During the autumn and winter months, constantly drying your dog off after their daily walks can be tedious. I don’t know about you, but my Cocker Spaniel loves water but hates the rain, and whenever we take him out for a walk, be it still raining or wet underfoot, you can guarantee there’s a big clean up job waiting for us when we get home.
A wet dog smells…eventually. If you fail to protect their chest and belly with an adequate coat anything they touch when they get home is going to end up smelling. Plus, you give yourself the task of drying and cleaning your pooch after each walk, which can be a pain.
- The Best Waterproof Dog Coats With Chest and Belly Protection Comparison Table
- What To Look For In a Waterproof Dog Coat
- Editors Notes
So the best solution I’ve found is to buy a waterproof dog coat with chest and belly protection from the wind and rain. It stops any water from splashing up onto the underbelly and front of the chest, keeps them warm during the colder months and makes cleaning up after your walkies much, much easier.
Weatherbeeta Parka 1200D
The Stand Out Waterproof Dog Coat With Chest & Underbelly Protection
The Weatherbeeta Parka is our editors choice for the most robust and waterproof dog coat that offers protection to both the chest and belly of your dog. The materials used and the warmth provided makes this coat a great choice at an affordable price.
The Best Waterproof Dog Coats With Chest and Belly Protection Comparison Table
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1. Weatherbeeta Parka 1200D Deluxe Dog Coat
Our editors pick is the Weatherbeeta Parka which has an outer shell made from 100% waterproof 1200 denier, designed to keep your pooch dry in all manner of downpours.
The filling is a warming polyfill blend which stays dry thanks to that protective out shell. The sizes range from 30cm to 75cm so if you have a miniature dog or a very very large dog you may struggle. Still, we found that 95% of dogs will fall into the sizes provided.
One of the standout features of this coat is the adjustable belt closure which adjusts to your dog’s chest size making it not only flexible but strong thanks to its velcro fastening.
One of the features that should be pointed out is the reflective strips that run down the entire back of the jacket, which helps to increase visibility at night and also during the daytime at low light levels.
This jacket offers a long back which provides ample protection from the wind and rain and leaves no part of your dogs back exposed, which is usually the part that gets a good soaking during a downpour.
Designed to fit under or over a harness it has a small opening to allow a lead to lip through without compromising the waterproof abilities of the coat. Just above this is a warm collar to keep your dog warm in windy conditions. This is a great feature that most jackets seem to lack.
2. Pistachio Pet All Weather Dog Coat
The Pistachio All-Weather Dog coat (what a name!) is a 2-layer lined jacket with a waterproof lightweight outer shell made from Nylon and a fleece-lined inner layer for added warmth and protection from the elements.
There is a waterproof hood, which is detachable should your dog not like anything on his head (I know mine doesn’t!) and a lead hole just underneath providing easy access to the collar.
The refective high-vis piping and trim is a nice touch to provide greater visibility for cars and bikes.
There is a velcro belly & chest belt which provides an easy on-off feature to save time when getting ready for you walk and when you get home. This is especially good when your dog has wet paws and you need to get him/her dry quickly.
What I like about this coat is that it is machine washable, perfect for those dogs like like to play in puddles and mud, and it makes it easier to clean up those dirty splash marks from the road and pavement.
3. Ancol Muddy Paws Coat and Chest Protector
Ancol is a well-recognised brand in the dog accessories arena, supply us with leads, collars and now dog coats.
It is here I think they really excel since their coats are designed with the outdoors in mind, so if your an avid hiker or you take the family camping or shooting, whatever your adventure, the Ancol Muddy Paws coat is just the ticket.
As you can see the colours are very much in tune with nature and the dark chocolate brown does well to hid bits of mud and dirt here and there.
The reflective edging tape that runs around the entire jacket is great for nighttime walks or adventures where visibility it low. Combine that with the belly & chest protector strap and you have a coat that will keep them dry and warm.
Since it’s designed to be ‘used and abused’ it’s great that this product is machine washable, making it easy to clean.
4. Helios Outdoor Waterproof Jacket
The Helios Outdoor Jacket claims to be waterproof, windproof and snowproof making it ideal for whatever the weather throws at you.
I particularly like the way this coat fastens, with 2 velcro straps over each shoulder that wrap around to meet the main belly & chest protection strap, which means it covers the entire chest, belly and shoulder area very well indeed.
Unlike some of the other jackets featured here, the Helios comes in a wide variety of sizes and best of all COLOURS! You have a choice of black, blue, orange and red, all of which contract with the very striking grey side & underbody material.
The inner lining is an “anti-static super warm fleece fabric” with an outer shell designed to keep off the rain and winter snow.
5. SymbolLife 100% Waterproof Dog Coat
The SymbolLife dog coat is a polar fleece lined and waterproof dog coat that is designed with simplicity in mind.
It features an easy to get on/off velcro chest strap that is easy to get to and provides an easy to handle way to avoid messing with clips.
There is a large neck collar to offer protection from the wind and rain, together with an elasticated belly section that hugs your dog’s stomach and ensure no water can get in. This is a unique feature that I’ve not seen many waterproof coats have.
This coat is designed to work with both a harness (on the outside) or a lead – which can be accessed via the opening specially designed for ease of use.
What To Look For In a Waterproof Dog Coat
There are a few things to consider before buying the first coat that looks like it will do the job. I know that each time I’m looking for a new coat I have a hard time choosing which size to get, particularly since the manufactures all have different sizing guidelines…and I have no idea if my pooch is big or small for his breed.
The following list contains the 5 main features to look out for when purchasing a dog coat that will serve it’s intended purpose.
