The Best Travel Carriers For Small Dogs

The only thing between you, your dog, and your destination is the carrier that gets your best friend safely from point A to B. There are a remarkable number available for little dogs, but a smaller count for those that offer the ultimate comfort, ventilation, and sturdy structure—all the things that help reduce stress in an otherwise stressful or scary situation. Take a look at our favorites below!


Why we love it:

  • Measures 17″ x 13″ x 14″
  • Hard top and base provide added protection and a sturdy surface
  • Padded non-slip mat included

Amazon: Collapsible Hard Cover Pet Carrier

This carrier collapses flat for super convenient storage, but when expanded provides first-class comfort for its furry occupant. A durable mesh door, sturdy ventilated sides, & quality zippers surround the comfy padded mat (atop a waterproof base!). If only we could travel in such luxury.


Why we love it:

  • Measures 18″ x 10.5″ x 11″
  • Fabric is waterproof and washable
  • Includes fleece bed

Amazon: Mr. Peanut's Soft-Sided Pet Carrier

All four classy shades of this bag make a statement, but it’s what it’s made of that really stands out. YKK zippers with locking clasps, breathable mesh on all sides, storage pockets for treats or medications, and a padded shoulder strap for the chauffeur, to name a few admirable features.


Why we love it:

  • Weather-resistant canvas & leather
  • Four exterior & interior pockets
  • Soft & sturdy for pups’ comfort

Amazon: DJANGO Dog Carry Bag

DJANGO’s gorgeous bag was too good not to include, even though it’s official release hasn’t arrived just yet. You can preorder this beaut constructed with durable canvas & leather, which includes a bag-to-harness tether for extra safety and a comfortable footpad for your tiny passengers.


Why we love it:

  • Measures 24.05″ x 16.75″ x 14.5″
  • Steel & plastic offers extra strength and durability
  • Two-door design (on top and side)

Amazon: Petmate Two-Door Top Load Kennel

If you’re looking for something a little more robust, a plastic crate with steel hardware is the way to go. It packs a punch when it comes to security and protection, and the squeeze latch lock is easy to use. Just throw in a soft blanket to stop your pup from slipping, and you’re ready to go.


Why we love it:

  • Medium measures 7″ x 11″ x 10.5″
  • Top & side entry with locking zippers
  • Machine-washable faux-lambskin liner

Amazon: Sherpa Deluxe Pet Carrier

Please excuse the cat—our photo options were limited. Still, he’s doing a fabulous job showing you how roomy this carrier is, and how nice it is to plant yourself upon the comfy interior liner. There’s plenty of ventilation with the mesh windows, and the locking zippers prevent any Houdini-like escapes.


Why we love it:

  • Measures 18″ x 11″ x 10″
  • Holds its shape when end panels are zipped; collapses for storage
  • Made with waterproof materials

Amazon: Luxury Soft-Sided Pet Carrier

With easy-to-clean waterproof fabrics, this bright carrier has hit the trifecta of practicality. Its soft sides and padded floor prevent your pup from sliding around and becoming agitated, while the padded shoulder strap and luggage handle make it effortless to carry.


Why we love it:

  • Measures 17.7″ x 12.2″ x 11.8″
  • Built with durable microfiber material
  • Includes washable fleece bed

Amazon: Pawfect Pet Soft-Sided Carrier

Unlike some carriers of lesser quality, the rigid construction and microfiber materials used to make this one will last your dog’s lifetime. The soft fleece bed is 100% washable, and the carrier itself is super easy to wipe clean and use again and again.

Meet Sam and Haley

I’m a proud dog parent to a rescue named Haley, who’s been with me through my jobs at a doggie daycare, pet specialty supply store, and now writing about dogs and dog stuff.

I’ve raised and loved 7 pups, and have written posts on the best products for dogs of all ages and humans of all experience levels, awesome dog-friendly locales, and inspirational canine stories that make you proud to be a Crazy Dog Person.


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