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He's going to love telling the cat all about it when he gets back.

You have a sweet vacation planned involving your dog and lots of water. The Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat enables Rover to come along for the adventure whether you're out fishing on a lake, sailing along the coast, or paddling down a lazy river in a canoe.

  • 1680-denier ballistic nylon provides amazing strength-to-weight ratio so when it's time to haul your dog out of the water, you won't tear the coat
  • High-luminescence reflective trim on the sides and top of the coat offers more visibility in low-light settings
  • Rock Lockster side release buckles stay secure in the water and are easy to operate
  • Hidden D-ring attachment point lets you attach a leash when necessary
  • Variable-thickness buoyancy cells allow your furry friend to float without weighing him down
  • Ergonomic cut won't pinch or prohibit movement
  • Dual color panels in cool hues contrast against neutral backgrounds to make sure your pup stands out
  • The size coat you'll need depends on your dog's length (the measurement from base of neck to base of tail) and girth (measurement around widest part of rib cage)

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5 5

Great life vest for our water loving lab

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Our 110 lb (ish) lab loves the water. During the summer months, we take him swimming at the beach a minimum of once a week. However, we discovered when he was young that he loves the water so much, that he will swim past the point of exhaustion, and thus, always needs to wear a life vest. We have been using a less expensive brand for about 4 years, but after buckles broke (and were super glued multiple times) and the fabric started to rip, we decided to upgrade to a new one.

One "must" for me was no velcro as this was something I hated on the old one (always got stuck on clothing and was difficult to get off). We have a few Ruffwear items for our guy and have been impressed with them so we decided to give this vest a try. All of his other harnesses from Ruffwear are an XL, so I honestly did not even check the size chart for this one and just ordered his normal size. It does seem a tad bit big (I have the straps adjusted to almost the shortest length). But it seems extremely comfortable on him (he actually laid down in the water during a ball fetching break, which is something he has never done with the old one) and very well made even down to the smallest details.

I would say be sure to check the sizing charts before ordering, as we probably could have gone with a large for our guy, but it wasn't so big that we felt it necessary to exchange. All in all, a great product that we expect to enjoy for the long haul!

Great life vest for our water loving lab
Simon's ready to Float!

Simon's ready to Float!

Great life vest for getting your pup used to water (and paddling of course)

5 5

Great Life Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been wanting to train my dog Summer in the water because of the amount of outdoor activities my family does. I took her to a local lake and tossed a lunker in about 5 feet. She jumped in after it and swam right back. She would go into the water but wouldn't swim very long. I watched as the water toy drifted away. After purchasing the float coat my family decided to go on a trip to Rough River. She instantly took to the water and had no fear. The video I attached is actually her first day wearing the float and after about 2 hours of swimming around. The coat fits perfect and allows her to do more in the water.

5 5

Sizing

My dog is a border collie/Australian shepherd mix and weighs 45 pounds. The small fits PERFECTLY! I first got the medium thinking my dog is a medium dog and he was right between the medium and small according to the sizing chart. The medium was way too big.

5 5

Floatastic

This life jacket is awesome as far as doggie life jackets go. The fit is great, the handle is perfect, and no buckles rub on Arrow's armpits. The neck hole is adjustable and it's easy to get on and off, while still secure. I notice some people either love the vest or hate it and I think that's more of a reflection on their dog's feelings toward water, which is why I am writing this review. Arrow hates the water and I ended up returning this simply because we won't be having any water outings. I considered keeping the best just in case, but at this price, I couldn't bring myself to keep it just to sit in my closet.

Floatastic
5 5

Initial Impressions...

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

So far, so awesome! We have a couple of other Ruffwear accessories for our 67lb yellow lab, and they're all great. Their size charts are spot on, which is REALLY nice. Hugo is a heavy dog but he's wiry and lanky so his sizing is a little funky and the measurements in the charts are awesome. The medium fits him perfectly across the Ruffwear brand in everything we've gotten him so far! This doggie pfd is BOMBER. I actually kinda wish they made people pfd's because the fit is so dialed. Three adjustment points get you a nice snug fit and there aren't any straps cutting into him anywhere so I don't have to worry about hurting him hauling him back into a boat. He didn't even seem to notice it when I put it on so it must be comfy! The dandelion color is a really beautiful rich yellow and is very easy to spot in low light. Only used it a couple of times, but I anticipate this thing will outlast many cheaper options... in the case of Ruffwear stuff, you definitely DO get what you pay for.

Initial Impressions...
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Awesome picture Bex !!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the Backcountry.com homepage! Congrats on being amazingly GOATWORTHY !!

5 5

Ruffwear k-9 Float Coat

This doggie PFD is amazing. It will put you 100% at ease with having your little furry friend in the water.

I have a puggle.. to put it nicely.. shes.. mm.. not built to swim. She's shaped like a sausage, and her and the water have never been friends. I was really hesitant to put her in the water with this thing, because I figured some how, she would manage to wiggle out of it or panic enough to where her small little heart would explode.

Boy, was I wrong. The first time she jumped into the water off our kayak, she was taken aback, and a little scared. Because this thing has a handle (it's best feature) we were able to quickly yank her up and put her back on the boat. After that, she was game. She quickly started jumping out of the kayak on her own and swimming around like a champ. When we are on a beach, she knows as soon as her float coat is on her she can run in the water and swim around furrrever.

This float coat is super easy to put on, and fit her perfectly. So so so happy with this purchase!


