Last Updated: May 11, 2021

Best Tent For Camping With Dogs

If you love camping and your dog loves camping, and you love your dog, then you’re going to need a tent that can handle it. Camping with a man’s best friend is a lovely experience but there are some things you’ll need to think about, especially in regards to your tent choice.

The last thing you want is for your dog to sleep outside in the cold if they aren’t used to it. It’s much better if they are warm, snug, and comfy. They’ll be much happier, behave better, and love you a little bit more for it too.

This means they are best off in the tent with you, in some form. This way you can keep an eye on them and they’ll love their camping trip as much as you.


At A Glance: Our Top 3 Tents For Camping With Dogs 


In this article, we go on a mission to find the best tent for camping with dogs. We’ll review a large range of canine suitable tents from big family tents to smaller backpacking tents, that all have room for your fluffy friend too.

Top Product Overview

Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent, Blue
  • Spacious with room for the whole family.
  • Made from durable and weather-resistant materials
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Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent with Screen Room
  • An awesome tent for adverse weather
  • The frame is extremely tough thanks to the design
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Coleman Steel Creek Fast Pitch Dome Tent with Screen Room, 6-Person , White, 10' x 9'
  • Quick and easy to pitch in under 7 minutes
  • E-port for putting power into the tent
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Bessport Backpacking Tent 1-2 Person Ultralight Camping Tent Waterproof Two Doors Tent Instant Setup – Less Than 1 Min for Camping, Hiking Mountaineering Expeditions (2P-Light Grey)
Best For Backpacking
  • Two doors and two vestibules give enough space for you, your gear and the dog
  • It's freestanding, so you can move it around once set up.
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Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent,204' L x 120' W x 72' H
  • The floor is reinforced and ideal for the use of paws
  • The frame is tough and will handle being bumped into by the dog
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Coleman 4-Person Dome Tent for Camping | Sundome Tent with Easy Setup
  • The door is large making it easy to get your dog in and out of the tent
  • Durable fabrics to handle doggy wear and tear
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Coleman Juniper Lake Instant Dome Tent with Annex, 4-Person
  • Spacious with an annex for your dog
  • Quick and easy to set up, it takes just 60 seconds
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CORE 11 Person Family Cabin Tent with Screen Room (Orange)
  • The screen room is multifaceted and is the perfect addendum for letting air flow during warm summer nights while also serving as a great room to sequester a dog who needs a timeout.
  • This is the largest capacity tent on this list which gives it a fantastic sense of space for both people and dogs to coexist.
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Best Tent For Camping With Dogs 


Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent

Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent, Blue

The Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent is a great option for anyone who is going on a family camping trip with their dog, or enjoys a lot of space. It’s very roomy inside and has all the comforts you need for you and your dog.

The tent is very spacious and is split into two sections; the main tent and the annex. The main section happily sleeps 4 people while the annex is big enough for 2 or 3 dogs.

Having your dog sleep in the annex is ideal. It will avoid mud and fur getting to the inside of the tent and your dog will still feel safe, secure, and warm. Plus you can easily keep an eye on them.

The tent is made from durable polyester fabric with a waterproof coating to keep you safe and dry. It is also tough enough to handle your dogs’ nails too, so it won’t wear out quickly.

The frame is made from steel uprights and fiberglass that come together to create a solid structure that isn’t going anywhere, even in heavy winds.

Some of the tent’s top features are the storage spaces, great ventilation, and of course the annex. The downsides are that there is only one door, so everyone has to go in and out the same way.

Also, the pegs aren’t sturdy and bend easily. And it’s very heavy to carry around, so it’s for car camping, not backpacking.

Pros

  • Spacious with room for the whole family.
  • Made from durable and weather-resistant materials
  • Tough enough to handle your dog's paws
  • The annex is perfect for dogs to sleep in, even 2 or 3
  • Pretty affordable for the size

Cons

  • There is only one door on the tent
  • It's heavy and not very portable
  • The stakes are a it weak and will bend

Product Information

  • Dimensions (ft): 16 x 11 x 6.6
  • Weight (lbs): 26.38
  • Packed Size (in): na
  • Material: Polyester
  • Frame: Fiberglass roof frame with steel uprights
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Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent with Screen Room

Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent with Screen Room

The Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person Tent with Screen Room is another great choice for the family and doggy companion. The screen room is an ideal place for your dog to sleep and will provide the security and comfort it needs.

