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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

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
Responded on

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

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!

It floats...

It floats...

Went on a river trip this weekend and 2 of the dogs showed up sporting Float Coats. They were able to jump in and out of the water as they pleased, paddled around like water beasts, and generally just enjoyed River Life.

The handles on the top of the coats were immensely helpful in assisting the dogs in and out of rafts and onto SUPS as well.
SUPS and Pups and Cups (of beeeeeeeerrrr).

4 5

runs big

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I have a little chihuahua/jack russell terrier mix that is 5 years old. She's a little bit on the chubby side so I usually buy her small in all of her clothes and harnesses and figured that size would do for this float coat as well. The size small is definitely too big, even when the straps are adjusted to the smallest (of this size). We never utilized it since it didn't fit.

Lucky doing hydrotherapy.

Responded on

Yeah LUCKY! Good Dog!

Awesome vid Lucky !!!

I selected this clip to feature on the homepage in our Activity Feed! Congrats on being GOATWORTHY !!!

5 5

Great range of motion, love it!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this to do hydrotherapy with my dog in our pool. He had FHO surgery a few weeks prior and I wanted him to start building strength back into his leg. This coat let him still have a full range of motion on all 4 legs and helped support him in the water, way better than other cheaper life vests we tried before. I am extremely happy with this purchase.

Great range of motion, love it!

What sizes for our 16 lb and 66 lb dogs?

What sizes for our 16 lb and 66 lb dogs?

Responded on

Hey Elljay,

Just like in people weight can be carried differently for dogs depending on body type. We have a size chart with the sizings listed by the chest measurement of your pet listed right below the the drop down menu. After pulling your hairy friends measurements if you still have any questions please give us a call.

what size/style do you recommend for borzoi...

what size/style do you recommend for borzoi (btwn 50-90 lbs)?

Responded on

Hey Veni,

A 40 lbs gap is a pretty wide gap to take a stab in the dark for sizing but I'm betting that we are talking about a 31"+ girth on Borzoi so size Large or XL is probably the better option. To narrow things down a little I suggest getting your pups chest measurement and comparing it to our size chart for the K-9 Float.

Previous Model

Previous Model

This is Pruhdoe, he's about 100lbs and he's wearing the XL and it fits him great!

Hope SAR

Hope SAR

This is my dog Hope assisting local law enforcement in locating a drowning victim. We love her Ruffwear Float Coat. Great fit and safety!

5 5

Bomber

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Both my dogs LOVE to swim, and LOVE to ride on my SUP board. For swimming this coat offers a huge piece of mind because my dogs will exhaust themselves before the realize they are too tired to swim back to me. With a bright coat like this that fits nice and snug, I never have to worry about not being able to see them. My favorite part of the coat is the outstanding handle. When riding on the paddleboard, and because my dogs like to swim--they tend to exit the board from time to time. If I'm in deep water getting them back on the board would be almost impossible without that handle. I've seen so many other dog life jackets that cheap out on the handle--this is the most important feature and Ruffwear nailed the design!

Bomber
5 5

Best purchase ever for my dog

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the XL for my 110# black lab and love-love-love it !! The poor boy has sore joints, so the life vest allows him to swim and chase tennis balls on the lake for hours, or swim alongside my canoe because he doesn't have to work so hard. There's lots of room around his shoulders. He often falls asleep in the canoe with it, so it's obviously comfy for him. The sturdy handle on the shoulders allowed me to pull him out of the water from a slippery rock so he didn't get hurt. I like the hidden chest strap - nothing to get caught on underwater sticks. Best purchase I ever made for my dog!!

Best purchase ever for my dog
Pup Loves Her Float Coat

Pup Loves Her Float Coat

Responded on

Is this the true color of the yellow jacket...neon yellow?!?

Responded on

Hi Tiffany, this green is from a previous model. The yellow is a true Dandelion Yellow on the current model K-9 Float Coat.

5 5

Digs the water even more!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Gracie is a lean 40 pounder.(Ruffwear size small) She is wicked fast on land, but struggles a bit in the water. Once she starts to get tired, she starts taking on a bit too much water. Ack! We snagged one of these coats- oh me oh my! Her head is always above the water the whole time now. Seriously, treadin' water like a champ! Can't wait to get her out on a SUP!

We've been a Ruffwear (winter)coat user for a few years now; great quality!