If you're a Doberman owner, you know the struggle of dog coats. Dobies have a thin coat without the extra layer of fluff most other dogs are equipped with. This means when the weather turns cold (or too hot), our faithful pets may need a little help to regulate their temperature. Unfortunately, that famously deep chest and tidy narrow waist has left me frustrated every time I've attempted to find a jacket for Buddha at local pet stores.
As usual, when confronted with a Doberman issue, I checked out DobermanTalk for advice. A quick search concluded that Chilly Dogs was a popular favorite, so I decided to check it out. Although they are a small Canadian company, they have several styles to choose from. Our first purchase was the Trail Blazer, which was recommended for Seattle winter weather after exchanging some quick emails. The customer service is excellent and I was pleased when the product arrived in a timely fashion. The jacket is made with quality materials and molds to Buddha's unique form flawlessly with a simple wide belly panel that fastens with a strong Velcro. After two seasons of keeping him warm in cold, rainy weather, the Trail Blazer still looks as good as new.
Our newest jacket is the Great White North. We realized when we took Buddha to the mountains for his first experience with snow, he seemed a little chilly in his Trail Blazer. The GWN has been tested for temperatures -10C to -30C / 14F to -22F and moved extremely well with Buddha's body as he tore through the chest high snow and zoomed in tight circles. There is a 12oz layer of Canadian made, non-pilling fleece that even wraps easily under his chest and adjusts to different waist sizes. The outer layer is a 100% Waterproof polyurethane which is breathable and equipped with a 3M Scotchlight reflective piping which is great for night visibility and safety. Plus the whole thing is machine washable!
The best part about Chilly Dog coats is the ease in which I can suit Buddha up or down. The first time I put on his GWN I adjusted the two straps on his back to ensure proper width. Once that has been adjusted, I don't have to worry about fidgeting with that again. I simply click together the smooth shaped buckles and it's a perfect, custom fit, every time. There is no chafing or uncomfortably tight fabric around his chest and zero excess of fabric around his back which are usual problems with regular dog coats. They are not bulky yet due to the skillful design and excellent material, they retain warmth and move effortlessly.
If you'd like to suit your own deep chested dog with a Chilly Dog coat, I'd recommend checking out their website and inputting your pup's measurements to find the size that works for you. There are several you can choose from, and if you have any questions, I know their helpful staff will be quick to answer your inquiries.