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The Best Dog Winter Coats (Review) in 2020

Gooby Padded Dog Winter Coat

Gooby Padded Dog Winter Coat

RUFFWEAR Dog Winter Coat

RUFFWEAR Dog Winter Coat

Gooby Fleece Winter Coat

Gooby Fleece Pullover Winter Vest

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Jarrett Gilpin
Published 11:32 am

Whether your dog has long and thick fur or short and sparse one, a comfy winter coat is a must-have for those snowy and biting cold days. Aside from being warm and cozy, most winter dog coats are also water-resistant, making them perfect for chilly and rainy fall walks. As a bonus, many come in colorful designs and patterns, so they also serve as a great fashion statement! To help you find the right coat for your pup, we reviewed dozens of different canine winter clothes, detailing the best ones below. And if you need more info on how to choose the right jacket for your pupper and keep them toasty during long winter months? Our buying guide contains everything you need to know!

The Best Dog Winter Coat

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Gooby Padded Dog Coat
Gooby Padded Dog Winter Coat

Comfortable, water-resistant and oh so stylish, the Gooby padded vest is everything a dog needs to feel warm and comfy during cold winter months. Padded on the inside, the little coat provides welcome insulation for long walks in chilly weather, while the water-resistant outer layer makes it perfect for snow and rain. The vest is cut to fit your pup perfectly without worrying about them making it dirty when it’s time to potty. But even if your pupper manages to make a mess, the coat is machine washable (cold cycle!), so pretty easy to keep clean. Additionally, you do not have to worry about how you are going to keep the dog on a leash while on your walk because the vest has a ring for that. How convenient!

Water-resistant with warm fleece inside

Snap button at the top of the zipper

Zipper closure

Leash ring

Specification:
  • Brand: Gooby
  • Model: 74003-BLU-M
  • Weight: 7.2 ounces
Pros

Very warm and comfortable

Easy to put on and off thanks to the snap button

No skin or fur pinching due to protective guard on the zipper

Perfect for snow and rain

Cons

The size chart can be misleading, so be extra careful when measuring your dog

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RUFFWEAR Overcoat Fleece Cold Weather Coat
RUFFWEAR Overcoat Fleece Cold Weather Coat

Another great choice when it comes to keeping your dog warm in chilly weather is the Ruffwear K-9 Overcoat Jacket. Made from wind-resistant and water-resistant outer material, plus recycled polyester fleece interior, this overcoat jacket is both durable and environmentally friendly – perfect for active dogs! And, importantly for lovers of nighttime walks, it comes with reflective trim for visibility. Another huge plus is the integrated leash portal which allows the jacket to be worn over most harnesses. As for cleaning, it’s recommended you wash it only when necessary in cold water on a gentle cycle.

Water-resistant outer fabric + recycled polyester fleece on the inside

Auto-lock buckles on each side

Comes with leash portal

Reflective trim for safety

Specification:
  • Brand: RUFFWEAR
  • Model: 05202-580M
  • Weight: 14.9 ounces
Pros

Durable and comfy

Buckles on each side make it easy to put on and take off

Ideal choice for active dogs

Cons

The water-resistant finish may wear off after multiple washes

Not warm enough for very cold winters

3

Zack and Zoey Dog Blanket Coat
Zack and Zoey Dog Blanket Coat

For fans of reversible jackets, we recommend Zack & Zoey’s budget-friendly Nor’easter Dog Blanket Coat. This model features a polyester water-resistant shell and soft, warm fleece interior that gives your dog an advantage over the harsh conditions of the weather while appealing to their style. It comes in different colors and sizes but each model has reflective stripes, making your dog visible in any lighting. To provide a comfy fit, the jacket comes with neck and belly Velcro closures, allowing you to adjust the size at crucial points and find the perfect fit for your pup. That said, it’s still important to pick the right size model for your pet.

