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Designer Dog Products: From Reasonable to Ridiculous

Updated on July 5, 2011
Designer Dog Bed
Designer Dog Bed

Why Do People Buy Poochy Couture?

In our label-obsessed consumer culture, desire for designer clothing and furniture may be nothing new, but there's a now a new breed - specifically, of the canine kind. Having a dog in the first place is no small expense, but can you imagine spending a thousand dollars on a designer dog bed, or 2 grand on a designer dog collar?

You might explain away your spending by saying you like to spoil your "baby." But while you may idolize Paris Hilton, but your pooch obviously doesn't have the mental capacity to idolize Tinkerbell. I think it's safe to say that if you're shelling out hundreds on designer dog products, it's for your own satisfaction.

And who am I to say that's wrong? It's no different than buying a pair of designer jeans or a couture gown. You might even get more use out of it (through your four-legged friend, of course). In the end, I'd rather you buy your dog some expensive accessories than treat your dog like one.

Ready to dress your pet for success?  Or just want to marvel at others' excess?  Some of the most ridiculous, and more reasonable, designer dog products are showcased below.

Designer Dog Furniture

Forget the donut-shaped dog pillow. Whatever your décor, your furry friend's furniture can coordinate with your own. With beds from the cowboy-inspired Rodeo to the feng shui-friendly Chinese Zen, and sofas from a gilded chaise longe to a leopard-print couch, you're sure to find something to suit your aesthetic tastes... or lack thereof.

Designer Dog Carriers

While pet-toting tote bags can run $300, a more affordable (and very popular option) is Juicy Couture's line of dog carriers. Think twice before you invest, however. While it may be practical for a Tinkerbell-sized celebrity canine companion to be carried around, head poking out of the top of your purse, it's not as easy, the bigger your pooch pal is.  I'd never carry my own little Vivi, small as she is, in one of these contraptions--and not just because she'd pitch a fit.  Put a few 5-lb weights in your purse and carry it around all day. You'll start to see what I mean.

Designer Dog Wear

Fashion has made clothing into much more than just body coverings. Similarly, doggie couture has taken on a life of its own. Not only can you put your pomeranian in tweed, you can buy your pitbill a baseball jacket representing your favorite team, or dress your doberman in diamonds. Check out a few potential items for your dog's dream wardrobe below, as well as designer dog collars that could cost you a small fortune.

Pet Owners' Poll

Would you buy your dog a designer item?

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Funny Faux-Designer Dog Items

Like owner, like dog? A company called "Haute Diggity" specializes in dog items that imitate people's products. Even if you can't afford a pink caddy, your canine companion could, for a fraction of the price (but still a pretty pricetag... for a dog bed). More affordable are the plush toys designed to spoof popular brands of nail polish, chocolate, even an iPod!

Can You Dig It?

What do you think about designer dog products? Harmless, hilarious, obnoxious, obligatory? Already own a few? Currently shopping? Can't imagine the appeal at all?

Vote in the poll to the right and be sure to share your comments below!

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    • Millionaire Tips profile image

      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      That dog bed looks much more expensive than my own beds. I have to say though that you seem to have first hand knowledge around what it feels like to carry a dog around in your purse. LOL

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      jamterrell 

      7 years ago

      Great design, Thanks for sharing.

    • Enelle Lamb profile image

      Enelle Lamb 

      8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      I thought this hub was just so special! I have a friend who has a 'pocket dog' and I think he has more 'clothes' in his closet than I do!

      I have posted a link to your hub on my blog Dog Tails on blogspot.com. (Hope you don't mind, but I had to share...) I'm coming back for the Famous Cats hublink too ;)

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      AndyBaker 

      9 years ago from UK

      I agree about pets liking the packaging more than the gift.

      My cat does this all the time.

    • Inspire Wisdom profile image

      Inspire Wisdom 

      9 years ago from Appalachian Mountains

      Great Info Maddie... I purchased a Cat-i-lac bed from a mail order catalog that only cost about $14.95 and my little doll-baby Maltese Taffy loves it.

      It's not the price that matters to our pets. They just love different things to sleep in :)

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      Ryan Hupfer 

      9 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      From my experience with many dog owners, nothing is too ridiculous...just too expensive. :)

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      entertaininstyle 

      9 years ago from Southern California

      Funny hub. I've always had larger dogs, so clothes and carry bags were out of the question. The toys they have now are great. What happened to the days of tennis balls and chew bones? :)

    • Maddie Ruud profile imageAUTHOR

      Maddie Ruud 

      9 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Susan, that is too, too funny! And oh so true! Vivi is easily pleased when it comes to sleeping spots... if I don't watch her, a fresh basket of clean laundry is one of her favorites!

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      Susan Keeping 

      9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I've often said that no matter what furniture you buy for your pet they will enjoy the box it came in more. Interesting products.

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