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The 10 Best Dog Car Seats & Boosters for 2022

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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 dog 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 section will help you decide which type of dog seat would be best for your dog and your car.


If you know the type of car seat you're looking for, skip directly to the Best Dog Car Seats For 2022


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Buying Guide for Dog Car Seats

Features to Consider

The Best Dog Car Seat for 2022

How do I Keep my Dog Safe in the Car?

Hints & Tips for Introducing a New Dog 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.


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 and your dog then group the car seats making it easier for you to choose.

Dog in Legendog car seat wearing headphones

Dog booster seats unlike child safety seats, do not have standard safety tests that they must pass in order to be sold. Therefore, it’s up to you my dog-loving friend, to decide which products you feel would be safest for your dog. Keep in mind, however, that any car restraint is better than none at all.


So for this reason we would always recommend fitting your dog with a crash tested harness whilst they are in their car seat. We feature a crash tested harness along with a really versatile seatbelt tether later in the article.



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.


Booster Type

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 options 1-4)

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

Not Elevated - Sits directly on your car seat without a raised base (see options 9-10)

We've included all three types in our review.


Dog 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're 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 some of the safest dog car seats available in the UK.


Cleaning

If your dog loves mud, look for seats featuring removable, machine washable covers. Also consider the colour, as pale shades look appealing but 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 10 best dog car seats that made the cut.




THE BEST DOG CAR SEATS FOR 2022



1. Kurgo Skybox Booster

Best Elevated Dog Car Seat


The first 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 selection of car seats includes this elevated car seat which installs quickly and securely on either your 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 to buy 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.


The Skybox booster incorporates a range of safety features including a series of metal supports for rigidity and comes with 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. When not in use, this booster collapses also flat for easy storage.


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).


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


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

+ Includes adjustable seat belt tether

+ Collapses flat for storage

Reasons to Avoid

- Only suitable up to 9kg

- Needs headrests

- Not the cheapest


2. Petsafe Happy Ride Booster

Best Mid-Range Dog Car Seat


If you're looking for an elevated dog car seat at a good price 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 it includes a dog seat belt tether for safety, so as long as you have a dog harness, you're ready to go.


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


It's worth noting that this seat is sturdy but it's also slightly heavier than some of the other options reviewed. Whilst not a deal breaker, the seat has a padded fleece liner, which we felt could benefit from additional padding. Several customers have commented that they have added a dog blanket for comfort.


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

+ Adjustable headrest straps

+ Washable interior & exterior

Reasons to Avoid

- Only suitable up to 11 kg

- Heavier dog seat

- Needs headrests

- Less padding


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 look super stylish on black seats.

English bulldog sitting in legend car seat in a car

Like the Kurgo and Petsafe seats featured at #1 and #2, the Legendog seat can sit directly 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 stuff 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), that it's more suitable for dogs up to 10kg.


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

Reasons to Buy

+ Option to elevate

+ Stylish colours

+ Multiple storage pockets

+ Waterproof exterior

Reasons to Avoid

- Suitable for dogs up to 10kg

- Slight sagging of walls

- Hand wash inner only


If you're struggling with a dog or puppy suffering from car sickness, pour yourself a cuppa and read our article for lots of helpful advice.


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 out 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

- Hand wash only

- Needs headrests

- Not collapsible



5. Kurgo Skybox Rear Booster

Best elevated base dog car seat


For those of you that prefer your 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 will be 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

+ Suitable for slightly larger dogs

+ 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.


Slightly larger than the Kurgo car seat featured above.


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


7. Pet Gear Booster

Large foam based dog seat


This 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