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My 10 Best Kayaks for Dogs (Reviews And Buying Guide)

(Last Updated On: July 1, 2021)

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MY BEST KAYAKS FOR DOGS COMPARISON:

PRODUCT FEATURE PROS/CONS   PRICE
FEELFREE LURE II OVERDRIVE

Best overall kayak for dogs
Length: 14ft. 2in
Width: 36 in
Type: Rigid – Sit-on-top 
Kayak weight: 114 lbs
Kayak maximum capacity: 475 lb
Features: Removable sonar and electric sonar pod – Patented Gravity Seats – Patented Wheel in the Keel – Sturdy molded-in handles for easy transport – Rear overdrive Pedal System – Two Fishing Rod Holders – Built-in Bow, Stern and Side Carry Handles – Dry storage – Adjustable seat backrest
Stable for standup fishing
The hull allows the boat to roll and pitch over waves
Relatively lightweight
Overdrive, Motordrive, and rudder ready
Platform keeps your feet firmly planting while standing
High price
Limited storage space
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SEA EAGLE 330

Best value for money kayak for little dogs
Length: 11.2 ft
Width: 34 inches
Type:  Inflatable
Kayak weight: 26lbs
Kayak maximum capacity: 500 lbs
Features: 2-person, Inflatable spray skirts, 1-way inflation/deflation valves, 2 skegs at the bottom for speed and tracking, Includes great accessories like a repair kit, pump and carry bag
Tracks well
Built for speed
Suitable for larger dogs
Tons of accessories
Quick inflation/deflation
Can be difficult to kayak with 2 people
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SEA EAGLE 370

Best value for money kayak for large dogs
Length: 12.5 ft
Width: 34 in
Type: Inflatable
Kayak weight: 26 lbs
Kayak maximum capacity: 650 lbs
Features: Sun & saltwater resistant hull material – 2 skegs on the bottom –
Bow & Stern Grab Line – Aluminum shaft –
Suitable for up to Class III whitewater
Easy storage and transport
Easy to inflate
Lots of room
Made to be very durable, even with dogs
-Maneuverable 

Decent Tracking
One user declared that the seats back are useless
Pricey
No D-rings to secure gears
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Sea Eagle
ADVANCED ELEMENTS ADVANCEDFRAME

Best as a kayak for dogs on occasional use
Length: 15 ft
Width: 32 in
Type: Inflatable
Kayak weight: 52 lbs
Kayak maximum capacity: 550 lbs
Features: Aluminum bow increasing the tracking performance – Generous storage space – 3 layer polyester with 2 PVC coating offers superb puncture resistance
Valves compatible with most pumps
Easy switch from tandem to solo
Easy transport and storage
Stable and easy to launch
Roomy for two people
Tracks pretty well
Requires inflation time
Needs several hours to thoroughly dry may be an ordeal for some
Putting into the bag is challenging but doable
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AQUAGLIDE CHINOOK 120

Ideal for a solo paddler who occasionally went with a medium-to-large dog
Length: 12 ft
Width: 37 in
Type: Inflatable
Kayak weight: 29 lbs
Kayak maximum capacity: 550 lbs
Features: HexShell 600-denier ripstop polyester makes it puncture resistance – Breathable high backrests – Paddle holders keep your paddles in place when not in use – Front and rear bungee storage areas
Plenty of room for a dog and gear
Easy storage in a closet or a trunk
Durable
Good at tracking
even with just one fin

One user said it is pain to inflate, but an electric pump will speed up the process
Storage requires it to be dry
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AQUAGLIDE CHINOOK 100

Ideal for a solo paddler who occasionally went with a small size dog
Length: 12 ft
Width: 37 in
Type: Inflatable
Kayak weight: 29 lbs
Kayak maximum capacity: 550
Features: HexShell 600-denier ripstop polyester – Removable floor make it easy to clean – Storage pocket on the seat – Paddle holders to secure it when not in use –  Front and rear bungee storage areas
Simple setup
Easy storage and transport
Puncture resistance
Seat installs easily
Sturdy
Light enough to be carried with ease
Durable
Affordable price
Seat backs are very low for some paddlers when another one find them highly comfortable 
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NRS STAR OUTLAW II

Very stable inflatable kayak with a great warranty
Length: 12’2″
Width: 38″
Type: Inflatable
Kayak weight: 41 lbs.
Kayak maximum capacity: 400 lbs.
Features: PVC-coated polyester – Drop-stitch floor insert – 16″ rocker – Bow and stern handles for easy carrying 
Very stable with its 38″ width
Climb over waves with it rocker
Compact, and light
Tracks very well
Abrasion resistance
Easy storage and transportation
Includes a repair kit
2-year at least warranty

