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Our Favorite Winter Dog Coats

While dogs already wear a built-in fur or hair coat, most need additional protection against the elements—whether it’s rain, slush, snow, or just cold weather. The right outerwear can lock in your dog’s body heat and help them stay dry and comfortable, no matter the duration of the outing. Whether they spend the colder months curled up on the couch between short potty walks or enjoy diving head-first into fresh snowbanks, there’s a coat for every size, shape, cold tolerance—and personality.

The Expert: I’ve been a pet-industry blogger for more than a decade, writing about behavioral training, veterinary care, and products that can enrich a dog’s life. I’m also a lucky pet parent to one cat and two darling dogs. My Chihuahua mix, Matilda, is a hair under five pounds, and my speckled Heinz-57 mutt, Cow, is shaped like a bowling pin, with a wide chest and narrow head. Both have different tolerances for being out in the cold, which has provided me the opportunity to test a variety of dog coats. It’s taken me years to find coats that fit each dog properly, but now that they finally have the right gear, our winter walks take us farther than ever.

What to Consider

Available Sizes: Most dog apparel manufacturers size their coats based on a dog’s body length, neck circumference, and chest-girth measurements. Chest girth is usually the most important dimension when it comes to fit. If your dog has a deep chest, you might need to size up, which sometimes results in the rest of the coat being too big or too loose. For hard-to-fit breeds, such as long-bodied Dachshunds and Corgis and lean, deep-chested Greyhounds and Whippets, adjustable straps and stretchy fabrics are a lifesaver.

Weather Conditions: Ideally, your dog’s winter coat will have a waterproof exterior and extend from the neck to the base of the tail (or longer). Chest and belly coverage protects them when they walk through deep snow or when they kick up slush. On especially cold days, you may need a coat with built-in insulation, or you might need to layer it over a sweater or fleece. Some coats have slightly extended sleeves that cover part of the front legs, and some extend higher on the neck than others.

Take into consideration not only how cold the weather will get in your region, but how well your dog tolerates it. Small dogs have a higher skin-to-body ratio, so they lose heat faster than large dogs. Puppies and seniors tend to have trouble regulating their body temperature. The length of your dog’s fur does not always correlate with their cold tolerance. For example, single-coated breeds like Greyhounds and Yorkies may get cold more easily than Labrador Retrievers and Pomeranians, who have an insulating undercoat. While those with a fluffy double fur coat, like the Siberian Husky, may not need as much protection, even the dogs of the Iditarod wear jackets in wet weather or extremely cold conditions.

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Harness Compatibility: Most coats have a slit in the back through which you can thread your dog’s leash to attach to their harness. If your dog’s coat is formfitting, they can wear the harness over their coat. If you have more than one harness, it’s helpful to keep one adjusted for over-the-coat use and one for days when they’ll wear their harness directly against their body. If their harness has a front leash attachment, you will be able to access it without a leash slit. Some coats have a convenient built-in D-ring, eliminating the need for additional walk wear.

Type of Closure: Your dog’s coat may be fastened with a zipper, Velcro, buckles, adjustable straps, drawstrings, or any combination thereof. Most styles have pros and cons and are better suited for some purposes more than others. Multi-step closures tend to be more secure, so they can work well for escape artists or long hikes but may be impractical for quick potty walks. Velcro is convenient and adjustable but tends to lose its clinginess as it gets clogged with lint and fur. Zippers are a quick way to open and close a jacket, but impatient pups can sometimes cause frustration when trying to properly line up the zipper. Some jackets also have thin elastic hind leg straps to keep the coat in place in windy conditions, but if your dog finds them uncomfortable, it’s usually not necessary to use them.

