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
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.
- Decidedly sporty look
- Adjustable head and chin straps
- Padded for a more secure fit
- Only available in one color
- Rubber and foam padding may come loose
- Bridge is not flexible, foldable, or otherwise adjustable
- Made for medium-size and large dogs
- Shatterproof, anti-fog, UV-blocking lenses
- Made of high quality polycarbonate
- Brand: PEDOMUS
- Fit For: Medium-size and large dogs
- UV Protection: Yes
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.
- Adjustable head and chin straps
- Flexible bridge for better fit
- From a trusted, U.S.-based brand
- Some reviewers say lenses scratch easily
- Photo may not accurately represent frame color
- Slightly more expensive than other options
- Available in multiple sizes
- Wind-, UV-, and debris-blocking lenses
- Foam padded
- Brand: Doggles
- Fit For: Dogs of all sizes given different size options
- UV Protection: Yes
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.