While not all dogs need coats – your Husky is loving this cold weather – some dogs have short hair and/or thin skin, making them susceptible to the cold, just like you. If you own a dog that gets chilly, the following brands make some amazing winter dog coats that will keep your pup toasty warm.
#1 – Weatherbeeta
The Weatherbeeta brand is well-known in the equestrian crowd as having some of the best blankets for horses available. They also make amazing dog coats! They have a full range of styles, depending on your climate. Many are waterproof and several have large belly bands to keep that tender and exposed belly toasty. The one pictured is their Weatherbeeta 1200D parka with a belly wrap. It is waterproof, breathable and durable (with strong 1200 denier triple weave outer layer), lined with 220g of polyfill and a full wrap chest and belly closure. See their complete line at weaterbeeta.com
#2 – RuffWear
Made in Oregon, Ruffwear knows winter! They make several waterproof coats, including full-body shells with foreleg sleeves for the dog that likes to be active in the winter. They coats are made to last! I’ve had mine for about 7 years now and they look brand new. The one pictured is their “Powder Hound” – a hybrid jacket that offers the warmth of synthetic insulation with the range of motion of technical stretch fabric. It’s weather resistant and zips on/off. See their complete winter dog coat collection at ruffwear.com.
#3 – Hurtta
Hurtta has a plethora of dog coats – from simple rain jackets to coats to keep your pup warm in all kinds of weather. For example, their Ultimate Warmer is waterproof and made of their “Houndtex” membrane to keep your dog dry and warm. It has a high collar to keep the neck warm and a lower hem to protect your dog’s most important muscle groups, neck and chest. Check out their entire line at Hurtta.com.
#4 – Alpine Outfitters
Since 1988, Alpine has been outfitting working dogs, including sled dog teams, so they know cold. Their jacket is made of Therma Stretch Polartec – slick on the outside so snow doesn’t stick, fleece inside for added warmth, and windproof and water resistant to help prevent frostbite. The jacket is designed so dogs can run, and made to fit a harness underneath the jacket. Check it out at alpineoutiffters.net.
#5 – Foggy Mountain Dog Coats
These made-in-the-USA dog coats are great if you have a “hard to fit dog breed” – they make coats especially for Bassets, Dachshunds, English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Great Danes, Greyhounds and Whippets, as well as for breeds with more common shapes. Their nylon turnout jacket was originally designed for horses, so it’s tough. It features a tough water- and wind-repellent 420 Denier nylon shell, warm polyfill insulation and a soft, plush fleece lining. Go to their dogcoat.com to find a local retailer near you or to shop online.
#6 – Chilly Dogs
These jackets are made in Canada from materials sourced in North America. They have jackets of all types, from fleece sweaters to rainproof winter coats. Their “Great White North” coat was made for chilly Canadian winters. They rate this coat for temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius! They’re made of 100% waterproof polyurethane-coated outer shell and Canadian-made 12-ounce no-pill fleece. See their entire line at Chillydogs.ca.
#7 – Kurgo
Kurgo has several dog coats for active dogs that are out in all kinds of weather. Their North Country Dog Coat is made of durable Ripstop nylon and 1200 denier material that is water and wind proof. It’s lined with a warm fleece lining and even comes with a flashing LED strip and reflective piping for safety. See all their coats at Kurgo.com
#8 – Ezy Dog
This brand is known for durable dog products and their “Element Jacket” is no exception. It’s a waterproof jacket that is also wind proof, made from 600 denier material. It has a non-pilling fleece liner. A unique feature is that this jacket has quick adjustment buckles and can be used as a calming jacket during thunderstorms. Ezydog.com.
#9 – Equafleece
Some people live in climates that are cold and dry. For you, you may not need a heavy waterproof dog coat, but just something to keep your pup warm and toasty. Equafleece has an entire line of dog fleece items – jumpers (sweaters), coats, tanks, and t-shirts – to fit whatever your dog’s needs are. See the whole line at Equafleece.co.uk
#10 – Blue Willow Dog Coats
These coats are hand-crafted, custom made dog coats from Wisconsin, USA. Susan Couzin, the owner, can make a coat to fit any dog! Their signature coat, the Snow Angel, is made of a waterproof and breathable material and a PolarTec fleece lining – four times more wind resistance than standard polar fleece. What makes them unique is they have a layer in-between those two that is made of 8.5-ounce quilt batting. This makes a big difference in cutting through wind-chill. She can make whatever style you wish and you get to choose the type of neck, tummy warmer, harness openings, and there are even options for extra warmth. Check out her coats at www.bwdogcoats.com