Should Your Dog Wear a Winter Coat? Short Answer—Probably Yes.
Different breeds have different tolerances to cold. Northern dogs (like Huskies and Malamutes) and Labradors have developed special physiological adaptations for coping with the cold. But many other breeds and individual dogs benefit from an extra warming layer in cold weather including:
- Dogs with insufficient fat stores to keep them warm
- Short-haired dogs and/or breeds accustomed to warm temps
- Immune-compromised dogs
- Older dogs, especially those in poor health
In short, most dogs living in cold winter temps who are going to be outside for longer than a 30-second pee break need a winter coat.
5 Best Winter Dog Coats
This reflective coat is affordable and has a lot going for it. It’s easy to get on, waterproof, insulated, durable. It comes in six sizes and can be adjusted to fit lots of shapes and sizes. Includes a large collar and harness hole. This is a midweight 220g coat with reflective stripes for enhanced visibility at night. The 300 denier outer is waterproof and breathable to ensure your dog stays dry and comfortable.
Ruffwear is made for cold weather. The protective nylon shell with reflective trim is waterproof, windproof and breathable. Fold-up oversized storm collar provides extra weather protection; Leg loops provide a secure fit in windy weather. The vest-style jacket features an anti-pilling fleece lining, good coverage and a roomier fit for hard-to-fit dogs; Covered side-release buckles make it easy to put on and take off. Leash portal compatible with most harnesses.
Do you live where the winters are wet? This raincoat features an adjustable belt, a high protective collar and closeable opening. 3M reflectors improve visibility in the dark. QUICK & EASY on and off – With the buckle attachment placed on the back, the coat is easy to put on and take off and no legs need to be lifted.
Do you live where the winters are still really winters, with lots of cold and snow? The Expedition Parka is your answer. It’s designed to allow for extended range of motion and not to restrict movement when the dog is running and playing. The neckline, length of the back and collar circumference can all be adjusted for a perfect fit. 3M reflective piping improves safety and visibility in the dark.
HOOK&LOOP closure for easy on and off. Comfortable belly part, warm fleece lining, durable, water repellent, lightweight, wind-proof.