Outdoor-loving dogs shouldn’t have to be kept inside just because the seasons change and clouds decide to open. And that’s why doggy rain coats exist!
Behind the humble raincoat is more than meets the eye. Aside from keeping your pup nice and dry, this miracle piece also provides extra warmth, visibility, and even skin/coat health.
So, come rain, wind, or storm, you and your adventurous pup can brave those cold weather walks thanks to waterproof and windproof dog coats!
Your Guide to Waterproof Dog Coats
Why you need a waterproof dog coat with legs
Would you purchase a raincoat without arms? No? Then why would you subject your pooch to a raincoat without legs?!
The cold weather affects their legs just as much as their torsos. So, be sure to treat them to an extra layer of protection by opting for a waterproof coat with leg coverage included.
Should dogs wear waterproof coats?
Suppose you plan to keep your pup outside for longer periods. In that case, Dr. Jeffrey, well-known vet and contributor to PetMD, recommends coats or jackets for dogs that are made with waterproof or water-resistant material. “Lightweight insulation, such as fleece, is also helpful to help maintain warmth.”
Many groomers also agree that it’s best to keep your dog’s fur dry during the winter as temperatures drop to freezing levels.
The Best 5 Waterproof Dog Coats With Legs
Best High Street Dog Coat With Legs
- Reflective trim
- Waterproof and windproof
- Machine washable
Best Cute Dog Coat With Legs
- Includes a hood
- Reflective strips
- Harness hole
Best Dog Coat With Legs For Large Dog Breeds
- Comes in a range of colours
- Sizes for all dog types – XS – XL
- Waterproof and windproof
- Adjustable straps
Best Warm Dog Coat With Legs
- Warm lining
- Zip up and clips on chest
- Waterproof and windproof
- Flexible Fabric
Best Custom Fit Dog Coat With Legs
- Made to order specifically to your dogs measurements
- Range of colours and styles
- Easy to wash & dry
How do you measure a dog for a raincoat?
Stock up on – and we really can’t stress this enough – lots of treats. We all know that our furry friends’ specialty has never been sitting still. That is, of course, unless food is promised.
Dog coats are classified by two measurements: torso circumference and back torso.
Measuring tape on hand and treats at the ready? Good. Let’s get to it!
Stand your dog up on all four paws. Measure along their back from the bottom of their neck to the base of their tail.
Next, wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of your dog’s chest.
Take note of the measurements, and voila! You’re ready to take on the …
Dog coat size chart:
- XS (back length: 25cm/torso circumference: 35-45cm.)
- S (back length: 35cm/torso circumference: 45-55cm)
- M (back length: 45cm/torso circumference: 55-65cm)
- L (back length: 55cm/torso circumference: 65-75cm)
- XL (back length: 65cm/torso circumference: 75-85cm)
As you can see, there’s a wide range of size options to choose from to ensure a nice, snug fit for your pampered pooch! These measurements may change per coat, so always double check the brand’s sizing recommendations.
Should I put a rain jacket on my dog?
It depends. Some dog breeds have fur that naturally traps heat and repels water. If that sounds like your pup, the answer leads toward no. However, if your dog is prone to becoming waterlogged – the answer is a resounding yes!
What to consider when buying a waterproof jacket for your pooch
Most waterproof dog coats use Gore-Tex, nylon, and waterproof canvas as an outer fabric, while the interior is lined with a plush fleece (or none at all!) A coat with reflective piping also offers extra shape to the material, making for a more flexible fit, allowing your dog to walk, run, and explore freely.
Keep an eye out for machine-washable coats because, as you know, some dogs are cute little mud magnets!
The bottom line
Waterproof dog coats offer not only an extra layer of protection against the elements, but can keep your furry friend feeling fabulously cosy, content, and ready to explore! Don’t let cold weather get in the way of your dog’s dreams – keep walking no matter the weather.
Emma Wally is the founder of thedoggeeks.com, a website for dog owners in the UK and the rest of the world. Emma has a lifelong love of dogs and has devoted years to learning and training dogs of various kinds and ages.
Emma’s love for dogs and animals started as a child with looking after many different pets from fish, to dogs and even sheep. This love for animals led her into the world of dog training; with a real passion in positive reinforcement techniques.
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Emma has completed multiple certifications in dog training, focussing on positive reinforcement techniques.
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