Choosing the Right Dog Jacket

Choosing the Right Dog Jacket

Our dogs are eager to join us and explore the veritable playground that is the outdoors – rain or shine.

To keep you and your trail buddy exploring no matter what winter throws down, Ruffwear designs jackets with a range of warmth and weather protection, all crafted from a dog's perspective.

Which style is right for your dog's next adventure?

Choosing a jacket for your dog is much like the process you go through to pick your own coat. We find that considering weather conditions is a great place to start. From there, you can narrow it down between sleeved and non-sleeved jackets. We cover the benefits of each below.

Check out the video overview afterward to get a closer look at the design behind each of our jackets.

What’s the weather?

Choosing the right warmth and waterproofness

Each Ruffwear coat has key features mindfully matched to take on the varying challenges of exploring in winter weather. 

  • Waterproof/water-resistant material: great for rainy weather, wet snow conditions
  • High-loft, synthetic insulation: adds warmth in cold temps, dry snow
  • Fleece lining: adds warmth and comfort. Fully fleeced jackets (Fernie™, Climate Changer™) work as standalone insulation in dry, cool conditions, or a layering piece in colder conditions.
  • Un-lined shells: good for mild temps, windy conditions, or light rain

Inclement weather or certain activities may call for a combination of these features, either in one jacket or as a layering system. Check out the video for a more in-depth look at each jacket and what our designers had in mind when developing them. The chart below compares key features in each style to help point you in the right direction.

From there, fit and coverage can narrow it down even more. Then, watch the video and check out the chart below for a piece-by-piece comparison of our full line of jackets.

Sleeves, or no sleeves?

Choosing the right coverage

Jackets with sleeves provide more coverage and more warmth. This style works well in really cold temps, for short-haired dogs who need a little help staying warm, or for long-haired dogs who get snowballs that form on their underside.

Sleeveless jackets are popular among hard-to-fit dogs (i.e. broader shoulders or a thicker chest, neck, or legs). Plus, they typically use buckles instead of zippers that make them even easier to put on – great for aging or squirmy dogs.

Comparison Video

Watch our staff walk through the different styles

Comparison Chart

How do the jacket features stack up?

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Still have questions? Email us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can or give us a call Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time @ 888-783-3932.