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5 Best Dog Coats for Cold Weather


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Oh, what a week this has been! We had a major snowstorm, and, I kid you not, the snow piled up so much outside my front door that I had to actually crawl out through my kitchen window to get to my shed to get my shovel, so that I could shovel the snow away from my front door so that I could get inside my house! The house that I had already been inside. And needed to get out of.

5 Best Dog Coats On Amazon

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Ruffwear Climate Changer Fleece Jacket
Kong Nor’easter Dog Coat
Kakadu Pet Nylon Shell
Cool Runners Dog Cooling Jacket
Zack and Zoey Nor’easter Blanket Coat

Well, you get the idea.

Given that it’s March, I actually thought that winter was pretty much over. Just goes to show you how wrong a person can be. So, I really wasn’t going to talk about dog coats for cold weather this late in the game, but it kind of looks like it might not be as late in the game as I thought it was!

So, what the heck, let’s talk about dog coats for cold weather. You might still need them before spring finally arrives, and if you don’t, then at least you’ll have the information you need for next year.

Does Your Dog Really Need a Coat?

So many people say “Why would my dog need a coat? He has a fur coat already!” And I suppose there’s some wisdom in that.

On the other hand, I’m carrying a bit more weight than I probably should, and I suspect that people could say to me, “Ash, why do you need a coat in the winter? Doesn’t your fat keep you warm?”

No, asshat. No, it doesn’t. Any more questions?


Back to the Point

What I was trying to point out before I digressed (as I often do) is that when we humans are cold, we bundle up. We put on a warm coat, a hat, some gloves and maybe a scarf, and then we head out into the elements well-protected. A dog’s fur works in much the same way, but honestly, if it’s really cold outside, it might not be enough.

I’m the first to admit that I’ve always thought of cold weather clothing for dogs as being “a bit much.” Probably because I see so many “fashionistas” down at the dog park who want to show off the pretty garments they’ve gotten for their “purse dogs.”

That said, though, if a dog is shivering, he’s probably cold. If he doesn’t want to go out, or if he snuggles up around the heat sources in your house, he’s probably cold. And, for sure, he’s not going to come to any harm if you want to get him a coat.

Usually, small dogs are the ones most likely to feel the cold. A Chihuahua, for instance, has a very short coat, which means that he has little natural protection from the elements when he’s outside. Even a thicker-coated dog, though, can be indicating that he’s uncomfortable if he’s constantly in front of the stove or doesn’t seem to want to go outside when the mercury drops below a certain point.

A coat might not be a bad idea.

Finding the Best Dog Coats for Cold Weather

It’s pretty easy to just go out and buy a dog coat, and that’s what a lot of people do. Then, they wonder why the dog resists having the coat put on and still seems miserable when out in the cold.

The thing is, buying a coat for your dog is no different than buying one for yourself. You need to make sure that you have the right size, so measure your dog. You need to know the circumference of his neck, as well as the length between his neck and waist. The coat should be tight enough to keep your dog warm but not so tight that it’s uncomfortable.

Once you’ve measured, try various coats on your dog. Is the coat easy to put on? Easy to take off? Does it give your dog enough freedom of movement? And finally, what about the material? If you’re going to be walking in wet weather, it’s pretty important that the coat be waterproof.

Your dog’s skin is another issue. Some dogs have sensitive skin, and if this is the case with your dog, then you’re going to want to make sure that the lining is soft and comfortable.

Finally, consider the color and pattern. I’m serious!

I don’t know about you, but from time to time, my dogs have gotten off their leashes. If your dog is wearing a brightly-colored, patterned coat, it’s going to be a lot easier to locate him if he runs off.

The Best Dog Coats for Cold Weather

Okay, now that you know why you might need a coat for your dog, here are several of the best.

1. Ruffwear Climate Changer Fleece Jacket

The Ruffwear Climate Changer Fleece Jacket isn’t what I would exactly call a beautiful coat for your dog. It’s very tailored, and not available in a whole lot of colors. That said, though, it’s extremely comfortable, and no matter what the weather, it will keep your dog warm. It hugs the body closely while still allowing full motion.

The zipper is located on the side, so you’ll find it very easy to put this coat on your dog and to take it off. Your dog, though, will find it hard to reach around and chew on the zipper. There’s reflective trim on the coat, too, so if you should happen to lose your dog on a night-time walk, you’ll probably be able to spot him.

2. Kong Nor’easter Dog Coat

I’m probably going to have to point out here again, as I have in other posts, that I am not on Kong’s payroll! I’m like the baseball umpire who says “I calls it like I sees it!” And the way I sees it is, Kong is one of the best manufacturers of dog products and accessories. I’m not going to apologize for recommending another Kong product, especially not this one that’s just perfect for cold walks during the winter.

You can buy the Kong Nor’easter Dog Coat in just about any size, and it also has adjustable straps so you can adjust up or down to find the perfect fit for your dog. It’s nylon on the outside, so it keeps out the wet, and on the inside, there’s a liner that delivers comfort and keeps your dog warm.

The only downside I can find to this coat is that there’s no way to attach a leash, so you’ll have to figure that out on your own.

3. Kakadu Pet Nylon Shell

This jacket is really great for small, active dogs. The Kakadu Pet Nylon Shell goes on by means of Velcro fasteners and comes off easily, and it looks pretty stylish, too. The reflective stripes also make it very easy to find your dog if he should end up off-leash.

4. Cool Runners Dog Cooling Jacket

Well, it’s not always going to be winter, right? At least I hope it’s not!

So I thought I’d throw in a jacket here that’s actually meant to keep your dog cool in summer. It’s soft and flexible, and because it attaches with Velcro, it’s easy to get on and off. If you’re worried about your dog overheating while you’re out walking, the Cool Runners Dog Cooling Jacket will prevent that from happening.

5. Zack and Zoey Nor’easter Blanket Coat

Okay, back to winter now.


The Zack and Zoey Nor’easter Blanket Coat is reversible – waterproof on one side if you need it, and warm and snuggly on the other side. It comes in a full range of sizes, and it’s another coat that comes with reflective striping so you can easily locate your dog.

5 Best Dog Coats On Amazon

Click Below To Go To Amazon Rating Price
Ruffwear Climate Changer Fleece Jacket
Kong Nor’easter Dog Coat
Kakadu Pet Nylon Shell
Cool Runners Dog Cooling Jacket
Zack and Zoey Nor’easter Blanket Coat

The Final Word

Does your dog need a coat?

If he’s not cold, he doesn’t. If he is cold, he does.

I’m the first person to admit that I’ve resisted buying coats for my dogs, simply because they’re big, strong Boxers, and I don’t want them to look like sissies!

That said, though, I’m not going to see them shivering in the winter just because of my “macho” ideas. So, if your dog is cold, get him a coat. The ones I’ve talked about above are all good choices.

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