It's tempting to let our older dogs snuggle up on the couch when it's wet and freezing outside. But fresh air and a gentle stroll around the park are important, even for older pets. Wrap your dog up warm against the outdoor chill with our favourite winter coats.
A wonderful way to show your dog how much you love them is a winter coat. Some dogs might benefit from clothing in the coldest months, especially short-haired breeds and older dogs, who struggle to regulate their body temperature as the cold may aggravate arthritis, hip or joint problems. We have chosen three models for their practicality, fit and incredible softness. As you amble down the lane, you can be sure your dog is protected against the elements with these outfits.
Polo neck coat by Equafleece
Made in Devon from Polartec fleece, the Equafleece dog coat is 100% water repellent to keep your dog warm and dry. The polo neck style does not have a front toggle and is cut deep under the belly for extra coverage. What makes Equafleece a truly unique brand is its range: 13 colours and a whopping 47 sizes. The online tool makes finding the right size easy, so there is a fit for every dog from Dachshund to Vizsla, Pug to Irish Wolfhound. The fleece is washable and quick drying, so it can also be used for towelling off your older pet, for example after hydrotherapy. Prices start from £22.
Dog coat by Fetch & Follow
For the smart city dog, this independent London-based brand has spent two years perfecting its signature coat. It's paid off. With its six sizes and four colours, Fetch & Follow's canine customers can be seen all over London and beyond. The dapper dog jacket with its beautiful rounded collar is lined in butter-soft Sherpa fleece. The waterproof outer layer is made from waxed cotton, using traditional coating methods from Scotland. The press buttons at the chest allow for some size adjustment, and the Velcro belly strap ensures a snug fit. Prices start from £60.
2-in-1 coat by Danish Design
One of the most popular and widely available pet brands, Danish Design, is known for its practical products for sensible pet owners. This 2-in-1 model combines a detachable polar fleece lining in a wind and waterproof dog coat. Available in six colour ways, the dog jacket is easy to put on and fits around the belly with a wide Velcro strap. The lining attaches with Velcro to the outer jacket, which features light-reflective stitching. As we head into spring, you may want to leave the fleece at home and use it as a light rain coat. Hard-wearing and machine-washable, this may be the last dog coat you buy for a long time. Prices start from £11.99.
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