Do you like to take your Frenchie on adventures?
If so, how do they travel? Or are they doing all of the hard work themselves?
There comes a time in every Frenchie owner’s life when it seems right to give your furry friend a break from huffing and puffing so they can ride first class.
Whether you’re taking a bike ride, a long hike, or you want to simply give your bully a unique vantage point from up high, dog carrier backpacks are an intriguing solution. None more so than the K9 Sport Sack, which has received worldwide interest from Frenchie owners.
Dog backpacks are of particular interest to French Bulldog owners due to their small size and tendency to overheat in hot conditions.
This article will provide a comprehensive K9 Sport Sack review specifically for French Bulldog owners, but first, what are we even talking about?
What is the K9 Sport Sack?
The creators of the K9 Sport Sack invented their unique dog carrier out of frustration. Having tried pretty much everything on the market, none of the available options for dog carriers seemed capable of cutting it for long bike rides. In every single case, either the dog or the human was uncomfortable, leading these pet accessory innovators to come up with their own solution.
The K9 Sport Sack is a unique type of dog carrier that molds to the contours of your back while providing your dog with a comfortable place to rest their paws. So closely does the K9 Sport Sack resemble the types of backpacks used for toddlers and babies that owners of this innovative dog carrier might get some odd looks on the street. But the comfort and versatility of the Sport Sack seems to make up for any silliness inherent to the design.
In this K9 Sport Sack review, we’ll go over all the pros and cons of this dog carrier so that you can make an educated decision when considering whether or not to buy this Frenchie accessory.
Here is Frankie enjoying a ride in the K9 Sport Sack:
Why would you consider getting a K9 Sport Sack?
If you’re just as dissatisfied with the conventional options available for pet carrying as the inventors of the K9 Sport Sack were, this innovative dog carrying apparatus might be right up your alley.
The K9 Sport Sack is especially useful if you have an exceedingly active lifestyle, though pretty much anyone who goes anywhere with their dog can benefit from this cute and comfortable doggie backpack.
Just make sure that your dog is the right size for the backpack before you make the investment; certain dogs just aren’t meant to be carried. However, almost all sizes of French Bulldog will fit in a K9 Sport Sack.
Types of people that can benefit from the K9 Sport Sack:
- Instagrammers (endless cute photo opportunities)
Another Frenchie loving this backpack:
Pros of the K9 Sport Sack
When searching for the ideal product, it’s always important to fully comprehend the benefits and detractors of a potential purchase. There are a number of unique advantages of the K9 Sport Sack that should be taken into consideration:
- Multiple sizes: in order to fit the size and shape of your dog, the K9 Sport Sack comes in several different sizes and 5 different models. You can purchase a K9 Sport Sack in extra-small, small, medium, or large to fit the needs of your pooch. The various models are The Trainer, The Air, The Air Plus, The Urban, and The Rover. (More details below)
- Variety of colors: There are quite a few colors that you can select for your K9 Sport Sack. The available color options include red, cobalt blue, gray, mint, and black.
- According to the marketing copy, the K9 Sport Sack is veterinarian approved, though no actual names of doctors are given.
- The sides of this dog carrier are vented to keep your pet from overheating.
- There are two adjustable pockets on the side for carrying items like water bottles, smartphones, and puppy snacks.
- There’s a D-ring on the top of the backpack for hooking up your dog’s collar or harness.
- There’s also a clip on the backpack made specifically for attaching a dog whistle, which seems a little bit odd but convenient nonetheless.
- Soft velcro lines the sides of the backpack to make it easy to attach accessories like name tags and safety lights.
- The straps on the K9 Sport Sack are lined with mesh and contain Foam-Tek padding for extra comfort.
Overall, the K9 Sport Sack appears to be ergonomically designed and comfortable for both owner and pet. Reviews are largely positive and the company boasts over 25,000 satisfied customers.
Since there are multiple size options available, those with different sizes of dogs have nothing to complain about. The concept and implementation of the K9 Sport Sack seem sound and the multitude of color choices is definitely a plus.
Cons of the K9 Sport Sack
Certain customers have, however, pointed out what appear to be design flaws in the construction of the K9 Sport Sack. One red flag that we noticed right away was that the product description lists the zippers as “upgraded”, which can only mean that the manufacturer used low-quality zippers at first until they decided to improve on the design. This was likely an honest mistake and a positive sign that they are trying to always improve their design.
One review complained that the elastic band in their K9 Sport Sack broke upon the first use. The reviewer pointed out that, for the price the K9 Sport Sack commands, better materials should be used. Another reviewer, who gave the product one star, reported that one of the straps on their K9 Sport Sack ripped the very first time they tried to load up their 27-pound French Bulldog.
While product defects can happen to anyone, the best indicator of the quality of a manufacturer is how they react to criticism. In the case of the ripped strap, the creators of the K9 Sport Sack commented on the review promptly, offering to replace the defective backpack free of charge. The owners stated that defective products are incredibly uncommon and acted quickly to rectify the situation.
All-in-all, it seems like the K9 Sport Sack is a great idea that suffers from only a few minor quality control issues in implementation. In our opinion, the price of the backpack is on the higher side, but you pay for what you get, with very few competitors on the market offering a product of similar quality.
K9 Sport Sack Models
This is the most recent release by K9 Sport Sack. It’s their new entry level and most affordable carrier. This is a great bag for people and pups that are new to the K9 Sport Sack and want to try it out. It may not have all the bells and whistles the others do, but still has a lumbar support strap for your dog’s back, mesh side pockets for ventilation, and 4 new colors. Perfect for casual strolls, bike rides, or socializing puppies. It comes in sizes XS-L and holds a max weight of 30 pounds.
This is the bag K9 Sport Sack is most known for. It has more durable shoulder straps, a chest clip, and 2 lumbar support straps for your dogs back (in sizes S-L). This carrier is perfect for medium level hikes, bike rides, public transportation, etc. The Air also comes in sizes XS-L and holds a max weight of 30 pounds.
This carrier is an upgraded version of the Air. With a padded back panel and extra padded shoulder straps, the Air Plus is perfect for longer, more strenuous adventures with your Frenchie. It also comes with an extra storage bag that you can clip on and off when not in use. The Air plus holds up to 40 pounds and comes in sizes S-L.
This is the perfect carrier for that “just-stepped-out-of-a-
This carrier is for big dogs, making it perfect for bigger Frenchies around 30-40 pounds! Holding a max weight of 80 pounds and coming in sizes L-XXL, this is the biggest dog carrier currently on the market. To help hold all that weight, the Rover comes with a hip belt, chest clip, internal frame, weight distribution straps, and a detachable extra storage bag. Great for strenuous hikes, older dogs, dogs with disabilities, and public transportation.
Where to buy the K9 Sport Sack
You can purchase the K9 Sport Sack on Amazon here.
The K9 Sport Sack truly appears to be in a class of its own. While other dog backpacks are available, none of the competing designs seem to come close to the ingenuity of this innovative dog carrier.
The company tells a compelling and entertaining story and appears to really care about its customers. The company seems to be responsive and understanding when it comes to handling quality issues or complaints.
If you have a French Bulldog and are looking for a good way to get around town, the K9 Sport Sack seems like a good bet.
One more cute Frenchie for the road…
Will is the proud co-owner of Frankie, a Female Brindle French Bulldog, with his wife Michelle. We share our Frenchie experiences with the world to help health-conscious French Bulldog owners who want a happy, healthy, and long-living dog.