10 Best & Most Practical Dog Sling Carriers (in 2022)

Need to bring your dog with you on a hike but the conditions make it tough to walk it on a leash? Then it's time to invest in a dog sling carrier!

Everyone knows that dogs are meant to be walked on leashes, right? Well, what happens if doing so is inconvenient, impractical, or just plain impossible due to a dog’s condition? It’s simple, the answer’s a dog sling carrier.

Well, that’s not the only answer as you can also go with a dog backpack carrier, but we’re here to talk about sling carriers. Now, let’s just say if you have a Great Dane, you’re not going to need anything like this. For certain, sling carriers are equipped to handle smaller dogs.

Anything too substantial in size you wouldn’t want to carry around for more than a few seconds anyway. But it’s fair to say that there are many of you who have small dogs who would like to carry them around with sling carriers. Let’s just cut the chit-chat and roll this bad boy.

1. YUDODO Dog Sling Carrier

Umm, let’s just say that this is easily the most popular option in the world. It’s a best seller on Amazon for a reason and while we don’t just want to agree with everyone else, it’s kind of hard not to in this particular instance.

Sure, this isn’t perfect in every way but seeing how nothing in this world is perfect, it’s about as good a combination of value, practicality, breathability, adjustability, and style that you’re going to get out of a dog sling carrier.

So, it was alluded to, what exactly is “wrong” with this thing? It can be a little difficult to get your pooch inside of it and the strap can cut into your shoulder (though that’s almost inevitable with any sling carrier out there).

Pros

  • Several colors are available
  • Made with breathable mesh
  • The strap is adjustable

Cons

  • Can cut into your shoulder a bit
  • Tricky to get your dog inside
  • Strap is too long for some

2. Alfie Pet Front Sling Carrier

There are a few things right away that you’ll notice with this dog sling carrier. It’s pricier than most on the market and it comes with two shoulder straps instead of just one. Sure, you could just call this a backpack, but it’s really not as your pooch still rests in front of you.

In terms of its design, we almost placed this number one on our list. For starters, the dual-padded straps make it about as comfortable as any out there. Additionally, the overall construction is above average, there are many pockets for storage, and it comes with an inner hook that connects to the harness.

The one feature we would’ve liked to see was the addition of mesh in the actual inside of the sling. There are mesh windows on the top but the breathability for your little one will still not be very ideal.

Pros

  • Very well-made sling
  • Features two shoulder straps
  • Can also be carried with one strap

Cons

  • Not very breathable
  • Not a very dynamic adjustment
  • A little pricey

3. Alfie Pet Reversible Sling Carrier

Being the 2nd straight entry from Alfie Pet and seeing how they hold two of the top three spots, it’s fair to say that they have a pretty good pulse on what dog sling carrier users need and want. This one’s much more affordable than the previous model we just covered, but it doesn’t sacrifice a whole lot of quality.

On top of being reversible, there are also a number of different color options to choose from. You know, you might as well look good with your pup, right? Of course, great appeal means nothing without a great design, and this has just that.

From its spacious design to the excellent quality control, not too many of you will be disappointed with it. The shoulder strap is also adjustable, for the record, and a safety collar hook is included for additional peace of mind.

Pros

  • The overall quality is great
  • It’s an adjustable design
  • Features a very soft feel

Cons

  • Metal loops are uncomfortable
  • Can be heavy after a while
  • Hard to get the pup inside

4. SlowTon Pet Carrier

Earlier, we had made mention of the fact that a dog sling carrier is really only fit for smaller dogs. So, when we say that this specific option is only good for small dogs, it could lead to some confusion. The thing is the weight limit for this item just appears to be off.

It’s probably best to avoid getting anywhere near the 12 or 13-pound weight that this says it can handle. It just works better for smaller pups lighter than say eight pounds in weight.

Elsewhere, the zippered pocket is a really nice addition for some personal items. Oh, and the shoulder strap has pretty good padding and also can be adjusted. Even better is the fact that this carrier is machine washable.

Pros

  • A very soft bag
  • The extra pocket is nice
  • Has an adjustable shoulder strap

Cons

  • The weight limit seems off
  • Only fit for really small dogs
  • Buttons could easily be chewed

5. CRMADA Carrier Bag

Contrary to many on the market, this dog sling carrier doesn’t come with an adjustable strap. We guess you could say it’s a universal fit, but that’s honestly not really the case. As a matter of fact, the strap is quite long.

If you do some research for yourself, you’ll find that many reviewers have commented on the long strap. Where this comes into play is if you’re short. No, we’re not making fun of anyone who’s short, but this bag might hang a little too low. The good news, however, is with some DIY magic, you can actually shorten the strap if you wanted to.

But outside of the strap, this sucker is machine washable, built for pet safety (it sports an external security hasp) reversible, and comfortable for both you and your doggie.

Pros

  • Very soft material
  • It’s machine washable
  • High-quality bag overall

Cons

  • The strap is very long
  • Non-adjustable
  • Uncomfortable after too long

6. Buddy Tastic Pet Sling Carrier

As a dog sling carrier, it’s not as if this is that much different than what buyers come to expect with them. With that being said, it still remains one of the utter best in the world due to its quality. It doesn’t get much more important than that, after all.

It’s also not like you’re paying an arm and a leg for this carrier, either, so the quality is really good for the price. The zippered pocket is solid and really nice to have, and the 100 percent cotton makeup is both durable and comfortable. Topped off with a security clasp for good measure, you have yourself a great buy.

Let’s lastly point out, however, that the strap is kind of short. Though it can be adjusted to fit your preference, taller users may still find it’s too short at its longest length. Just keep that in mind.

