by Tom Ken
Even though dogs have fur, they do get chilly during the cold winter months. Therefore, it is important to add a warm layer on the upper body area, which is in the form of a winter coat. With this, you can enjoy going outdoors without worrying about your pup freezing.
That said, there is a wide variety of these garments that you can buy, but we have compiled a list of the best dog winter coats in the market. Read through then pick the one you like most.
1. Didog Winter Coat (Best Overall)
2. Migohi PD10005 (Best British Style)
3. Scheppend WL-4 (Best Budget)
4. Kuoser FBA_92972 (Best Water & Windproof)
5. Pawz Road Dog Coat (Best Plaid Shirt)
6. Vecomfy Dog Coat (Best Warm)
7. Gooby Dog Coat (Best Zippered)
Starting off the review is Didog's winter coat and this is the best overall due to several features. For starters, it is fitted with a reflective strip plus a bright red-colored top for light reflection. These make your dog highly visible in low light conditions for better safety.
That said, this outer section is made using splashproof, windproof, and snow-proof nylon material, which keeps your pet dry. On the other hand, the inner layer is made of polar fleece, which is soft and warm to your pet's skin.
These materials make the jacket machine washable for easy cleaning and the exterior has a stylish design with red/black colors.
Other features include Velcro under the neck and chest for easy on/off, elastic belts on the hind legs to prevent wind from blowing it away, and a built-in leash hole. The only problem is that the coat lacks a hoodie for covering the head.
Migohi's PD10005 is characterized by a British plaid-style design, in which it has a checked red, white, and black pattern exterior. If you don't like this pattern, the coat is reversible, with the other side having a plain black color.
Switching between these sides is very easy. Magic sticker closures are fitted around the neck and belly, which make it very simple to remove, put on, or adjust the coat's fitting.
Regardless of the side you use, the unit has a thick polyester fiber filling that ensures your dog is protected from the cold. The black side is made using high-quality, waterproof polyester while the checked side is composed of a terylene/cotton fabric.
On the downside, the coat lacks a hoodie to cover the head.
You can still get a high-quality dog winter coat at an affordable price and Scheppend's WL-4 is the ideal example. The unit is particularly very stylish because it is black with white stripes and has a durably-printed "Adidog" logo that resembles the Adidas brand.
Additionally, it has long arms and legs that make it more of a dog tracksuit than a coat. Regardless of this design, the coat slips on/off easily, plus it has 4 durable buttons for quick on/off. These are placed under the neck, ribcage, and tummy sections.
You also get a warm and breathable cotton construction plus durable dual-stitching for long-lasting use. Other features include a hoodie for covering the head and elastic belts on all legs to keep the wind from blowing it off or getting inside.
The only problem is that the coat is not waterproof. It is also not machine washable. You should handwash in cold water then lay flat to dry.
Kuoser's FBA_92972 has a windproof design that consists of a thick polyester fiber interior for shielding against cold breezes. This is covered in a black polyester exterior that does not allow water to penetrate through.
The coat also has a high neck that is generously-padded for additional protection and coverage against the elements.
That said, the unit has a very similar design to Migohi's PD10005 because it is reversible. It can be flipped from the black side to a checked British plaid style side that is made using cotton material. This gives you a more aesthetic design for times when the weather is not very bad.
Other features include hook-n-loop closures for easy on/off, a fitting elastic chest design, a buttonhole for the collar/harness, and unique leather labels. However, the coat lacks a hoodie for complete coverage.
If you are looking for a simple winter shirt coat with a plaid design, we highly recommend this piece. This is because it has a classic plaid exterior with large checked boxes that make your pet look very adorable.
The coat also has a detachable hat that has the same classic plaid design and Velcro pockets that allow your pet to carry snacks and toys.
Apart from looks, the unit is designed to be very comfortable because it is made using flannel material. This makes it warm and lightweight, which is ideal for indoor and outdoor use.
More features include buttons for easy slipping on/off and the coat is machine washable for easy cleaning. The only issue is that the garment is not waterproof.
