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skoll
October 11th, 2008, 10:27 AM
Hello,

I'm new here, as I'm sure you've noticed. :)

Winter's hitting early here and I'm looking for a jacket for my dog. He's a short haired mutt and in many places I can easily part his fur to see skin and his belly is only lightly haired. When it's -20/-30c I don't even want to risk letting him play in the back yard unprotected, never mind the dog park.

The only protection I've found that looks more functional then decorative is the k9 topcoat arctic fleece. Has anyone here heard of it? I've emailed them asking for temperature ratings as I couldn't find anything on the site. Or dp you know of other products (function over fashion)?

I don't think I'm being overly cautious, but not counting dogs I've 'owned' as a kid, he's my first. So, am I being to cautious? :confused:

Thanks for any input or advice!

babymomma
October 11th, 2008, 10:37 AM
Hi there :D Welcome to pets.ca! .. I dont know anything about these coats but my 8 lb yorkie ( Yes everybody, she is now close to 8 lbs :eek:) Has a coat from walmart that seems to do the job its a pink parka with a faux fur around the hood, its water prroof and lined with fleece... I live in Newfoundland where the winters are VERY harsh and she also has winter boots(Also from walmart) that are water proof and also pink and purple:p and a premi baby hat to keep those ears warm.. Yesterday it was about -2 or 3 degrees yesterday and she was quite warm when she went outside in her outfit, and i am 100% confident that walmart coats will do the job for her .. How big is your dog? (Sorry if youve already said that and i missed it!) ...


BTW- You can never worry too much about the wellbeing of your pet. If you think your dog needs a coat, dont let ANYBODY tell you otherwise, you go and get a coat for him/her if you feel you should. Good luck finding one that you think wil suit your needs and the needs of your dog.

Some people on this board may hound you for pictures, of course im not one of these people lol :p (Sarcasm ends....here) We NEEEEEEEEEED Pictures of your pooch, or we might go into withdrawl! lol.. :dog: .. Sorry, couldnt help myself:shrug:

wdawson
October 11th, 2008, 10:44 AM
i would buy an inexpensive sweater now and get your dog used to wearing......my guys hate coats:shrug:

skoll
October 11th, 2008, 10:58 AM
Thanks for the welcome. :) I'll post some pictures as soon as I resize them.

Dax is roughly 55lbs and 25' from neck to tail. The only problem with the larger jackets is that he loves to run. The skin tight one doesn't seem like it would get in his way.

:D As far as the premi hat? When I post pictures you'll see what I mean, but his ears are much to big for that. My aunt is thankfully willing to custom make something for him.

Does you dog mind walking in the boots? I've been looking at the muttlucks (sp?). I'll have to head up to wallmart too, now that I know they carry pet cloths.

wdawson - Very good idea, thanks. :goodvibes:

babymomma
October 11th, 2008, 11:02 AM
She hated them at first, but she likes them now. I just put them on her for about a minute the first time and let her walk around the house (Funniest thing in the world is watching them walk with boots for the first time!:D) Then the next day i progressed to 5 minutes.. Then the day after i kept them on for about 10 minutes and so on and so on... Now she'd wear them all day without a problem..lol:thumbs up

Smiley14
October 11th, 2008, 11:23 AM
They're are expensive, but the best quality dog coats I've found are Chilly Dog coats. They are expensive, but will last the lifetime of your dog. My dogs have both worn their Great White North line in up to 30 F below zero (sorry, not sure how to convert that for you!) We can also get very cold in MN like you can in Canada. This company is actually from Canada and have amazing service as well.

http://www.chillydogs.ca/


http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/ChillyDogCoats015.jpg

For dog sweaters, hands down the Chilly Dog Sweaters are the best. Handmade wool for around $30, regardless of the size. Also excellent quality and very warm. (Same name, but different company)

http://www.chillydogsweaters.com/

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/PBgraysweaterandV-daypresents014.jpg

