Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Dog Jacket

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Dog Jacket

Laura Meudell

Finding the perfect jacket for your furry friend can be a daunting task with so many options available on the market. Whether you're looking for warmth, durability, or visibility, it's important to choose a jacket that meets your dog's specific needs.

In this ultimate guide, we will explore some of the top brands in the industry, including Ruffwear, Non-stop Dogwear, Dryrobe, Henry Wag and Ruff and Tumble, and discuss their features and benefits. Whether you're an active outdoor enthusiast or simply want to keep your pup cosy during the cooler months, this guide will help you make an informed decision when it comes to choosing the perfect dog jacket.

Understanding the importance of a dog jacket
Understanding the importance of a dog jacket is crucial when it comes to making the right choice for your furry friend. A dog jacket not only provides warmth and protection during the colder months but also offers various other benefits.

A well-fitting jacket will help keep your dog comfortable and warm  in extreme weather conditions, it can act as an insulating layer, retaining body heat and shielding them from harsh winds. Additionally jackets  designed with water-resistant or waterproof materials, keeping your dog dry and comfortable in rainy or snowy conditions.  Furthermore, dog jackets can also contribute to your pet's safety by making them more visible during walks or outdoor activities. Many dog jackets feature reflective strips or bright colours that enhance visibility, especially during low-light conditions.

By considering the importance of a dog jacket, you can ensure that your furry companion remains warm, safe, and stylish during all seasons.

Assessing your dog's needs and preferences
Choosing the perfect dog jacket requires assessing your dog's unique needs and preferences. Every dog is different, and it's important to consider factors such as breed, size, and activity level.

1. Take breed and size into account: Larger dog breeds with short hair, such as Greyhounds or Boxers, may require a jacket with additional insulation to keep them warm during colder months. Smaller breeds, on the other hand, may benefit from jackets that provide more coverage and protection due to their lower body fat percentage.

2. Consider your dog's activity level: If your dog is active and enjoys outdoor adventures, you may need a jacket that is durable, breathable, and allows for ease of movement. Look for jackets with adjustable straps and reinforced stitching to ensure they can handle your dog's energetic lifestyle.

3. Reflect your dog's style: While functionality is important, there's no harm in choosing a jacket that reflects your dog's personality and style. Whether it's a vibrant color, a pattern, or a fashionable design, find a jacket that makes your furry friend look good while staying warm and protected.

4. Considering factors such as size and fit
One of the most crucial factors to consider when choosing the perfect dog jacket is the size and fit. Just like humans, dogs come in all shapes and sizes, so it's important to find a jacket that fits them properly. A jacket that is too tight can restrict their movement and cause discomfort, while one that is too loose may not provide enough insulation or protection. 

In conclusion, choosing the perfect dog jacket involves careful consideration of factors such as budget, features, material, durability, and fit. By taking the time to compare options and gather information, you can confidently make a purchase that aligns with your dog's specific needs.

Dog Jackets

Tried and tested 

Non-stop dogwear Fjord raincoat for dogs

Non-stop dogwear Fjord jacket

  • A large collar shields your dog's neck.
  • Fjord raincoat was designed for unrestricted movement. Leg straps help keep the coat in the right position and prevent it from lifting in high winds.
  • A dedicated leash opening allows a harness to be worn under the raincoat.
  • Reflective details provide high visibility.
  • The Fjord raincoat is lightweight and packs easily into the included compression bag.

Ruffwear K-9 Overcoat

 Waffle in her Ruffwear K-9 Overcoat

Waffle was 11 when she passed and always felt the cold and hated getting wet, this jacket was ideal to keep her warm and dry

  • Relaxed Fit with vest coverage and side-release buckles for easy on/off
  • Burly weather- and abrasion-resistant shell fabric
  • Warm, comfortable fleece lining
  • Leash portal on back is compatible with most harnesses

Please note this colour no longer available but the jacket is going strong now used by Bryher.

 Ruffwear Lumenglow

Ruffwear Lumenglow

Bryher in his Ruffwear Lumenglow.

Bryher  is a wirehaired x shorthaired German pointer. He is a hot dog and this is ideal for keeping him dry but not getting too warm

  •  High-vis, high-contrast colors for visibility
  • Weather- and abrasion-resistant shell fabric sheds light moisture
  • Reflective side panels for visibility in low light conditions
  • Leash portal on back is compatible with most harnesses

Ruffwear Sun Shower Jacket

Ruffwear Sun shower jacket

The Ruffwear Sun Shower Dog Jacket has a waterproof shell and is just the jacket for getting outside and exploring as the weather changes. The fold-up storm collar and TailGate™ patterning offer extended coverage over the neck, rump, and thighs to keep dogs dry in wet conditions. Lightweight and non-insulated, the Sun Shower both excels as a standalone shell and layers well over an insulating mid-layer for rain management in colder temps.

 Ruffwear Vert Dog Coat

Ruffwear Vert
Lupo in his Ruffweat Vert

Lupo is an 8 year old German shorthaired Pointer. These frosty mornings he is starting to feel the cold so felt a little extra would be good for him. He is very active but does get chilly!

  • Shell fabric is windproof, waterproof, and breathable
  • High-loft recycled polyester insulation provides warmth
  • Oversized storm collar folds up for additional weather protection
  • Leg loops provide secure fit option in windy conditions
  • Leash portal on back is compatible with most harnesses

Quinzee Insulated Dog Jacket - Lupo in the Snow

Ruffwear Quinzee

Quinzee Insulated Dog Jacket - Lupo in the Snow
Weather-resistant,75D polyester shell fabric and recycled 250g high loft polyester insulation provides warmth  - Buy Now

Climate Changer

Ruffwear Climate Changer Jacket is a fleece dog jacket is a quick-drying coat that provides coverage and warmth for dogs on morning missions and everyday pursuits in cold, clear conditions. - Buy Now

Powder Hound with FREE Mendota snap lead

Ruffwear Powder Hound Jacket

The Powder Hound™ is the hybrid jacket offering the warmth of synthetic insulation with the range of motion of technical stretch fabric. This weather resistant and insulated jacket is built for winter. - BUY NOW

Ruff and Tumble Dog Drying Coat

Ruff and Tumble drying Robes

Ruff and Tumble’s Drying Coat dries your dog in minutes and takes the hassle out of managing wet dogs. Simply slip a Ruff and Tumble Drying Coat over your wet dog, fasten around the belly and neck with easy-to-use Velcro, and your job is done, imagine your house/ car that isn’t mud splattered and whiffybuy now