Our dog is 26 lbs and the size small fit her perfectly. Straps are adjustable.

Ruffwear k-9 Float Coat
5 5

All day comfort and safety!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Ruffwear Float Coat is fantastic. If you are thinking, " Do I really have to spend $80 on my dog's PFD?" than let me explain to you why this jacket is worth every penny. I spend more on this coat then I did my own PFD. Dogs do not know their limits most of the time, and they also will panic in situations which they feel themselfs sinking. This mean latching on, clawing, and potentially hurting you or them. Having an item that prevents that panic, even if the dog doesn't realise it, is worth the money all on its own. This product allowed my 50-55# Australian Shepherd to swim for over an hour and a half without touching the bottom or getting back on the boat. We spent all day out on the lake, he was a swimming champion when otherwise, in water over his head, he would be freaking out to latch on to anything that would hold his head above water. Not that he couldn't do that, but this coat allows him to do so with very little effort. All he has to worry about is paddling forward, back and side to side. He doesn't have to worry about keeping his head up, as the coat does that for him. My boy hates wearing things, hated his collar for a month when he was a puppy, still hates to put a harness on, and did hate this as well, but only untill it meant swimming and kayaking and SUPing. He not doesn't mind putting it on so he can have fun with everyone. The handle allowed us to pull him onto the high pontoon boat, kayak, and SUP no problem. It is so nice to not worry about a panicking dog who will do anything to not drown or get back in the boat. This is much safer when having kids around. It is also reflective at night and has a clip for a waterproof light which will be great for nightime use. The only negative on this product is the plastic clip for the leash. But I will not use this much. I expect this product to last a long time, years to come. You can spend less on other PFD's but this one is probably as good a quality you can get and well designed. Having the peice of mind this product will never fail you is well worth the money in itself. I have read of a story in which a couple tipped a kayak ove in the middle of the lake and they lose their dog due to no PFD as he couldn't make it to shore. $80 is a great investment. Brooks hated water over his head until he started wearing this, now he could care less and swim all day long. You won't be dissapointed.

Comfy in and out of the water!

Comfy in and out of the water!

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I too have a couple 6 month old Aussie pups, already 42lbs. What size did you get for yours? I have a lg Astral Designs Bird Dog vest that one of them can grow into (it fits ok now, just a tad big) but I wanted to try this brand to see if it was any more comfortable. The Astral is a bit long. Gorgeous Tri!

SUP with Shylah on Slide Lake

SUP with Shylah on Slide Lake

Size small on 45 lb Red Heeler

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Awesome picture Josh !!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the Backcountry.com homepage! Congrats on being amazingly GOATWORTHY !!

5 5

Works great!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

If I could just get my dog to relax and realize that the vest helps her float! :)

5 5

Taught my pup that she can swim!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We love this float coat for our Australian shepherd pup! She was so fearful of swimming the first few months so we bought this for her. She started swimming immediately once she realized the assistance the jacket provided. Now she's jumping off docks!!! Thanks Ruffwear and backcountry!

Size Medium fits perfectly, she is 20" tall and 40lb.

Taught my pup that she can swim!
5 5

Mack is digging on it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a well constructed piece of gear. The handle is burly and in just the right spot for perfect animal management. My pup likes it, and so do I. There is no restriction of movement in the front or rear, and business can be done without any mess as well. Well worth the $$.

Mack is digging on it
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By the way, Mack is sporting an extra small. His chest girth is 18", and it fits very well.

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Thank you for the fit notes. My friends' dog, Biff would probably go in an extra small, nice to see one pictured.

Loki is stoked!

Loki is stoked!

My family newfie/golden mix ready to float the Weber. This is a size M

5 5

Must Have for a Water Dog

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think that this piece is absolutely essential for any dog who is out on the water- on a boat, on the river, SUPing, etc. It offers some extra float for the dog, without being too bulky. They still have full range of movement and can swim quite well- but you're not worried about them so much. Especially with dogs that will swim themselves silly without any hesitation! The coat is also bomber because of the handle- so you're not wrestling to get the dog back into the boat. Although I still cannot pick up my water-logged newfie with the handle alone, I do have the ability to get her front half up so from there it's a breeze to push her in. As far as sizing goes, I find it spot on- just make sure to measure their girth, it's far more important than their length.
Hands down the best doggie life jacket out there in my opinion, Ruffwear nails it again!

4 5

Nice for managing your pup.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a 43 lb. puggle in great shape who loves playing outside. He can swim fine without a life jacket, but when we go kayaking with him, it's nice to have this on him for a couple of reasons. First, the idea of my pup swimming in the middle of a lake without a life jacket is too scary for me. Second, it has a great handle on the back of it so if he is swimming around, we can use the handle to pull him out of the water.

Float Coat Musings

Float Coat Musings

Clockwise from the top.

1). Exhibit A. Reason #1 why you need a Float Coat. K-9s are naughty.

2). Reason #2 why you need a Float Coat. K-9s are randy. And when your lady pup needs to evade the overly amorous attentions of a dude pup, well the handy handle will assist you in quickly rescuing her from lil Romeo. The coat will also help her keep her head afloat as she tries to evade mountings from the ever eager dude pups. C’mon bro…

3). Makes your dog look like a baller. Look how proud this pup is to be sporting such technical outerwear!? Don’t say no, because this face says YESSSSSSS!

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This review pretty much sealed the deal for me.... just ordered it! :)