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Description & Size guide


A dog that wears a backpack is most certainly not a new concept. Pack dogs go back as far as the world wars and probably even further. Canine backpacks have improved though, along with our knowledge of dog anatomy, so they are more suitable and comfortable than ever before.

Ruffwear are certainly leading the market with great canine equipment and the Ruffwear Approach Backpack meets the same standards of quality, comfort and ease of wear as the rest of their active dog gear. The Approach Backpack is designed for everyday wear and can be worn by the dog on multi day hikes and outings.

This is another pack that is based on the Webmaster harness frame ensuring comfort, a great fit and no, mental or physical, stress to the dog as he wears it. Five adjustable points ensure perfection when fitting the dog with his backpack. It's recommended that your dog carry no more than 25 - 30% of their body weight in their dog pack. If your dog is new to dog packs, start with a light load and work up to a heavier load as your dog gets accustomed to wearing the pack.

Added extras to make life easier out on the rail are stash pockets, reverse coil zippers, and external gear loops and a secure single piece aluminium leash attachment point when needed. Not forgetting the Ruffwear low-light visibility reflective trim.

With forward weight saddlebags and a useful handle for canine manoeuvrability the Approach backpack is a great way to make your dog independent on long hikes and camping trips. Sizing:



How To Measure:

Measure around the widest part of your dog's rib cage.

SIZEChest (Girth)CapacityWeight
X-Small 43-56cm
6L (366"3) 0.36kg (0.8lb)
Small 56-69cm
12.5L (762"3) 0.48kg (1.05lb)
Medium 69-81cm
14.5L (885"3) 0.52kg (1.15lb)
Large / X-Large 81-107cm
24L (1465"3) 0.59kg (1.3lb)
Delivery & Returns


FREE STANDARD DELIVERY on orders over £49

Delivery is free via Royal Mail Tracked service and will take 3-5 working days* to arrive with you.

BASIC DELIVERY on orders under £25

Delivery is £3.35 via Royal Mail 48 service and will take 3-7 working days* to arrive with you.

STANDARD DELIVERY on orders up to £48.99

Delivery is £4.20 via Royal Mail Tracked 48 service and will take 3-5 working days* to arrive with you.


Delivery is £6.30 via Royal Mail Tracked 24 service and will take 1-3 working days* to arrive with you.

SPECIAL DELIVERY (Guaranteed Next Working Day)

Delivery is £8.99 via Royal Mail Special Delivery. This is a guaranteed next working day service and orders must be placed before 3pm. orders placed on a Friday will be delivered the following Monday. Orders placed after 3pm on Friday will be delivered the following Tuesday. This service may not be available in all location i.e. BFPO or Highlands & Islands.

*Delivery times are estimated from shipment and subject to stock availability. Our cut off time for orders is 3pm. Working Days are Monday to Friday and don't include UK public holidays.


At we operate a fair postage policy and we have no additional charges for deliveries to BFPO addresses or the Highlands & Islands.


Delivery to EU from £10.99 (Royal Mail Tracked And/Or Signed)
Free Delivery to EU on orders over £150

International Delivery (Outside EU):
International Delivery £11.99 (Royal Mail Tracked And/Or Signed)
Free International Delivery on orders over £200


We operate a 60 day returns policy at K9active. Items can be returned within 60 days of the shipment date.

For orders placed in the UK we provide free returns potage for exchange items. UK Only orders requesting a refund you can use our returns label, the cost of which £3.50 (Royal Mail Tracked return service) will be deducted from your refund. Alternatively you can use a courier of your choice.


Delivery for some products mainly Large items and Dog Beds will incur shipping charges in addition to our regular postage rates above. In most cases these products will be sent directly from the manufacturers warehouse on a next day courier. In all cases that there will be additional costs for a product to be shipped you will be advised on the product page and you can see the exact cost for your order in the cart using the shipping estimator.

For information about returns, please click here to view our Returns Policy.

Approach Pack by Ruffwear

Size Guide