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Who doesn’t love going for a walk with their dog? There may come a time, however, when your furry friend can no longer accompany you on your usual stroll.
Fortunately, dog strollers allow you to still bring even large dogs along on walks so they can continue to sniff in the sunshine!
Read on as we review the best dog strollers for large dogs.
Reasons to Buy a Dog Stroller
Dog strollers are perfect for dogs who:
- Are recovering from surgery, or have a medical condition that requires limited physical activity.
- Have become too old to keep up with you and your younger dog on your usual walks.
- Aren’t fit enough to keep up with you on your workout, but would still enjoy coming along.
- Have smooshed faces (are brachycephalic), and should not be walking for long distances.
- Have thick fur coats and struggle in the heat of summer, but still enjoy being outside.
You may have seen your neighbor walk by with their chihuahua or bichon in a dog stroller, but there are a variety of companies that offer pet strollers for large dogs as well.
Below, we’ll discuss what to look for in a large dog stroller and review the best dog strollers for large dogs out there.
We’ll then conclude with how to get your dog used to a stroller so your big pup can continue joining you on our outings!
How to Choose the Best Large Dog Stroller For Your Canine
Not all dog strollers are alike! The best choice for you might depend on where you walk, the size of your dog, and the local weather, among other things.
Here are some characteristics and features to look for in the best dog strollers:
1. Size of Carriage
Sounds intuitive, but make sure that your dog will fit comfortably inside the pet stroller! Most dog strollers on this list are rated to a certain weight, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that a particularly tall or leggy dog under that weight will fit in the carriage. Also, consider whether your dog will likely ride sitting up (need a taller pet stroller) or lying down (need a longer stroller).
2. Door Placement and Height
Often dogs who are riding in a pet stroller are doing so due to physical disabilities. Some strollers for dogs have doors in the front and rear, allowing a dog to enter and exit without turning around inside (also a plus if your dog is too large to turn around in the stroller).
The height of the door off the ground is also something to consider if your dog might struggle to step or jump up into a taller stroller.
3. Wheel Type
Consider where you will most likely be walking with your stroller-bound hound.
If you will often travel over rougher uneven surfaces like dirt and gravel or plan on jogging with the stroller, consider looking for a dog stroller with inflatable rubber tires like those on a bike for a smooth ride.
For flatter ground and smoother pavement, smaller plastic wheels will likely serve you just fine.
4. Airflow vs Rain Protection
Evaluating the weather where you live will help you make this decision. Some dog strollers are made of waterproof material or come with a rain cover, while others do not.
In some cases, a rain cover can be purchased separately. In any case, it is important that there is plenty of airflow through the stroller so your dog can smell the air and learn about his surroundings.
5. Size and Weight
It is important to ensure that the dog stroller you buy is not going to be too heavy for you to maneuver or lift into your car. It is also a good idea to measure your doorways and consider how wide of paths you will walk on.
Make sure you get a pet stroller that will fit through your door and won’t be too wide to walk with. Also, be sure to take note of the weight capacity to ensure it will meet your needs.
6. Folding Strollers
If you are using the dog stroller temporarily to help out a dog recovering from injury, or if you plan on driving with your dog and stroller for walks, you will likely want to get a folding stroller for easy storage.
If your car has a small trunk measure its dimensions against the size of the folded stroller to ensure that it will fit BEFORE you purchase a dog stroller.
7. Safety features
Common safety features on the best dog strollers include visibility aids, reflectors, brakes, and leashes or restraining devices attached inside.
Will you be walking after dark? Look for reflective strips or tiles! Do you live in a hilly area? Look for a pet stroller with an easy-to-use brake!
Is your dog particularly wiggly? Ensure that there is a secure restraining device to keep him in the stroller! Also, make sure that the stroller is sturdy and well made. You’re going to be pushing a lot of dog in there; it shouldn’t strain or fall apart!
8. Ease Of Use
Pet strollers made for big dogs are large and can be heavy. Add the weight of your hound, and that is a lot to push around! The best dog strollers are easy to push, steer, and stop. A good pet stroller should also be easy to assemble and fold up.
9. Extra Features
Many large dog strollers come with cool features, such as storage baskets, pockets, cup holders, removable floor pads, and even a bike trailer conversion kit! If you require coffee on your morning walk, look for a cupholder on your stroller. If you are particularly tall or short, check to see if the handlebar is adjustable.
If you often bring your dog shopping or on all-day outings, make sure the dog stroller you choose has plenty of storage space for all of you and your dog’s belongings.
Whatever pet stroller you choose for your large dog, ensure that its size and features will be compatible for you, your walking locations, and your dog.