The tent is pretty spacious and 4 people will be very comfy inside. There is room for 2 queen size air beds and it’s 6ft 8 high, so everyone will be able to stand without crouching.

It’s made from polyguard, which is tough enough to handle doggy wear and tear. The polyguard is treated with a WetherTec System including welded floors and inverted seams to ensure you stay dry.

The fiberglass poles create an excellent structure whose design is better than most at dealing with adverse weather. You and your doggy buddy will be safe no matter how much it blows.

Some of the added features are the excellent storage areas that keep treats out of reach of your paw-legged friends. The screen room that’s great for chilling in as well as being a great place for your dog to sleep.

The downsides of this tent are the heavyweight, the one access door, and that the dog will have to go through the tent to get to the screen room, bring dirt and wear to the whole tent.

Pros

  • An awesome tent for adverse weather
  • The frame is extremely tough thanks to the design
  • The storage pockets are perfect for keeping treats away from dogs
  • It's pretty affordable for the size
  • The annex is perfect for the dog to sleep in

Cons

  • It can be a little tight and tricky to set up
  • There is only one access door
  • Your dog will have to go through the tent to get to the annex

Product Information

  • Dimensions (ft): 11 x 9 x 6'8"
  • Weight (lbs): 20
  • Packed Size (in): na
  • Material: Polyguard
  • Frame: Fibreglass
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Best Of The Best

Coleman Steel Creek Tent with Screen Room

Coleman Steel Creek Fast Pitch Dome Tent with Screen Room, 6-Person , White, 10' x 9'

The Coleman Steel Creek Tent with Screen Room is meant to be a 6 man tent, but its much better of being used as a 4 man with a screen room. It’s ideal for the whole family and has space enough for them and 2 dogs.

It’s made from polyguard, which we know is durable and weather-resistant. Plus it can handle the wear of paws too. The frame is made from fiberglass which again when put up correctly handles the wind and rain very well.

The screen room is located at the front and you have to go through it to get to the tent. This is ideal for the dog, as it can stay in the screen room and not bring any dirt or damage to the main sleeping section.

Overall a great tent for camping with dogs but it would be better with an extra access door.

Pros

  • Quick and easy to pitch in under 7 minutes
  • E-port for putting power into the tent
  • The screen room is ideal for dogs to sleep in
  • The materials are durable and handle dogs well
  • It's pretty spacious as a 4 man with a screen room

Cons

  • Check the box on arrival, as a lot come with broken components
  • There is only one door for access

Product Information

  • Dimensions (ft): 10 x 9 x 5'8"
  • Weight (lbs): 19.01
  • Packed Size (in): 26 x 10 x 10
  • Material: Polyguard
  • Frame: Fibreglass
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Best For Backpacking

Bessport Camping Tent

Bessport Backpacking Tent 1-2 Person Ultralight Camping Tent Waterproof Two Doors Tent Instant Setup – Less Than 1 Min for Camping, Hiking Mountaineering Expeditions (2P-Light Grey)

The Bessport Camping Tent is designed as a two-man tent. But it’s not one of those 2 man tents that only fit you and your gear.

The dual access system with double vestibules, makes this a true 2 man tent with space for your dog in one vestibule and your gear in the other.

It’s made from durable 68D polyester which is great at keeping you warm and dry. It’ll also handle your dogs’ wear and tear but it’s best to keep them out of the main area. The stakes and poles are made from high-grade aluminum.

This gives you a solid structure and you know your tent isn’t going anywhere when it’s windy.

The tent is easy to set up, take down, and store. Once it is up, it’s freestanding so you can move it around to the perfect camping spot with ease.

At only 5.2lbs, it’s a perfect tent to strap to your backpack. It won’t weigh you down on long hikes or take up too much space.

