The 7 Best Dog Prams Australia: Tested & Evaluated 2023
Pet strollers are not just a weird fashion, they are a necessity for many pet parents. Even if your dog is completely healthy and can walk on their own, a pram can act essentially as a mobile home for your dog.
It can protect them from the weather when it’s too warm, too cold, or too wet, and it can provide a safe place to rest on long outings.
But how does one choose the right dog pram? This guide is here to help. We teamed up with veterinarians, professional dog walkers, and dog parents alike to form our independent team of experts. We then spent months researching and testing dozens and dozens of prams, all in our search for the best dog prams Australia offers. The resulting dog pram guide and list of reviews are the result of lots of work, but we feel it will help you discover the best choice for your fur baby.
Quick Picks - The Top 3
Our Number 1 Pick -
i.Pet Stroller Foldable Pram
- Lots of storage space under the pram
- One-step folding mechanism
- Large wheels for comfort in varied terrain
- Easy to maneuver
- Fabric parts machine washable
Runner Up -
i.Pet 4 Wheel Pet Stroller
- Spacious pet cabin
- Spacious and removable storage basket
- Water resistant cover
- Good airflow inside
- Omni-directional front wheels
- One-step folding mechanism
Third Choice -
i.Pet Folding Pet Stroller
- Sturdy and functional
- One-step fold
- Made with water resistant and UV resistant fabric
- Multiple entry points
- Storage basket
- 360 degree rotating wheels
Australia's Best Dog Strollers Reviewed
Ready to start your doggy pram search? After months of testing and research, we and our independent expert team prepared a list of some of the best options in Australia. There is something included for every type of dog, so make sure to check all the options out.
What sets this product apart from the rest?
"Dog prams are a great tool for aiding our less mobile dogs enjoy the world. We've chosen the i.Pet Stroller Foldable Pram as the best option due to the overall smoothness of the ride. It comes with shock absorbing wheels, comfortable materials and was also incredibly versatile, handling well off-road."
This foldable pram from i.Pet is the perfect solution for dogs who occasionally need a bit of help while on walkies. With this pram, you won’t feel like you are lugging around a giant contraption for your pet. Instead, you’ll feel more comfortable than ever.
We say this because the pram offers a large storage basket for all your stuff plus a nice cup holder for your drinks. That is, it gives you extra freedom of movement too.
Moreover, our team of experts especially love that the pram comes with large 12-inch EVA foam shock-absorbing wheels. These wheels let the pram ride quite smoothly even on grass and other non-paved surfaces, which is just what you need when walking your dog.
Another great feature is the 360 degree front wheel swivel. If you’ve ever used a stroller, you’ll know how much of a difference that makes when you want to turn left or right. It’s simply much easier with this type of wheel.
The pram features a strong steel frame for security and a 600D Oxford cloth cabin which is very strong and water resistant. There is a mesh window in the front too so your dog can safely enjoy the ride. But of course, you can also open the front completely and let your pooch stick their head out if that’s what they prefer.
This 4-wheel pram is another wonderful option from i.Pet. The main difference compared to the pram with put in the number one spot is the amount and size of the wheels.
Namely, as the name suggests, this pram comes with four wheels instead of three. That means that the pram will offer a smoother ride in general as four wheels do offer more stability. However, the wheels are also smaller (6 inches in the front and 7 in the back) which makes them not as good at going over bumpy surfaces as larger wheels.
But, if you mainly plan to use the pram on paved surfaces without going off-road, the 4-wheel version will offer a smoother experience overall.
Besides that, this pram offers all the nice features you should expect. First of all, I appreciated how it folds down and snaps back into place incredibly easy thanks to the one-step folding mechanism (yes, it’s possible to do it with one hand while holding something else in the other, such as your dog’s leash).
A spacious storage basket is also included as well as the obligatory cup holders (a very simple feature but they make walkies with your dog much nicer).
The cabin for your pet can hold up to 15 kg, which means you can fit one small to medium dog inside, or even two tiny dogs. There are also two safety tethers inside you can use to secure your dog (or dogs) which is a very nice extra feature.
Yes, I know we are onto the third i.Pet product, but they really do make great quality pet strollers and have earned the top three spots in our list. The i.Pet Folding Pet Stroller definitely offers the best value for money from all the options you have in Australia. If your pet weighs less than 15 kg, that is (if your dog is larger scroll down to find options for bigger canines).
For small and medium dogs that are not over this weight limit, this is the most functional stroller available. You do need to lift the dog to place them inside the stroller, so I quickly discovered that the design only makes sense for smaller canines anyways.
The i.Pet Folding Pet Stroller being tested by our independent expert team.
This pram pretty much looks like a baby stroller. On the top level, you’ll find the basket inside which your beloved puppy should go. The space is 55 cm long and 55 cm high, which is something to keep in mind when considering whether this pram is big enough for your dog. If it is, they will have plenty to enjoy in there. The floor is lined with a soft cushion and, like our first two choices, the walls include large mesh panels that provide optimal ventilation and visibility.
