Not all dogs love the water, but if your best friend is a water-loving hound, you can take him with you to keep you company on your next kayaking trip. You just need to have a kayak that will comfortably accommodate both you and your dog.
Though no one particular craft is designated as the ideal dog kayak, customers who have purchased kayaks for themselves and their canine partners have provided reviews for certain boats they consider to be the best for kayaking with dogs.
A tandem kayak is ideal for a larger dog, however, many paddlers have trained their furry friends to perch on the bow of a sit-on-top inflatable or to crouch near the navigator’s legs in a sit-in hard shell.
No matter which kayak you select to paddle with your friend, make sure your dog is fitted with a personal floatation device every time you embark upon the water with him. Don’t forget the sunscreen for your dog’s nose and belly, which are very susceptible to burning.
Also, always take a leash with you, but never tether your dog to the boat. In case of emergency, your dog will be able to swim to safety.
1. Ocean Kayak Malibu Two Tandem Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak
The Ocean Kayak Malibu Two Tandem is an Amazon Bestseller, and people who kayak with their dogs love this 12 ft. sit-on-top gem. This recreational kayak is great for both roudy rapids and sedate, flat lakes.
The Malibu Two can hold two adults plus a small child or medium-sized pooch, and can accommodate up to 425 pounds. Arrange the seats for one, two or three paddlers. The design of the hull makes this boat easily stackable for storage if you own more than one of these.
2. Perception Tribe 13.5 Sit-On-Top Kayak
The Perception Tribe is 13 and 1/2 feet in length and provides plenty of room for three adults, or two adults and one large dog. The boat has a wide hull and is low to the water, ensuring stability whether you are paddling in ocean surf or cruising on a lazy lake.
Fido can sit proudly in front or behind as you navigate your way though the Deep Blue. This sit-on-top model can accommodate a total of 500 pounds, and is possibly the best kayak for dogs.
3. Aquaglide Chinook XP Tandem XL 3 Person Inflatable Kayak
Believe it or not, many people take their dogs with them on trips in their inflatable kayaks! Most inflatables are constructed of very durable material, so as long as your dog’s nails are trimmed, your boat should weather the adventure just fine.
A favorite inflatable of dog owners is the sit-inside Aquaglide Chinook XP Tandem. The Chinook XP can safely handle three people, or a larger dog and two paddlers. With an extra large cockpit, you can load and unload your dog with ease.
This boat is 12 ft. 10 in. in length when inflated, and accommodates a total of 550 lbs, so even if your canine friend is a St. Bernard or a Great Dane, this boat can handle the load with him, you and even an additional person.
Though this is an inflatable boat, the Chinook XP is constructed with X-beam technology, a durable, puncture-resistant PVC beam floor. The rigid floor provides stability and excellent tracking.
The Chinook XP kit ships with a repair kit, 2 core seats, a saddle seat, two footrests and a carrying bag.
4. Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10
The Old Town Vapor 10 is a favorite of Amazon customers. This well-made sit-inside hard shell is designed with a huge cockpit and plenty of leg room, so your small to medium-size dog can sit inside between your legs while you paddle.
The Vapor 10 is 10 feet in length and is easy to carry to waterside, weighing in at 47 pounds. The Vapor 10 is available in three models: The standard recreational yak, the XT and the Angler.
The XT is basically the same as the standard Vapor 10, but includes a rigid day well cover. The Angler is equipped with rod holders and an anchor trolley system. Whether you want to take your dog on a river cruise or fishing on the lake, the Vapor 10 is a great boat for the task.
5. Sea Eagle SE330 Inflatable Kayak with Pro Package
The Sea Eagle SE330 kit is shipped with everything you need to hit the water within minutes of receiving the boat. You get a repair kit, a quick fill high output air pump, two paddles, two inflatable seats with superb back support and a carrying case.
This sit-inside inflatable is sturdy and durable enough to endure abuse from doggie paws. The Sea Eagle 330 can transport a total of 500 pounds, so this boat is great for one paddler and a large canine pal.
This model weighs just 26 pounds when deflated, and will fit in the smallest car trunk.
6. Lifetime Sport Fisher Single or Tandem Kayak
The hard shell, sit-on-top Lifetime Sport Fisher can be used as a solo or tandem craft, and is an excellent boat to take your dog fishing with you. The low, sturdy hull is designed for standing or sitting sidesaddle so you can reel in that catch of the day with ease.
Stash your paddles in the two molded paddle rests, and mount your poles in the four rod holders. The six-inch rear storage hatch provides a place to keep your gear dry. Two two-paddle oars are included with the 10 ft. Lifetime Sport Fisher kit.
7. Coleman Colorado 2-Person Fishing Kayak
Eighteen gauge PVC construction ensures that this yak is durable enough to withstand dog paws and rugged river bottoms.
The Colorado is equipped with Berkley Quick Set fishing rod holders and fittings for a Sevylor trolling motor. This boat inflates to 10 feet, 9 inches, and is shipped with a pressure gauge and carrying case.
The Colorado is an affordable option for those who want to paddle and fish while accompanied by their best buddy.
8. Riot Kayaks Edge LV
The Riot Kayaks Edge LV is an excellent day touring boat that can accommodate both you and your dog, as long as your pooch can perch on the bow. This one person hard side yak is great for mirror smooth lakes and flatwater excursions.
The Edge LV is 14 and 1/2 feet long, and is equipped with covered dry wells on both the stern and bow. This yak is equipped with a pilot rudder system so it tracks like a dream and turns on a dime.
Though this slim-line boat is designed for one person, a small dog can fit in the ample cockpit along with the paddler.
9. Sun Dolphin Bali SS Kayak
The Bali is 10 ft. long, weighs 44 pounds and can handle loads up to 250 pounds. This craft is available in blue and red.
10. Old Town Predator MX Kayak
Not just a recreational craft, the 12 ft. Predator MX is equipped with rod holders and molded paddle rests for the avid angler. This boat is a bit heavier than most, weighing in at almost 60 pounds and can accommodate up to 400 pounds.