The best thing about it we have already mentioned, the dual access and double vestibule system that creates space for two people and your dog. It’s the only backpacking tent in the review and the best one for you and your dog

Pros

  • Two doors and two vestibules give enough space for you, your gear and the dog
  • It's freestanding, so you can move it around once set up.
  • The stakes and frame are quality aluminum
  • It's great at keeping you dry, cool and warm
  • It's very affordable for the quality

Cons

  • The zippers can catch quite often
  • The zippers are plastic and not that durable

Product Information

  • Dimensions (in): 86 x 48 x 43
  • Weight (lbs): 5.2 lbs
  • Packed Size (in): na
  • Material: 68D polyester
  • Frame: Aluminum
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Coleman 8-Person Tent

Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent,204' L x 120' W x 72' H

The Coleman 8-Person Tent is very roomy and is an ideal size for 4/5 people and a dog or two. The tent is split into three rooms, so you can reserve two for people and one for the dog.

This is ideal and it’ll stop the dog from getting the sleeping areas dirty or wearing out other areas of the tent.

Made from polyester with fiberglass poles and a reinforced floor, the tent is going to handle the weather well and the wear and tear of paws. It can be tricky to set up, but once you get used to it, it’ll be pretty easy.

The tent also comes with a great ventilation system that lets you adjust the airflow to suit you and access your gear quickly.

We have a hard time imagining why this size tent doesn’t come with an annex or vestibule, it would make it a much better doggy option if it did. The only other drawbacks are the zippers, which catch quite easily.

Overall a very affordable and spacious doggy-friendly tent option.

Pros

  • The floor is reinforced and ideal for the use of paws
  • The frame is tough and will handle being bumped into by the dog
  • The tent is split into 3 rooms so you can leave one for the dog
  • Roomy for the whole family
  • Inexpensive for its size

Cons

  • Not very easy to set up
  • No vestibule or annex for doggy
  • The zippers can be a pain

Product Information

  • Dimensions (in): 17 x 10 x 6
  • Weight (lbs): 22.4
  • Packed Size (in): 25.6 x 11 x 10.2
  • Material: Ployester
  • Frame: Fiberglass
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Coleman Sundome Tent

Coleman 4-Person Dome Tent for Camping | Sundome Tent with Easy Setup

The Coleman Sundome Tent isn’t in the review due to its doggy friendly layout, as it’s a normal 4 man dome tent with just one big room, one door, and no vestibule. It’s in the review thanks to its floor, which no dog will ever be able to dig through.

The tent is made with a polyester shell, fiberglass poles, and a 1000D polyethylene floor. The floor is the doggy selling point, it’ll handle all the paws you can throw at it. It’s a great summer tent but it’s not the best at dealing with serious weather.

It’s easy to put up, down, and store plus it’s quite portable at under 10lbs. There is enough space for two people and a dog. The dog will have to sleep inside with you as there are no separate areas or vestibules with this tent.

The tent only has one door, which is not ideal but the door is big making it easy to get the dog in and out. There is also an EAP so you can run power into the tent too.

Pros

  • The door is large making it easy to get your dog in and out of the tent
  • Durable fabrics to handle doggy wear and tear
  • Electrical Access Point to run AC power into the tent.
  • Affordable and ideal for summer camping

Cons

  • No ideal in heavy weather
  • Just 1 door and no vestibules

Product Information

  • Dimensions (ft): 9 x 7 x 4'11"
  • Weight (lbs): 9.75
  • Packed Size (in): na
  • Material: Polyester
  • Frame: Fiberglass
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Best Allrounder

Coleman Juniper Lake Instant Dome Tent with Annex

Coleman Juniper Lake Instant Dome Tent with Annex, 4-Person

The Coleman Juniper Lake Instant Dome Tent with Annex is great for three reasons. It’s spacious with an annex for the dog, takes just 60 seconds to set up and it’s inexpensive for the size and quality.

Made from polyguard with fiberglass poles, it does well in heavy weather and against doggy digging and wear and tear. Setting it up is a breeze, in just 60 seconds you’re done, very useful if there is a storm pushing in.

