We're big fans of Ruffwear. One reason is that they have spent years crafting a variety of jackets built to perform no matter what winter throws your way.
But which style is right for your dog?
SLEEVES, OR NO SLEEVES?
CHOOSING THE RIGHT COVERAGE
Jackets with sleeves provide more coverage and more warmth. This style works well in really cold temps, for short-haired dogs who need a little help staying warm, or for long-haired dogs who get snowballs that form on their underside.
For dogs with a varied shape (i.e. broader shoulders, thicker chest, neck or legs), jackets without sleeves can sometimes be easier to fit. And since they use buckles instead of zippers, they’re easy to put on – great for aging or squirmy dogs.
WHAT’S THE WEATHER?
CHOOSING THE RIGHT WARMTH AND WATERPROOFNESS
Winter has it all - cold temps, dry weather, mixed precipitation, powdery snow, blustery winds. Each Ruffwear coat has key features mindfully matched to take on the varying challenges of exploring in winter weather.
- Waterproof/water-resistant material: great for rainy weather, wet snow conditions
- High-loft, synthetic insulation: adds warmth in cold temps, dry snow
- Fleece lining: adds warmth and comfort. Fully fleeced jackets (Fernie™, Climate Changer™) work as standalone insulation in dry, cool conditions, or a layering piece in colder conditions.
- Un-lined shells: good for mild temps, windy conditions, or light rain
Inclement weather or certain activities may call for a combination of these features, either in one jacket or as a layering system. Check out the video for a more in-depth look at each jacket and what Ruffwear's designers had in mind when developing them. The chart below compares key features in each style to help point you in the right direction.