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Astral Bird Dog Life Jacket

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    18 Reviews


    Water safety for your four-legged friend.

    If your pooch has a penchant for leaping into fast-moving waters, give yourself some peace of mind with the Astral Buoyancy Bird Dog Life Jacket. The ergonomic design allows Fido to paddle without restriction, and the tough Cordura shell fabric is built to withstand overgrown trails and thorny riverside brambles.

    • Cordura shell material is highly abrasion resistant
    • Ergonomic and hinged foam design supports a dog's natural swimming position and allows all four legs to move freely
    • Neck and chest straps adjust to give your pooch a perfect fit
    • Padded grab handle provides a secure grip
    • Leash loop allows the PFD to double as a harness
    • Reflective details increase visibility in low light conditions
    • Item #ASL0036

    Tech Specs

    User Weight
    [xs] 5 - 15 lb, [s] 15 - 25 lb, [m] 24 - 45 lb, [l] 45 - 75 lb, [xl] 75+ lb
    Recommended Use
    fast-moving water, boating, beach
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Great when you find the right fit.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Took a bit to get the right fit, I have a slender yet muscly pit/vizsla 65LB dog who loves fetch more than anything and will swim for hours after a ball, with that said he isnt the best swimmer haha.. we ended up with the L after trying the Med... This is the perfect helper for Lou and a great stress reliever for my wife. Over all this has worked great over last summer and we are very pleased with the overall quality.

    Charles loves it!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I got this for my dog Charles because he is not a very good swimmer and my family tends to worry when he is out on the dock. During the summer my family and I spend a lot of time at the lake and this was the perfect addition to my dogs summer wardrobe. My dog wears this in the shallows and he is still able to move his arms to swim, so it is not restricting at all which is nice. Make sure to take a look at the size chart before placing the order. Astral makes great products and this is no different. If you want to ask me any questions, please do not hesitate reaching out.

    Great quality!

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

    I purchased the size Med and Large as while my dog weighs 50 lbs, he's a very lanky, skinny dog and is kind of in between sizes on everything. I ultimately chose to keep the size large for him.

    I'm very impressed by the quality of these jackets and the amount of adjustments you can do!

    The Moose is Loose!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Never worried about my dogs swimming until they started to get older hence they both have jackets now. The are both big labs, lean not tootsie rolls, Turk black is about 85 lbs he is in a large and Moose 95 lbs is in an XL. The large was the best fit for moose but it was fully extended w/ no extra wiggle rooms so decided to go XL. Great quality and buoyancy and as you can see does not inhibit their movements or crazy water loving lab tendencies. Moose is even more crazy now.....10 and Turk or "Old Grey Beard" as I like to call him, just goes at his own pace and loves a good float. River floats, paddle boards, day at the lake you can't go wrong on this one!

    The Moose is Loose!

    Float On :)

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    My little GSP has a super deep chest so we had to go up to a size medium and if she gains any weight she'll have to go to a size large- good excuse to keep her active and running right? Because of the super deep chest, its loose in the back but she doesn't mind. With the life jacket on- her confidence on how far she can swim has gone through the roof. The grab handle at the top of the jacket makes it really easy to pull her up on the paddle board or a boat. The materials are super durable so I'm sure this life vest will last quite a while. Well done Astral!

    Great Item for the Pooch

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Look no further for a good doggie life vest, keeps them afloat, and make sure you size it correctly. Riley is in the Red jacket which is a large, she's a Vizzla, and Milo is in a medium in the green jacket. He's a mut which is great and i like things that are great! Happy Doggies=Happy Humans!

    Great Item for the Pooch

    Keep your dog safe

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

    So my dog loves to swim she keeps jumping into the water even though she is tired which can be super dangerous. So we got her this PFD and it's been a lifesaver! She can jump into the water even when she is tired and be safe.

    Floating Canine

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Let me tell you a little bit about my furry child Winston..He is no fish, in fact, his instincts to keep himself alive in a drown or die situation aren't where they should be--mostly he just sinks and waits to be saved. You can imagine how terrifying that was learning this about him. Luckily after receiving this, I can enjoy myself on the water knowing that if my dog decides to jump off of whatever flotation device we are using that day, he isn't going to sink to the bottom of the river or the lake. He is a Boston Terrier, and about 17 lbs. A small fit him well in the chest, but not so much beyond his rib cage, as he fills out I'm sure this will be a much better fit.

    Floating Canine

    Pretty Good

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Purchased the Bird Dog floatation device in a size "small" for my 25 lb. welsh terrier. It fit very snuggly, almost to the point that it was too small. However, according to the size chart, 25 lbs. is at the top limit for a size small, so I would say that the size chart is accurate. The life jacket is very well made, very light and easy to put on. It has a sturdy handle at the top if you need to grab your dog out of the water. I was very pleased with the floatation device and would highly recommend it.

    Two dogs: one fit, one not

      Great PFD, but we had sizing problems. We have two English Setters. Ordered the M for both. Fit awesomely for 42 pound one. Other at 50 pounds was too snug; she has deep chest. Reordered L and found it too long in the body for her. The sides cut into her back legs, and she refused to walk--went all the way to her tail. There is at least a 2 inch length difference in the two sizes. Sadly we had to return the L as well. Now have reordered a different brand, but were sad that we had to because we really liked the Astral quality, style, and colors. Also sad because we had to pay for the return of two items, but I guess that's what happens online. Would be nice if BackCountry/Astral provided the measurement for length as well as girth and poundage.