Once it’s up, the tent is spacious inside and the annex is really useful for giving your dog its own area. Access is ok, but only through one door, so the dog has to go through the tent to get to annex, not ideal for wear or dirty paws.

Taking the tent down is easy but getting it back in the bag is a task and a half. You’ll work it out eventually but it does get frustrating. The only other downsides and the lack of vestibules and that the zippers get caught.

Overall a solid option if you don’t mind your dog sleeping inside and getting the tent dirty.

Pros

  • Spacious with an annex for your dog
  • Quick and easy to set up, it takes just 60 seconds
  • Great for heavy weather
  • Made with the durability to handle a dog
  • It's very affordable for its size

Cons

  • Hard to pack down into the carry case
  • Zippers can get caught often
  • There are only one door and no vestibule

Product Information

  • Dimensions (in): na (4 person)
  • Weight (lbs): 13.04
  • Packed Size (in): 8 x 8 x 36.2
  • Material: Polyguard
  • Frame: Fiberglass
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Core 11 Person Family Cabin Tent with Screen Room

CORE 11 Person Family Cabin Tent with Screen Room (Orange)

  • Sleeps 11 people; Fits three queen air mattresses; Center Height: 86″
  • Features front screen room with closable window panels and full tent floor coverage
  • CORE H20 Block Technology and adjustable ground vents
  • Gear loft with lantern hook and pockets keep items organized and off the tent floor; Electrical cord access port (port is fully closable when not in use)
  • Includes tent, tent poles, rainfly, gear loft, tent stakes, expandable carry bag; 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Sleeping 11 people/dogs and spacious enough to fit three massive Queen air mattresses, the Core 11 Person Family Cabin Tent also sports a large front screen room with easy-to-close window panels and complete tent floor coverage. The company’s patented CORE H2O Block Technology keeps dogs and people dry when the elements rear their ugly heads.

Our Review

When you’re camping with dogs, the best tents for dog owners are the ones that help you stay organized in the midst of potential doggy chaos. That’s why I was so enamored with this tent’s gear loft and large pockets. I was able to keep our essentials out of the way of whirling, happy dog dervishes.

Pros

  • The screen room is multifaceted and is the perfect addendum for letting air flow during warm summer nights while also serving as a great room to sequester a dog who needs a timeout.
  • This is the largest capacity tent on this list which gives it a fantastic sense of space for both people and dogs to coexist.
  • It’s an extremely easy tent to set up despite its impressive size. That’s one less stress to deal with when camping with dogs.

Cons

  • This is an extremely heavy tent to port around at 43 pounds. It can be a bit of a burden if your campsite is farther away from where you park.
  • There isn’t a separate entrance to get into the main room of the tent which doesn’t go through the screen room. If your dog is sleeping in the screen room and you need to use the restroom at night, this can be tough

Product Information

  • Dimensions (ft): 17 x 12 x 7.1
  • Weight (lbs): 36.24
  • Packed Size (in): 29.2 x 14.2 x 14.2
  • Material: 68D Polyester
  • Frame: Fiberglass
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What To Look For In A Tent For Camping With Dogs

Taking your dog camping is a lovely experience but having the right tent will make all the difference. Here we outline some key features to consider that’ll make camping with your dog a much more pleasurable experience.

How To Camp With Your Dog

There is a choice to make as to whether your dog is camping with you inside the tent, or will be sleeping in the annex, screen room, or vestibule, separate from you.

If you’re planning on having the dog inside with you, then you need to account for some extra space. You should assume your dog will take up one of the person slots that your tent is rated for. If you’re going solo with your dog, you’ll need at least a 2 person tent.

If your plan is to have your dog sleep separately, then make sure the then you pick comes with ample space for your dog in the annex, screen room, or vestibules.

Giving your dog a warm and secure space to sleeping in while camping will make a huge difference to your camping trip. You’ll avoid any dog mood swings and poor behavior.

Space Is Important

We have already discussed counting one of the person slots of your tent rating for your dog to use. This means upping it by 1 to ensure there is enough space for everyone to be comfortable.

Some larger tents have room dividers and this can be useful. This will give the dog and you, your own spaces. It’ll also stop your dog from moving mud all around the tent, and ensure only part of the tent gets any wear from the dog.