Can be pricey for some
Needs to be dry before storage
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AIRE TRIBUTARY TOMCAT

Dog-friendly inflatable that easily handles class III-IV water
Length: 12′ 6″
Width: 38.5″
Type: Inflatable
Kayak weight:44 lbs.
Kayak maximum capacity: 500 lbs.
Features: One-way Summit II air valves – Adjustable seats – Cargo loops to tie in gear – Bow/stern carry handles – Includes a repair kit 
Can easily handle class III-IV water
Stay rigidly inflated even after 6 years of use
Just 1-year of manufacturer warranty
May be pricey for some 
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OCEAN KAYAK MALIBU 2XL ANGLER

Great for kayak fishing with a dog
Length: 13ft. 4in.
Width: 34 in.
Type: Rigid
Kayak weight: 74 lbs
Kayak maximum capacity: 450-500lbs.
Features: 2-rod holders – 4 Scotty flush mounts – Center hatch – Multiple accessory eyelets – Drain holes – Side carry handles – Overlapping footwells
Center seat makes paddling efficient when you are solo
Very stable
Comfortable
Spacious
Tracks well
Handles wakes and rough water very well
Easy to maneuver
Requires enough room for transport and stage
A bit heavy for a single anglers to load and launch
Stepped hull needs special cart for ground transport
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OCEAN KAYAK MALIBU 2XL TANDEM

Great even for a small paddler with a 45lb dog
Length: 13ft. 4in.
Width: 34 in.
Type: Rigid Sit-on
Kayak weight:68 lbs.
Kayak maximum capacity: 450-500 lbs.
Features: Overlapping footwells – Side carrying handles – Front and rear bungee – Paddle holders
Does very well with wakes
Performs well against the wind
Glides through shallow water
Very stable even for a beginner
Tracks well
Very spacious
Maintain speed relatively well
Affordable price
Very versatile kayak
Hull and deck lifetime limited warranty
One user asked for more seat padding
Slow moving-and-turning
Well placed middle seat
One user declared that the paddle holders are a little trickery to use if your hands are wet
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BOTE DEUS AERO

Spacious and stable inflatable with rigid kayaks look
Length: 11 ft
Width: 33 in
Type: Inflatable Sit-on
Kayak weight: 41 lb
Kayak maximum capacity: 300 lbs
Features: Military-grade PVC – 10-inch removable center fin – BVA multitextured deck pad – Self-draining through the stern – Removable foot bar – MOLLE system loops – A grab handle with comfortable grip – Bungee storage straps – Tie-down straps for a small cooler – Bow beam running halfway down the hull
Convenient storage and transport
Removable seat allows to convert it to a SUP
Very durable
Doesn’t look like an inflatable kayak
Very stable even with a bit of chop
Comes with a solid hand pump with built-in gauge
Versatile
Hand pumping is a bit of an arm workout
One user said he struggled with the wind on this kayak
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MY BEST KAYAKS FOR DOGS REVIEWS:

FEELFREE LURE II OVERDRIVE

  • Length: 14ft. 2in
  • Width: 36 in
  • Type: Rigid – Sit-on-top 
  • Kayak weight: 114 lbs
  • Kayak maximum capacity: 475 lb
  • Features: Removable sonar and electric sonar pod – Patented Gravity Seats – Patented Wheel in the Keel – Sturdy molded-in handles for easy transport – Rear overdrive Pedal System – Two Fishing Rod Holders – Built-in Bow, Stern and Side Carry Handles – Dry storage – Adjustable seat backrest
  • Pros: Stable for standup fishing – The hull allows the boat to roll and pitch over waves – Relatively lightweight – Overdrive, Motordrive, and rudder ready – Platform keeps your feet firmly planting while standing
  • Cons: High price – Limited storage space

SEA EAGLE 330

  • Length: 11.2 ft
  • Width: 34 inches
  • Type:  Inflatable
  • Kayak weight: 26lbs
  • Kayak maximum capacity: 500 lbs
  • Features: 2-person, Inflatable spray skirts, 1-way inflation/deflation valves, 2 skegs at the bottom for speed and tracking, Includes great accessories like a repair kit, pump and carry bag
  • Pros:  Tracks well, built for speed, suitable for larger dogs, tons of accessories, quick inflation/deflation
  • Cons: Can be difficult to kayak with 2 people