 Polyester shell + soft printed fleece lining

Reflective stripes

Velcro closures for an adjustable fit

Water-resistant and machine washable material

Specification:
  • Brand: Zack & Zoey
  • Model: UM210 20 69
  • Weight: 9.6 ounces
Pros

Budget-friendly but weather-resistant and comfy

The reflective color keeps your dog in plain sight

Can be worn on either side

Cons

The sizing is slightly off, be careful when measuring your pup

The reflective stripe can fade after numerous washings

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Another fantastic reversible coat option for dog owners who like their pups to look stylish all the time is Kuoser Waterproof Reversible Dog Jacket. This unique British style attire allows you to change your dog’s look at any time – when you get tired of the plaid side, turn the coat inside out and you’ll get a brand new look. Aside from being stylish, this jacket is also very warm and comfortable as it has a water-resistant, wind-proof exterior and a warm and soft inner layer for maximum comfort. Importantly, it’s also lightweight, allowing your dog to play while looking and feeling good. There is a variety of sizes and colors available, so finding something that fits your pup best shouldn’t be a problem.

Made of Polyester and Terelyn/Cotton

Waterproof exterior + soft fleece inner layer

Hook & Loop/Velcro closure

Reversible; can be worn inside out

Specification:
  • Brand: Kuoser
  • Model: FBA_92972
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces
Pros

Weatherproof and very warm

Soft, comfy and lightweight

Can be worn on either side

Durable, with Velcro closings for an adjustable fit

Cons

Sizes seem to run small

Must be carefully washed in cold water so it doesn’t shrink

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The MIGOHI Dog Jacket is another British style reversible vest  to look out for when looking for the best winter coats for your pup. This model provides the warmth and safety your dog needs to go through the cold weather, including harsh winters, without overwhelming them as it’s quite lightweight. Like all the other great jackets mentioned, this coat also has a waterproof outer lining and a soft inner lining for ultimate comfort and warmth. It comes in various sizes and colors, however, it should be noted that the manufacturer’s s sizing chart is slightly off – the sizes seem to run a little small.

Made of Polyester and Terelyn/Cotton

Water-resistant exterior + warm inner layer

Adjustable Velcro closures on neck and belly

Reversible design

Pros

Weatherproof and warm

Closures make it easy to adjust and fit

Stylish and versatile, can be worn on either side 

Cons

Sizes run  small

Needs to be carefully washed in cold water so it doesn’t shrink

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If you’re a fan of simple but stylish dog apparel, the PETCEE Waterproof Dog Jacket might be exactly what you’re looking for. Double-layered with a waterproof and windproof exterior and soft inner layer, this coat is perfect for the outdoors. It runs from the top of your dog’s neck right to the tail, giving maximum coverage. It’s made from 100% polyester for the outer layer, and the cotton material in between the layers, so it’s is comfortable, warm, and animal-friendly as well. Wondering where the leash goes? There is a hole in the top of the jacket to pass the leash through!

Polyester exterior + fleece interior

Reflective strip running through the center of the jacket

Broad Velcro and elastic material around the chest

Steady rope at the end of the jacket to keep the tail in

Specification:
  • Brand: PETCEE
  • Weight: 6.4 ounces
Pros

Reflective stripe give your dog visibility in low-light conditions

The elastic material in the chest makes it fit well

Steady rope prevents the jacket from coming off

Cons

Sizing is not very accurate; the jacket runs too small

On the thinner side, not suitable for harsh winters

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Looking for something affordable but ultra-comfy for your pup? Check out Gooby’s Fleece Vest as it’s soft, warm and durable, plus quite stylish as well! This coat is made from 100% polyester fleece, which means it’s very good at keeping the warm air inside, and as a result, your dog nice and toasty in cold winter weather. While it doesn’t come with Velcro straps or zippers, the vest is pretty easy to get on your dog as long as you hold them upright and bend their arms so they can fit into the armholes. As a nice bonus, the fleece vest is both washing machine and dryer safe.

Made of 100% polyester

Comes with a leash ring

Fleece covering

Washing machine and dryer safe

Specification:
  • Brand: Gooby
  • Model: 72106-GRN-M
  • Weight: 1.6 ounces
Pros

Warm and comfortable

Easy to clean

Leash ring helps you to keep the dog close to you

Cons

Because it’s a pullover vest, some may find it tricky to put on

Not waterproof

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Ruffwear has proven to be a leading brand in pet accessories, and the RUFFWEAR Powder Hound Jacket is no exception. This model is a hybrid as it’s insulted, meaning very warm and ideal for cold and harsh weather, but it’s also stretchy to make movement easy for your dog. It’s made from a blend of nylon and spandex, offering a full range of motions while contributing to a proper, snug fit. Importantly, it’s also weather-resistant with excellent waterproofing capabilities, and comes with reflective trim and light loop for visibility and safety. The jacket provides maximum coverage for your dog, protecting the very delicate parts of their body from the cold, making it the best choice for short-haired breeds.