If you do utilize a separate room design, then ensure there is only a mesh door between you and your dog. This means you can keep an eye on them, and they can keep an eye on you, so they don’t get spooked in a new environment.

Vestibules, Screen Rooms or Annexes Are Useful

Having a separate area in the form of a vestibule, annex, or screen room is incredibly useful. This will give the dog their own space to sleep in, save your tent from doggy mess or wear, and still make them feel comfy.

If it’s too cold or your dog is too nervous to sleep in a separate area, then the vestibule, annex, or screen room is ideal for storing your gear and creating extra space in the tent. It’s also a good place for the dog to hang out and watch you clean up and organize the inside.

If you do have your dog sleeping in a separate room, make sure to only use a mesh door so they can see you and you can see them. This will make you both far more comfortable.

Paws Need Thick Materials

Dogs aren’t aware that the tent they are in is a bit fragile. If they are energetic, naughty, or get nervous, they are going to bump it, scratch it, dig it, rip it, and possibly just go nuts and shred it. You can of course try and control them but it’s also worth buying a tent that is made from durable materials that can handle it.

Don’t buy the budget tents, they will not survive. Your dog may just put a hole in the side and you’ll end up being wet and cold for the remainder of the trip.

Ensure the materials are thick and durable. Polyester is a great choice and it’s worth putting a blanket on the floor to help stop their nails from going in.

You could also trim the dog’s nails before your trip, so if some tent digging does happen, it’ll be a lot less effective.

Our Favorite Tent For Camping With Dogs

The all-around best tent for camping with dogs is the Coleman Juniper Lake Instant Dome Tent. This tent is spacious enough for 3/4 people plus your dog. It’s also durable enough to handle and doggy digging and it comes with an annex for your dog to sleep in. All of this for a really affordable price.

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Coleman Juniper Lake Instant Dome Tent with Annex, 4-Person
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Coleman Juniper Lake Instant Dome Tent with Annex, 4-Person
  • 4-person dome camping tent built to set up fast and withstand the elements
  • Sets up in around 60 seconds with pre-attached poles

The best tent for camping with dogs when backpacking is the Bessport Camping Tent. This tent is light, packable, and comes with enough space for 2 people and your dog. This is thanks to the two doors and two vestibules. You can use one vestibule for the dog, one for your gear and you can stretch out in the main area.

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Bessport Backpacking Tent 1-2 Person Ultralight Camping Tent Waterproof Two Doors Tent Instant Setup – Less Than 1 Min for Camping, Hiking Mountaineering Expeditions (2P-Light Grey)
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Bessport Backpacking Tent 1-2 Person Ultralight Camping Tent Waterproof Two Doors Tent Instant Setup – Less Than 1 Min for Camping, Hiking Mountaineering Expeditions (2P-Light Grey)
  • ROOMY 2-PERSON TENT: This backpacking tent is spacious enough with two D-Shaped doors and two vestibules to accommodate up to two people. Weight: 5.2lb(2.35kg). Interior floor dimensions: 86.6x48.4in(220x123cm), interior height: 43.5in(110.5cm). Canopy interior area: 31-square-foot.
  • WEATHER RESISTANT- seam taped Construction makes an impenetrable barrier against Rain and prevents leakage. Welded floor Design elevates the bottom of the backpacking tent to protect you from wet grounds; full-coverage rainfly for added protection against rain.

The best tent for camping with dogs is the Coleman Steel Creek Tent. It’s affordable, spacious, durable, and comes with a large screen room that’s found at the entrance. This means you can keep your dog in the screen room and stop if going inside with its muddy sharp claws. Or you can use the screen room to give you some extra space inside by using it for storage.

Coleman Steel Creek Fast Pitch Dome Tent with Screen Room, 6-Person , White, 10' x 9'
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Coleman Steel Creek Fast Pitch Dome Tent with Screen Room, 6-Person , White, 10' x 9'
  • 6-person dome tent features a separate screen room for insect-free lounging and extra sleeping space
  • Fast Pitch tent design sets up in about 7 minutes