He's going to love telling the cat all about it when he gets back.
- 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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Pup Loves Her Float Coat
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!
The Gracie loves her coat!
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.
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!
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!
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!
- 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.
River dogs- Chaos and Mayhem
Chaos models the yellow (L) on his 32" chest and 72lb figure while Mayhem pops in Red (M) on his smaller 30" chest and 55lb frame. Although both pups are natural swimmers they appreciated the float time their new coats offered them during a great day on a New England river.
Hello, I have a 1 year old Rottweiler who...
Hello, I have a 1 year old Rottweiler who loves the water but lacks the swimming talents of his Labrador friends. To help him out I plan on purchasing the K-9 float coat since it seems to be the best. Here is my question, his girth as of now is 34 inches which is in the middle range of the large sized coat. I know he has more filling out to do as he ages and I was wondering if the XL would fit him ok as he is now so that he could have a little growing room? I cant afford to be buying a coat he is going to outgrow so it would be clutch if the XL will work. Let me know what you guys think.
My 110# lab and my 135# Rotti both require a size XL in this jacket. The belly straps do tighten up pretty well. But I think if the jacket is too big, it will be uncomfortable and may be really awkward for the dog to swim, just like if we're in a life jacket that is too big and the shoulders end up above our head in the water. I hope this helps.
Ruffwear K-9 Float Coats for Corgi's!
If you are tired of polka dots and flowers and want a real life jacket for your dog,now is your chance to fix the problem.If you have never held one of these Ruffwear K9 Coats in your hand,you won't believe it when you do.These coats are awesome.We own some of the other stuff and there is simply no comparison.From the material used,the contruction,and the engineering involved this product is quite impressive.Our dogs forget they have these coats on.Thanks so much Ruffwear for designing this product to the level it is.And thanks also to Backcountry.com for great pricing,answering questions and for shipping our jackets on UPS 2nd Day Air.Hey,Who else does that?Sincerely,Chris Glasco