How We Evaluated

As a pet parent who knows the struggle of finding perfect outerwear, I looked for winter dog coats that have had high ratings from multiple reviewers with photos and videos showing how they fit on different breeds and body types. I also read reviews from bloggers who rely on their dog’s outerwear for long hikes and weekend adventures who could attest to the reliability of each garment. And, of course, I gleaned from my personal experiences, avoiding styles with large, permanently attached hoods that my dogs, like many, find uncomfortable, designs that lack coverage over the chest, belly, and hips, and stiff fabrics that chafe or impede mobility.

Best Overall Winter Parka

Hurtta Expedition Parka

Key Specs

  • Available Sizes: Sized by back length, from 8 to 32 in.
  • Materials: Waterproof laminated fabric with taped seams
  • Weather Conditions: Rain, snow, extreme cold
  • Closure: Pullover plus adjustable waist strap with side buckles, drawstring adjustment points, elastic hind leg loops
  • Harness Compatibility: 8- and 10-in. coats have integrated harness, all others have a slit opening

When it comes to quality, durability, and size selection, Hurtta dog gear is unparalleled. Its Expedition Parka comes in 16 sizes, including specialty sizes for long-bodied dogs like Dachshunds and stocky breeds like Bulldogs. The neckline, collar, and back length adjustment points made it easy to make Matilda’s parka look tailor-made just for her. It’s easy to put on, too: Just slip it over the head and snap the waist buckle. It provides full coverage and is fully insulated, yet the soft fabrics keep it lightweight and non-bulky, so it keeps dogs warm without impeding their mobility.

  • Snow-trap collar keeps out moisture without rubbing against ears
  • Easy to put on and adjust

Best Jacket For Changing Seasons

Kurgo Loft Jacket

Key Specs

  • Available Sizes: XS to XL
  • Materials: Polyester Ripstop fabric outer, water-resistant synthetic loft insulation
  • Weather Conditions: Rain, snow, moderate cold
  • Closure: Velcro at belly
  • Harness Compatibility: Zippered opening

When worn by itself, the Loft Jacket from Kurgo is a great basic everyday coat to get your dog through the late fall and early spring. What we love about it is that it works perfectly with the brand’s separately sold layers so you can build upon it as the seasons change. You can add the Stowe base layer for extra coverage, the K9 Core sweater for a little more warmth, or top it with the Scruff Scarf snood for neck and head protection.

  • Affordable
  • Reversible design available in over a dozen prints and colors
  • You have to reach under your dog to secure the Velcro belly closure
  • Comes in only five sizes
  • Velcro is only adjustment point

Most Fashionable Parka

Canada Pooch True North Parka

Key Specs

  • Available Sizes: Sized by back length, from 7 to 29 in.
  • Materials: Water-resistant shell, micro-fleece lining
  • Weather Conditions: Rain, snow, extreme cold
  • Closure: Velcro at belly
  • Harness Compatibility: Slit opening

If you want your pup to look like your Mini-Me when you head out in your North Face, check out the True North Parka from Canada Pooch. It matches not only the style but also the quality of human outerwear, with a fleece lining, extended front legs, and heavy insulation to keep your pup warm and cozy on winter walks. It comes in many sizes to fit most dogs, but it fits stocky, short-bodied breeds, like the Pitbull or French Bulldog, best.

  • Comes in over a dozen sizes
  • Back pockets can hold treats and poop bags
  • Heavy-duty coat is too bulky for some dogs

Best Budget Option

Helios Altitude-Mountaineer Coat

Key Specs

  • Available Sizes: Sized by back length, from 8 to 24 in.
  • Materials: Waterproof shell, Polar fleece, inner lining with Blackshark technology
  • Weather Conditions: Rain, snow, extreme cold
  • Closure: Velcro at neck, chest, and belly
  • Harness Compatibility: Opening covered by Velcro flap

The Altitude-Mountaineer coat from Helios has many of the features you’ll see in coats from high-end dog apparel manufacturers without the hefty price tag, including a cozy polar fleece interior, three layers of inner lining with innovative Blackshark technology (windproof, waterproof, tear-resistant, and impermeable), and a waterproof, PU-coated shell. Though it comes in only five sizes from XS to XL, it’s adjustable at the chest, neck, and belly.