      Good First Impressions

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

      This vest appears to be very comfortable (was worn pretty much 2 days straight), but at the same time, was snug for safety. The dog weighs 30-35 pounds but is very skinny. So I went with the small despite the sizing chart saying I should go with a medium. This fortunately turned out to be the correct decision.

      I got the Red color, and it was pretty accurate to the picture. When I read the other reviews, I was kind of skeptical that the vest would give the dog more confidence, but I can safely say that it did alter the dog's normal behavior around the water (in a good way).

      The dog jumped out of our raft a couple times unexpectedly, the floatation worked great and my favorite part was the handle that I could quickly fling the dog back into the boat and then turn my attention to back to the rapids.

      Unable to speak to durability, only time will tell....but it looks like it should hold up

      Turns Dogs Into Great Swimmers!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Awesome item to give your best friend when out on the river or lake. Nova is about 75lbs (size L) and she loves to swim at the river with this thing on. The CFD gives her extra confidence when she is paddling around in moving water. The CFD fits her perfectly and the handle helps to bring her onto the boat or whatever vessel you may be riding on. Great item to have for your dog!

      Turns Dogs Into Great Swimmers!

      She's a beaut Clark!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This thing is great! Miika is about 60lbs and the Large fits her perfectly. She has a wider rib cage so definitely go off a girth measurement and not just weight. While she is a strong swimmer, this helps keep her above water when we go SUP at the lake and it is awesome to have the added flotation in moving water. It is really adjustable and doesn't seem to move around after a day of frolicking.

      She's a beaut Clark!

      Best Purchase of the Summer!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I think this was a wonderful investment as I absolutely love this vest and the pups do too. We have two dogs who are each 65 lbs (lab/collie and a lab/wirehair pointer) and both are strong swimmers, but I had concerns about taking them out on the lake for long swims away from shore without a pfd should they get tired. The medium vest fits each perfectly, but I would absolutely recommend getting a girth measurement to confirm the size will fit well. They are light weight, durable, not bulky, and will give them just enough float to keep their heads above water, but will not interfere with swimming, laying down, getting up, running, or playing. Both dogs appeared a bit unsure when I first put the vests on, but one minute later when they headed into the water for the day, any concern that existed vanished as they seem to have forgotten they even had the vest on.

      BEST dog vest!!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      My dog did so well on a river trip this past weekend, and it was all thanks to this vest!! It is made of quality materials, the same fabric as the nicest of the people life jackets. She is 33 lbs and the medium vest fit her fine. I highly recommend!!

      Liked it so much I bought a second one.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Our 82# and 93# Bernese Mountain Dogs are just learning to swim. I was looking for something that would give them a little confidence and some floatation in case they got in trouble or fatigued. The big girl was already a natural swimmer. The little one was more of a flailer and really didn't like going in deep enough to get her paws off the bottom. We were taking turns, first one dog then the other. On the third day, the little girl was coming in on her own, swimming the length of the pool, turning and going back. We couldn't keep her out long enough to let the big girl have a turn. I had to order the second one. We went with the XL and it's a good fit for both. Just small enough for the little one, and plenty big enough for the big girl. I've been wearing PFDs as a whitewater raft guide and kayaker for over 25 years. I asked another guide for a recommendation and she said the Astral or the Ruffwear. I'm happy with the Astral. I like the fact that the way it wraps under the dogs chest and belly, and wraps around their neck, it actually puts some flotation under the dogs and in the water to help keep the dogs head above water. Unlike the NRS and Extrasport designs with all the floatation on the their back. And no I haven't seen any tendency for this to cause the dog to turtle like NRS claimed in an email to me. Another plus is the flaps of floatation overlap under the dog and keep the straps from rubbing directly against the dog.

      peace of mind

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      my dog doesn't need this for casual swims, and he doesn't particularly like wearing it, but it gives me peace of mind when we go out onto open water or on river trips. Hank is a 50lb Aussie/terrier mix and he fits into a M just fine

      What size and "model" would you recommend...

      What size and "model" would you recommend for:

      a shi tzu?

      a miniature schnauzer ?

      a golden retriever mix (50 #)

      Is there a way to measure the dogs to get the right size?


      Check out the size chart that Astral has provided us. For a shi tzu they recommend a Small, the Golden mix should be a Large. The best way to get a good fit is to measure the dog's girth (largest circumference of the chest).

      XS: 13-19 in

      S: 17-25 in

      M: 21-30 in

      L: 26-35 in

      XL: 30-39 in

      How well would the XL fit a 110# Lab ?...

      How well would the XL fit a 110# Lab ? I've found that a lot of the life vests are too small, even in size XL.

      Best Answer

      Hey there! Thanks for your question. I have a 100 pound lab and the size XL works for him. But the girth measurement is the true test. Do you know your dog's girth measurement? If your dog's girth is 40inches or larger then this XL will not work. Hope this helps!