In addition to having a hoodie, Vecomfy's dog coat has an extra-warm fleece and cotton lining that ensures your dog's head and ears are kept free from the cold. This lining is installed throughout the coat's interior, which ensures your dog's entire upper body is kept warm.
On the other hand, the exterior is made using a soft, breathable polyester fabric that easily conforms to your pup's shape.
You also get elastic edges on the foot and waist to keep the coat from being blown away by the wind while a leash hole in the neck allows you to keep your dog close as you walk.
However, the polyester exterior is not waterproof and the piece does not have reflective strips for improved nighttime visibility.
While most dog winter coats have buttons, Gooby's dog coat is fitted with a zipper, which is located at the back for easy on/off. It also has a protective guard inside that prevents your pet's skin and fur from being pinched as you close or open it.
The rest of the interior section is lined with fleece, which is soft and warm to your pet's skin. Nylon is used to build the outer layer, which is fully waterproof. This prevents sogginess to maintain heat inside.
You also get two D-rings at the front end of the zipper for securely attaching your leash without needing a collar or harness, and the coat is machine washable for easy maintenance.
On the downside, this unit is quite expensive. It also does not have a hoodie for covering the head and ears.
Kurgo's K01843 is a good option to consider for nighttime use because it has a reflective strip and a flashing LED light strip. These two ensure your pup is visible from any angle in the dark, which improves its safety.
The jacket is built using durable ripstop and 1200D materials, which are waterproof for snow/rain/ice proofing. These materials are also windproof and are finished off by a soft fleece lining inside for comfortable use.
Other features are a zipper opening to access the collar or harness for attaching a leash and easy on/off buckles.
If you want to go hunting with your dog in the woods during the cold winter months, we recommend getting Hurtta's HU933020 . This is because it has a green camo exterior for blending in.
The piece also has a waterproof and breathable Houndtex coating to keep your pup cool and dry inside.
More features include a high neck for maximum protection, adjustable back length, belt and collar for perfect fitting, and highly visible 3M reflectors for nighttime visibility.
This is an affordable winter coat that is ideal for those who are a bit short on cash. It has an adorable sleeveless vest design and is made using soft polyester fabric material to keep your pet comfortably warm.
You get a zipper closure for easy on/off and two D-rings for attaching a leash. The coat is also machine washable and dryer friendly for easy maintenance.
Sild's dog jacket is characterized by an anti-snow/waterproof design that keeps your pup dry by preventing snowmelt and rainwater from reaching its fur. Additionally, it has a soft and warm plush interior that keeps the dog insulated inside.
A Velcro strap is built-in for easy on/off and the coat has a reflective strip that keeps your pet highly visible to enhance safety in low light conditions.
Weatherbeeta's dog coat is characterized by a highly reflective orange exterior, which makes it very safe for your dog at night. This outer layer is made using tough 300D material and is waterproof for maximum dry comfort inside.
Additionally, the coat offers full coverage of the chest and belly while elastic bands on the throat and legs ensure no wind gets through.
More features are 220-gram polyfill plus 210T polyester lining for heat retention, sta-dri covered touch tape closures to keep water from seeping through, and a leash opening at the neck's rear.
This dog jacket is characterized by an elastic belly that fits comfortably around different dog body shapes. This enables your pet to walk more comfortably and is also easy to slip on/off. It has Velcro straps to make it much easier to wear or remove.
Apart from that, the coat has a waterproof polyester exterior and a fleece-lined interior for warm, dry use. You also get reflective piping for safe nighttime use and a leash hole in the neck.
With a 100% cotton thicken lining, Bonawen's dog coat provides enough warmth to your pet during the cold weather and this is enhanced by a waterproof polyester outer layer.
On top of this, the jacket has thick inner padding for better insulation and these materials are held together via reinforced stitching for long-lasting use. Other features include 12cm Velcro adjusters and a leash hole on the neck.
Last on the list is Ruffwear's dog jacket and this one is characterized by a sturdy recycled polyester outer layer, which is durable and environmentally friendly. This layer is water-resistant and windproof while the interior is lined with fleece to trap the heat inside.
