 9-10)


We've included all three types in this review.


Size - Elevated car seats tend to be suitable for smaller dog breeds and puppies. If you have a larger dog take a look at the non-elevated style of seat. They can carry larger and heavier dogs safely as they are designed to rest directly on your car seat.


Attachment - There are various methods of attaching a dog seat - with straps around the back of the seat, adjustable headrest straps or directly to your car seat belt system. Some attach by all three methods making them the safest dog car seats available in the UK.


We also take a look at dog seat belts and crash tested harnesses later in this article.


Cleaning - If your dog loves mud, look for seats featuring removable, machine washable covers. Also consider the colour, as whilst the pale shades look appealing they may discolour quickly.



We’re here to help you find the best dog car seat that suits your needs and budget constraints so that your dog can travel in style. Here are the ten best dog car seats for 2021 that made the cut.




THE BEST DOG CAR SEATS FOR 2021



1. Petsafe Happy Ride Booster

Best Safety Features


If you're looking for an elevated dog car seat then we highly recommend the Happy Ride Booster by PetSafe.

Dog in a Pet Safe Solvit Tagalong Booster Car Seat

This particular car seat was originally a Solvit brand product, so you may see it advertised or packaged as a Solvit Tagalong.


We were really impressed by this dog booster seat safety features.


It combines no fewer than three attachment points to your car . There's the headrest straps, lower seat straps and seat belt loops, making for a comfortable ride with extra stability through those corners.


Better still, the headrest straps are fully adjustable so you can alter the seat height to coincide with your windows ensuring your dog has a great view of the world outside and some ventilation.


What's more, the seat itself incorporates a padded fleece liner for extra comfort and a dog seat belt tether for safety, so as long as you have a dog harness, you're ready to go.


It's worth noting that this seat is sturdy but it's also slightly heavier than some of the other options reviewed.


Available in 3 sizes -small (dogs up to 5.4kg), large (up to 8.1kg) and extra large (up to 11.3kg).


Muddy dog ? No problem, the outer covering is stain-resistant and both the outer and inner liner can be removed and machine washed.


The bottom line is that based on Petsafe's safety features and design, we consider this the best value elevated dog car seat you can buy today.


Dimensions (L W H) : Small 36 x 31 x 20cm | Large 41 x 33 x 20 | Extra Large 51 x 36 x 25

Reasons to Buy

+ Elevated to reduce sickness

+ 3 Attachments for stability

+ Washable interior & exterior

Reasons to Avoid

- Only suitable up to 11 kg

- Heavier dog seat

- Needs headrests


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2. Kurgo Skybox Booster

Best for large cars and SUVs


The second elevated dog car seat to feature is the Skybox Booster by Kurgo. Kurgo are renowned for their extensive range of products aimed at canine travel and safety.

Dog in a Kurgo Skybox Booster Seat

Their range of car seats includes this elevated car seat which installs quickly and securely on either the front seat or the smaller side of a 60/40 split rear seat.


The unique design feature which sets this dog car seat apart from the competition, is the option of ordering extension straps.


If you need to install the booster seat on the larger side of the 60/40 split rear seat, Kurgo offer extension straps which wrap behind the widest part of the rear seat.


This option will suit dog lovers with larger SUVs and vehicles with wider seats. In both cases, the dog seat attaches to the car headrests as well as the seat itself.


With enviable safety features, the Skybox booster incorporates a series of metal supports for rigidity and an adjustable dog seat-belt tether.


We also love that the exterior is waterproof and the removable base cushion and liner can be machine washed. So this car seat is super easy to keep clean.


Whilst it can hold dogs up to 13 kg, Kurgo recommend this for dogs up to 9 kg so they have a little extra room to get comfy (you know the routine - circle round three times before settling).


Dimensions (L W H) : 30 x 40 x 20cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Option to fit on wide rear seat

+ Elevated to reduce sickness

+ Integral support

+ Machine washable interior

Reasons to Avoid

- Only suitable up to 9kg

- Needs headrests


3. Legendog Car Seat

Best for storage


It's the design that caught our eye with this car seat from Legendog. Available in black and bright orange or grey with fuschia pink, it would definitely looks super stylish on black seats.

English bulldog sitting in legend car seat in a car

The Legendog seat can sit on your car seat (as shown in the photo) or on the other hand, ride in an elevated position simply by shortening the headrest straps.


It features adjustable straps which fit around your car seat for stability, nevertheless the sides of the dog booster can sag slightly as the design isn't as rigid as the Petsafe or Kurgo featured.


If you're interested, a clever design feature on this car seat is the inclusion of multiple storage pockets on three sides.


Really useful for storing leads, poo bags, water bottles, the list of dog necessities goes on and on...


Whilst the outer cover is waterproof, the inner cosy lining along with the cushion are hand wash only.


Legendog recommended their car seat for dogs up to 16kg, however we would recommend based on the seat dimensions it's more suitable for a dog up to 10kg.