Avoid dog strollers that are difficult to set up or walk with, and those that will not fit your lifestyle or your dog!
Description: This stylish dog stroller with two zipper doors has a durable aluminum frame and large inflatable tires that allow for a smooth ride over rougher surfaces. Users report that it is sturdy and easy to use. While it is pretty expensive, many buyers insisted it was worth the extra money.
Wheel Type: Two large inflatable (bike style) quick-release rear wheels and a small inflatable front 360° swivel wheel.
Top Cover and Airflow: Good airflow through both mesh doors, mesh panels on the sides, and a zipper opened mesh window in the roof. It comes with a rain cover.
Safety Features: Reflective tiles on the large wheels, two leashes attached inside, footbrake.
Bells and Whistles: Sleek, stylish design. Quick-release tires detach and the dog stroller collapses to fit easily inside the trunk of a small car. The rear entrance has a handy storage pocket.
Weight Rating: 110-pound weight capacity
Inside Measurements: 31”L x 23.5”W x 27”H
Weight of Stroller: 33 pounds
Pros: Users reported this stroller for dogs is easy to assemble, push, and maneuver. They liked its sturdiness and the adjustable push bar, and the inflatable shock-absorbing tires allow for travel over gravel and other rough surfaces.
This dog stroller is 13” off the ground, which is a relatively easy step up for an old or injured dog. The fact that it collapses down to fit in a car is a big plus as well!
Cons: Some users had trouble inflating the front tire. You will also need a bike pump to use this stroller; a pump is not included! Some users complained about having to take off the tires to collapse the dog stroller (although many said this was easy).
Description: This pet stroller provides a comfortable ride for your dog, with robust rubber tires and a steel frame. It resembles a child’s stroller, and comes with the copious amounts of storage one would expect of any good stroller.
Wheel Type: Two medium-sized back wheels, two small 360° revolving front wheels. All are rubber (pump free).
Top Cover and Airflow: Retractable canopy fixed with buckles (not zippers like many other strollers) that is part mesh, part canvas. There is also a rear mesh window.
Safety Features: Front and rear braking system, two leashes attached inside.
Bells and Whistles: This stroller for dogs consists of a sturdy steel frame that folds with a push of your foot to collapse for easy storage, and includes a large undercarriage and three pockets for storage, as well as a cup holder. It also has a reversible handlebar and comes with two machine washable pads for the floor of the stroller.
Weight Rating: 75-pound weight capacity
Inside Measurements: 30”L x 16”W x 25”H
Weight of Stroller: 23 pounds
Pros: Users enjoyed the sturdy frame and durable rubber wheels of this stroller, as well as the fact that it comes completely assembled, and folds for easy storage.
Cons: This dog stroller easily fits medium-sized dogs (beagles, bulldogs, etc.) but is probably not the best option for giant d0g breeds. The stroller carriage is high off the ground, which could make entering and exiting a challenge for a dog that cannot jump, or does not tolerate being lifted.
Description: This dog stroller comes with a hitch to easily convert it into a bike trailer. It also incorporates just about every commonly used stroller safety feature and costs significantly less than many other options on this list.
Wheel Type: One 9.5” front wheel and two 19” rear wheels, all of which are made of rubber and inflatable with a bike pump.
Top Cover and Airflow: Multiple mesh panels and doors on the front, back, sides, and top provide ample airflow.
Safety Features: This trailer stroller for pets has multiple safety features, including a visibility flag, reflective tiles on the front of the trailer and the two large tires, leashes attached inside the carriage, and a hand lock brake system.
Bells and Whistles: This trailer stroller comes with a trailer hitch for conversion into a bicycle trailer. Large wheels, a lightweight steel frame, and water-resistant polyester make this stroller a good option for any conditions.
Weight Rating: 66-pound weight capacity
Inside Measurements: 24”L x 27”W x 22”H
Weight of Stroller: 37 pounds
Pros: The myriad of safety features included in this dog stroller is sure to attract some buyers, and this option is also the cheapest on this list.
Despite its lower cost, it has a good rating with more than 200 reviews! Add to that the fact that it can easily be converted into a bike trailer and it’s easy to see why so many buyers are pleased with their purchase.
Cons: According to some users, this pet stroller has a thin floor that might not comfortably support all dogs. It is also a tight squeeze for large or leggy/tall dogs and is probably best used for medium-sized breeds or multiple small dogs.
Description: The DoggyRide stroller resembles a bike trailer with its big rubber tires and can be converted into one with a separate conversion kit! Users enjoy its easy maneuverability and sturdy build, although it can be a pain to assemble.
Wheel Type: Two big inflatable (bike style) rear wheels and a small front 360° inflatable swivel tire.
