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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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Float Coat Musings

Float Coat Musings

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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...

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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).

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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.

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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?

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What sizes for our 16 lb and 66 lb dogs?

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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...

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

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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

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

Hope SAR

Hope SAR

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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
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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

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

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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!

5 5

High-quality, fits great

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased a size XL for my 110# black lab. The jacket's overall quality is excellent - much better than the PetCo brand we bought which literally fell apart after its first wash. The buckles have nice features that I hadn't expected. The front adjustment is made inside the coat, so there's no loose strap that can get snagged on a stick in the water. The girth buckles have attached velcro tabs so once the straps are adjusted, you can neatly roll up the leftover strap and secure it in-place - again, one less thing to get caught, snagged, or dirty. I really like the floatation material underneath the dog's belly. Although the lab is a great swimmer, he suffers from chronic Lyme, so he gets tired easily. The K-9 Float Coat allows him to play longer in the water. The grab handle is very securely attached. I yanked on that pretty hard, and am confident the stitching will not rip out. The bright yellow is easy to see from a distance, which is great since he's black. It's one more way to be sure the motorboats spot our little canoe on the water from a distance. There's also plenty of room around his front shoulders so he can swim without his muscles rubbing on the jacket. The fabric inside is tight, so none of his hair gets stuck in it. That fabric makes it easy to clean - I just rinse it out. A great value, at $80.

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Perfect for the SUPin pup!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Already had a lifevest for our yellow lab & needed one for our new addition, Memphis. It's perfect for going out on the SUPs as the boys inevitably want to swim around & then try to get back on the board in the middle of the water. The handle is my favorite feature - in fact, it's the main reason we put these on the boys as they're both phenomenal swimmers.

Memphis is 45lbs (and still growing) and the Medium fit him great! The photo is of the boys modeling their life jackets!

Perfect for the SUPin pup!
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Going to be SUP'ing with our pup too. These coats are awesome!

5 5

Ruffwear k-9 Float Coat at the Lake

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used the Ruffwear coat July 19-22 at a Lake near Downeyville, Ca. We spent each day at the lake and my dog, a tall, 70lb Great Pyrenees/Doberman Pinscher mix wore the coat the entire day, in and out of the water. She seemed very relaxed and comfortable in it. It is very easy to take on and off and supported her head well in the water so she could play fetch with no problem. The handle is constructed very well and supported my large dogs weight when I needed to help her out of the water. Last summer I purchased a vest from PETCO and was very disappointed with the Petco brand safety vest. The handle strap broke the first time I used it, the stitching came out of the whole left side and exposed the foam inside and the buckle broke off after only two uses. I had to throw the Petco vest away after a total of 3 uses! This BackCountry K9 Float Coat however is incredible sturdy and made very well with quality material. I was very happy with the coat and very, very happy with the customer service I received online through the live-chat. Thank you Backcountry I will come back for sure.

Best Dog Life Jacket I have found!

Best Dog Life Jacket I have found!

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The fit is perfect and the dog loves it!
It appears very comfortable on our dog and she knows that when she puts the life jacket on that the boat is leaving the dock!

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Cute fluffy pup! I'm guessing she'd look a lot different once she gets soaked ;)

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Super Dog!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this life preserver! I think this is the best vest on the market, I did a lot of research and always came back to this one. Even though my English Springer Spaniel 'Nestor' is a good swimmer, he did give me a good scare once when he decided he had to poop and sunk out of sight. I guess he just didn't realize that it was not possible to this sort of thing in water. Anyhow, he literally just sank back feet first on me twice in a row and scared the living daylights out of me. I managed to save him, but now I use his beautiful life preserver and I really believe he prefers having it on, especially when he decides to B-line it for the ducks on the lake. Never did poop, must of scared him too! Nester is wearing a size M, weighs approximately 48 lbs and his life preserver fits perfectly, just tighten up the straps around the belly and off he goes. I have just ordered another one for my other dog Hailey-Bug.

Super Dog!
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Looks like Nestor is having lots of fun in his vest!

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