You’d be forgiven for thinking there’s nothing quite as ridiculous as the idea of sunglasses for dogs.
However, they serve an important purpose, as the sun’s UV rays can be just as damaging for dogs as they are for people. Many dogs that suffer from eye problems can benefit from the added protection that sunglasses or goggles provide, too.
However, a quick perusal of the available models shows that many are novelty items rather than serious health devices. If you need a pair that will actually protect your pup, the reviews below will show you how to find them — and how to leave the worthless pairs on the shelf where they belong.
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The 10 Best Dog Goggles & Sunglasses
1. PEDOMUS Dog Sunglasses – Best Overall
If you want as much coverage as possible, the PEDOMUS are a good choice. Their wide lenses cover every part of the eye, and the broad bridge allows them to rest comfortably on your pooch’s nose.
They’re held in place with an adjustable elastic strap; it may take some getting used to for your dog, but if she’ll tolerate it, it does an excellent job of preventing the goggles from slipping and sliding. There’s spongey material inside that prevents them from painfully digging in as well.
The lenses themselves are made of polycarbonate, which can filter out most forms of dangerous UV light. They’ll also keep out dirt and debris.
Be careful that your pup doesn’t paw at them, though, because the lenses scratch easily. Other than that, though, there’s little not to like about the PEDOMUS, which is why we made them our top pick.
2. QUMY DORA Dog Goggles – Best Value
One of the best things about the QUMY DORA is the fact that they have shatterproof lenses, so even the most rough-and-tumble dogs will be able to play freely without breaking them. They’re also very inexpensive, and these two factors make them the best dog sunglasses or goggles for the money.
They have two straps, one that goes behind the head and the other underneath the chin, so they should stay in place well. It’s easy to adjust them to fit your pup’s head, although it’s also easy to make them uncomfortably tight, so be careful.
Beyond being rugged and durable, they also fold up, so you can just toss them in your pocket before you head out into nature. That makes them extremely convenient.
They’re designed for larger dogs, so it’s strange that the lenses are so small. You have to position them perfectly or else they’ll dig into your mutt’s eye socket.
That can be annoying, but it’s ultimately a small issue, and not enough to deprive the QUMY DORA of their silver medal.
3. Doggles ILS Skull Frame Dog Goggles – Premium Choice
Besides being adorably-named, the Doggles Skull Frame stay in place remarkably well while giving your pup’s peepers nearly-total protection.
They resemble welder’s goggles, and they look formidable enough to handle a session on the arc welder if your dog decides to do some metalwork. The deep lens cup prevents them from mashing your dog’s eyelashes, while also ensuring they don’t put a ton of pressure on the sockets.
The lenses are anti-fog and shatterproof, allowing your dog to handle any environment you decide to take her in. The straps are cushy and comfortable as well.
They’re a bit more expensive than other goggles on this list and the skull stickers on the side will fall off sooner than later, but other than that, the Doggles Skull Frame are an excellent pair of glasses. Any hardcore hound will be thrilled to wear them.
4. Enjoying Anna308 Dog Goggles
If you’re not sure whether you can convince your dog to tolerate wearing goggles at all, these Enjoying Anna308s are an inexpensive way to test the waters. They’re not as durable as other brands, nor do they stay on as well, but for the money, they provide a decent value.
You can choose between three colors — black, blue, and hot pink —and each hue has a slightly different shape, so you can pick the one that fits your dog’s head the best. They’re not designed for larger dogs, but they should work well for toy breeds.
They block light, wind, debris, and water equally well, so they’re perfect for use on bike or motorcycle rides. Everything but the lenses themselves is padded with foam, making them comfortable and reducing the risk of pinching.
The Enjoying Anna308s aren’t the best goggles on the market, but if you don’t plan on using yours frequently or you just want to experiment with a cheap pair before upgrading, they’d be a solid purchase. We can’t justify ranking them higher than 4th, though.
5. COCOPET 124 Dog Goggles
Another option that’s only suitable for smaller pups, the COCOPET 124 are available in a wide range of colors, allowing your pooch to express herself as she sees fit.
They’re very dark, and they do a great job of blocking out UV rays, so your dog’s eyes should be protected from the sun. The lenses are shatterproof, and the frames are made of strong plastic, so these should survive most regular wear and tear.
The problem is getting them to fit. The lenses are small, which is good for toy breeds, but the frames are huge, so they’ll completely dominate a smaller dog’s head. As a result, many pups find them uncomfortable, even though they’re fairly lightweight.
There’s also no give to them whatsoever, so if they don’t conform to your dog’s face right out of the box, you’re going to be out of luck. That’s not a problem with most breeds, but any pups with flat faces are going to have problems keeping them on.
The COCOPET 124 are very good goggles — provided they’ll fit your pooch’s head, that is. That’s going to be a problem for a lot of owners, though, which is why we knocked them down several spots to #5.
