Dog Sunglasses Buying Guide


" Yes, dog sunglasses do exist and like humans they are a helpful way to protect your dog's eyes.  Sunglasses for dogs and other protective dog glasses were primarily for working dogs that needed protection from fire, debris, dust and wind. Recently, canine owners with non-working dogs have realized that the same benefits that human sunglasses have, such as UV protection, are also good for their dog when walking outside. When purchasing glasses, be sure to follow the sizing guidelines listed below.  Never fit glasses indoors since glasses darken a room.  Instead have your dog smell them first, and then gently place them on outdoors in the sunlight."

Sunglasses may look like just a fashion accessory, but shades do more than make your dog appear to be a style icon. For working dogs, eye wear has been commonplace as a way to keep search and rescue dogs from getting eye injuries. They often come in contact with dangerous conditions such as smoke from fires or debris which pose a risk to the eye. While owners of working dogs see eye wear as standard operating procedure, now owners of non-working dogs are starting to "see" the benefit.  This is particularly true if a dog is frequently outdoors in the sun, is often runs on the beach and can get blowing sand in the eyes, dog's with sensitive eyes, or if a dog has a eye related medical problem that requires some form of protection.

Sunglasses for dogs are closer in appearance to goggles used by humans for sporting events than human sunglasses.

Dog Sunglasses Like this pair From Doggles Are Perfect for Basic Eye Protection When Outdoors, Walking, or Going for a Car Ride

Canine Sunglass Features to Look For

Like human glasses, look for the following features when buying sunglasses for dogs or Doggles:

  • Shatterproof (polycarbonate)
  • Anti-fog lens
  • UV Protection
  • Adjustable elastic head and chin straps

Size Chart

One issue with choosing a pair for your dog is getting the right fit. To determine the right size, take two measurements:

  • Take the "back strap and frame length" measurement by measuring across the eyes and around the ears.
  • Take the "chin strap" measurement by starting measurement just under one ear, go under the chin, and buck up to under the other ear.

Follow the guidelines in the following chart to match your guidelines to the right sunglasses for your pet:

Sunglasses for Dogs Size Chart

Size of Sunglasses for Dogs
Dog Size
Back Strap and Frame Length
Chin Strap
Breed Examples
Extra Small Dog Sunglasses
1 to 10 pounds
5 to 13 inches
3 to 7 inches
Chihuahua, Pom
Small Dog Sunglasses
9 to 25 pounds
12 to 20 inches
4 to 8 inches
Beagle, Westie
Medium Dog Sunglasses
20 to 60 pounds
15 to 25 inches
5 to 11 inches
Dalmation, Border Collie
Large Dog Sunglasses
50 to 100 pounds
18 to 30 inches
6 to 16 inches
German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever
Extra Large Dog Sunglasses
100 plus pounds
22 to 45 inches
11 to 26 inches
Large Rottweiler, St. Bernard

When trying on sunglasses for dogs or doggles (doggie goggles) make sure that each eye piece rests comfortably on the eye.  The goggle part of the glasses should also be deep enough to accommodate dogs with bulging eyes.

Dog Sunglass Brands

The most popular brand of canine sunglasses is Doggles.  Typically, they cost under $20 and are discounted on sites such as The site also includes consumer reviews of each type, greatly simplifying the buying process.  They are also good about returns.

These Sunglasses for Dogs are Stylish and Provide UV Protection from the Sun

Introducing Dog Goggles or Sunglasses to Your Pet

It's important to familiarize your dog with the sunglasses before putting them on. Do not do this indoors as the goggles will appear even darker to the dog inside the house. Instead, have your dog sniff the glasses.  Provide a treat or two associating the doggie glasses with something pleasurable or rewarding.  After your dog is familiar slip them on.  If your dog doesn't like them, take them off, and repeat the procedure the following day.

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