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Mud Daddy Review - We Test the Portable Dog Washer

Updated: Sep 16

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Winter dog walks can feel as if you accidentally signed up for a Muddy Dog 5k Challenge with the mud, sweat but no cheers!


Our favourite summer walks seem be transformed overnight into muddy swamps.


Tired of the constant muddy car, wellies, dog, hands and kitchen floor at the end of each walk, we decided to put one possible solution to our mud-covered dilemma through it's paces.

Muddy Labrador Dog standing in mud

We bought and fully tested the Mud Daddy portable washer.


Mud Daddy is a home-grown UK company. Their flagship product, the Mud Daddy portable dog shower, is wildly successful and has been for many years.


It's marketed as a totally mobile and environmentally friendly solution to washing our dogs, wellies, bikes even horses, the list is endless.


The Mud Daddy product range has expanded to include three size options - a 5L, 8L and a whopping 12L version of their portable shower.


Freddie and his much larger friend Holly put the compact Mud Daddy 5L model to the test.


Could this innovative little dog shower be the answer to our mud-caked problems? Freddie doesn't seem so sure 🐾 😂

Cockapoo dog looking at a green mud daddy portable dog washer

Table of Contents

1. Preparing the Mud Daddy

2. Mud Daddy - Field Testing

3. Our Verdict

4. Mud Daddy Alternatives

5. Lastly.... Dog Drying Coats



1. PREPARING THE MUD DADDY


The portable washer is incredibly easy to prepare at home before heading out on your dog walk.


The hose simply pushes into place and the securing nut screws on by hand (you only need to do this for the first use).


As it was quite a chilly day, we were particularly thoughtful and filled the Mud Daddy with warm water for our pampered pooch (I know he's super spoilt, but who would want a cold shower).


Even full, it wasn't too heavy to carry to the car and sat neatly in the boot with Freddie.

washing a dog with the mud daddy 5l dog shower

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2. MUD DADDY - FIELD TESTING


After our walk we just pumped the handle to build up the pressure and it was ready to go!


The water flow was better than we'd expected and amazingly it was still fairly warm after our leisurely dog walk.


Importantly the 1.5m hose has been designed to give plenty of flexibility to reach all of Freddie's coat and true to their word, it worked silently.


We did need to pressurise the tank a couple of times to maintain a good flow of water, but giving my arms a mini-workout is much more eco-friendly than an electric motor.

At the park with the 5l mud daddy and a cockapoo

Freddie wasn't very keen on the bright green box on the first test run, but to be honest he wasn't very keen on his first few experiences in a bath or a shower at home either.


We used a handful of dog treats and lot of encouragement and sure enough, after a few muddy walks he seemed to know what to expect and he relaxed.


The 5L model dog washer was a perfect size tank for Freddie (12kg Cockapoo) and the brush was great for scrubbing the mud off my wellies after the walks too.

Cleaning dog paws with the mud daddy portable dog shower

Our other tester, Holly (a beautiful German Shepherd), was also initially unsure of the Mud Daddy but as you can see after a couple of trials, she took it in her stride.


Not particularly keen on standing still and having her paws cleaned, Holly was much calmer with two people helping.


A considerably larger dog than Freddie, Holly's parents felt that the Mud Daddy 8L would be a more suitable portable dog shower as they ran out of water towards the end of the rinse.


The combination of water and the integral brush worked really effectively together to remove the mud from both Freddie and Holly with very different types of coat.




3. OUR VERDICT


We felt that the Mud Daddy portable dog shower is a really original and innovative idea.


It certainly does the job of making sure that your dog is mud-free before they leap back in the car and get mud everywhere.


It's headline feature has to be the combination of the water and the integral brush which we felt was crucial for cleaning dogs.


There are several other portable washers on the UK market but be aware that they only have shower adaptor without the brush.


The 5L version is lightweight enough to throw in the car boot before heading out on a dog walk or you could use at home before letting your pooch back indoors.


You don't need to be on a grand expedition to make use of one either.


It's ideal in the winter on any length of dog walk and would make a great addition if you're heading off to the beach for the day.


The outdoor dog shower would be perfect for removing all that sand. There are lots of other uses too. Our Mud Daddy has already been nabbed for bike cleaning !


The crucial decision would be the the size of Mud Daddy you need. As as our tests revealed, larger dogs like Holly would definitely benefit from the 8L version.


Reasons to Buy

+ Compact

+ Integral brush head

+ Eco-friendly solution

+ Multiple Uses

+ Different sizes available


Reasons to Avoid

- Slightly pricier than alternatives


Mud Daddy 5L

5l green mud daddy portable dog shower

Not keen on the green?


The Mud Daddy 5L is available in 2 other colours- blue and orange.


They’re may initially appear expensive but there's no ongoing costs and in the long run a portable dog shower saves money or time on car cleaning after a muddy dog walk.


Mud Daddy 8L

8l portable dog shower - mud daddy

If, like Holly, you think a larger Mud Daddy will be needed to do the job, take a look at the larger sizes available.


Ideal if you have more than one muddy four-legged friend!


Available in red or blue.




4. MUD DADDY ALTERNATIVES


Not sold on the Mud Daddy ? Here are a couple of popular portable shower alternatives.


GREAT VALUE Hozelock Portashower 7L

From Hozelock's comprehensive range of watering and spraying solutions, the portashower has a 7L capacity so sits between the Mud daddy 5L and 8L versions.


It's great value at nearly half the price of the 5L Mud Daddy.


Be aware that it's aimed primarily at watering the gardening or providing a makeshift camping shower as opposed to cleaning pets.


It doesn't include a brush head to help remove the mud and dirt from fur and paws.


Reasons to Buy

+ Great Value option

+ Eco-friendly solution

+ Multiple Uses


Reasons to Avoid

- No brush head

- Not as compact as the Mud daddy 5L


INSULATED Petacarium Portable Shower

The Petcarium portable shower is available in a choice of two sizes - a 8L and a 5L version.


The unique feature is the insulated cover, which acts like a wetsuit to keep the water warm.


It's compact and light with a carry strap and 8 different spray options making it multifunctional.


Slightly cheaper than the Mud Daddy, but be aware that like the Hozelock version, it doesn't incorporate a brush head.


Reasons to Buy

+ Different sizes available

+ Eco-friendly solution

+ Insulating cover

+ Multifunctional


Reasons to Avoid

- No brush head




5. LASTLY..... DOG DRYING COATS


I would definitely recommend a dog drying coat to wrap up your now clean but still very wet dog.


Not only will your dog be more comfortable, but they can dry during the car journey home (no more sofa-rubbing wet dog!)

Dog wearing a Ruff & Tumble dog coat in red

These gorgeous dog drying coats from Ruff and Tumble are arguably the best on the market.


Constructed using double thickness cotton towelling keeping your dog comfortable as they dry off.


Perfect for walks and bath time.


Ok, so you'll find cheaper dog drying coats, but you know the old adage -

"You get what you pay for..."


Ruff and Tumble dog drying coats are available in an extensive range of sizes and colours.



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Thanks for stopping by and reading our Mud Daddy Review. We hope you enjoyed reading it as much as Freddie and Holly enjoyed testing their portable shower.


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