Is your canine companion all set for walkies? Heading outside to take your dog for her daily constitutionals isn’t always going to be a walk in the park. Going outside—no matter how torrential the downpour—is just part of being a dog owner. And since most dogs aren’t exactly fans of wet weather, a comfy dog raincoat can make all the difference when walking your pet in the rain. Wearing a waterproof coat doesn’t just prevent your dog’s fur from being drenched (a state that can leave her shivering and cold), but it’ll stop from shaking off excess water inside the house when you come back from a walk.
When shopping for a waterproof dog coat, the most important consideration should be size. Because not all dog raincoats are manufactured the same, your pet could be a small in one coat and a large in another, so it’s best to use your dog’s measurements as a guide in order to end up with a perfect fit. The perfect dog jacket shouldn’t slip around the body or affect your dog’s ability to do her business. And as many dogs object to clothing, it needs to be comfortable enough that they can forget they’re wearing it.
With that said, we’ve done our research for you and found some of the very best waterproof jackets for your dog!
This waterproof and breathable rain jacket for dogs provides full coverage of your dog’s shoulders, hips, and hindquarters without restricting motion. The design maximizes protection from the elements and minimizes the risk of ending up with a wet, muddy dog. Like the rest of the Ruffwear range, this windproof raincoat is ideal for hiking as well as everyday use—it features a hole for your dog’s harness, reflective trim, leg loops which provide a secure fit in windy conditions, and side release buckles which make it easy to put on and take off. There’s also an oversized storm collar that you can fold up if it’s really coming down. Its non-insulated design allows for use in warm weather but it can be worn over insulating layers when it gets a bit nippy. It can also be washed in a machine on a cold, gentle cycle.
If you’re looking for value for money, this high-quality coat performs way beyond its price tag. It’s made from a waterproof, windproof, and breathable fabric to protect your dog from the elements. The coat provides decent protection during heavy downpours and it has a removable polar fleece liner, making it perfect for both summer and winter months. To ensure a secure, comfortable fit you simply have to thread its Velcro straps through loops and fold them back on themselves. It’s also machine-washable, harness-friendly, and has a reflective band for visibility on night-time walks.
Iconic British brand, Barbour, happens to make raincoats for dogs using the same waxed cotton as their stylish human coats. And although the dog-friendly designer has a range of cosy, waterproof dog jackets, this lightweight version means your dog won’t overheat during summer downpours. The Barbour Waterproof Pack Away Dog Coat is a 100% waterproof coat with mesh lining, a stylish corduroy collar, and the Barbour logo embroidered on the outer pocket for that stamp of quality. The best thing about it though is that it’s easy to pack away into your pocket so you can keep it on you if you’re worried it might decide to pour. It’s also machine washable at 30 degrees and comes in a huge range of sizes (from toy breeds up to a Great Dane). We love it.
This one’s a great choice for days when it’s a bit chilly outside. Morezi’s lightweight raincoat has a water-resistant outer layer as well as a soft, fleecy inner layer that’s just thick enough to keep your dog warm but won’t limit her movement. Its Velcro straps will fit snugly around the little gal’s belly so that it stays on securely, plus there’s a space to attach her harness. The lightweight nature of the design means it’s a good option for dogs who don’t like to wear clothing because they’ll barely notice they’re wearing it. It’s machine-washable and comes in a nice selection of colours as well as seven sizes!
The Kurgo North Country coat has a waterproof exterior and is made with heavy-duty material to provide excellent protection in heavy rainstorms as well as wind and snow. The fleece-lined dog coat has reflective piping and a strip of flashing LED lights for added visibility. It also has a zip to let you access your dog’s harness or collar, and side release buckles which make it easy to put on and take off. The warm raincoat comes in five different sizes, three different colours and with a lifetime warranty!
This classic yellow raincoat has it all: reflective buttons, multiple pockets (for treat and poo bag storage), an adjustable drawstring, and a removable hoodie. The durable jacket comes in five different sizes from XS to XL and is fully adjustable to fit any dog breed. Its double-layered design includes a zip up the front of the raincoat with additional buttons which fasten over the top, making it a snug and stylish choice. The coat is completely water resistant so your little buddy will stay safe and dry in all weather conditions. It has a small opening on the upper back of the rain jacket for harness users.
If you’re worried about losing your dog in the rain, you needn’t be if you kit her out in this neon, reflective jacket. Go for all the late-night walks in poorly lit areas you want! This harness-friendly, machine-washable raincoat for dogs is lightweight and breathable. It’s also designed to allow your dog to run and roll around and still feel comfortable—the elastic leg straps will make sure it stays on. It’s also got a lead hole so when playtime’s over there’s no fumbling around.
Even extra-big dogs should be able to fit into this PetCee waterproof dog coat, thanks to an elastic design that allows it to better accommodate broad-chested dogs, as well as adjustable Velcro straps, and sizing options that range from extra-small to 5XL. In addition, the polyester exterior fabric which comes in a variety of colours (all with reflective strips) is lined with soft fleece, making this raincoat both waterproof and warm. There’s also a hole for your dog’s lead!
The Django City Slicker is a lightweight, water-repellent, and windproof dog jacket that was designed for all seasons so it’s got you covered come summer rain showers and winter snow storms. It’s only available for small and medium-sized dogs but it’s designed with adventurous dogs in mind, so it’s lined with a 100% flexible and breathable sports mesh, and has adjustable neck and chest velcro closures, as well as comfortable elastic leg bands. It’s also It’s got a structured portal for leads and reflective piping that will help make your dog easier to spot in low-light conditions. This great little number is easy to store in a backpack and will withstand water, sand, mud, and countless cycles in the washing machine.
This high-quality, hooded raincoat for medium-sized and larger dogs comes in three different colours. It has a 100% waterproof outer fabric and breathable mesh lining so your dog will stay dry and comfortable even in heavy rain. The durable, ultra-light coat is easy to put on and remove thanks to adjustable neck and chest Velcro strips which also keep it snugly yet comfortably in place. It has a handy slot for the lead, and a reflective strip on the back. The waterproof dog jacket comes with a pocket that you can easily store small items like dog treats or poo bags in, as well as an 18-month warranty! You can machine wash it on a gentle cycle with cold water as needed.
If you can’t find the time to take your little mate for a walk or would prefer not to head out in the rain, Rover.com‘s got your back! We’ve got plenty of amazing sitters who offer dog boarding and who’d love to step in when you aren’t around. So next time you need a dog lover to take care of your dog, look no further!
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