Smiley14
October 11th, 2008, 11:32 AM
Sorry, one more thought. It can be very hard to find bigger dog sizes at Walmart or Petsmart type stores. Hopefully you will, but just in case, thought I'd give you a few links for cheap online stores that carry bigger dog sizes. These sites all carry winter coats as well for good prices. :thumbs up

http://www.dog.com/

http://www.petedge.com/home.jsp

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/

Chaser
October 11th, 2008, 12:09 PM
I don't think you're being too cautious, if it gets really cold where you are. Personally though, I think my dogs would mutiny if I put clothes on them! :D I'd do as babymomma and wdawson suggested....start with a sweater and only put it on for short periods to start. Also use treats and praise to create positive associations with the new outerwear. :)

skoll
October 11th, 2008, 04:39 PM
:laughing: He can mutiny if he'd like, but he's wearing one if he wants to go walking. If only I could explain the logic to him.

Smiley, do the Chilly Dog Coats cover the underbelly? If the coat is well made and will keep him safe from frostbite, I'll pay more. Cold weather isn't something I'll take a chance with. Beautiful dogs, by the way. :)

Here are a few picture's. Thanks for the help, everyone!

Etown_Chick
October 11th, 2008, 05:01 PM
Every dog is different. My old poodle-terror cross used to love his sweaters. He'd prance around in them to show everyone how sexy he was, or something..lol. Am hoping Scruffy is as easy-going when the temperature drops.

pitgrrl
October 11th, 2008, 05:33 PM
The Chillydogs coats do cover the belly. I totally recommend them, they're super easy to get on and off, warm, and last for years.

Smiley14
October 11th, 2008, 07:07 PM
I took a few pics quick for you to try to show you the chest panel. The design is really nice. It slips over the head, and then the chest panel is pulled down the tummy and the straps are buckled around the body onto the back. REALLY easy to get on and off.

Petey is 55 pounds and 24 inches in length. He wears the Medium 24" and it's actually a little big on him. These run bigger than most other coats!

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Smiley14
October 11th, 2008, 07:12 PM
The Chillydogs coats do cover the belly. I totally recommend them, they're super easy to get on and off, warm, and last for years.

Pitgrrl, do yours work good for going to the bathroom in as well? On Petey, the chest panel ends just short of his man parts, but somehow with the design, he never hits the coat like you would think would happen. I LOVE this design! Some coats and sweaters with chest panels have to be removed or else they get peed on. Totally useless then, IMO! That's another thing that I love about this design. It works great for Petey at least! Belle just squats and has no problem in it either. It's a great balance I think. :) It's the same with the Chilly Dog sweaters. It has a chest panel as well, but is short enough for curbing (peeing). That to me is very important in a coat or sweater.

pitgrrl
October 11th, 2008, 08:34 PM
Nope, no pee on the coats or sweaters...........though Basil still hasn't totally mastered not peeing on his front legs :laughing:

skoll
October 12th, 2008, 03:33 AM
Thanks for the pictures, Smiley. :D

How long have you had your coats, pitgrrl?

This is the coat I was looking at http://www.k9topcoat.com/product.asp?specific=103

And this http://www.k9topcoat.com/product.asp?specific=168

pitgrrl
October 12th, 2008, 08:39 AM
How long have you had your coats, pitgrrl?


This would be their 5th winter, and their still in fairly good shape aside from all dog hair which seems permanently felted into the fleece :laughing:

Smiley14
October 12th, 2008, 12:28 PM
Thanks for the pictures, Smiley. :D

How long have you had your coats, pitgrrl?

This is the coat I was looking at http://www.k9topcoat.com/product.asp?specific=103

And this http://www.k9topcoat.com/product.asp?specific=168

If you do try these, can you give us a review? I saw these about a month ago when a friend showed me the site. She ordered the allergy coat. But I saw the arctic fleece one and was wondering about it as well. I like how it actually covers the whole body for those extra cold days. I decided not to spend the money for now since they both already have good coats, but may consider them later this winter if they work well. THANKS! :)