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Top 5 FAA Approved Dog Carriers

Going on a weekend getaway or taking a trip with your dog? There’s no reason to travel with an ugly, utilitarian dog bag. We’ve searched high and low to find high quality, modern and chic FAA approved dog carriers so you can fly with your dog in style. Here are some of our favorites:

SturdiBag Green 1. SturdiBag Flex-Height Carrier
It’s by far the lightest bag we’ve seen on the market! The large SturdiBag has been tested to safely carry a pet up to 40 pounds and only weighs 2.6 pounds!!! The design is made to flex down when your dog is under airline seats and pops back into shape after the flight. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
Dogs of Glamour 2. Dogs of Glamour Glam Tote Dog Carrier
Perfect for your jet setting dog! The Glam Tote from Dogs of Glamour fuses fashionable form and function into your look. Crafted from faux leather and featuring top and side ventilation, this dog carrier adds chic yet practical style to both you and your dog.
Sleepypod Air In-Cabin Pet Carrier 3. Sleepypod Air In-Cabin Pet Carrier
The Sleepypod Air is a very stylish in-cabin dog carrier. If you’re worried about your dog being too cramped in the plane, worry no more. It has a folding system that allows your dog to travel in the largest space possible, while still being under an airline seat. Comes in various colors.
Petego Jet Set Pet Carrier, Airline Approved 4. Petego Jet Set Dog Carrier
For years we’ve used this bag to take our dog, Kobi (a 18lbs Havanese), on airplanes across the U.S. and to Europe. It’s our go-to bag for any trips, i.e. train, plane, automobile. Not only is this dog carrier airline approved, but you can also change the straps to safely strap in your dog bag to the seat of your car.
Teafco Argo Designer Pet Carrier Airline Approved Pet Avion Travel Carrier 5. Teafco Argo Designer Pet Carrier
This bag was designed for canine-loving fashionistas who travel with their furry friends everywhere. It has 5 external zipper pockets for easy organization and storage. It’s recommended for dogs up to 15lbs and the bag is very light weight at only 2.2 lbs. Comes in different colors.

 

Looking for a different design? Check out our selection of other cool dog bags/carriers in our Dog Bags and Carriers section in our shop.

Before you take off with your dog on an airplane, please read our tips on Flying with Your Dog on a Plane and Traveling with Your Dog on an Airplane.  You’ll learn about what to do a before you fly, as well as, tips for your day of travel.

Lightweight Dog Bag by Sturdi Products

SturdiBag GreenAs we’re always on the search for great dog bags / carriers, we were thrilled to discover the SturdiBag Flex-Height Carrier! The first thing you notice is how light the bag is. The SturdiBag large only weighs 2.6 pounds, despite that it has been tested to safely carry a pet up to 40 pounds and has the dimentions: 18 L x 12 H x 12 W inches. It’s by far the lightest bag we’ve seen on the market!

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One the key advantages of the SturdiBag is the patented flex-height design with flexible rods that allow the carrier to flex down without collapsing to conform to under seat heights. Then the bag pops back into shape when it is no longer stored under the airline seat. Many dog carriers do not have this extra support and as a result the bag does not hold its shape and the top can collapse down on your dog.

The SturdiBag is made of durable 600 denier polyester with urethane coating, which makes it very durable and water resistant. It comes in a variety of colors and is available in 5 sizes for the standard model (non-divided) and 2 sizes for the divided models. It also has pockets so you can put your dog’s leash or treats in it. There is one back storage pocket on the 5 standard models and deep side pockets on the 2 divided model. The SturdiBag is also easy to clean and completely machine washable.
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The SturdiBag includes:

  • Adjustable 4-point padded shoulder strap & leather hand grip
  • Retractable privacy flaps on all mesh windows
  • Seatbelt safety straps for car travel
  • Interior Comfort Pad secured by Velcro
  • Zipper Security Clips and a tether for safety and security

The SturdiBag Flex-Height Pet Carrier comes with a Comfort Pad which is covered with soft fleece. This light weight Comfort Pad is filled with a cushy, convoluted or “egg-crate” style foam that provides air circulation and superior weight distribution for support, comfort and pressure relief. The Comfort Pad may be beneficial for aging pets and/or pets with arthritic or other orthopedic problems. If your dog really likes the Comfort Pad in the SturdiBag, you can purchase additional ones to use around the house. There are various Comfort Pad cover designs and colors so you can find one that suits your home.

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SturdiBags come in a variety of colors, designs and sizes

The company Sturdi Products really stands behind their products. All SturdiBag pet carriers and other products are warranted against manufacturer defect for the life of the product.

They will also replace parts as needed or handle special requests such as installing customized/heavy mesh. Sturdi Products has been catering to the needs of professional dog handlers and groomers since 1993. So they really have a “high touch” when it comes to customer service.

Sturdi Bag for 2

Divided SturdiBag has 2 Pet Compartments!

Sturdi Products was founded on the principle of decreasing the stress of both pets and people by designing better products for use when traveling with pets. Sturdi now offers over 40 professional quality & innovative products.

SturdiBox

SturdiBox

They also make the SturdiBox which is great for both on the road and at home. Built out of high-quality, durable materials, the SturdiBox waterproof and built to last. Folds flat and snaps closed for packing! You can see in the photo here are two smalls (holds 1/2 gallon and 8″L x 5″W x 4″D inches), one in purple filled with water and the other folded in black.

Dogs of Glamour – Fabulous Dog Fashion

Dogs of GlamourEarlier this year, we discovered and fell in love with Dogs of Glamour dog fashion designs, especially their travel bags. The Dogs of Glamour Glam Tote Dog Carrier even made it on our Dogsized list of Top 5 FAA Approved Dog Carriers.

It was a pleasure to sit down with one of the founders, Christian Velasco, to learn more about this unique brand.

How did Dogs of Glamour get started?

Dogs of GlamourIn 2007, Chris Price and I (Christian Velasco) decided to start a hip pet boutique in Los Angeles, California named D.O.G (Dogs of Glamour) Pet Boutique. Our mission was to offer new trends and styles to pampering dog owners all around the world.

check-chain-harnessSoon it became one of the hottest places to shop for your dog. Celebrity clients like Paris Hilton, Anne Hathaway and Charlize Theron are D.O.G regulars. Even genuine princesses stopped by with their royal pups!

D.O.G was featured on countless TV segments like The Tonight Show, E! News and Good Morning America. With all this popularity, D.O.G still had one missing ingredient that many of our customers kept on asking for – our own collection of products.

Dogs of Glamour Classic Tote

In early 2013 D.O.G gave birth to a new line of designer pet products named Dogs of Glamour. The line premiered at SuperZoo with rave reviews! Having owned D.O.G. for over 7 years, we listened to clients and learned what was missing in the industry. Our line now features dog clothes, harnesses, carriers, beds, toys and rugs.

Launching Dogs of Glamour was a perfect fit to the retail business and so far has been a huge success. In the past year Dogs of Glamour has gained distribution in all of Europe and Russia, Japan and Korea.

Dogs of Glamour RugWhat’s the inspiration for your designs?

We create all of our designs by keeping a close eye on the latest trends and styles in the human fashion industry. Designers like Michael Kors and Kate Spade are a huge inspiration.

What are your most popular products?

Alexander-Black-Quilt-CarrierOur airline approve purse carriers are our best sellers. More and more dog owners are traveling with their pets, so these carriers are the perfect way to jet set with their furry best friends.

Any new product launches?

Yes, our most anticipated Alexander Carrier was just released. This fabulous bag is crafted from quilted vegan leather, featuring side ventilation, front pockets, a plush faux fur inner pad, braided handles for extra comfort and style. This fashionable pet purse adds fashion and function to both you and your dog.

Serena Williams with Chip and Lorelei

serena williamsSerena Williams was back in Spain for the Madrid Open with her best friends Chip and Lorelei. You can see them all out for a stroll with Serena’s trainer and the physiotherapist, Esther Lee. The fashionista is carrying a very cute pink dog bag. We think it might be a pink Kwigy-Bo Alex Dog Carrier.

Serena was back to defend her women’s champion title from last year, only to have to withdraw due to an aggravated thigh strain just before her quarter-final against Petra Kvitova. She flew straight to Italy, where she hopes a first-round bye will give her time to recover in time for the Rome Masters.

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