This morning, my sister sent me a video of her English bulldog, Pork Roll, sitting behind an ottoman with his tongue stuck out. He looked a little fussy (he often is). Maybe it’s because he wished it was a warmer day so he could be tarrying on the front porch or off for a walk.
Well, he’s not really a fan of long walks, especially when the sun’s beating down. He overheats quickly and gives in to his exhaustion without reservation. Cajoling him into moving when he’s decided it’s too hot is … a challenge. But then, maybe it’s all that bright sunlight that he’s not such a fan of. Maybe he’d be more calm, cool, and collected on walks and wherever he goes, if he had a pair of the best dog sunglasses.
Whether you want to try a pair for your pooch for the first time or already know your dog enjoys wearing shades, these are some of the best options on Amazon, from those that look suited to protecting Fido’s eyes during long rides in your motorcycle’s sidecar to more pedestrian pairs that say, “Dogs love poolside barbecues and walks on the beach just as much as their owners do.”
The Best Dog Sunglasses
Dog Sunglasses Buying Guide
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).
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.