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Don’t let the cold weather get you down! Chilly temperatures are an excellent reason to keep your dog cozy in a stylish outer layer such as a winter dog coat or jacket.
Whether you’re hitting the trails or the pavement, a quality warming layer will come in handy for a variety of reasons, from helping your dog fight off the winter chill to repelling precipitation such as rain or snow.
We’ve rounded up five of the most popular styles for 2020, including insulated parkas, practical field coats, and the simply stylish. Check out our video review below, and read on for details about each item, along with other recommendations and winter dog gear articles we think you’ll find helpful.
Remember, before making a purchase, be sure to measure your dog to ensure the right fit. If you’re wondering how to do that, check out our sizing guide and video about how to measure your dog for clothing.
The Top 5 Winter Dog Coats and Jackets
Just the ticket for winter walks around the neighborhood, this reversible parka attaches at the neck and chest with velcro straps and is a cold-weather must from the famed outdoorsy brand. Made from recycled polyester, this coat is well insulated and sports reflective piping for evening strolls.
Note: Though weather-resistant, this layer is not waterproof. We tested it in size medium, and found it ran true to size (it fit a 40 pound border collie mix well, similarly to the dog pictured above, with the bottom not quite reaching the tailbone).Find at L.L. Bean
You May Also Like: L.L. Bean Reversible Field Coat
A reversible and well-insulated dog field coat for long walks in the woods, and when the pup is keeping you company on your outdoor chores (like chopping firewood).
Note: We tested it in size medium on a small dog, a 16 pound mini poodle, as it looks and runs small. If you like this style, be sure to note the sizing and measure your dog. You might consider ordering one size up.Shop on L.L. Bean
Nothing beats a Pendleton coat in one of the company’s iconic designs, and that goes for your dog, too.
This reversible, lightweight jacket features a soft, patterned polyester side and quilted, faux suede side. It’s machine washable and is easy to get on and off with wide velcro straps for neck and belly.
Note: This coat is good as a basic warming layer, but isn’t waterproof. It’s designed with style and comfort in mind, but likely won’t stand up over time if you have a rowdy and energetic dog. We tested this in size small, and found it ran true to size (fit our shopping editor’s average-sized senior beagle perfectly).Find at Macy's
Rugged workwear brand Carhartt makes this sturdy, lightly insulated dog work coat featuring rugged cotton duck canvas. It’s great for high-energy dogs who need light protection from the elements, those who visit rugged worksites, or pups who regularly keep their humans company while adventuring or hiking through the great outdoors.
This coat attaches at the neck and chest via velcro, and sports two working pockets for treats, bags, and other walking essentials. In addition to the classic brown, it’s available in three other colors.
Note: We tested this coat is size medium, and found it ran true to size (a little too big for our pug model, Shirley).Shop on Chewy
You May Also Like: The Filson Shelter Cloth Dog Coat
Find It at Filson
A handsome and high end dog jacket for everything from hiking to travel. We tested it in size medium on a 55 pound English cream golden retriever and found it fit well, with a little extra room at the hip.
A great choice for active dogs, Ruffwear’s overcoat features a wind and water-resistant outer shell and a soft fleece interior lining, both made from recycled polyester.
Durable plastic buckles tuck into the jacket to stand up to dogs who may tug, scratch, and rub against them. A reflective trim and a portal for leashes and harnesses punch up the utility of this all-around cold weather shell layer.
Note: We reviewed this coat in size small, and found it ran large (it fit our blog strategist’s 30 pound schnauzer mix with plenty of room to spare).Discover on Amazon
While not suitable for the extreme cold, for a simple, polished look, this lightweight jacket is just right for shoulder seasons. A simple velcro closure at the neck makes for easy on/off, while a buckle strap at the belly allows for a custom fit.
Barbour is known for its quality craftsmanship, and fans of the brand will see this carried through here; the jacket’s thoughtful materials include a durable polyester shell, a sporty corduroy collar, and a quilted, tartan plaid cotton lining.
Note: This coat is not waterproof, and unlike some of the jackets on this list, there is no leash attachment hole. We reviewed this coat in size medium, and found it ran small (way too small, and short, for our border collie model). We ended up finding a nice fit on a 24 pound mini schnauzer.Find on Backcountry
You May Also Like: Orvis Quilted Dog Jacket
A quilted, warmer version of the classic field coat from trusted dog and outdoor outfitter, Orvis. Its weather-resistant waxed cotton shell and warm microfleece liner makes it a warmer, more winter-ready alternative to the Barbour. We tested this in size small, and found it ran true to size (our shopping editor’s average-sized senior beagle was well covered and snug).
For more articles about dog winter gear, raincoats, and staying cozy all season long, continue reading with one of the articles below.