HOW TO CHOOSE A JACKET FOR YOUR DOG
Our dogs are eager to join us and explore the veritable playground that is the outdoors – rain or shine. To keep 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. Here a couple tips for you to get started.
WHAT'S THE WEATHER?
Ruffwear coats can be organised into three categories to start you off on the right paw for finding the right coat or layer depending on what weather conditions you'll encounter.
Waterproof/water-resistant shells are great for rainy weather and wet snow conditions. Un-lined shells are good for mild temperatures, windy conditions, or very light percipitation.
High-loft, synthetic insulation adds warmth in cold temperatures. Combined with higher-coverage fits or waterproofing and weather-resistance, these jackets can tackle even the most inclement of weather.
Fleece jackets and sweaters work as standalone insulation in dry, cool conditions, or as a midlayer worn under a shell in colder or wetter conditions.
SLEEVES OR NO SLEEVES?
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 or open cap-sleeved 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.
FIT GUIDE FOR RUFFWEAR DOG APPAREL
While each style of Ruffwear apparel is designed for its intended use, this guide generalises their fits in three ways.
Formfitting: Snug and conforms to the body's contours. Can be worn standalone or layered under Relaxed apparel.
Regular Fit: Tailored with a bit of wiggle room. Can be worn standalone or layered under Relaxed apparel.
Relaxed fit: A loose fit that drapes the body. Can be worn standalone or over Regular or Formfitting apparel. Works well for hard-to-fit dog shapes and sizes.
DOG JACKET COMPARISON CHART
This covers the general difference in warmth, waterproofness, and ideal conditions between the jackets in our lineup. And if a leash portal for wearing the jacket over a dog harness is important for you and your pup, we've noted which styles have that feature.