Ultra Paws Dog Winter Coat from The Dog Outdoors

Note: Reviews showcase products I feel are of a high quality and worth mentioning. These posts are not sponsored or influenced by the company in any way. These opinions are solely mine. 

Unless you live on the West Coast (I can’t tell you how many times my father has said it’s a “balmy 77 degrees outside” this past week), you probably live in a climate where either snow, rain or a combination of both happens from February to the beginning of April.

In the past month, we have had a few snow storms; one of them I wrote about in this previous blog post. It was extremely cold. Thank god for my Eddie Bauer coat, which is basically like wearing a comforter, or else I wouldn’t be able to go out as long as I can in this weather.

While we pile on our scarves, hats, gloves and boots, our dogs don’t get the same luxury. Some dogs are made for snow. They have thick fur and are bred to withstand lower temperatures. Smaller dogs, like mine, usually can’t, because they either have very little fur or don’t generate enough body heat to keep warm. Also, he loves playing with other dogs, so if he could have something that keeps him warm enough to keep up, that would be a bonus.

We have always bought him coats, but none of them are warm or waterproof enough to keep him comfortable, even for the few minutes he needs to go out and relieve himself. Plus, they won’t even stay on that well because the snow and or water doesn’t keep the velcro from staying intact.

So finally, I decided we needed to get him a real winter coat. Something that was actually made for dogs in the wintertime.

After a ton of searches, and realizing that I really don’t want to spend $90 on a custom dog coat, I found The Dog Outdoors: http://www.thedogoutdoors.com

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They have everything, from water bowls to car seats to waterproof collars and more. They are basically for the active dog who loves being outdoors (I know, so obvious…)

This particular coat, called the Ultra Paws Dog Winter Coat, describes this coat as having:

  • Waterproof outer shell with warm, fiber-fill liner, covered with soft fleece.
  • Reflective piping for night time visibility
  • Adjustable turtle neck to fit narrow and wide necks
  • Generous opening for leash attachment
  • Extended chest protection
  • Easy to put on and take off
  • Coat extends to toward the base of the tail
  • Choose Red/Black or Yellow/Black

It also says it is easily adjustable on both sides of the coat, including the neck area.

They also have a handy sizing chart, which gives you the exact measurements you need to know before ordering, including breeds that are most likely to fit in certain measurements. I looked at the chart, saw “Boston Terrier” under X-Small, chose Red/Black as the color, and submitted my order.

Within 5 business days, I received the coat! I was so excited, because it came right as a winter storm was coming.

Unfortunately, it was way too big. I clearly should have actually measured my dog to get the right size. So, I measured my dog (turns out he’s an XX-Small), and used the handy form on the back of the order page to explain why I was exchanging. Unfortunately, there were no pre-paid return labels like most companies include, so I had to pay for shipping again.

I expected to receive a confirmation that they received my exchange, but nothing appeared in my email. About 5 days after I shipped the coat, I received the new, correctly sized one.

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It was easy to put on, as other reviewers had said. You put the neck part over the dog’s head, and adjust the velcro on both sides.

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Although the front part (shown above) looks a bit loose, I don’t think I would have gone any smaller, as the length was good, and the neck part would have been too tight.

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The velcro flap in the center of the coat is where you attach the leash, either with a harness or pulling the leash through the opening if wearing a collar (like my dog was, but I didn’t use the attachment)

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Unlike his other coats seem to do, this one doesn’t rub against him, which has been a problem with others.

Overall, I am pleased with the coat, but as you can see, it was a bit warmer when we took him out, so I’d like to try it next time there’s a snow storm. Also, I only take him out on campus at night, so I’m not sure how effective the reflective piping is.

Rating:

Ease of Website: 5 out of 5
Shipping and Delivery: 3.5 out of 5. No pre-paid return envelope or notification they received exchange.
Coat Design: 4 out of 5. Easy to put on, stylish, but a bit loose. Also not sure how to adjust the collar.
Price: 3.5 out of 5. Reasonable compared to other quality coats. About $31.95, plus $4- $17 extra fee if getting any other size but a petite. They should just include the price in the coat if you ask me.
Overall: 4 out of 5

Any other coats you’ve found? Or have you used this product? Sound off in the comments!

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