Our research team all loved how this pram is very convenient for humans too. There is the possibility of front entry and back entry. The top can be opened when you want your pup to have a bit more freedom or closed when needed. Below the doggy cabin, there is a storage basket that can hold up to 3 kg of stuff and offers plenty of space for all your and your canine’s essentials. Finally, like the other i.Pet prams, this one features a one-step folding mechanism that makes setup and storage a breeze.
This dog pram from Bloodyrippa is another good and affordable option for pets that don’t weigh more than 15 kg. The pram is full of functional features and equipped with everything needed to keep both you and your canine happy.
Let’s start with the doggy features. The area where the dog stays is spacious, equipped with a soft pillow on the bottom for comfort and ample mesh windows. The windows are important as they provide good airflow, which is essential, especially on hot days, but they still allow you to keep the space enclosed and your pet safely contained when needed. The mesh windows also ensure that the dog can see the scenery while inside the pram which can do wonders for reducing their anxiety.
The Bloodyrippa 3-Wheel Folding Pet Stroller being tested by our independent expert team.
So, from the dog’s perspective, pretty much everything is in place. But what about you? Well, this stroller is equipped with a comfortable non-slip handle to make pushing easier for you, an ample storage basket and a cup holder to keep you refreshed. The pram is also quite easy to fold when you want to put it into storage.
Front wheels rotate 360 degrees for easy maneuvering. The back wheels are exceptionally large which increases stability even on slightly bumpy terrain. The only downside is that this is a 3-wheel design. And as we've mentioned, prams with three wheels are inevitably a bit unstable compared to 4-wheeled versions. For lightweight pets and flat terrain, this should not be an issue though.
This doggy pram is designed for pet parents with very specific needs. If you have two small dogs that you want to put inside the stroller, but also want to keep them separated, then this is for you.
The need for such a stroller is understandable. When you have a small canine companion with short legs, long walks can really be a problem. They just get tired faster than you do. This double stroller solves this problem.
Whilst testing this pram, I quickly learned that two separate stroller cabins for two dogs are also a good idea. This way I was able to rest assured both dogs are safely positioned and can enjoy the ride. There are also leashes with buckles at the end for both dogs that allowed me to safely tether them in place.
This stroller offers the possibility of front and back entry. It features a roof that is water resistant with a large mesh window at the front that can be open or closed according to your needs. This can be done for each dog separately so there is a lot of flexibility.
The stroller is quite easy to fold once you are done walking, but there is one downside: it weighs almost 10 kg and is therefore heavier than other prams on this list. This can make it a bit difficult to handle when you want to put it in storage, but it is what makes this stroller especially stable.
Those who tried looking for prams for dogs of a larger size know it’s not an easy task. Most doggy prams are made for small and tiny breeds. Well, this option from Ibiyaya will help many of you. It still won’t fit a giant dog, but that would be hard to do with any kind of pram. The Ibiyaya Gentle Giant Pet Wagon can support dogs weighing up to 25 kg, which makes it a top choice for larger breed dogs.
The cabin for the dog is exceptionally spacious. It is 50 cm long and taller than most other options on our list. So, if your dog is longer than 50 cm they can still fit inside in a sitting position. Our team of independent experts also appreciated how this is made easier by the large entry door and low design of this ‘wagon’ so your pet can walk right in.
You can also open the top completely and let the dog stick their head out which makes the stroll much more fun for many pooches. The dog cabin is equipped with safety tethers too and plenty of mesh windows to ensure good ventilation.
The frame of this stroller is also quite stable. It is foldable too and comes with a stylish handle with a mechanism to adjust the height to fit you perfectly. There is also a convenient storage basket in the back.
Overall, it’s a good choice for canines that are on the larger side but still need a stroller. This pram is a bit expensive, but well worth the price due to its quality.
This stroller from Pet Gear is a great option for larger dogs who can’t walk on their own for some reason. What we especially like about this stroller is that it’s designed to make it easy for the dog to get in.
This pram does not look like a baby stroller, like the other options on our list. Instead, it’s designed to fit the needs of the canines. Our research team especially liked that there are two ways to enter the spacious doggy cabin - and neither of them requires unzipping the entrance.
First, you can lift the frame at the front (unlock with the push of a button) to reveal the bottom platform and let the dog hop on. It’s also possible to open the whole backside just like a door. Most importantly, the doggy cabin is set quite low which makes it super easy for the dog to get in there.
The search for a pet jogger stroller in Australia can be difficult, but this Pet Gear stroller is the closest you will get to that. The structure is especially stable, and the two over sized back wheels ensure stability even on uneven surfaces.
The doggy cabin inside is 66 cm long which is larger than most other options. This creates enough space for many dogs to lay down and stretch out. If they want to sit, there will probably be enough space for that too as the cabin is about 50 cm high. There is also a cute window at the top that can be opened to allow your canine to stick their head out when they feel like it.
