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Best Dog Coats for 2021

When looking for a dog coat, you may want something which is waterproof, warm, has a hood, is a certain colour or all of the above.

Popping a coat on your dog before you leave in inclement weather is no longer seen as just dressing them up for no point. It will protect them from rain, mud, wind and cold while making it easier to get them clean and dry again.

Luckily, there are hundreds to choose from out there but to make your search easier, we have rounded up the best dog jackets and coats around.

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    Hurtta Expedition Dog Parka
    • Breathable material
    • 3M reflectors
    • Choice of colours
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    Danish Design Hi Viz 2 in 1 Dog Coat
    • Choice of sizes
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    Kurgo North Country Dog Coat
    • High collar
    • Warm and waterproof
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    Top 10 Best Dog Coats Reviewed

    1.
    Hurtta Expedition Dog Parka

    The UK can get pretty chilly during winter, and it can also be cold enough to still wear a big coat during summer if you are out early morning or late at night.

    You will layer up and put your jumper, coat, scarf and gloves on, but to ensure your pup also doesn’t get cold while avoiding the difficult layers, you need a thick coat made for harsh conditions.

    Hurtta is a big brand when it comes to combatting the elements. The Expedition Parka has been developed with short-haired dogs and dogs without an undercoat in mind but is good for any breed in colder conditions.

    The surface is water-resistant, which is handy as rain and water can also further make your dog cold. With a collar that can go right up around their neck, there are no gaps to allow cold air in, but it still gives them their full range of motion.

    It has reflectors so you can be seen in low light conditions, and a buckle belt can secure it properly around your dog’s body. There is a harness hole for the lead, and you even get an integrated harness in the smallest two sizes.

    This coat isn’t just for dogs who feel the coat either – if they enjoy agility training, use it to keep them warm after exercise.

    Features

    • Breathable material
    • 3M reflectors
    • Choice of colours

    Specifications

    • Size: Choice between 20-80cm
    • Colour: Black/Grey
    • Harness Hole?: Yes

    2.
    Danish Design Hi Viz 2 in 1 Dog Coat

    A handy convertible coat for your pooch, this 2-in-1 acts as a high vis jacket when the sun has gone down but you still need to keep active, and as a warm jacket when the winter months hit.

    The lining can be removed depending on the weather, so you can take it off in the summer months and just be left with a light raincoat which will ensure you’re spotted by oncoming drivers.

    It has full chest protection to save them from the rain and mud, as well as a reflective beading lining and velcro strap for extra protection. As a bonus, you get rear leg straps which can ensure it remains on in windy conditions and prevents it slipping to the side.

    But the best part? It is available in a total of 11 sizes, from 25cm to 75cm, so your Chihuahua can be just as protected as your Dog de Bordeaux. Look out for some other colours too, if you don’t fancy the traditional green style.

    Features

    • Choice of sizes

    Specifications

    • Size: Choice of 11
    • Colour: Green
    • Harness Hole?: No

    3.
    Kurgo North Country Dog Coat

    Many dog coats are simply water-resistant as opposed to waterproof, so if you and your pooch are out in more of a downpour than a drizzle, then they’ll most likely be soaked.

    But this one is fully waterproof, with a durable ripstop and 1200 denier material that is strong for inclement weather. It will also keep them warm thanks to the soft fleece lining. An LED light strip and reflective piping ensure that just because it is dark doesn’t mean a walk is off-limits too.

    It also has our favourite dog coat feature – a zipper opening that allows you to attach their lead to their harness. Available in different colours and sizes, there will be a Kurgo coat that is perfect for your pooch.

    Features

    • High collar
    • Warm and waterproof

    Specifications

    • Size: XS, S, M, L, XL
    • Colour: Black, Red, Blue
    • Harness Hole?: Yes

    4.
    Ancol Muddy Paws Quilted Dog Coat

    One of the best-known brands when it comes to dog accessories, you cannot go wrong with Ancol. This coat is a personal favourite amongst the Petz team, and is beautifully tailored.

    It is designed to keep your dog dry, so while they will gain some warmth, it is best for those drizzly days in Autumn. You can wash it by hand or in the machine which is a bonus, and it even has the cutest little press stud pocket which allows them to carry their own poo bags or treats.

    Reflective piping and edging heightens visibility and the popper closures are great if you’re worried about zips catching in fur or getting stuck.

    Features

    • Patchwork feature for distinguished look
    • Easy to take on and off
    • Can be tightened

    Specifications

    • Size: S, M, L, XL, 2XL
    • Colour: Grey
    • Harness Hole?: Yes

    5.
    Barbour Waterproof Tartan Dog Coat

    Barbour is a classic brand, especially if you love the genteel English country look.

    This dog coat has a fleece lining, so your pooch will stay dry and warm at the same time. It’s also fully adjustable for added convenience and has a keyhole opening for a harness.

    The little cord-trimmed collar gives them a gentlemanly look as well, and the coat is adorned with Barbour badges too.

    All that’s left is to pair it with Hunter wellies and a matching Barbour jacket for you.

    Features

    • Class country look
    • Waterproof and warm
    • Reflective binding to the outer edge

    Specifications

    • Size: XS, S, M, L, XL
    • Colour: Green Tartan
    • Harness Hole?: Yes

    6.
    Danish Design Tweed Dog Coat

    Tweed coats can give even the most city-looking dogs a real country touch. Made from new wool and Harris tweed, it is warming while staying stylish.

    It is showerproof, so will help when you are caught miles away from home and the rain starts to fall. The warm padded lining will help short-haired breeds to stay warm in Winter, and is available in sizes between 8″ and 32″ which makes it one of the best coats for pretty much all sizes of dog, whether Dolly the Mini Dachsund and Rupert the Rhodesian Ridgeback are county bumpkins or complete townies.

