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, even when temperatures drop and the weather turns.

That’s why Ruffwear has spent years crafting a variety of jackets built to perform no matter what winter throws your way. Having the right gear is essential to keeping our best trail buddies comfortable and to extending the adventure.

But which style is right for your dog?

Much like the process you go through to pick your own coat, choosing a jacket for your dog comes down to a few key considerations. We’ll cover a couple questions to help you get started. 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.

For dogs with a varied shape (i.e. broader shoulders, thicker chest, neck or legs), jackets without sleeves can sometimes be easier to fit. And since they use buckles instead of zippers, they’re easy to put on – great for aging or squirmy dogs.

What’s the weather?

Choosing the right warmth and waterproofness

Winter has it all - cold temps, dry weather, mixed precipitation, powdery snow, blustery winds. 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.

Comparison Video

Watch our designer, Monica 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.