Top Cover and Airflow: Top cover is mesh, with a removable window up top, and mesh panels on the sides provide added airflow, although a clear plastic rain cover can cover the front door if needed. The rear door is solid material.
Safety Features: Brake on the left rear wheel, reflective strips on front and sides, and wheels.
Bells and Whistles: This pet trailer stroller includes a cushioned headrest at the front window, quick release wheels for collapsible storage, and the wheel assembly can be removed so the carriage can be used as a crate.
Weight Rating: 110-pound weight capacity
Inside Measurements: 31.5”L x 21”W x 25.5”H
Weight of Stroller: 33 pounds
Pros: Users report that this trailer stroller is easy to steer, can handle rough terrain with a smooth ride, and provides ample room for large dogs (one owner walked their two golden retrievers in the stroller!). You can also purchase a bike trailer conversion kit and go biking with your dog!
Cons: For some users assembly proved to be difficult, particularly attaching the handlebar. This trailer stroller is also one of the pricier options on this list, although most users agree that it is worth the extra money.
Description: The Pet Gear stroller boasts a no-zip technology, and opens from the front or the rear with the push of a button. Because it is low to the ground and opens from both ends your pet can easily enter the stroller and will not have to turn around inside to exit, which is a huge plus for an injured or elderly dog, or even a very big dog who cannot turn around within the confined space.
Wheel Type: Two 6.25 inch plastic/EVA front tires and two 11 inch plastic/EVA back tires.
Top Cover and Airflow: Mesh doors or panels on the sides, rear, and front provide ample airflow. A rain cover can be purchased separately.
Safety Features: Thie Pet Gear dog stroller includes a foot brake and a leash attached inside the compartment.
Bells and Whistles: This Pet Gear no-zip stroller opens from both the front or the back with the push of a button. The handlebar height is adjustable, and the interior pad is removable for easy cleaning.
Weight Rating: 150-pound weight capacity
Inside Measurements: 32”L x 22”W x 23”H
Weight of Stroller: 26 pounds
Pros: The Pet Gear handles well, even with a 100+ pound dog aboard, and users enjoy its easy assembly and its ease in folding for storage.
Cons: Dog owners report that this dog stroller, although it can support up to 150 pounds, does not easily fit a dog that large (e.g. Great Pyrenees). Some buyers also found that the plastic wheels were not very durable on anything other than flat, smooth pavement.
Description: The Towerin Large Pet Stroller is simple, but sturdy (enough to carry 120 pounds!). It is a solid option for big dog breeds at a more affordable price.
Wheel Type: Four small plastic wheels. Front wheels swivel or can be locked in place.
Top Cover and Airflow: Mesh panels on all sides provide ample airflow. There is one door in the front, and a window in the top so your dog can sit upright with his nose in the open air.
Safety Features: This stroller has a brake on one of the rear wheels, but does not include any visibility aids.
Bells and Whistles: This stroller f0r pets is made from waterproof fabric and includes a rear pocket for storage.
Weight Rating: 120-pound weight capacity
Inside Measurements: 25.2”L x 31.5”W x 25.2”H
Weight of Stroller: 27 pounds
Pros: This dog stroller is low to the ground, so old or arthritic dogs have little trouble getting in, and users liked the roomy interior and storage pocket.
Cons: Multiple users found this stroller to be difficult to assemble alone. Some also found that it was too wide to fit through some doorways.
How Do I Get My Dog Used to a Pet Stroller?
Riding inside a confined pet stroller can be a scary experience for any dog, especially one who doesn’t like riding in cars, or being confined to a crate.
Training your dog to get used to riding in a stroller is very similar to crate training. Have patience; it may take a considerable time for your dog to get used to comfortably riding in the stroller. Don’t expect to go for a long walk as soon as the stroller arrives at your house!
Let your dog sniff and explore the pet stroller, and reward her for doing so. Then, with all the doors open, reward her for stepping inside (make sure the brake is on!). Do not lure or drag your dog inside.
With your dog comfortably inside the stroller, try closing the door, and then letting her out again right away. Reward your dog! Repeat each of these steps until your dog is comfortable and happy with all of these behaviors. This may take some time; have patience!
Once your dog is happily sitting inside the dog stroller, try some slow, gentle movements. If your dog is sitting comfortably and isn’t nervous about being moved in the stroller, you’re probably good to go!
Try going for a short walk outside, keeping in mind that your dog might react differently to her surroundings from inside a stroller than she normally did while walking beside you.
Remember to slow down if your dog is uncomfortable, and repeat these steps as many times as your dog needs. Be patient! Before long you and your furry friend will be cruising down the street just like normal!