Which is the best dog GPS tracker for my small, medium or large dog in 2019?

19 December 2018

Search no longer - learn how to choose the perfect dog GPS tracking device according to your dog’s size, weight and activity level!

most important features for a dog gps tracking device

You are  a responsible dog parent and wish to get your four-legged friend a safety gift, in the form of a GPS tracking device for dogs. Definitely a good decision! But how to know which is the best dog gps tracker for your fluffy buddy? Discover right now which criteria stand between your dog and the right GPS tracker!

Choosing the right GPS tracker for my dog: Size considerations

The different Tractive GPS Trackers are suitable for different sizes of dogs. If the GPS tracking device is too big for your dog, your furry friend could have neck or back pain. On the other side, a larger GPS tracker is definitely the best option for larger dogs, since it has a much longer battery life. So yes, size matters when it comes to choosing the right GPS device for your dog!
Here is a quick overview of the sizes and weights of Tractive GPS devices:

GPS Dog DeviceTractive GPSTractive GPS XLTractive GPS 3GTractive GPS Cat
Dimensions51 x 41 x 15mm (2.0 x 1.6 x 0.6in)80 x 49 x 29mm (3.1 x 1.9 x 1.1in)51 x 41 x 15mm (2.0 x 1.6 x 0.6in)For neck lengths: 19-30 cm (7.5-11.8 in)
Weight35g (1.23 oz)142g (5 oz)35g (1.23 oz)50g (1.76 oz)


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Consider the activity level of your dog when choosing the right tracker

Is your fluffy friend an active fur ball, who loves to play around in the open air? Or would you rather describe your pup as the classic couch potato, who loves to sleep most of the time in the coziness of your home?

Depending on the activity level of your dog and how often you will use the LIVE Tracking feature, different Tractive GPS Trackers will serve different needs.

With the LIVE Tracking feature of Tractive GPS tracking device, you are able to follow the position of your dog in real-time, directly on your smartphone. When used more frequently, the battery of the dog tracking device will also be used more, so a Tractive GPS XL would be the perfect fit for an active dog, since its battery lasts up to 8 weeks!

Good to know: Tractive GPS XL is recommended for large dogs, with a weight of above 20 kg.

chose the best gps dog tracking device for your furry friend

Does battery life matter when choosing the right dog gps tracker?

If you’re the happy parent of an outdoorsy pet, then you might spend a lot of time outdoors with your four-legged sweetheart. Whether you go out for long
walks or
playdates in the park,

the battery life of your GPS tracking device needs to be suitable for your needs.

While Tractive GPS Dog Tracker and Tractive GPS CAT Tracker have a battery life of 2-3 days, the Tractive GPS XL has an amazing battery life of up to weeks! Consider taking the second, when going for longer adventures with your favorite furry buddy!

Overview of which tracker is the best for your dog

In the comparison below, you can check which tracker is the best for your four-legged sweetheart:

Tractive GPS CAT TrackerTractive GPS DOG TrackerTractive GPS XL
For which pet is the tracker suitable?
Cats and small dogsDogsDogs
For which weight is each tracker recommended?
Above 3.5 kg4.5 kg or moreMore than 20 kg
Battery life
2 – 3 days2 – 3 daysUp to 6 weeks
Activity Tracking


Learn more about all features and differences of Tractive GPS available trackers in order to make the best decision on the perfect dog tracking device for your sweetheart!

Now you’re all equipped to get your four-legged friend the best dog gps tracking device: This will save you both a lot of trouble!

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