Made of 250 high loft recycled polyester + 75D polyester shell 

Full-length zipper

Insulated and weather-resistant

Reflective trim for visibility 

Specification:
  • Brand: RUFFWEAR
  • Model: 05701-601M
  • Weight: 8 ounces
Pros

Very warm, ideal for harsh winter weather

Reflective strip helps you keep your dog in sight

Sleeved style fits nicely and prevents it from coming off

Stretchy and comfortable for full range of motion

Cons

The sleeved design can rub against the dog’s legs if slightly tight

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Stylish, warm and durable, the Petneces dog coat will keep your pup nice and toasty during cold, snowy and rainy days.  From the nylon outer layer to the fleece inner lining and even the insulation collar, this is one protective coat with great water-resisting capabilities. The vest also has an element of stretchiness, making it easy to put on and take off. Another plus is the reflecting band for low-light visibility, which will make both you and your pup safer during evening walks. With 5 sizes and various colors to choose from, finding the right model for your pooch should be easy.  

Nylon outer layer + fleece inner layer

Elastic leg bands

Reflective band for visibility

Water-resisting capabilities

Specification:
  • Brand: Petneces
  • Weight: 13.1 ounces
Pros

Comfortable and easy to wear

Proper insulation keeps your dog warm

Waterproof and wind-proof 

Cons

Some dogs may not like elastics around their back legs

The neck hole may be a bit too small for some large breed dogs

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LESYPET Puppy Coat
LESYPET Puppy Coat

The Lesypet Puppy Coat is a game-changer in the list of small dog winter coats. It’s so adorable and stylish, it’s bound to make your pupper the talk of the dog park! Made from (silver or pink) wind-resistant outer fabric and soft cotton padding on the inside, this cute jacket will keep your pet both warm and comfy during winter months. It comes with a faux fur hood and double pockets, so it looks just like a stylish human jacket, except it’s specifically designed for puppies and small breed dogs – a delight to have and view! Attached is also a hole where you can put on a leash, so your pooch is guaranteed not to run off anywhere.

Wind-resistant outer fabric + cotton padded lining

Specifically designed for puppies and small breeds

Snap-on button closure for easy fit

Leash opening on back

Specification:
  • Brand: LESYPET
  • Weight: 3.52 ounces
Pros

Stylish and cute

Warm and comfortable

Easy to wear and take off

Cons

Not waterproof

Sizes run small, so be careful when measuring your pup and ordering

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Highly flexible yet weather-resistant and warm, the Didog Reflective Dog Coat is a fantastic choice for active dogs. Made from water-resistant nylon material on the outside and soft fleece on the inside, this vest will keep your pet both comfy and cozy in cold and snowy weather. To provide a snug fit, the coat comes with Velcro closures beneath the chest and neck. There is also a leash hole for the leash to pass through, as well as a reflective line for night visibility and safety. Oh, the coat is also washing machine safe!

Nylon material on the outside + soft fleece on the inside

Elastic band design and Velcro closures for snug fit

Leash hole

Reflective stripe for visibility

Waterproof and windproof

Specification:
  • Brand: Didog
  • Model: FZYW674RE-S
  • Weight: 2.9 ounces
Pros

Great for all weather conditions

Easy to wear and take off

Washing machine safe

Cons

The reflective strip could be brighter

Sizes seem to run small

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Didog is here again with another convenient jacket that protects against cold and windy conditions. Designed to be lightweight and comfortable yet protective, this little coat will allow your dog to enjoy the great outdoors even when it’s raining outside. The sizes run from small to 5xl and come in several colors, so finding something that suits your pooch the best should be easy. That said, the sizes tend to run a bit small, so be careful when measuring your dog and ordering. On the plus side, the jacket comes with double D rings for easy leash attachment.

