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A nice, warm, fitted jacket for harness wearers
on 29 November 2014
I was looking for a warm, waterproof jacket for my chihuahua cross, but was having great difficulty as she is 13 inches in length but skinny. so, I ordered this little coat without much hope.
And it fits!!!
The coat is very warm, with a padded interior. It has two zipper places for different type of harness, so good. I don't know yet whether it is waterproof as it has only been worn in a light winter shower, but it is not too thick and heavy so should dry easily in any case.
A couple of things which may cause problems....
1. This coat does not cover much of the dog's side body. Yes, it has a fold-under piece to protect the tummy (very easy to slip over the head), but it doesn't go down very low at the sides, so the dog is getting very warm on the back and tummy, but its sides may get a little cold (my dog didn't seem to mind though...). My dog is slightly barrel-chested but skinny and even on her skinny bits the coat doesn't go that low down.
2. The head opening has a zip - it zips up the front of the neck. I was a little concerned about catching it in my dog's fur, but I haven't...yet. It was also quite tight when zipped up completely, and my dog has quite a small neck (but furry).
I did notice that when the zip was done up, when walking my dog and she pulled a little, it pulled across her throat and she made a choking noise. Nothing at all serious, and the harness pulling the jacket back probably caused this. But just something to be aware of.
3. Like many dog coats, this one uses slim pieces of elastic to fit around the dog's back legs and hold the coat in place. My little dog hates these and always walks like a crab when wearing them. In most coats it doesn't matter whether the leg elastic is worn or not, but because of the shape of this coat, it does. Without the leg fittings worn, the jacket slips sideways very easily. (I still haven't worked-out how to deal with this yet... I may move the position of the straps as I think this will help).
4. The measurements given on this page for a Small size are I think incorrect. This coat fits my dog who is 13 inches/33cms from neck to tail and it fits her length well, but the measurements say this is 39cm. I actually checked out the correct measurements for Small on other displays of this particular jacket and they say 33.8cms, which I think is the correct size. It certainly was for the jacket I purchased anyway.
Overall, this is an easy-to-put on, warm, (hopefully) waterproof coat and, with the reservations given above, I think it's a very good buy, especially for those who want to buy a warm dog coat which works with a harness.