  • Affordable
  • Multiple adjustment points
  • Velcro flap covers leash opening when not in use
  • No hood or cowl for neck protection
  • You have to reach under your dog to secure the Velcro belly closure

Best Built-In Harness

Gooby Quilted Bomber Jacket

Key Specs

  • Available Sizes: Sized by chest girth from XS (10.25 in.) to XL (20.5 in.)
  • Materials: Polyester, cotton
  • Weather Conditions: Mild to moderate cold weather
  • Closure: Zipper on back
  • Harness Compatibility: Built-in D-ring

For quick walks in moderate weather, the stylish Quilted Bomber Jacket from Gooby is a great choice. It has a step-in design that secures with a zipper along the back, and a convenient built-in D-ring that lets you easily clip on a leash without too much fuss. It comes in only five sizes, though, and the XL fits a 20.5-inch chest girth, so even the largest size is unlikely to fit breeds any larger than a Beagle. However, the water-resistant material does have plenty of stretch to it, offering a comfortable fit for small dogs.

  • Full chest coverage
  • Lots of cute colors and designs
  • No head or neck protection

Best for Hard-to-Fit Breeds

Voyagers K9 Apparel Custom Dog Winter Coat

Key Specs

  • Available Sizes: Made to order, breed-specific sizes also available
  • Materials: Ultrex Taslan nylon outer, Polartec polar fleece lining
  • Weather Conditions: Rain, snow, extreme cold
  • Closure: Pullover with adjustable Velcro chest strap
  • Harness Compatibility: Comes with leash-collar connection, harness opening optional

Voyagers K9 Apparel offers breed-specific winter coats for over 20 popular, hard-to-fit breeds, including the Dachshund, Boxer, Greyhound, and Great Dane. For all others, including mixed breeds, the brand’s made-to-order custom dog winter coat ensures a tailored fit. Handmade with premium materials—Ultrex Taslan nylon with a Polartec polar fleece lining—these custom coats are windproof, waterproof, and warm. They’re also durable; some reviewers have had their K9 coat for 10 years or more.

  • Made-to-order to fit your dog’s measurements
  • Snood-style hood can be worn up or down
  • Custom orders can take up to two weeks to ship

Best Coat for Layering

Ruffwear Vert

More Sizes Available at Zappos

Key Specs

  • Available Sizes: Sized by chest girth, sized from XS (17–22 in.) to XL (36–42 in.)
  • Material: Polyester
  • Weather Conditions: Rain, snow, moderate cold, wind
  • Closure: Pullover with side release buckles, elastic hind leg loops
  • Harness Compatibility: Back leash slit

Waterproof and lined with lightweight insulation, the Vert from Ruffwear is a versatile everyday dog jacket. On exceptionally cold days—which, for me, is about 15 degrees F or lower where I live in Delaware—my Heinz 57, Cow, wears hers over a sweater, but the jacket is usually sufficient on its own. There’s a concealed adjustable strap around the torso, so it’s great for dogs that, like Cow, have a deep chest and narrow body.

  • Ripstop shell keeps out wind and rain
  • Extended length protects back from nose to tail
  • Leg loops keep jacket in place in windy conditions
  • Only two color options
  • Some dogs find the leg loops uncomfortable, though their use is optional

Hurtta Extreme Overall Dog Snowsuit

Key Specs

  • Available Sizes: Sized by back length, available in 10 sizes from 8 in. to 28 in.
  • Weather Conditions: Rain, snow, extreme cold
  • Materials: Windproof outer, foil insulated liner, 3M reflective details
  • Harness Compatibility: Back leash slit

A snowsuit provides unmatched protection against wet, cold weather conditions. The pant legs are a godsend for dogs that accumulate rainwater, mud, and snowballs on their undercarriage. But a full-coverage design can be restrictive if the coat is not a perfect fit. The Extreme Overall from Hurtta has drawstrings to adjust the chest girth, waist, and back length. Owners of hard-to-fit breeds, like deep-chested Boxers and long, slender Weimaraners, are raving about its Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-esque fit-ability.

