Choosing the best dog coats can be daunting with the options available. You should pick a coat that will be comfortable for your dog, that will allow them to run and play without restricting their movement, and will last for more than one season.
To help in your buying decision, we put together this list of the top dog coats, any of which will be a perfect solution to keep your dog warm during those cold winter days.
Best Dog Coats for Winter
The best winter dog coats include the Great White North Dog Coat by Chilly Dogs, the Ultimate Warmer by Hurtta, and the Summit Parka by Hurtta. All of these dog coats are excellent choices for cold weather. Each winter dog coat has its own unique features that are highlighted in our list of the best dog jackets.
The Ultimate Warmer is a favorite due to the complete coverage. It is one of the warmest dog coats available. There is no other coat like this on the market! This dog coat provides the maximum warmth and protection from winter’s harshest weather. The Ultimate Warmer has more protection and can literally provide a sleeping bag like wrap around your dog for ultimate warmth.
The dog winter jacket features a wider belly and chest area than most dog coats. The Ultimate Warmer has a long neck that can protect a dog all the way up to the ears, which can also be rolled down when unnecessary. Lastly, the coat has rear flaps with a button under the tail that eliminates drafts coming in through the back. The Ultimate Warmer dog coat is waterproof, windproof, and breathable. The jacket is available in 12 sizes and 3 colors- granite, raspberry & birch. Truly, an exceptional dog coat! Learn more by reading our Ultimate Warmer Review.
Cons – While the Ultimate Warmer provides the most insulation and complete coverage, it can be too warm for cool days. This coat is ideal for very cold winters. Also, the back must be unbuttoned for a dog to poop or it will not turn out so well for the back of the jacket. Of course, this concern is easily fixed by leaving the back unbuttoned until your dog relieves themselves.
There is another winter jacket that is another favorite and stands out among the competition for the best winter coat for dogs – the Great White North Winter Dog Jacket by Chilly Dogs. The Great White North Winter Dog Coats feature 12-ounce Canadian made, non-pilling fleece with a polyurethane coated outer-shell, making the coats waterproof, windproof, and breathable.
Chilly Dogs has designed these dog winter coats to keep your canine warm even at subzero temperatures. In fact, the manufacturer claims that this coat will keep your dog warm down to -20F. The coats have an improved design with the addition of Velcro to the body for a better fit for active dogs.
When used in combination with their Head Muff Winter Dog Hat, there is complete protection for Fido. Chilly Dogs also carries an uniquely designed winter coat specifically for Italian Greyhounds. The GWN dog coats are available in many sizes for a good fit on all breeds and are a good comparison to the Hurtta dog coats. The fleece part of the coat is available in Black, Red, Blaze Orange, Blue, and Pink.
The Summit Parka was brand new for 2015 – 2016, replacing the all-time best selling Hurtta Winter Dog Coat! The Summit Parka is very efficient at keeping a dog warm with the new high collar while providing maximum freedom of movement, as the coat does not go over the dog’s legs. The dog jacket is made with Houndtex® material, making it waterproof, windproof, and breathable.
The coat is extremely easy to get on and off. It also is the most flexible in sizing– allowing it to fit all breeds and sizes, with or without a deep chest. This is due to the new adjustable drawstring features in the collar and back area. The winter jacket is available in an incredible 13 sizes and 3 colors- raven (black), cherry and blaze orange (new for 2016 – 2017 season). This is bound to be a popular choice for this winter season.
Best Fall Jackets
The best fall jackets include the Frost Jacket by Hurtta and the Chilly Sweater, both of which are great for chilly weather.
1. Frost Jacket
The Frost Dog Jacket is a lightweight, thermal soft shell jacket featuring a sleek design, similar to the soft shell jackets made for people. It provides the perfect amount of warmth when being active in cold weather in fall, winter and spring.
It is constructed with the Houndtex® material so it is waterproof, windproof, and breathable yet soft & comfortable. The Frost Jacket features partial legs in the front for extra protection. The soft shell jacket is available in 12 sizes and 2 colors- either granite or birch.
The Chilly Sweater is a perfect fido fleece for cool fall and chilly spring days. The fleece sweater is versatile as it makes a great spring/fall coat, travel sweater, and can even be worn indoors on cold winter nights as sleepwear for dogs. We love it for camping as it is just the perfect thickness!
This fleece jacket is extremely comfortable to wear and is warm when being active outside. It is easy to put on and take off. It is not waterproof or windproof. The Fleece Dog Jacket is available in black, blue, raspberry, red, and blaze orange.
