- Do we NEED a winter coat? Depends. Old/young dogs are more sensitive to the cold. Short hair dogs (such as bulldogs) are very sensitive the cold. Dogs with my type of coat (the amazing kind) are also sensitive. We all should wear coats. But dogs like huskies, golden retrievers, and samoyeds have fur that protects them well enough, that adding a coat would just add discomfort and wouldn't do much protection.
- What makes a good coat? Something that is water resistant, with fleece inside. Anything that covers the belly is recommended. Sweaters underneath water resistant coats with less protection work OK, too.
So, it all started with Rupert (what doesn't). He came to the pack one day with this ridiculous bright orange coat. Even though we kind of laughed at him for looking like a pylon.. he was SO warm. His whole body (including his neck) was covered in tight fitting fleece, with a water resistant shell. His belly was warm.. he was warm.. and I was COLD. I had a cheap jacket from homesense, and although that works great on 0 degree days, it was around -15 with the windchill and I wasn't feeling very warm, which as we know, isn't cool.
The first thing my mom LOVED was the sizing. They come in 2 inch intervals (12 inch, 14 inch, 16 inch, etc). So, that is awesome because you can find the perfect length. However, length isn't everything. A 14 inch could be the perfect length for both me and frankie, but sometimes frankie likes to eat extra treats and he can't always fit into the same things that I do (sorry, not to be harsh, but that dude is a PIG). So, my mom was worried this might be a problem... IT WASN'T! The jackets work by slipping over the head, and then clipping in a Y formation on the back, with an adjustable strap. So she could tighten mine to fit my svelte body, and loosen frankie's to fit his buddha belly!
According to the website (http://www.chillydogs.ca/index.php/product/index/30) they are designed for temperatures -10 degrees to -30 Celsius. Although it isn't recommended to stay out for very long with these temperatures, it helps protect us so we can play just a little bit longer and not be uncomfortable in the time we do get to enjoy the outdoors!
My mom was sold. She got Frankie the pylon colour to match our bestie Rupert, and I asked for all black. My mom said no, I needed to look like a girl. I asked for Purple.. they don't make it in purple (INSANE), so she got me pink. I must admit I do look adorable in in.
Winter coat shopping is hard. I hear it isn't super easy for you humans either. My mom told me that even though $85/jacket was painful to spend on a dog, she equated it to quality. Some of the best winter jackets for humans have a higher price tag. My mom spent the last few years replacing cheap winter coats, and this year finally invested - and now has the warmest coat she has ever had, and it is holding up against dog walking/the cold. So she thought it would be the same for us pups.
I am not saying this is the ONLY winter jacket out there that is good. Canada pooch sells really nice thick coats with good belly coverage, too. But this one is form fitting for all sizes, fits snug and tight so it doesn't let in those cold breezes, pretty much has a built in scarf (I refuse to call it a turtle neck), and is machine washable.... which is good for my mom, because like i would EVER do the laundry!!
What do you guys think? Like, I know we look good... but I want to hear if you have a coat that you swear by or thing is top of the line!
As my mom always says: "It's a Dog's World...", and I am just reviewing products in it!