Don’t let the cold weather get you down! Chilly temperatures are an excellent reason to keep your dog cozy in a stylish outer layer such as a winter dog coat or jacket.
Whether you’re hitting the trails or the pavement, a quality warming layer will come in handy for a variety of reasons, from helping your dog fight off the winter chill to repelling precipitation such as rain or snow.
We’ve rounded up five popular winter dog coat styles, including insulated parkas, practical field coats, and the simply stylish. Check out our video review below, and read on for details about each item, along with other recommendations and winter dog gear articles we think you’ll find helpful.
Each canine coat maker may have slightly different sizing specifications for winter dog jackets, so make sure you measure your pooch before making a purchase. Most of the time you’ll need two measurements: the length of your dog from their neck to the beginning of their tail, and the circumference of their rib cage. You want to select a coat for your dog that’s snug, but not too tight so that it doesn’t restrict your dog’s range-of-motion or circulation.
You’ll also need to consider the utility of the coat you plan to purchase for your pup. If you live in a snowy climate, you’ll want a jacket that protects your dog’s belly and legs. If you live in a perpetually rainy area, a lightweight, waterproof option might be better. For a carefree frolic in the snow or a splash through puddles, your dog should have a jacket that is as ready-to-go (and easy to wash!) as they are. From durable Carhartt coats to fashion-forward flannel vests, here are the best winter dog coats for every pup.