Dimensions (L W H) : 41 x 32 x 31 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Option to elevate

+ Multiple storage pockets

+ Waterproof exterior

Reasons to Avoid

- Suitable up to 10kg

- Slight sagging of walls

- Hand wash only


4. Me & My Pets Booster

Cheapest elevated seat


We adore the design and pastel colours of this car seat, so if your dog is squeaky clean and has an aversion to rolling in mud, then this could be for you.

Me & My pets pink and cream dog seat booster

Me & My Pets bucket booster is suitable for puppies and small dogs and available in this beautiful pale pink or beige, grey and black versions.


It's the cheapest of the four headrest elevated car seats featured in this Top Ten.


Suitable for front or rear passenger seats, it secures using two adjustable buckle straps which attach around the headrest and the back or the seat.


The dog car carrier includes an adjustable inner clip to attach to your dog's harness ensuring they remain safely seated.


The thick padded base has a removable cushion, but be aware that this is hand wash only.


Dimensions (L W H) : 44 x 42 x 26cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Elevated to reduce sickness

+ Gorgeous pastel colours

Reasons to Avoid

- Suitable up to 10kg

- Difficult to keep clean

- Needs headrests


5. Kurgo Skybox Rear Booster

Best elevated base dog car seat


For those of you that prefer your furry passengers in the backseat, we recommend the Kurgo Skybox Rear Seat Booster which sits directly on the rear seat.

Puppy in a Kurgo Skybox Rear Seat Booster

Doubtless this is a popular option for families, as your dog can sit in the rear booster seat safely with the children and you can keep your attention on the road ahead.


As an elevated base booster, it's installed using the existing seatbelt system not your headrests.


The padded base raises your dog and the low walls help with ventilation and better still offer a great view of the road ahead. It's also worth noting that a dog seat belt tether is included with the Kurgo seat.


One of the great features this booster seat offers is the option to collapse it when not in use. It can also double as a dog bed whilst travelling which is a bonus if you're planning on travelling light.


It's design means that it is suitable for slightly larger dogs (up to 13.5kg) than the headrest elevated versions featured.


Dimensions (L W H) : 40 x 32 x 22 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Elevated to reduce sickness

+ Collapsible for storage

+ 2-in-1 dog bed

+ No headrests needed

Reasons to Avoid

- Not height adjustable

- More expensive


6. Amazon Basics Dog Seat

Best budget friendly raised car seat


Our second featured dog seat with an elevated base is from Amazon Basics.

Dog in an AmazonBasics car booster seat

A great 'value for money' bucket-style booster seat designed for smaller dog breeds.


It can be fitted on the front or rear seat of your car by threading the seat belt through the base of the booster.


Once attached the sturdy booster is fixed securely in place.


The slightly raised base means that your dog sits in an elevated position with a better window view.


The cover is made from a quilted flannel for comfort and a durable oxford fabric along the sides and base to protect from wear and tear.


For easy cleaning, the cover can be unzipped and machine washed which ticks a lot of boxes. The seat includes an adjustable seatbelt tether.

Dimensions (L W H) : 47 x 45 x 39 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Elevated to reduce sickness

+ Cheapest elevated base seat

+ No headrests needed

Reasons to Avoid

- Not height adjustable

- Small dogs only


7. Pet Gear Booster

Large foam based dog seat


This alternative option for an elevated base seat is from Pet Gear. They make travel products including ramps, seat covers and strollers for dogs which are stocked by Pets at Home, Amazon and VioVet to name a few.

Yorkie in a Petgear car seat

The key feature of this seat is that it's available in two sizes with the larger size suitable for dogs up to 11.4kg.


As with the two previous boosters, it utilises your car's own seat belt system to secure the seat in place. and can be installed in the front or rear of your car.


Unlike the other car seats, it's constructed from sturdy foam with a soft cover.


The cover and and removable cushion are both removable for machine washing.


It includes a seatbelt tether to attach to your dog's harness.


Dimensions (L W H) : 56 x 43 x 29 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Elevated to reduce sickness

+ Sturdy side walls

+ Larger seat base

+ Machine washable cover

Reasons to Avoid

- Not height adjustable

- Dogs up to 11.4kg


8. Petsfit Large Booster Seat

Best for two dogs or one very large one!


If you are looking for a car seat for a larger dog or even two small dogs, then this Petsfit car seat could be perfect for you.


It measures a whopping 75cm across giving your pooch plenty of room to sit or lay down.

Spaniel sitting in a heritage quilted car seat

Due to the width, the Petsfit car seat is only suitable for the rear seat of your car.


Small velcro straps fix this dog seat to your existing car seat belt plus an adjustable strap is included to secure around the back of your rear car seat.


As the photo shows it can be used for two small dogs, but please check the measurements carefully.


One negative point would be the flimsiness of the seatbelt tether included. For peace of mind consider buying another more substantial one.


The cosy, fleece liner is removable for machine washing and it has two handy storage pockets.


We consider the Petsfit the best value large dog car seat on the UK market.