Answers to Common Questions
What makes these the top winter dog coats?
Both the Hurtta and the Chilly Dogs fleece coats are voted as the best dog coats. Why? These dog winter coats provide excellent protection against the toughest winter elements and stand out for their athletic designs for active dogs. Both companies design their winter dog coats with the same high standards that we expect from our own outdoor and athletic apparel. The coats have superior quality, great fits for all dog breeds, and provide a full range of motion for active dogs.
Both companies have been compared to the dog counterpart of North Face, which, as we all have come to know, is the place for innovative clothing and active wear designed for athletes and outdoor adventurers. Both make some of the best outdoor performance wear for dogs.
Which one is the warmest dog coat?
This is one of the most common questions that we get. The most important aspect to any coat is to ensure that the coat fits snugly in the chest, as this will keep your dog warm. All 3 jackets are great performing coats with excellent customer reviews.
So to answer the question, it really is up to personal preference as to the specific features, colors, and fit for your dog. The Hurtta coats are designed more like human ski jackets so are very lightweight. The Great White North is a thick fleece. Otherwise, they are all comparable.
Which coat is best for hiking, hunting, or running through the woods?
We recommend the Great White North for dogs that are going to be running through the woods. While no coat is guaranteed to withstand thick briers, the Great White North coat does seem to last even with the wear and tear of running through the woods. The downfall is that only the fleece part around the neck is colored and the rest of the coat is black.
The Hurtta Summit Parka is a great option if you need visibility as it is now available in Blaze Orange. We have used the Hurtta coats when hiking with our dog running around in the trees. However, do to the outer material, it can snag easier than the Great White North if caught on briers.
How do I measure my dog? How do I get a perfect fit?
The above mentioned winter dog coats are available in many sizes to ensure that they fit properly. It is very important that you measure your dog correctly when ordering. The chest measurement is the most important! Just follow these simple steps:
- Have your dog stand straight with head up. Do NOT measure when your dog is sitting or lying down, as it will throw off the measurements.
- Use a tailor’s tape (soft tape measure) or thin rope that then can be aligned to a ruler.
- Measure your dog’s back length from the withers (highest ridge between the shoulder blades) to the base of the tail. Do NOT measure from your dog’s collar.
- Measure the chest circumference/girth at the widest part of the chest.
- Measure the neck circumference at the base of the neck.
- Match your dog’s measurements to the sizing charts for each specific coat.
Which winter jacket is best for very small dogs?
For very small dogs, we have found that the Great White North coat has a better fit due to the available sizes offered for tiny pups. The Summit Parka may also be a good choice due to the many adjustments. However, the Summit Parka often ends up being too short in the back length in order to get a good fit around the chest.
What is the Houndtex® Fabric used in the Hurtta Dog Coats?
Hurtta’s unique line of dog winter jackets demonstrates the company’s ability to design high quality, technical dog apparel for all outdoor activities and weather climates. All of the Hurtta dog coats feature the exceptional Houndtex® fabric, a signature material that has been researched and developed exclusively by this Company.
The Houndtex® material is waterproof and windproof while maintaining breathability. The fabric is designed specifically for performance and comfort. The Houndtex® outdoor fabrics match those of high-quality outdoor outfits designed for people. The fabrics are used in the dog winter coats, making them softer, smoother, and quieter, while providing great comfort for long outdoor wear.
How do I wash the coats?
All of the dog coats mentioned are machine washable. It is recommended to wash a dog coat inside out using mild, allergy-free detergent on a low spin cycle. Next, it is recommended to avoid using bleach or fabric softener, as it can impair the qualities of the Hountex® and Fleece materials, limiting the effectiveness of the waterproofing. Lastly, it is recommended that you line dry or use a very delicate setting in the dryer to dry the coat.
Feel free to leave a comment or contact us with any other questions you may have. We are happy to help in any way that we can.
Hurtta Outdoors Video
Check out the YouTube video that Hurtta has created showcasing their winter dog coats, as well as their other active dog products. The video really demonstrates how much movement the dogs have while wearing the winter coats. The Hurtta dog coats truly are durable and built for performance in the great outdoors!
We, at Cross Peak Products, carry winter dog coats for all dog breeds from small to large with the best being the Hurtta products and the Chilly Dogs Great White North dog jackets for winter. These are the leading dog coats in performance for all dogs. The winter coats keep your dog warm & cozy while protecting all vital muscle groups, preventing injury to your dog. The Chilly Dogs & Hurtta dog coats flex to match your dog’s every move for the best canine athletes.