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IndustryRetail, Ecommerce
  • Kitter Spater
  • Gordie Spater
HeadquartersKnoxville, Tennessee
Area served
ProductsOutdoor Dog Gear
OwnerRadio Systems Corporation

Kurgo is outdoor dog gear brand owned by Radio Systems Corporation.

Kurgo gear is carried by PetSmart, Petco, and numerous other physical and online retailers and as such, is considered to be a leading manufacturer of pet travel and safety products in the United States and Canada. Kurgo products are also available in the UK, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.[1]

In addition to its Knoxville, Tennessee headquarters, the brand maintains a satellite office in Amesbury, Massachusetts.


Kurgo founders and brothers, Kitter and Gordie Spater, grew up exploring the Vermont woods along with their family dogs.[2] Their entrepreneurial spirit and love of dogs motivated them to create Kurgo—although the brand’s inspiration is credited to Kitter’s dog, Zelda.

Zelda had a dangerous habit of jumping into the front seat during car rides. After one too many close calls, Kitter built the first prototype of what would later become the Backseat Barrier in his garage.[2]

Since then, Kurgo has expanded its product line into carrier backpacks, active harnesses, cold weather jackets, seat covers, and other outdoor accessories.

In 2008, Kurgo partnered with Toyota to advocate for safe pet travel.[3]

in 2011, Kurgo partnered with AAA to coordinate a pet travel safety survey.[4]

Kurgo was acquired by Radio Systems Corporation in October 2018.[5]


Product Awards[edit]

In 2020, the Tru-Fit Smart Harness Quick Release was voted the Best Dog Harness by Wirecutter.[6]

In 2021, the G-Train Backpack received The Dodo's Paw of Approval.[7]



  1. ^ Staff, Pet Business. "Kurgo Expands to Australia and New Zealand". Pet Business. Retrieved 2021-09-13. {{cite web}}: |first= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ a b "About Us". www.kurgo.com. Retrieved 2021-09-13.
  3. ^ "Kurgo & Toyota Keep Pets Safe - Pet Business Magazine - March 2009". www.petbusiness.com. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  4. ^ AAA, Kurgo (2011). "Doggie Distractions Fact Sheet" (PDF). Kurgo.com.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Radio Systems Corporation® Acquires Motivation Designs LLC, Makers of Kurgo®". PRWeb. Retrieved 2021-09-13.
  6. ^ "The Best Dog Harness". The New York Times. 2021-06-11. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-09-13.
  7. ^ "We Found A Dog Backpack That Literally Does It All". The Dodo. Retrieved 2021-09-22.

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