Dimensions (L W H) : 73 x 40 x 34 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Largest dog seat

+ Elevated to reduce sickness

+ Integral Storage Pockets

Reasons to Avoid

- More expensive

- Not height adjustable

- Flimsy seatbelt tether


9. Muttstuff & Co.

Best value non-elevated car seat


If you're looking to keep your dog safe and secure but don't need a raised dog seat then we recommend the MuttStuff & Co car seat.

Pug in a Toozey Car Seat

Not only will this car seat protect your own seats from scratches and mud but it can keep your dog securely confined.


An excellent lightweight seat can be fitted in the front or rear of your car and incorporates a really handy feature.


The sides of the seat unzip and fold down so it can effectively double as a single car seat cover.


It is secured to your car seat in three ways - straps around the seat, headrest straps and lastly a seat anchor which pushes into the seat base for added stability.

Better still, the base of the dog car seat is slip resistance to ensure it's stable even on leather seats and the waterproof coating protects your car from puppy 'accidents'.


What's more a seat belt tether is included so you don't need to buy one separately.


Admittedly, not particularly cosy, we'd suggest adding a cushion for extra comfort.


Dimensions (L W H) : 58 x 52 x 52 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Great Value

+ 2-in-1 design

+ Suitable for heavier dogs

Reasons to Avoid

- Not elevated

- No additional cushioning


10. Fristone Dog Seat

Best padded car seat


The last dog seat to feature in our Top 10 is this non-elevated car seat from Fristone.


It's a great alternative to the MuttStuff car seat featured. It offers a safe, contained and flexible space in the front or back of your car.

Fristone puppy and dog car seat

We particularly liked this seat because it has thick padded sides and a base for your dog to curl up and sleep the need for extra blankets for canine comfort.


Also the particularly low front edge will help with your dog's view from the seat.


The seat has two adjustable fastening straps incorporated into the design.


One fits around the headrest and the second around your car seat (either front or smaller side of 40/60 back seat).


The base of the seat is designed using anti-slip matting and it's waterproof to help avoid marking your car seats.


Designed for small to medium dogs, it includes a dog seatbelt tether and is available in 8 different colourways, including some striped designs.


Dimensions (L W H) : 55 x 55 x 24 cm (front) 30 cm (back)

Reasons to Buy

+ Cushioned

+ Low front edge

+ Lots of colours

Reasons to Avoid

- Not elevated

- Only for small dogs



HOW DO I KEEP MY DOG SAFE IN THE CAR ?



Happy Ride harness from Petsafe

Crash Tested Harness


As mentioned earlier, these car seats are unlikely to offer any protection in the event of a crash. We strongly recommend a properly crash tested harness for any dog riding in a car.

Dog in a crash tested blue dog harness

This Happy Ride harness from Petsafe is fully certified crash tested.


Available in four sizes with a handy sizing guide available online which takes into account the chest, neck and the weight of your dog to help you select the best fit.


A car seat belt tether attaches to the harness at one of the multiple attachment points and the other end clicks directly into your car seat belt system.



Nasjac Dog Seat Belt

Multiple Attachment options


Whilst riding in any of the seats featured, all dogs should wear a dog car seat harness that is tethered to the vehicle's seat belt system. NEVER attach the seat belt tether to your dogs collar, always secure to their harness.


A dog seat belt can protect dogs from sudden brake or sharp turns as well as preventing you from being distracted as your dog tries to leap onto your lap!

dog car seat belt tether with ISOFIX points

The Nasjac seat belt tether is simply two flexible nylon bungee belts (no harness included). It's ideal for dogs of all sizes who already have a harness they love.


The standout feature is the dual attachment clips. To keep your dog safe in the car, this Nasjac tether gives you the option of attaching directly into a the ISOFIX point, using standard seatbelt point or even the D rings in the boot.


It's this multi-functionality which means it's a great buy.


Additionally, it's adjustable between 53-76 cm so you can ensure it's a suitable length to keep your dog restrained comfortably in their seat.


The metal buckle means it easy and quick to attach to your dog's harness and it swivels a full 360° so no problems with your dog becoming entangled in the tether whilst you're driving.


It's also available in a range of bright colours so should be easy to find in the car at night.





HOW TO ACCLIMATISE YOUR DOG TO A NEW CAR SEAT


Initially it's a great idea to set up your car seat in the house and simply allow your four-legged friend to explore.


This stage of introducing your new dog car seat is especially important for young puppies who can benefit from having this new experience broken down into bite-sized pieces.


Consider rewarding your dog or puppy with a few treats as they approach or climb into the car seat as this helps to create a positive experience.


Install the new booster seat in your car once your dog is comfortable. Attach your seat belt tether to your dog's harness and adjust to secure.


If you are planning on fitting the car seat in the front of the car, remember to switch off the passenger-side airbag and move the seat as far back as possible.



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Thanks for dropping by and reading our article on The Top 10 Dog Car Seats we really hope you were able to find the right car seat for you and your four-legged friend.


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