SEA EAGLE 370

  • Length: 12.5 ft
  • Width: 34 in
  • Type: Inflatable
  • Kayak weight: 26 lbs
  • Kayak maximum capacity: 650 lbs
  • Features: Sun & saltwater resistant hull material – 2 skegs on the bottom –
  • Bow & Stern Grab Line – Aluminum shaft –
  • Pros: Suitable for up to Class III whitewater – Easy storage and transport – Easy to inflate – Lots of room – Made to be very durable, even with dogs – Maneuverable 
  • Decent Tracking
  • Cons: One user declared that the seats back are useless – Pricey – No D-rings to secure gears

ADVANCED ELEMENTS ADVANCEDFRAME

  • Length: 15 ft
  • Width: 32 in
  • Type: Inflatable
  • Kayak weight: 52 lbs
  • Kayak maximum capacity: 550 lbs
  • Features: Aluminum bow increasing the tracking performance – Generous storage space – 3 layer polyester with 2 PVC coating offers superb puncture resistance – 
  • Pros: Valves compatible with most pumps – Easy switch from tandem to solo – Easy transport and storage – Stable and easy to launch – Roomy for two people – Tracks pretty well
  • Cons: Requires inflation time – Needs several hours to thoroughly dry may be an ordeal for some – Putting into the bag is challenging but doable

AQUAGLIDE CHINOOK 120

  • Length: 12 ft
  • Width: 37 in
  • Type: Inflatable
  • Kayak weight: 29 lbs
  • Kayak maximum capacity: 550 lbs
  • Features: HexShell 600-denier ripstop polyester makes it puncture resistance – Breathable high backrests – Paddle holders keep your paddles in place when not in use – Front and rear bungee storage areas
  • Pros: Plenty of room for a dog and gear – Easy storage in a closet or a trunk – Durable – good job of tracking, even with just one fin
  • Cons: One user said it is pain to inflate, but an electric pump will speed up the process – Storage requires it to be dry – 

AQUAGLIDE CHINOOK 100

  • Length: 12 ft
  • Width: 37 in
  • Type: Inflatable
  • Kayak weight: 29 lbs
  • Kayak maximum capacity: 550
  • Features: HexShell 600-denier ripstop polyester – Removable floor make it easy to clean – Storage pocket on the seat – Paddle holders to secure it when not in use –  Front and rear bungee storage areas –
  • Pros: Simple setup – Easy storage and transport – Puncture resistance – Seat installs easily – Sturdy – Light enough to be carried with ease – Durable – Affordable price
  • Cons: Seat backs are very low for some paddlers when another one find them highly comfortable 

NRS STAR OUTLAW II

  • Length: 12’2″
  • Width: 38″
  • Type: Inflatable
  • Kayak weight: 41 lbs.
  • Kayak maximum capacity: 400 lbs.
  • Features: PVC-coated polyester – Drop-stitch floor insert – 16″ rocker – Bow and stern handles for easy carrying – 
  • Pros: Very stable with its 38″ width – Climb over waves with it rocker – Compact, and light – Tracks very well – Abrasion resistance – Easy storage and transportation – Includes a repair kit – 2-year at least warranty
  • Cons: Can be pricey for some – Needs to be dry before storage

AIRE TRIBUTARY TOMCAT

  • Length: 12′ 6″
  • Width: 38.5″
  • Type: Inflatable
  • Kayak weight:44 lbs.
  • Kayak maximum capacity: 500 lbs.
  • Features: One-way Summit II air valves – Adjustable seats – Cargo loops to tie in gear – Bow/stern carry handles – Includes a repair kit 
  • Pros: Can easily handle class III-IV water – Stay rigidly inflated even after 6 years of use – 
  • Cons: Just 1-year of manufacturer warranty – May be pricey for some 

OCEAN KAYAK MALIBU 2XL ANGLER

  • Length: 13ft. 4in.
  • Width: 34 in.
  • Type: Rigid
  • Kayak weight: 74 lbs
  • Kayak maximum capacity: 450-500lbs.
  • Features: 2-rod holders – 4 Scotty flush mounts – Center hatch – Multiple accessory eyelets – Drain holes – Side carry handles – Overlapping footwells
  • Pros: Center seat makes paddling efficient when you are solo – Very stable – Comfortable – Spacious – Tracks well – Handles wakes and rough water very well – Easy to maneuver
  • Cons: Requires enough room for transport and stage – A bit heavy for a single anglers to load and launch – Stepped hull needs special cart for ground transport

OCEAN KAYAK MALIBU 2XL TANDEM

  • Length: 13ft. 4in.
  • Width: 34 in.
  • Type: Rigid Sit-on
  • Kayak weight:68 lbs.
  • Kayak maximum capacity: 450-500 lbs.
  • Features: Overlapping footwells – Side carrying handles – Front and rear bungee – Paddle holders –
  • Pros: Does very well with wakes – Performs well against the wind – Glides through shallow water – Very stable even for a beginner – Tracks well – Very spacious – Maintain speed relatively well – Affordable price – Very versatile kayak – Hull and deck lifetime limited warranty
  • Cons: One user asked for more seat padding – Slow moving-and-turning – Well placed middle seat – One user declared that the paddle holders are a little trickery to use if your hands are wet