Polyester fabric filled with feathery cotton lining

Zipper closure with a safe fur guard in between

D-rings at the back for the attachment of the leash

Waterproof and windproof

Specification:
  • Brand: Didog
  • Model: FZYW017BLUE-L
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces
Pros

Lightweight and comfy

Easy to wear and take off

Convenient U-shape design allows your pup to pee comfortably

Cons

Not suitable for harsh winters as it’s not fleece lined

Sizes seem to run too small

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To add to the list of great winter dog coats is the JoyDaog Fleece Lined Reflective Dog Jacket. Made of polyester on the outside and fleece padding on the inside, this lightweight jacket is perfect for snowy and rainy weather as it’s both comfortable and warm. Because of its simple but unique design, which includes chest elastic and Velcro straps, it can fit dogs of different body shapes easily. The jacket also has a reflective feature around the neck that makes your dog visible in low light conditions, making it perfect for fans of nighttime walks.

100% polyester on the outside + fleece padding on the inside

Chest elastic and Velcro straps for a snug fit

Neck hole to pass the leash through

Reflective piping for night safety

Washing machine safe

Specification:
  • Brand: JoyDaog
  • Weight: 8.8 ounces
Pros

Warm and comfy

Waterproof

Simple to clean and maintain

Cons

Not ideal for some male breeds as they may pee on the jacket

Sizing seems to be slightly off

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Metallic Fashion Pet Parka Coat
Metallic Fashion Pet Parka Coat

Insulated, comfortable and stylish, the Pet Life Metallic Ski Parka is designed to keep your pupper warm and comfy in cold and snowy conditions. The inner part of the coat has a soft fleece lining which keeps your pet cozy, while the polyester outer fabric protects against the wind (but unfortunately not water). As if this was not enough, there is a faux fur hood that you can easily remove when not needed, as well as a leash-slit holder along the backside.  The coat comes in various colors and sizes to suit your dog’s style as well.

Breathable insulation

Slit in the back to pass the leash through

Removable zippered hood

Velcro on the belly part for the right fit

Specification:
  • Brand: Pet Life
  • Model: 1BKMD
  • Weight: 11.2 ounces
Pros

Warm and comfy

Leash slit makes it easy to take your dog on a walk

The material is breathable

Cons

Not water-resistant

Needs to be carefully washed in cold water because of Velcro

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Looking for weatherproof dog coat that won’t restrict your pet’s movements? We recommend Hurrta Summit parka as it’s incredibly durable and both water- and wind-resistant without being heavy or in any way restricting; in fact, it’s one of the most flexible and comfortable winter dog coats in the market! Made from solid gore-tex material on the outside and soft fleece on the inside, this excellent jacket will protect your dog from wind, rain and snow and keep them warm and comfy. To provide a proper fit, the coat features an adjustable back length, belt and collar which allow both freedom of movement and a snug fit. All in all, one of the best dog jackets for active dogs!

Gore-tex exterior + fleece interior

Windproof and waterproof

Adjustable back length

Harness or leash opening

Machine washable

Specification:
  • Brand: MIGOHI
  • Model: PD10005
  • Weight: 4.6 ounces
Pros

Very durable and weatherproof

Comfortable and flexible

Easy to wear, put on and off

Easy to clean and maintain

Cons

While warm, it’s not ideal for very harsh winters or deep snow

Best Dog Winter Coat Buying Guide & FAQ

With so many lovely winter dog coats available for purchase, finding the right one for your four-legged companion may be challenging. Luckily, you’re in the right place as in this buying guide we show you exactly what to look for in quality winter coats, how to choose the right sized model for your pooch, and so much more. And if you're buying a canine coat for the very first time? We also share some tips on how to train your dog to wear their brand new winter jacket!

