Dog Coats for cold weather – A warm & happy dog
Your dog has her own built-in coat but it doesn’t always keep her warm. Thus, veterinarians agree that dog coats for cold weather can be very useful for your best friend. Of course, some dogs have better heat-retaining capabilities than others and this depends on factors such as size, age and breed. As a matter of fact, there are dogs who like cold weather. Your Husky may thrive in the cold. But not so for your little Chihuahua. She will become chilled quickly and this is dangerous for her health.
Which dogs are good candidates for a warm winter dog coat
- Thin dogs may not have enough fat to insulate them so winter coats are very beneficial
- Short haired dogs
- Sick dogs and dogs that are recovering from illness
- Senior dogs
- Small & toy breeds – they have a lot of surface area in comparison to their body volume and as a result they are more susceptible to the cold
When looking for dog coats for cold weather, consider wind, precipitation and temperature. For example, if you live in a cool, but not freezing climate, a fleece jacket may do the trick. Or, if you are in a windy area you may want to consider a coat made of wind breaking material. But, For really cold climates, warm dog coats are a must. With this in mind, think in terms of multi-layering with plenty of insulation and body coverage.
What to look for in a cold weather coat
The material. Wool is an obvious choice but its main problem is deterioration after multiple washings. As an animal lover, I don’t recommend down-filled coats because of the agony geese go through when their feathers are plucked.
Considering this, it just doesn’t make sense to make one animal suffer for another’s comfort especially when there are man-made materials that will do the job.
Furthermore, an outer shell made from polyester or breathable polyurethane is effective. Combine that with a lightweight but warm poly batting as lining. Warmth is attained through good materials like these and also the puffy air pockets within the material. Also, make sure any coat is wind-proof and water-proof.
- Attachment methods. We have heard from several sources that zippers are not good because your friend’s hair can get caught. Velcro could be a good bet but may loose its functionality. Some sources say that metal buckles and plastic snaps might not be ideal if you have a pet that chews on everything but in my opinion these are the most durable methods.
- Reflective dog coats: Just as with any outerwear, your friend needs to be seen during those evening walks so look for a coat that has some form of reflection such as reflective strips.
- Easy put-on and take off: It should be fast and stress-free.
- Good fit is essential: If the fit is too loose there will not be enough insulation. If it’s too tight your dog will be uncomfortable and her mobility will be compromised. So look for a fit that is as close to your dog’s body shape as possible and make sure the coat is adjustable. Furthermore, before your purchase, you should measure your dog using:
- Back Length: Should be measured from the ridge between the shoulder blades to the base of the tail as the dog is standing in a normal position.
- Neckline: Measure at the baseline which is the widest point of the neck.
- Chest: Measure at the widest place on the chest just behind the front legs. Add 2″ to this to make sure your dog has plenty of room for movement.
Nothing wrong with finding a fashionable coat that will draw compliments and give both you and your pooch an ego boast! However, and it probably goes without saying, that function should never be compromised for fashion!
Recommended dog coats for cold weather
We recommend the following dog coats for cold weather based on the above criteria and ratings by pet owners who have purchased them. In fact, all the following coats have received 5-star Amazon ratings from at least 75% of users.
- Materials: Water resistant, wind-proof synthetic outer shell for warmth and insulation
- Interior is 100% long-fiber cotton for wonderful softness, insulation and durability
- Reversible: Two looks, one jacket
- Great fit: Over sized arm holes for maximum range-of-motion. Structured leash portal
- Sizing: This coat is for small dogs such as miniature Dachshunds, Pomeranians, Papillons and similar sized dogs
- Durable: Withstands water, mud, sand. Also stands up to countless machine washes
- Packable: Take is along with you on your hike and put it in your back pack when your little friend is not using it
- For small dogs
- 100% polyester
- Inside layer is fleece fabric
- Soft and cushiony
- Snug fit
- Snap to hold coat in place before zipping it up. Has a zipper safeguard to make sure fur won’t get stuck while zipping up
- Loops for leash attached to the vest
- Machine washable
- A variety of sizes
- Colors include solid green, solid pink, solid red and solid turquoise
- An extreme weather coat that is effective in sub-zero temperatures. Also, well suited for extended cold exposure
- Unique foil lining reflects your friend’s body heat stimulating blood circulation
- High collar for extra protection
- Tricot hood that can be adjusted to protect ears and head
- Protects the most important muscle groups for heat production
- Adjustable back length, collar and waist
- Protective rear hem
- Covers chest and belly areas
- Breathable and water-resistant
- High-visibility 3-M reflectors
- Ridiculously easy to put on and take off
- Back lengths 10″ – 26″
- More pricey than many coats but with all the rave reviews it’s probably worth the extra investment
- Inside is 100% polyester double-fleece, super warm
- Nylon shell
- Reflective piping
- Machine washable. Hang to dry
- Super easy to put on and take off with neck and around-the-body Velcro
- Good value for a small investment
- Four colors – blue, yellow, red and green
- Sizes 10″ – 30″
- All the features of a high-end coat at an affordable price
- Polyester fleece liner and polyester outer shell
- Fiber fill between outer shell and inner layer
- Adjustable neck: Can make a collar or turtleneck
- Adjustable chest
- Leash hole on back for ease of attachment
- Easy off and on
- Reflective fabric
- Machine washable
- Sizing from petite to XX large
- Classic plaid design
- Choose red/black or yellow/black
These are some of the top-rated dog coats for cold weather and range in price from $13.99 (Kakadu Pet Explorer Double Fleece Reflective) to $98.00 (Hurrta Extreme Warmer).
All these coats except for the Django Puffer are available in a variety of sizes.