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My Review of Ruff Wear Approach Dog Pack

May 25, 2011

Originally submitted at REI

The Ruff Wear Approach dog pack is perfect for day or weekend adventures. Discover the joy of hiking with your furry best friend!

5out of 5

Pros: Good Quality, Easy to Put On

Cons: XS for large small dog in stock, XXS for schnauzer-sized small only online elsewhere.

We have a sturdy mini schnauzer and bought the XS – the smallest REI carries. It was labeled for his chest width – he is 17″ and XS ranges from 17-24″ The bags were huge on him (he is 14″ tall and long) and while it fit and he walked fine in it, there is no way we could fill the bags without breaking his back. Water would make the bags droop bang his legs because the bags are very deep.

The rule of thumb is dogs should should carry less than 30% of their weight. These will carry 5L which makes it more than half his weight. XXS is manufactured, but for some reason REI is not carrying all sizes available. We have to return the XS and shop elsewhere online for the XXS. The XXS holds 2L and a Jack Russell is featured in the photo.

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