Since this article is about waterproof dog coats that provide chest and belly protection, this should be at the front of your mind when choosing which coat is right for your dog.
The first thing is to ensure the material wraps under the belly completely, without impeding the arms and legs. Your dog will let you know if it does, most can be adjusted to the right size, so you will likely find some tweaking of the straps are required before you find that perfect fit.
- Under Belly – The jacket must come completely under the belly of the dog as this is what gets wet the most…even when it’s not raining but wet on the ground. The rainwater splashes up and soaks the undercarriage of your dog in no time.
- Chest Protection – The chest part of the jacket serves two purposes. To stop the water from wetting your dog’s chest and also to protect him/her from the wind, which when combined with being wet really does get quite cold for them.
- Leg Protection – Some may opt for a dog coat with legs, and whilst this is not essential and is more suited to small/miniature dogs, having a raincoat that protects the legs can be a huge time saver when it comes to cleaning & drying your dog after walks. Not all coats have leg-protection so if this is something you need be sure to look out for it.
Materials & Warmth
High-quality materials are a must when it comes to keeping your dog dry. A waterproof coat is only as good as the materials used, which is why you should pay attention to the manufacturer’s claims.
Outer Shell – Keeping Dry
You will see a number of claims presented across each product, but the most important to look out for is “Waterproof”.
Some will have the words “splash-proof” or “water resistant”. These DO NOT mean the product will stop all water from soaking through to your dog. These products can generally stand up to a little wet here and there, but sustain water over an extended period of time will cause the wet to seep through and make the coat useless.
Worse still, your dog will get wet and cold from wearing a not heavily soaked jacket.
As I mentioned above, a waterproof jacket is a must. Waterproof = a warm and dry dog.
Look for the “Waterproof” label, combined with a Polyester Outer-Shell or a Ripstop Nylon Fabric. Both of these will serve their purpose and keep your doggie warm and dry in a downpour.
Most coats will come with a polyester filling, which is a nice way to keep your dog warm on chilly and wet days. This is a decent material to choose IF the outer shell is suitably up to the task (as discussed above).
The outer shell is what counts here, as long as it’s waterproof then the inner filling will remain dry and warm., as will your pooch.
Try to keep the padding down to a reasonable size. Dog’s handle the cold better than humans, so they don’t need a big puffy down jacket. This will only prove uncomfortable and difficult to walk in and also your dog already has a natural fur coat on…so down and other puffy materials will not be a welcome addition!
My favourite lining for a dog coat is a fleece lining, for one main reason. If there is any water/rain that does get in or onto your coats fur, the fleece acts as a towel and will dry them in no time. In fact, there are fleece/towel jackets you can get for this exact purpose, so it makes sense to get one with a fleece lining to get double the benefits.
Dogs are energetic and will get into mischief if they can. Scraping against walls and bushes, running through puddles and mud are just a few activities they love.
When it comes to choosing the best waterproof jacket that will stand the test of time (and your dog’s antics) the stitching is a crucial part to consider.
I will only purchase double-stiched products, which is typical of UK and US products, many from China and other countries are not, in order to save costs and keep the product prices down. However, that will end up costing you more over the long-term as the product will fail sooner than a double-stiched coat.
When it comes to dog coats and jackets, spending that little bit more really does pay off.
The Fit & Comfort
All of the products featured above have good sizing guides to help you choose the right size coat for your furry friend.
Personally, I’ve found the quickest and easiest way to ensure I buy the right size jacket is to grab a tape measure and have my dog lie down. I then take a rough measurement from the base of the neck to the start of the tail.
This will give you an approximate guideline (since you will rarely find an exact match). The coats I’ve bought in the past have all come within 1-inch or so of the start of the tail. So they provide the most amount of protection.
Then take a waist and chest measurement by wrapping the tape measure around your pooch. Your looking for a guideline to match against the available sizes, so not maths is required, just jot them down and compare to the product size guidelines.
Harness & Lead Hole and Access Point
One crucial element I always look for is a hole where I can put the lead through to clip onto a collar or harness. Having a Spaniel means they like to pull from time to time, so mine does best with a harness, so it important that I can put the coat over the top of the harness and still be able to clip the lead to it.
Believe it or not, some of the cheaper waterproof coats completely miss this requirement and as such, they are pretty useless..unless of course, you have a very small dog (or one that doesn’t pull). In which case some claim that there is no need for a harness and the coat/jacket provides enough protection.
Personally, I’m not so sure about this advice/claim. I’d prefer to know my lad is clipped onto something secure and won’t go anywhere. Especially when walking near roads.
This is a nice-to-have feature but one I would consider if walking your dog on the pavement or near roads and traffic.
Reflective strips can often be found across the chest and down the sides of your dog’s coat and they really do help when walking at night and being seen by cars.
Some jackets have a reflective piping the runs around the outside edge and can be seen from all angles, so no matter if your walking towards or away from traffic, their headlights will catch the material and alert them to your dog’s presence.
Finally, some have the option to add your own reflective patches, be it their name or a brand or just a his-visibility patch is good for both day and night use. Look out for the ‘velcro patch’ option when buying if this is something you’re interested in. I really think they are a great idea and I chose my dog’s harness because of this exact feature.
I hope this guide has given you a better idea of what to look for when choosing a waterproof coat for your dog that offers protection for the belly and chest. Any of the 5 products featured above work very well and have a ton of feedback from dog owners.
Ultimately it will come down to price, design and suitability. I recommend you buy the best you can afford that offers the most protection from your dog. If you feel like you have to wrap up warm to venture outside…so does your beloved pooch!