6. Namsan Stylish Dog UV Goggles
The Namsan Stylish live up to their name, as they are available in a range of designs, from basic goggles to flashy sunglasses. Of course, your dog is likely to care more about how shallow they are than how good they make her look.
They don’t give your dog’s eyes much room at all, so expect her eyelashes to get smushed. Many dogs develop an aversion to wearing them as a result, and you may have a rodeo on your hands when trying to put them on after the first few times.
If you can get her to tolerate them, though, they do a great job of blocking light. Not only do they filter out harmful UV rays, but they also make it easier for sensitive pups to tolerate direct sunlight.
The straps hold them in place well, and they’re easy to adjust to customize the fit. If you have a small pooch, though, expect to have to deal with a lot of excess elastic.
While they look great, the Namsan Stylish have other issues that caused us to penalize them a bit on these rankings.
7. PETLESO Dog Goggles
The PETLESO Goggles hug your dog’s face snugly without putting undue pressure on it, so your pup may just forget she has them on after a minute or two. They also fold up, making it easy to carry them with you on long hikes or trips to the beach.
You’ll need her to forget about them, though, because if she pays them any attention at all, she’ll likely destroy them. The lenses are very thin and flimsy, and the elastic straps can’t handle too much strain.
While they’re generally comfortable, dogs with broader snouts may find that the points at the bottom dig into their noses. If that’s the case, there’s little you can do to make them more tolerable.
Overall, the PETLESO Goggles are some of the easiest specs to convince your pup to wear, but be prepared to replace them often, because they’re not the least bit durable.
8. Petall Outdoor Dog Sunglasses
The Petall Outdoor are designed to block as much of the sun’s rays as possible, but unfortunately, they do their job a little too well.
The lenses are incredibly dark — so much so that your dog may think she’s gone blind. They can pose a hazard in some conditions, as your dog might stumble over objects she’d ordinarily be able to avoid. As a result, it likely won’t take long for your pup to refuse to put them on.
The fit is very particular as well, and only dogs with heads of a certain shape will be able to keep them on. If your pup’s nose is too wide or flat, they won’t work, and if the nose is particularly narrow, they’ll slip right off.
The padding on the frames is barely attached and will likely fall off after heavy use. The frames themselves are quite hardy, however, so you may be able to wring some more life out of them with some glue.
We appreciate Petall’s enthusiasm, but the company went a little overboard with the tinting. With a little tinkering, perhaps these goggles could rise up the rankings, but for now, they’ll have to settle for being #8.
9. Coolber Tech Dog Sunglasses
These wraparound goggles from Coolber Tech certainly offer lots of protection, as they cover the entire socket and then some. That offers great protection in inclement weather, but they’re not ideal for everyday wear.
They move and slip like crazy, especially if your dog is rambunctious. If your dog paws at them even a little bit, they’ll move halfway across her face.
They tend to leave a slight gap at the bottom as well, so light and debris may be able to make their way inside. This can be mitigated if you get them to fit perfectly, but as noted above, that fit isn’t likely to last long.
Despite these flaws, they’re on the pricier end of the spectrum for dog glasses, and it’s hard to justify doling out the extra cash for goggles that have such clear shortcomings. If you know you’ll need to take your dog on a walk through a blizzard, then perhaps the Coolber Tech will be worth it, but otherwise, you’re better off going with one of the other models featured above.
10. DPLUS Pet Goggles
The DPLUS Goggles are great if you’re setting up a cheeky, ‘60s-style photo shoot, but they offer little value otherwise.
They’re not going to stay put, so don’t even get your hopes up on that count. They’re basically made for people, and last time we checked, there are some pretty significant structural differences between a dog’s face and a human’s.
You get five pairs, each in a different color, with every purchase. That’s not all that useful, as five pairs that won’t stay on aren’t much of an improvement over having a single pair that won’t stay on. They’re fragile, though, so we suppose having replacements on hand is a good idea.
The plastic lenses may block some natural light, but they offer little in the way of UV protection. If your dog needs goggles for health reasons, then these won’t work.
We can’t deny that the DPLUS Goggles are cute, but they have virtually no value outside of the gag factor. If you want something your dog will actually wear, keep looking.
The PEDOMUS are our pick of the best dog goggles, as they sit comfortably on your dog’s face and provide plenty of protection. That’s all you can ask for from a pair of sunglasses, but none of the other options we tested managed to get it right quite like PEDOMUS.
The budget-friendly QUMY DORA was our second-favorite pair, as their shatterproof lenses make them a smart choice for rambunctious pups. It’s also easy to customize their fit to match the contours of your dog’s head.
Chances are, nobody ever taught you what to look for when buying dog sunglasses. We hope these reviews were both helpful and educational for you, because buying the wrong pair could prove hazardous to your dog’s health.
Getting the right pair, though? That could cause your dog to come down with a serious case of looking awesome.
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