When you’re gearing up for a winter adventure, one of the most important decisions you make is which coat and layering system you are going to wear. To make this decision, you typically weigh factors like temperature, wind, precipitation (frozen or liquid), and the forecast. You dig through the closet for fleece layers, soft shells, puffy coats, and hard shells. Ruffwear has designed a full range of dog coats that take all the same weather factors into account, ensuring that your dog can enjoy inclement weather outings as comfortably as you!
Here’s a quick summary of each of our dog jackets to help you decide which coat is the best for your dog. To make it even simpler, you will find a comparison chart of all of the coats at the bottom of this post.
As you start to layer for a cool weather adventure, one consistent go-to piece is a soft, warm fleece base layer. Ruffwear has designed the Climate Changer™ to be just that – a lightweight, breathable, warm and quick-drying fleece jacket with excellent belly coverage.
The Climate Changer™ was redesigned in 2012 with two goals in mind – keeping dogs warm and reducing the impact on our environment. The polyester fleece is made of 75% recycled materials and is completely recyclable when you are ready to retire it after years of use and abuse. Topping off this simple, yet feature-rich layer is a full-length zipper providing a secure fit, integrated reflective trim for increased visibility in low light conditions, and a light loop near the neck to attach The Beacon™ or any other safety light.
Shop the Climate Changer™ HERE.
When you are heading out for an adventure and have a hunch that the weather could turn for the worse, reach for our most technical soft shell layer – the Cloud Chaser™. The Cloud Chaser™ is great for cold, snowy, wet and inclement weather outings.
This coat’s durable upper panel is both waterproof and windproof protecting dogs from rain, snow and frigid winds. The coated, four-way stretch lower panel material provides excellent coverage that sheds water, snow and dirt. Lining both the upper and lower panels inside the coat is a warm fleece layer that retains the dog’s core body heat to keep them warm for extended winter outings
A full-length side zipper allows for easy on/off as well as providing a snug fit, eliminating the chance of snow collecting in the underside of the jacket. To increase low-light visibility, our designers added reflective trim on both sides of the coat as well as a light loop for attaching The Beacon™ or any other safety light.
Shop the Cloud Chaser™ HERE.
For high output activities in cold, snowy weather, the Ruffwear Powder Hound™ offers a great balance of warm coverage and full range of motion. The Powder Hound™ is perfect for fast-paced activities like skiing, snowshoeing, and snowy days at the dog park, and it compresses easily into the pocket of your pack when the weather conditions improve.
This hybrid coat features a top panel with durable, weather-shedding polyester fabric over warm, 200-gram synthetic insulation. Underneath, there’s a layer of stretchy, technical knit fabric that’s breathable, fitted and sleeved, providing just enough warmth and coverage without inhibiting your dog’s movement.
A left-side zipper allows for a snug, performance fit. This jacket also features reflective trim for improved visibility in low light and a light loop for attaching attaching The Beacon™ safety light.
Shop the Powder Hound™ HERE.
Ruffwear’s classic tough, cold-weather utility jacket is the K-9 Overcoat™. If you were to just have one dog coat for a variety of conditions, this would be your best option.
The abrasion- and weather-resistant outer shell is made of 100% recycled polyester while the recycled inner fleece lining provides warm, soft insulation retaining body heat. Instead of a zipper, this coat has two side-release buckles that are sheltered (hidden under the outer shell) to increase durability and prevent snagging as bushes and branches brush up against active dogs. This coat also features reflective trim and a light loop for attaching The Beacon™ safety light for enhanced visibility in low light.
Shop the K-9 Overcoat HERE.
We designed the Quinzee™, to be your dog’s lightweight, packable puffy coat – excellent for outings in extremely cold, crisp conditions. An integrated stuff sack means you can easily make this coat small enough to fit in a corner of your pack.
The Quinzee™ is filled with synthetic Thermore™ insulation. This insulating layer traps the dog’s core body heat keeping them warm in extreme cold temperatures. An added bonus, this Thermore insulation is made of 50% recycled materials. The outer shell fabric is weather, snag- and abrasion-resistant and contains 40% recycled materials. Like the K-9 Overcoat™, the Quinzee™ has two side release buckles. The neck of the coat features a zippered collar for easy on and off for dogs with larger heads. Reflective trim and a light loop for attaching The Beacon™ or other safety light improves low-light visibility.
Shop the Quinzee™ HERE.
The Sun Shower™ can be worn on its own as a weatherproof hard shell or as an outer layer over a warm fleece base. It’s designed as a simple rain shell, offering protection from wet weather without added insulation against the cold, making it a great year-round piece in climates where precipitation falls but temperatures tend to remain relatively mild. However, just like any great rain jacket, the Sun Shower™ also pairs well over fitted base layers, such as the fleece Climate Changer™, on cold, wet days for added protection in the stormiest weather.
Weatherproof PVC-coated fabric keeps dogs comfortable and dry, with full coverage for better weather protection and less muddy cleanup, while still allowing a full range of motion. The oversized storm collar folds up when the rain turns to a deluge, and secure, side-release buckles make it easy to get this coat on and off dogs that don’t like to sit still.
Reflective trim and a light loop for The Beacon™ enhance visibility on stormy, low-light days.
Shop the Sun Shower™ HERE.
Comparison Chart of Winter Dog Coats: