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QUMY Dog Goggles

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These aren’t just dog sunglasses. They’re dog goggles, and they have over 1,300 Amazon reviews. More than 80 percent of reviewers give them four or five stars, and the proof is in the pictures: lots of pictures of content doggos wearing their sleek-looking QUMY eyewear in colors that compliment their coats and personalities.

These dog sunglasses have shatterproof polycarbonate lenses that resist fog, filter and reduce UV, and physically block the wind and debris. They are available in six colors (black, blue, red, white, pink, and yellow). They fold at the bridge of the nose and have adjustable elasticized straps to ensure a snugger fit.

The sunglasses’ top-rated review tells the story of NoraJean, a senior pug who struggles with glaucoma and arthritis. She was no longer able to enjoy long walks and had trouble seeing in bright sunlight. Her owner did the needful, researching and learning that pup sunglasses or goggles could help. Enter NoraJean’s pink QUMY Dog Goggles, which her owner says fit her perfectly (yes, there are pictures to prove it). Her owner says she’s “beyond happy” to have purchased these, shouting out the drawstring bag that keeps them from getting scratched and noting that the chin and head straps are well made.

Most less-than-satisfied reviewers share their concerns about fit and durability, one noting that a lens popped out, another that they don’t stand up to saltwater (this particular reviewer bought them to protect her dog’s eyes from glare when they go out paddle boarding -- how cute!), and a few noting that the coating scratches easily. Of course, even if you like the sunglasses, dogs’ heads are shaped differently, and some dogs simply won’t leave them on. They are returnable with Amazon Prime, and keep in mind that, typically, you get what you pay for, and these dog sunglasses cost less than $10.

Key Features

  • Made for dogs 15 pounds and up
  • Available in 6 colors
  • Shatterproof, anti-fog, UV-blocking lenses

Specifications

  • Brand: QUMY
  • Fit For: Dogs over 15 pounds
  • UV Protection: Yes

Pros

  • Amazon seller provides detailed measurements
  • Come with a storage bag to prevent scratches
  • Adjustable fit with foldable bridge and elastic straps

Cons

  • Not suitable for smaller dogs
  • May not stand up to moisture, saltwater, or frequent wear
  • Some reviewers say lenses scratch too easily

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Enjoying Dog Goggles

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Little dogs seem to enjoy these tiny goggles. Over 80 percent of reviewers give them either four or five stars, and there are numerous pictures of small dogs (think Pomeranians, Chiweenies, and Shih Tzus) sporting them with their heads sticking out windows and in sundry photoshoots.

The dog sunglasses are available in multiple colors and styles including -- for some reason -- a blue jack-o'-lantern motif. If that’s not up your or your dog’s alley, opt for black or pink instead. The lenses of the black and pink pairs are windproof and UV-blocking, and the bridge is flexible, which allows for better eye protection. Note that the blue jack-o'-lantern dog sunglasses have a rigid bridge that will not conform to your pup’s face.

One of the top reviews tells the story of Samson, a Havanese-Shih Tzu mix whose owner got him these sunnies after realizing he needed a pair when he joined the family for a river tubing trip. According to the review, at first Samson was unsure about the sun glasses and tried taking them off, but now he wears them happily whenever it’s sunny out. Hopefully there are many happy and squint-free river days in his future!

Multiple reviewers have expressed that they wish these dog sunglasses were smaller and fit better. The bottom line is they’re not snug enough for truly tiny breeds. Also, the lenses have a rather odd kidney bean-like shape and a few reviewers note they fog up quickly, obstructing their dogs’ views.

Key Features

  • Made for smaller dogs
  • Available in multiple colors and styles
  • Windproof, UV-blocking lenses

Specifications

  • Brand: Enjoying
  • Fit For: Small dogs and even cats
  • UV Protection: Yes

Pros

  • Adjustable head and chin straps
  • Padded for a more comfortable fit
  • Flexible bridge for better fit

Cons

  • Odd bean-like shape
  • Not small enough for tinier breeds
  • Lenses may fog up, obstructing dog’s view

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Style Vault G006 Dog Vintage Retro Sunglasses

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These are the first traditional-looking dog sunglasses on our list. Unlike the QUMY- and Enjoying-brand options, which are goggles and sunglasses in one, these retro-inspired sunglasses do provide 100 percent UV protection, but they’re not intended to block the wind or debris.

They have a solid 4 out of 5 average star rating, and reviewers call them cute, perfect for dress up, and “the best ridiculous Amazon purchase I ever made” (which is probably saying a lot considering the ridiculous things that can be purchased on Amazon). Despite not being in the official product photos, these sunglasses do come with a chin strap, which is shown in some reviewers’ pictures. A carrying pouch is also included.

Style Vault makes it very clear that these sunglasses aren’t fit for dogs with wider faces (think Shar-Peis, Chow Chows, bulldogs, and so on). Many medium-size dogs’ owners complain that the sunglasses are too small for them, too. At least one reviewer notes that the glasses are too rigid for both their dogs, who have different head and muzzle shapes and sizes.