Pros

  • Really nice fabric
  • The front pocket is convenient
  • Well-made for the price

Cons

  • Strap may be too short for some
  • Can be too deep for smaller dogs
  • Gets a little cramped inside

7. Retro Pug Dog Carrier

Retro Pug is just the name of the brand, for the record, and if you’re anything like us, you’ll end up being kind of disappointed that this isn’t a retro-inspired design of some sort. When you get over that, though, you realize just how good this dog sling carrier is.

One of its standout features is the fact that it’s waterproof. Of course, this is almost a double-edged sword of sorts because, during hotter weather, this won’t be the best for either you or your dog. Still, it’s nice that it’s waterproof.

As for its safety, it comes designed with a safety strap. Perhaps the only real issue is the leash is somewhat on the small side. You might have to use an additional carabiner to make it work. Overall, however, this is stylish, affordable, high-quality, and comfortable for your pooch.

Pros

  • Great stylish carrier
  • The strap is well-designed
  • Comes with storage pockets

Cons

  • The safety leash is small
  • Not the best during hot climates
  • Not a ton of support for your dog

8. TOMKAS Dog Carrier

A few shortcomings aside, which will be documented, this is just another rock-solid dog sling carrier for you to think about purchasing. So many choices, are we right? What we will say is this, this sucker is built to last.

In addition to being made with breathable, soft fabric, the carrier overall was clearly designed with care and time. Now, in spite of the softer fabric, a bit more support could’ve been provided at the bottom for your pup.

Then again, that seems to be kind of a common issue with these types of carriers. There’s also only one pocket that can be used to store your items. So, if that sort of thing isn’t going to work for you, just be aware that this isn’t loaded with storage features.

Pros

  • Made with nice and soft material
  • Clip is a nice safety feature
  • Well-built and well-finished

Cons

  • Could use support at the bottom
  • Not a lot of storage features
  • Only ideal for smaller dogs

9. Cuby Dog and Cat Carrier

It’s all about perspective and opinion, but we venture to say that this dog sling carrier is the most stylish option that money can buy. There are even additional color options to choose from and the sling itself is reversible. Not bad, huh?

Clearly, though, it’s not just about how good your sling looks, it’s about whether or not it can sufficiently deliver what you need it to. The thing about this is it’s kind of advertised as a universal model. Yet, the dual metal rings do allow the strap to be adjusted.

Kind of odd seeing how some have complained that it’s not adjustable. We think the designers should’ve been a little more obvious with their intentions. Regardless, outside of some final sewing that probably should’ve been done, this is a well-built piece.

Pros

  • Well-made overall
  • Soft fabric with a soft lining
  • As stylish as it gets

Cons

  • Not the best adjustment system
  • Sewing needs to be finished
  • Not a ton of shoulder padding

10. Jekeno Sling Carrier

Another really good-looking dog sling carrier, you’re probably going to be the talk of the town with this bad boy. We’re probably going to sound like a broken record at this point, but the reason to really like this is due to its pet safety, adjustable design, and comfort for your pooch.

Let’s just say that this carrier doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, but it doesn’t need to. You could almost consider this a staple design of sorts, and, due to this, you know that some shortcomings are present.

For the most part, it’s pretty darn small. It claims to hold pets up to 13 pounds, but we don’t know if we buy that or not. Aim for anything under seven or eight pounds. Also, the strap isn’t padded all that well, so it may get uncomfortable for you after too long.

Pros

  • Built for pet safety
  • Well-made for the most part
  • Very easy to wash

Cons

  • Only good for really small dogs
  • Can be uncomfortable
  • Cellphone pocket could be larger

Frequently asked questions

Are dog slings bad for dogs?

Well, it sure would be pointless to do research to find the best dog sling carrier if all of them were bad for your dog, right? You better believe it, so you better believe the answer to this question is no. However, it’s a common question. In reality, dog slings could be bad for dogs if they’re too big for them. Remember, they’re really only fit for smaller dogs, and even some small dogs won’t fit into slings that are too small for them. If that makes any darn sense that is.

Are slings comfortable for dogs?

We’re not going to say it’s impossible to ask your dog if they find a sling carrier comfortable as you can probably get the answer based on how they react to the one that you put them in. In general, though, assuming they’re the right size for the sling they’re in, all of them will be optimized to be comfortable for your pooch. By their materials, weight-distribution designs, and other features they’re able to do this.

Should your dog be able to stand up in a carrier?

Kind of. They shouldn’t be standing on their back paws the whole time, but they should have enough space to freely move around and stretch out and such. Remember, these things aren’t designed for anything but small dogs. If you ever want to measure your dog to see how “long” they are, measure along the base of their neck to the root of their tail.

Are dog carriers safe?

If there’s one thing that a lot of the 10 dog sling carriers above have in common, it’s the fact that they’re designed for pet safety. Most do this with one or two safety features that make it unlikely that a dog would just fall out of the carrier and land on the ground. A good example is those that are designed with safety hooks that can attach to dog collars.

Later, skater!

That was pretty much it for what we think are the best dog sling carriers. It really comes down to the size of your dog and in what conditions you’re going to carry your dog.

If you’re going for a longer hike, then go for something super comfortable and lightweight, but if you’re going for shorter walk, something durable would probably be your go-to purchase.

Either way, happy looking – and happy carrying! (if that’s even a thing)

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Tyler Jones

Tyler is much like a swiss knife. Even though he has a degree in Computer Science, he knows almost everything there is to know about camping. He has been writing for HeadlessNomad since 2021 and has contributed with over 100 articles. If you have an outdoor-related question, then Tyler much likely knows the answer.