  • Snood can be pulled up to protect ears from cold
  • Snaps hold up leg cuffs for short-legged breeds
  • Foil insulated liner retains body heat, no need for layers
  • Pant legs may be too short for tall dogs
  • Can be restrictive if coat isn’t the perfect fit

Best for Giant Breeds

WeatherBeeta Parka 1200 Deluxe

Key Specs

  • Available Sizes: Sized by back length, available in 10 sizes from 12-in. to 32-in.
  • Weather Conditions: Rain, snow, moderate cold
  • Materials: 1,200 denier outer, Poly-fil insulation
  • Closure: Wraparound Velcro chest strap
  • Harness Compatibility: Back leash slit

If you lovingly refer to your big dog as your “house-horse,” you’ll love the Parka from WeatherBeeta, a company that started off making high-quality outerwear for actual horses. The 1200 denier exterior material is rated for destructive horses, so it’s naturally more than durable enough for large, active dogs. With a chest-and-belly wrap, high collar, and extra-long drop, it provides plenty of coverage against the wind, rain, and snow.

  • Poly-fil insulation for added warmth
  • Reflective strips for visibility at night
  • Thick, stiff material is bulky on smaller dogs

Best for Toy Breeds

Puppia Mountaineer II Winter Vest

Key Specs

  • Available Sizes: S through XL, runs small
  • Weather Conditions: Rain, snow, moderate cold
  • Materials: Waterproof polyester outer, insulated fleece lining
  • Closure: Zipper on back and adjustable strap with buckle
  • Harness Compatibility: Built-in harness

Though toy-sized pups get cold much more easily than larger dogs, it’s difficult to find warm, high-quality winter gear for them. The Mountaineer II from Puppia has that sturdy, structured feel you’d expect from a good puffer jacket, with a waterproof exterior and a fleece-lined, insulated interior. The all-in-one design has an attached, adjustable harness that makes it convenient for quick winter potty breaks. The coat itself is not stretchy or adjustable, though, and it runs small. Puppia recommends adding ¼ to ½ inch to the neck girth, and to take into consideration that the measurements listed in its size chart are the dimensions of the actual product, not your dog’s measurements.

  • Zipper flap protects fur from snagging
  • Available in 10 fashionable colors
  • Sizing is not consistent with chart measurements
  • Some users suggest sizing up

Our Expert, Lindsay Pevny, on properly measuring your dog for fit, preventing their jacket from growing mildew, and helping a fussy pup get dressed

Q: Best way to measure your dog for a coat?

A: You need to take your dog’s measurements only once (as long as they’re not sneaking treats behind your back), but you should always check the size chart for each coat while you shop, as each brand uses its own sizing guidelines (one brand’s small may be another’s medium). Use a tailor’s measuring tape to measure the girth of the widest part of their chest, the neck girth at the widest part (close to their collarbone), and their back length from the base of their neck to the base of their tail. If you plan to layer the coat over a sweater, add a half-inch to an inch to the chest girth measurement.

Q: Your best tip for keeping a winter dog coat in good condition

A: Between uses, I always hang or lay it flat so it can dry completely. A damp coat may not be wearable in time for the next walk, and if it’s put away wet, it could develop mildew. Most important, if your dog is a destructive chewer, make sure to store the coat out of reach.

Q: Any advice for helping dogs get used to wearing a coat?

A: Some dogs are sensitive about having anything placed over their head, while others are difficult to position into “step-in” designs. I find it helpful to teach my dogs to put their head through the collar by luring them with a treat, and then guiding their paws through the sleeves. They seem less stressed when they’re actively cooperating in getting dressed. It’s also best to put their coat on as the last step; that way they’re not becoming anxious or overheated while waiting to go outside.

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