What to Look for in a Dog Winter Coat

  • Water-resistant fabric and insulation: Winters tend to be cold and wet, so the first thing to look for in a dog coat is waterproofing capabilities. You should take a critical look at the material the dog coat is made off. Both water-resistant and waterproof materials are good options, but it's also important to look for properly insulated vests and coats as this is what will keep your pup warm during cold weather. Soft fleece padding is always a good feature, and is especially important if you live in a region with harsh winters.
  • Comfort: All dogs like to run and play and it's important to choose a coat that won't restrict their movement. A quality jacket will be both warm and comfortable, able to allow your dog to move and play freely. For example, if a model has sleeves, they should not bruise your dog's arms or pinch their fur. Also, the fit should not be too tight or too loose. Instead, the coat should be easy to wear, meaning both simple to put on and take off, and your dog should be able to walk with ease while wearing it.
  • Washability: It's no secret that most dogs are messy creatures who enjoy a nice muddy romp from time to time. While this may be unpleasant for their owners, it's important to allow dogs to play and run as this helps keep them both physically and mentally healthy and happy. For this reason, it's a good idea to choose a coat that is easy to clean and wash; machine washable jackets are ideal, however, models that need to be hand-washed are fine too as long as washing them doesn't require super-careful handling.
  • Material: Throughout the article, the material has come up a lot of times. It is a confirmation that the fabric is important in choosing a top-quality jacket. Only look at coats that are made from durable but also flexible materials that do not hurt your dog. What does this mean? Put simply, the fabric should not irritate your pup's skin or pinch their fur; in other words, it should be pet-friendly. The good news is, all models featured on our top list are made from durable and dog-friendly materials!
  • Design: Last but not least, you should pay attention to the design of the jacket. For example, if you have an active dog, you should pick a jacket that is easy to put on and take off. If your dog is not so active, then a design that provides more coverage may be more appropriate. Zippers may have fur caught in them so you should pick buttons or Velcro fasteners for long-haired dogs; however, zippers are perfectly fine for short-haired breeds. In the end, it's all a matter of personal convenience.

Dog with jacket

Benefits of Dog Winter Coats and Jackets

Winter can be brutal on any animal, and canines are no different. Even though dogs have fur which provides some protection against the elements, many pooches need extra protection in very cold and wet conditions. That is where dog jackets come in handy. Weatherproof and insulted, they provide extra protection and warmth for all dogs, especially the short-haired breeds. They allow you to go outside with your pet even when it's very cold and snowing as they're designed to keep your dog nice and toasty in low temperatures. Older and sick dogs are especially susceptible to the cold, and warm winter vests and jackets can help keep them protected.

Winter Dog Coat FAQ:

Q: Do dogs really need jackets?

A: Dogs have fur that protects them against harsh weather conditions. Jackets are just a precaution for when the fur is simply not enough in extremely cold temperatures. While long-haired and cold-weather breeds may not need coats, shorter-haired dogs, as well as puppies, older and sick dogs may benefit greatly from wearing them during winter.

Q: How do I choose the correct dog winter coat size?

A: Ultimately, you will have to measure your dog with a measuring tape and compare the numbers to the size chart of the jacket you want to buy. You can also use some string and a ruler. Here are some tips for measuring:

  • Measure around the upper neck of your dog
  • Measure the lower neck of your dog
  • Measure the widest part of your dog’s body
  • Measure the length of your, dog i.e. from the beginning of the chest to end of the hind leg or tail.
  • For jackets with sleeves, measure around your dog’s legs too.

Q: How do I train my dog to wear a  winter jacket?

A: It's best to teach your dog to wear jackets right from their infancy. That said, it is not too late to teach them when they are older either; however, this is something that requires patience and a lot of rewarding.

One important tip is to begin with simple, easy-to-wear vests. First, let your pup sniff and touch the vest so they can see it's nothing to be afraid of. Then, wrap them in the vest and offer them a treat while petting them. Next, you can let your pooch wear their jacket for a short while; a few minutes will do for the first time. Whenever your dog is in the jacket, praise them and offer them treats. Do this as many times as necessary until your pet seems fine and comfortable wearing the jacket. This way, your pup will associate the jacket with positive experiences. Gradually reduce the number of rewards you give your dog for wearing the jacket, so they learn that the vest is now a part of their lives.

Q: Are dog winter coats machine-washable?

A: Some coats are machine washable, while others need to be hand-washed only. It's important to check the label on your dog's jacket so you can care for it properly. A piece of advice - always wash your pupper's coat in cold water; this will ensure the material stays sturdy and color doesn't fade.

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Our Top Pick

On top of our list of best dog coats is the Gooby Padded Jacket, and for a good reason. This is a water-resistant and fleece insulated coat, meaning both warm and comfortable - ideal for winter and fall weather. It also comes with a leash attachment on the back so putting on a leash is a piece of cake, plus it features a snap button, so a secure and snug fit is guaranteed. To top it all of, this is one of the most durable yet reasonably priced dog jackets!

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