Auto-lock buckles are also included for easy on/off while a leash portal at the back makes it possible to wear the coat over a harness. A reflective trimming is placed around the top section and this helps to enhance your pup's nighttime visibility.
A coat's material determines a few of its characteristics. These include water resistance, breathability, windproofing, and the like. Polyester and nylon offer the best water resistance and windproofing but are not very breathable.
On the other hand, materials like cotton and fleece are not water-resistant but are highly breathable.
For heavy snow/ice conditions, water and wind-resistant materials are better off because they will not soak once the frozen water melts.
However, for the interior, the jacket should be made using soft materials like fleece and cotton so that it is soft to your pet's fur.
That said, some jackets give you the best of both worlds by having a reversible design with a waterproof side and a breathable side. These also have different patterns for aesthetic purposes. For this, be sure to check out Migohi's PD10005 .
For a dog winter coat to work, it must fit. These jackets usually come in different sizes and each manufacturer specifies the sections that you are supposed to measure to get a perfect fit.
That said, most coats are measured according to a dog's neck girth, chest girth, and back. It is important to get a coat with adjustable features such as Velcro or elastic parts, which will ensure comfortable fitting even if you measure the right size.
The thickness of a coat's padding is primarily meant to trap warmth inside. It does so by creating an insulation layer and preventing wind from penetrating through. Therefore, if you live in a very cold and windy place, ensure you get a thick coat for your dog. Otherwise, a thin one will do.
Snow does not penetrate fabrics. It does so once it melts. As such, if your area experiences heavy snow during winter, you must get your pup a waterproof coat to keep the snowmelt out.
However, if it gets only cold with little or no snow during winter, this is not a must-have feature. That said, we generally recommend getting a waterproof jacket like Kuoser's FBA_92972 because you might want to cover your dog during the rainy season.
Machine washable dog winter coats are better than the hand washable ones because they are easy to clean. We highly recommend this for hassle-free maintenance.
Lastly, dog winter jackets are not only functional but are also aesthetic. Features like plaid-style designs make your pup stand out from the rest. Plain colors are also good if you are looking for simplicity.
That said, we recommend bright colors and possibly reflective strips for better nighttime visibility, which improves your dog's safety from cars, cyclists, etc. For this, be sure to check out Didog's winter coat .
This depends on the dog breed. Some like huskies, Alaskan malamutes, and American Eskimo dogs are built for cold weather because they have long, thick fur. For such breeds, winter coats are not necessary, especially when going outside for short periods.
However, for breeds with short fur like Dalmatians and Dobermans, winter coats are a must-have during winter because these are not naturally equipped to handle the cold weather.
Most coats are measured by back length, chest girth, and neck girth. Therefore, you need to measure your dog from neck to tail, around the rib cage, and round the neck. With these measurements, use the sizing chart for each coat to determine the size that fits.
That said, some coats are measured by weight, and therefore, you might need to measure your dog's weight. All in all, follow the manufacturer's guidelines to determine where to measure.
The best way is to use a reward system. Put the coat on your dog then offer him/her treats and praises. This will register as a good thing and the dog will want to keep it on. Eventually, he/she will get used to it.
That said, if you have puppies, it is best to start training them while young so that they get used to the coat while growing up.
To summarize, we recommend Didog's winter coat for use during low light conditions because it has a reflective strip and a brightly colored outer surface. The piece is also splashproof, windproof, and snow-proof for maximum protection.
However, Kuoser's FBA_92972 offers the best water/wind protection because it has a thick fiber filling, a waterproof polyester exterior, and an elongated neck for maximum coverage.
If you are on a tight budget, check out Scheppend's WL-4 . It is very affordable and has a stylish tracksuit design with a durably-printed Adidog logo.
About Tom Ken
Tom has worked with many veterinary surgeons as a nurse at different veterinary clinics throughout his life.
There, he provides care for sick animals; such as: dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, and sometimes reptiles.
He has good work ethics and gentle hands; hence, the doctors as well the pet owners have come to love his presence alot.
With this site, he aims to help the readers ensure their pets' wellbeing, learn how to care, and proivide medical treatment as needed.
Joshua received Veterinary Technician Degree at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.