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How to Choose the Best Dog Carrier for Me & My Dog?

When we first got Teddy there was nothing better than taking him out with us on adventures, but we'd soon find his adorable little puppy legs would grow tired and he'd love nothing more than to be carried (we later learnt that refusing to walk in the rain is also a stubborn trait of this adorable breed!).

This little cream dachshund Teddy inspired the creation of this brand and our luxury dog carriers for puppies and small dogs - he's certainly a dachshund of distinction who knows exactly what he likes and what he doesn't. And nothings changed when it comes to going on adventures together. It's still the best. 

Between us we've road tested all our new products and he passes the paw of approval over everything we launch. Some things don't make it. So what you see is only the best of course.

Luxury Pink velvet dog carrier with Teddy the Dachshund

We are often asked 'which dog carrier is best for me/my dog?' and 'which size dog carrier should I choose?' so we've put together a handy little guide for you....

And for those of you are thinking, 'why do I need a dog carrier?' it's simply been a lifesaver on many occasions - keeping him secure & happy on public transport, a little happy place in cafes, sneaking into shops, comforting at the vets, time out from visitors, protecting those little legs from escalators and the list goes on...

But before you choose one, here are some helpful guidelines to narrow down the selection.

 1. Consider what you're using the dog carrier for 

Our soft sided dog carriers are great for trips on the move, lightweight, easy to carry, easy to pack and oh so comfy! Your dog will feel safe and secure for trips about town or a short trip away plus all our styles fully zip open to become a handy travel bed for dogs in need of some shut eye.

If you plan to fly, you should always check with your airline - there are numerous different size and construction requirements and you don't want to get stuck so you might find another style more suited for commercial flights. 

Luxury Pink Dog Carrier by Teddy Maximus

2. Measure your Dog 

Our carriers come in two sizes - small and medium. We've yet to manage a large dog on our shoulder!

We suggest measuring your dog's height (sitting, shoulder height to the ground), length (from collar/neck to base of tail) and weight to select the correct size. As a guide we recommend our small carriers for puppies and dogs up to around 4.5kgs (a small yorkie for example) and our medium for dogs up to around 8-9kgs (a King Charles Cavalier for example). 

Liberty Print Luxury Dog Carrier by Teddy Maximus

Top Tip: 

If your dog is between sizes we recommend considering going up a size to ensure they are comfortable - don't forget that having slightly more room means you can use your carrier as a travel bed - and you can make it extra cosy inside with one of our personalised blankets. We also recommend making the harness clip inside shorter by putting a knot through it. 

3. Choose a Style 

Consider your lifestyle with your pooch and where you love to go together - are you a country type who loves the outdoors? Then our Adventurerwith waterproof fabric, zip and base might be the one for can also adjust the straps and wear it cross-body. 

The Adventurer Waterproof Dog Carrier by Teddy Maximus

Are you a fashionista at heart who loves luxe fabrics and the latest trends? Then the Queen Bee, the Louisor our Liberty print might be the one for you...

Perhaps you love timeless style, then our plaid designs are always a firm fav and come with handy side pockets and a removable, washable cushion too. The Pink Shetland Wool and Sand Shetland Woolcome with some adorable matching pieces! So cute! 

And if you prefer vegan products, our Marylebone, Melody, Richmond and James styles are all vegan friendly featuring sophisticated neutral colours and can be put in the wash and many of these styles also come with the option of a waterproof base as seen on our Liberty version below...

Luxury Dog Carrier with waterproof base by Teddy Maximus

We hope the above has been helpful - wishing you lots of great adventures with your pooch - remember to tag us as we LOVE to see! #teddymaximus on twitter:@teddymaximus Instagram: @teddy_maximus Facebook: @TeddyMaximusUK

Warmest woofs,

Holly & Teddy xxx

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