    Features

    • Thick material to keep the dog dry
    • Huge choice of sizes

    Specifications

    • Size: Range between 8" to 32"
    • Colour: Harris Tweed
    • Harness Hole?: No

    7.
    Joules Rosewood Waxed Coat

    Combining with Rosewood for this coat, Joules has made a product which fits both company’s ethoses as well as ticking the luxury box.

    It is waxed cotton, so warm and durable as well as being weatherproof. A tweed lining will keep them warm. The underbelly velcro fastening can be adjusted in terms of tightness so you can get it comfortable yet tight enough to make an impact.

    A back opening is perfect for their harness attachment, and it is covered too so won’t let any air in. If it gets muddy, you can wipe it clean and leave it to air dry.

    For the price, it is a really great wax copy jacket which is of great quality.

    Features

    • Easy to clean
    • Water repellent

    Specifications

    • Size: S, M, L, XL
    • Colour: Green/Black
    • Harness Hole?: Yes

    8.
    Hugo & Hudson Reversible Green Dog Puffer Jacket

    Reversible, stylish and importantly able to keep your pooch warm, these waterproof jackets will put your dog one paw ahead of the competition in the style stakes.

    Bright green on the outside for easy visibility, it can be reversed to the signature Hugo and Hudson navy colour. It is filled with quality stuffing and is fastened with a zip so is very secure (as long as your pup sits still enough to let you fasten it.

    There is a hole for dogs wearing collars, but none for harnesses. Still, the collar covers their neck for extra warmth and the price is very good for such a product.

    Features

    • Zip fastening
    • Bright colour for visibility

    Specifications

    • Size: Choice between 25cm-40cm
    • Colour: Green
    • Harness Hole?: No

    9.
    Joules Dog Print Dog Raincoat

    Joules is renowned for high-quality, adorable dog clothing that’s designed to perform in British weather, and this cute little raincoat is a perfect example of what Joules do best. It’s classy with a dog and umbrellas design against a navy backdrop and a striped nautical inner lining. The jacket is lightweight yet durable with a water-resistant outer, and the inner lining provides added protection.

    The button trims and cord-and-leather toggles add to the nautical style, and there’s even a matching human coat as well, which is a massive draw.

    Features

    • Leads can be attached through a hole in the centre of the top of the coat
    • Adjustable Touch Fastening
    • Water-Resistant

    Specifications

    • Size: S-XL
    • Colour: Navy
    • Harness Hole?: Yes

    10.
    Made To Measure Belted Wax Jacket

    For the dogs that just don’t seem to fit in anything, this jacket is perfect! Not only is it luxurious looking with its countryfolk style, but it’s made to measure so you can tailor it around your dog’s unique needs.

    The wax cotton ensures it will remain water-resistant, while the soft cotton lining will keep your dog comfortable. It also benefits from a stretchy knitted front making the coat breathable and easy to remove.

    The belt detailing is a nice touch as well!

    Features

    • Tailor-made
    • Great choice of colours

    Specifications

    • Size: Tailor-made
    • Colour: Multiple
    • Harness Hole?: Yes

    Buying Guide

    What To Look Out For

    • Harness/Collar Compatibility – Is it able to be used with your harness? Are the gaps or holes in the right place and will they let rain or air in?
    • Fastenings – Velcro? Poppers? Maybe a zip? If Poppy is a bit excitable when she knows she is going for a walk, velcro may be the easiest option, but poppers could be more secure
    • Toilet – Simply put, will they be able to go with the coat on? There could be a fine balance between wrapping and warming them up and giving them freedom. Boy dogs may be more restricted when it comes to which coat to buy if you are looking for one with an underbelly. You may also need to consider how much your dog goes, and if they go on a walk at all

    Waterproof Coats

    Most likely, you are looking for a coat to keep your dog dry during walks. Actual completely waterproof coats can be hard to come by, as other properties such as a need for warmth and padding can mean they still soak up a bit of water.

    But showerproof and water-resistant coats can help with general rain and quick bursts. If it does come on raining very heavily, it is best to seek shelter or cover them with an umbrella.

    Cooling Coats

    A cooling coat can keep your dog safe from the heat and higher temperatures, without the need for them to lie in a certain spot or be restricted in where they go.

    They are heavily breathable so slowly release moisture, which you have to keep topping up in dry weather. It is good to wet the coat before you leave the house and then take some spare water with you.

    If your dog needs to be protected from the elements but they tend to get very warm quite quickly when wearing coats and jumpers (such as if they have thick fur), you may wish to buy a cooling coat as well.

    Other Buyers Ask...

    Is A Dog Coat Necessary?

    Not really. Some dogs may be unbothered by rain and wind and mud. Some fur coats can stay pretty clean, just needing a wipe with a towel when you get home.

    But for dogs who are a pain to wash, have delicate fur, or hate getting wet, a coat could be very valuable. They also keep them warm and make them feel the chill less. Remember that just like humans, when dogs are exercising, their muscles create heat. This expels and they can then be very cold when they stop, so a coat could help trap that heat until you get home, even if the weather is dry.

    My Dog Doesn’t Like Coats – What Can I Do?

    They are practical in our minds, and dogs do feel the benefits, but at the end of the day, a coat is still classed as an accessory. Some dogs don’t like feeling restrained or being dressed up, so while a coat does them no harm, they won’t be happy with it on.

    Never force your dog to wear anything they don’t want to. Also, take the coat off if they appear to become agitated or stressed when wearing it.

    There are other ways to protect them from the elements, such as lead umbrellas, but not all are practical. You may just have to wash them every time they get dirty or use wipes and dog towels.

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