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Don’t leave your most valuable paddling partner behind to pee on the carpet.

Help your canine companion dial in its doggy paddle at the lake or float to safety on the river with the Astral Buoyancy Bird Dog Life Jacket. Carefully shaped flotation panels support a natural, horizontal swimming position and hinge to provide unrestricted motion for all four legs. Easily accommodate fussy pups by adjusting the chest and neck straps to dial in the fit. Reflective piping, a raised grab handle, and reinforced leash loop provides visibility and control in case man’s best friend gets in trouble in or out of the water.

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5 5

my dog loves it!

This is the key to taking your dog with you on any water adventure, it fits great, and the lower torso area is cut a little bit shorter which is nice because when your dog has to go pee they don't pee all over the vest, which results in your car not wreaking of dog pee ha ha! Happy Trails!

What happened to the Large size? I don't...

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What happened to the Large size? I don't see this as a buying option - goes from Medium to Xtra-large.

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It has likely sold out. Some items are on sale to clear out discontinued or previous year stock.

Looking for a sizing chart on the Astral...

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Looking for a sizing chart on the Astral dog life jacket

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If you look in the upper right hand corner by the price and item variant drop down menu, there is a link that says "Size?". If you click on that you'll see the sizing chart.

I have a 49 pound Brittany that measure...

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I have a 49 pound Brittany that measure 27" at the largest area around her. What size life jacket should she wear?

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Both the Med and L will accommodate that size, but for 49 lbs the L is recommended.

Kai walking around the boat...

Kai walking around the boat...

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while we were snorkeling a reef in Ft. Pierce,FL.

5 5

Fits my big Akita

Akita's really aren't swimming dogs. In fact, he had never been in the water before I got this jacket for him. Admittedly, I have to hold him yo by the back strap when he jumps off the boat into the water on his way to land ;) Love this thing and so does he.

Fits my big Akita
4 5

Sizing chart is wrong

I recently ordered the large bird dog pfd for my 80 lb black lab. He has a girth of about 34.5 inches in the thickest part of his chest. The sizing chart said the large was good for a girth between 31 and 40 inches. However, after putting this pfd on my dog I noticed I had maxed out the length on the buckles and could barely clip them under his belly. There is no way the large can extend to fit 40 inches, I had mine maxed out at 34.5 inches. It was so tight on him it messed with his balance and he couldn't even stand up.

However, Backcountry has great customer service and I am returning it for a full refund, including the 2 day shipping cost. The pfd is fantastic so I ordered an XL. Just be careful when sizing your dog for this pfd so you dont run into the same issue as I did, my dog is still pissed he missed a weekend on the boat.

5 5

The best CFD on the market right now

This is hands down, the finest dog PFD I have ever seen. It fits great, is comfortable, and has the same quality manufacturing I have come to expect from every Astral product that I have owned (and I have several, and all are bomber).

Went with the XL for my 1 year old, 82 lb German Shepherd, with a 34" chest measurement. It fits perfectly, is super easy to put on, is easy to adjust, and did not ride up or slide around when he was in the water. The handle is quality, making it easy to pull the little guy back into the canoe, or to pull him back down to a seated position with the T-Grip of my paddle if he stands up while approaching white water.


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Try google; this is what I found:


Amazing technology.