HuggleHounds “Alpha Dog Carrier”

Photo by HuggleHounds

Best suited for: Over the shoulder carrier
Also works for: Travel bed
Quality: ★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★★★

One of my favorite Seattle pet stores, All the Best, had both sizes of this carrier available when I went there a couple of days ago. I’d never seen it before, so I settled myself on the floor with a measuring tape and a notebook, and took a good look.

Here’s what I liked: The carrier is well-made, with good-quality zippers, big ventilation panels on the front side and both ends, and the very best pad I’ve ever seen in a dog carrier. It’s thick, comfortable, and has a bolstered edge on three sides. A panel on the back can, once unzipped, slip over the extended handle of a suitcase. I like, too, how the carrier’s front and top, once unzipped, lie flat and make the carrier an appealing dog bed:

The black rectangle lying flat is actually the top of the bag; just beyond it is the mesh panel from the front of the bag.

Despite these excellent features, I won’t be buying the Alpha Dog Carrier. Both sizes are really too large for in-cabin airplane use (the Medium, at 20″L x 10″W x 10″H, nearly works, but is a couple of inches too long; the Large, at 22″L x 12″W x 11.5″H, is way too long). Neither is equipped with the straps you need to secure a carrier in a car. The top of the bag, as you can see from the unzipped view, above, is solid, and I don’t like being unable to see down into a carrier from above. The bag has a couple of pockets, but the largest one is on top (where I’d prefer to see a mesh panel) and the other, small one is, oddly, in the bottom of the bag.

Amazon links:
HuggleHounds Alpha Dog Carrier (Medium)
HuggleHounds Alpha Dog Carrier (Large)

One thought on “HuggleHounds “Alpha Dog Carrier””

  1. Thanks for the review about the Alpha Dog Carrier. It’s always refreshing to see a review that points out both the for and against reasons for buying an item.

    I have to agree with you. The con’s for this item outweigh why you would buy it. Not having carrying straps, not being able to fit into an overheard plane locker, no straps and the strange placement of the pockets all contribute to my decision.

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