How I Choose the Right Dog Pram
The right doggy pram for you will highly depend on the size of your canine companion, as well as any health conditions or special needs they might be having. Getting it right is highly important for both of you to enjoy your strolls. Here is what our expert panel suggests you consider before buying your new stroller for your pooch:
Size and Weight Capacity
As this stroller is dedicated to your dog, the first thing to do is to make sure your canine will fit in there. With small and tiny breeds, you will rarely have any problems. All prams are spacious enough for a Chihuahua or a Yorkie, for example.
However, if your dog weighs more than 15 kg, pay close attention to the weight limit. Many pet strollers have a weight limit of up to 15 kg. Even if it seems your dog is not too big, it’s important not to put more weight in the stroller than recommended as this might lead to dangerous accidents.
The weight limit is not the only thing to consider - one should also think about the size of the ‘cabin’ or the compartment inside which your dog should stay. Ideally, dog strollers should be sized like crates. If the dog has enough space inside to lay down, stretch, stand up and turn around then they will surely be comfortable.
However, this is not always an option - if your dog is on the bigger side, they might not be able to stretch out. We think that’s fine as long as they can sit in a comfortable position inside.
There are two main types of dog prams. In the first one, the dog cabin is lifted off the ground, so the dog is closer to you. These strollers usually have an additional storage basket underneath the dog cabin where you can store all your dog’s gear. During our research phase, I quickly discovered that these are great for small dogs, but not ideal for bigger dogs.
The second type of dog stroller looks more like a dog crate on wheels. The space for the dog is set low, close to the ground. These strollers are usually bulkier, but they offer a few benefits. They are usually larger inside, and they are definitely easier for the dog to get into.
Yes, a soft pillow at the bottom of the doggy cabin (included with some prams) will make the dog comfier, but there is more to consider than that. One important thing to keep in mind in terms of dog comfort is the abundance of fresh air. The doggy pram must be designed in such a way as to allow sufficient airflow. This is usually achieved by adding multiple mesh windows that allow the air to circulate.
You’ll also want the pram to provide adequate shade in case of hot weather, but also be water resistant for the times when you are walking your dog in the rain.
There are two things to consider when it comes to dog pram safety. First, it’s the breaks. Any good stroller must have a feature that allows you to lock the wheels in place. If there is no break, how could you be sure your dog won’t roll away when inside?
The other safety issue relates to the position of your dog. Especially with smaller dogs who have trouble staying calm, our experts recommend you choose a pram that has some sort of safety mechanism inside the stroller to keep your dog in place. Many prams include tethers inside that can be hooked to a dog’s harness to ensure they stay in place and don’t end up rolling around.
The wheels are a surprisingly important part of every pram. First, you’ll get to choose between prams with three wheels or those with four wheels. Three-wheeled prams work well for walking on even terrain (such as a paved street) but aren’t very stable on bumpy surfaces. They are also not the best idea for heavier dogs. Four wheels usually offer more stability.
Another thing to consider is how the wheels rotate. In most cases, you’ll want the front wheels to be able to rotate 360 degrees. This makes maneuvering with the pram much easier.
Finally, if you are looking for a pram that will allow for nature walks (that is, off the paved path), your best bet is to look for those with larger wheels. Larger wheels perform better on varied terrain.
My Final Verdict
Finding a suitable pram is much easier for smaller dogs than for bigger canines. For doggies under 15 kg, our team of independent experts all agreed that the i.Pet Folding Pet Stroller is number one. This affordable pet stroller simply has all the necessary features and comes at a very reasonable price.
With larger dogs, as you have noticed, the story gets a bit more complicated. However, we're happy to say that we think the Ibiyaya Gentle Giant Pet Wagon will work for you and your larger fur baby.
Pet strollers are completely fine as long as they are used right. A doggy pram should never be used instead of actual walks, but as long as your dog gets enough exercise, using a pram is not an issue.
The pram is also a great solution when your dog has to be on ‘bed rest’ due to the vet’s orders for whatever reason (meaning they should refrain from exercise). In this way, your pet can get some fresh air without overexerting themselves (1).
There are also some cases where a stroller is simply necessary such as with dogs suffering from mobility issues or elderly dogs who get tired quickly. Three-legged dogs can also benefit from strollers. While canines who miss a limb can usually walk just fine (and do need some exercise) a walk that’s too long might be too much for them (2)
Most dogs learn to enjoy riding in a stroller sooner or later. For some, it comes naturally, but others can be nervous. Patience and training can make all the difference, though.
The trick to teaching a dog to ride in a stroller is taking it slow and being patient, just like with everything else. If it’s your dog’s first time, do not just pick them up and throw them into the stroller. Before you even attempt anything, give the dog time to get used to the new object in their environment. Only after should you try the first ride. Positive reinforcement in the form of treats can help every step of the way. If at any moment you notice your dog is anxious or irritable, let them out and take a break. But most importantly, don’t worry! Most dogs actually love stroller rides once they get used to them.
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- Coates, J. May 10, 2019. “Caring for Three-Legged Dogs and Cats, aka “Tripawds”. PetMD. Retrieved July 5, 2023. https://www.petmd.com/dog/general-health/caring-three-legged-dogs-and-cats-aka-tripawds