BOTE DEUS AERO

  • Length: 11 ft
  • Width: 33 in
  • Type: Inflatable Sit-on
  • Kayak weight: 41 lb
  • Kayak maximum capacity: 300 lbs
  • Features: Military-grade PVC – 10-inch removable center fin – BVA multitextured deck pad – Self-draining through the stern – Removable foot bar – MOLLE system loops – A grab handle with comfortable grip – Bungee storage straps – Tie-down straps for a small cooler – Bow beam running halfway down the hull
  • Pros: Convenient storage and transport – Removable seat allows to convert it to a SUP – Very durable – Doesn’t look like an inflatable kayak – Very stable even with a bit of chop – Comes with a solid hand pump with built-in gauge – Versatile
  • Cons: Hand pumping is a bit of an arm workout – One user said he struggled with the wind on this kayak

HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR KAYAK FOR DOGS

TYPE

There are two types of kayaks available today. Each of them comes with their advantages and disadvantages as well.  Choosing what to go for will depend on your specific needs.

  • SIT-IN-KAYAK:

These types of kayaks come with plenty of benefits and are usually the best choice for beginners and calm and well-trained dogs. Sit in kayaks also comes in a variety of models ranging from touring, recreational and also whitewater models

One of the biggest reasons why this option is quite popular is because of the paddling efficiency they come with. They are narrow and super fast and you can reach the farther destinations within a very short time. Additionally, if you are looking at achieving great control of your kayak, a sit-in kayak is the best. Since you are body comes in direct contact with your body, you can perform maneuvers to prevent you from capsizing.

  • SIT ON TOP:

These are the best kayaks for warmer weather kayaking trips with your dog. They are also suitable if you are thinking of doing some little fishing in the lake. Sit On top kayaks come with a number of benefits. First, it is really easy to get in and out when you are on the water. They also come equipped with self-bailing scupper holes that can drain excess water automatically.

If you have a dog that is more prone to jumping in the water and likely to knock you off balance, a sit on top kayak is exactly what you should be going for next

CATEGORY

Sit in and sit on top kayak can further be subdivided into two categories. They can be inflatable or solid. You can choose what to go for here depending on what you want and your specific needs. To give you a clear insight into what all is about, let’s take a quick look at each category.

  • INFLATABLE:

They are less solid and are suited for people with limited space. If you can get a quality inflatable, you can actually bring your dog along. They come made from tough materials and they can easily withstand puncturing. One of the best things about inflatable is that they are inflatable. You can fill in with the air when you want to use it or even deflated when not in use. It is highly portable.

  • SOLID:

Compared to inflatable kayaks, solid kayaks rank the best choice if you want to bring your dog along. They come with solid construction and are more durable. These kayaks can without any problem withstand more abuse far much better than their inflatable counterparts.

FEATURES TO LOOK OUT FOR

DURABILITY:

After spending a great amount of money on your kayak, the last thing you want is the boat developing some issues. For this reason, you need to consider the amount of durability that a particular boat comes with before you pay for. Ideally, you need a boat that comes equipped with a great dog seat; that is made from high-density polyethylene or inflatable PVC materials. These two materials are equipped to handle the weight and claws of your dog.

WEIGHT LIMIT:

Kayaks come with weight limits. So when buying a kayak, take your dog’s weight into account. At no time should your weight, your dog’s weight and gear should exceed the manufacture’s weight limit specification.

SAFETY

During the selection process, think about the bodies of water that you and your dog will be kayaking on. Ideally, it will be in the best interest of both of you to go for a boat that is suited for that particular situation. For example, if you know things can get really rough, an inflatable kayak may not be the best shot. A solid kayak would do well.

SIZE:

The size of your dog will also dictate the type of kayak to buy. If you have a very larger dog, a kayak that can accommodate two people without any problem will make a lot of sense.

STORAGE:

You also need to consider the amount of storage space you are getting from that boat. When kayaking with your dog, obviously, you would bring along a lot of things including food, snacks, camera and treats among others. For that, you need generous storage space to stash all the things. In this case, a kayak that offers a number of storage options will be more practical.

COMFORT

When kayaking, especially long-distance kayaking, the amount of comfort you are getting should be your highest priority. Some of the things you might want to be on the lookout for include well-padded seats, room cockpit where your dog can move freely among other things. In the end, really, you want to be very comfortable at all times.

Last modified: July 1, 2021

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