Key Features

  • Made for medium-size dogs
  • UV-blocking lenses
  • Available in an array of frame and lens color combinations

Specifications

  • Brand: Style Vault
  • Fit For: Medium-size dogs, NOT breeds with wider faces
  • UV Protection: Yes

Pros

  • Classic sunglasses look
  • Come with a carrying pouch to prevent scratches
  • Chin and under-ear straps facilitate a more secure fit

Cons

  • Run small and definitely not suited for breeds with wider faces
  • Do not provide protection from wind or debris
  • Bridge is not flexible, foldable, or otherwise adjustable

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PEDOMUS Dog Sunglasses

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These dog sunglasses are decidedly sportier looking than anything we’ve considered so far. In fact, they look like high-end ski goggles. They have a 4.2 average rating from over 260 customers, and depending on where you live, you could get them via next-day delivery.

One thing that sets these UV-, wind-, and dust-blocking dog sunglasses apart is the fact that there aren’t two individual goggles meant to isolate each of your dog’s eyes. Some reviewers note that this works better for their dogs. The body of the product is made of flexible polycarbonate, and the lenses are anti-fog, shatterproof, impact resistant, and UV blocking. The two-strap system is fully adjustable and ensures a snugger fit, which is obvious in numerous photos from both the seller and Amazon reviewers.

The lenses are rubber and foam padded, however, numerous reviewers say these components either come loose after a few uses or don’t really block the wind. Finally, because there’s no adjustable bridge, the fit is not well suited to all dogs’ head and snout shapes.

Key Features

  • Made for medium-size and large dogs
  • Shatterproof, anti-fog, UV-blocking lenses
  • Made of high quality polycarbonate

Specifications

  • Brand: PEDOMUS
  • Fit For: Medium-size and large dogs
  • UV Protection: Yes

Pros

  • Decidedly sporty look
  • Adjustable head and chin straps
  • Padded for a more secure fit

Cons

  • Only available in one color
  • Rubber and foam padding may come loose
  • Bridge is not flexible, foldable, or otherwise adjustable

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Doggles Originalz, Chrome

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If you’re after a steampunk look for your pooch, this could be your pair. These dog sunglasses are made by industry leader Doggles, an American company that prides itself on innovating dog goggles, eco-friendly dog toys, and more (and for having been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and beyond).

Nearly 300 reviewers give these chrome-look goggles 4.3 out of 5 stars, and the top-rated review claims these sunglasses saved her dog. The pooch, who was 17 years old and in renal failure, started experiencing UV sunlight-induced seizures. These sunglasses’ UV-blocking lenses made it possible for her to go outside seizure free. “This product has offered her (and me) more quality time...which is, after all...what we are buying with these wonderful creatures,” the grateful dog owner wrote.

Like the Enjoying Dog Goggles that took Honorable Mention, these dog sunglasses have a flexible bridge that, in combination with the adjustable head and chin straps, contributes to a snugger, more customized fit. They also have foam padding for increased comfort.

Note that a few reviewers say Doggles’ lenses scratch easily (especially if a dog manages to get them off of their head while outside). Others note that the frames are not true to color.

Key Features

  • Available in multiple sizes
  • Wind-, UV-, and debris-blocking lenses
  • Foam padded

Specifications

  • Brand: Doggles
  • Fit For: Dogs of all sizes given different size options
  • UV Protection: Yes

Pros

  • Adjustable head and chin straps
  • Flexible bridge for better fit
  • From a trusted, U.S.-based brand

Cons

  • Some reviewers say lenses scratch easily
  • Photo may not accurately represent frame color
  • Slightly more expensive than other options
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You might want to order a pair of dog sunglasses for an upcoming photo -- or just to spruce up your pooch’s look. But there’s also the possibility that sunglasses could benefit your dog’s eye health and beyond. Depending on your needs, here are a few things to keep in mind as you consider the best dog sunglasses for your four-legged friend.

Sunglasses Or Goggles?

Most dog sunglasses are actually dog goggles. They fit close to the head (not a suction fit like human swimming goggles, though some have that look) and block wind and debris, making them a good choice for dogs who really need all the sunlight blocked (consider the geriatric pooch who benefitted from the Doggles Originalz reviewed above) or who will be cruising on a motorcycle or with their heads out car windows.

If you prefer a more classic sunglasses look, opt for something along the lines of Style Vault’s G006 Dog Vintage Retro Sunglasses, which look like regular human sunglasses but have attached head and chin straps. Just be aware that these dog sunglasses don’t completely block sunlight, wind, or debris.

Size And Fit

Chin and head straps are essential to keeping your dog’s sunglasses on their head, but there are a few other elements that can contribute to a good fit. First and foremost, you need to order sunglasses that are suited to your dog’s size and breed. Some manufacturers clearly state which breeds and sizes their product is and isn’t suited for. In other cases, a product is available in multiple sizes.

If you’re open to trying dog goggles, you may want to opt for a pair with a flexible or foldable bridge. This will allow the sunglasses to fit closer to your dog’s face (sometimes too close if your dog’s eyes bulge a bit, in which case you might want to try a product like PEDOMUS’s Dog Sunglasses).

UV Protection

If you’re buying sunglasses just for a photoshoot or gag, there’s no need to worry about whether your dog sunglasses of choice have UV protection. But if your dog has health problems, and especially any eye-related issues, buying a pair of dog sunglasses with UV protection could be in their interest. PetMD hosts a good resource on indications for dog sunglasses and dog goggles that suggests your dog’s breed is largely at play. Surprisingly, it’s the physical protection dog sunglasses and goggles provide that’s more important than the UV protection in most cases, but the best dog sunglasses, including all the products we’ve featured, typically have UV protection, even if your pup doesn’t need it.

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