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How do I choose a dog coat for my puppy?

So what do you do when your adorable little puppy needs a dog coat? At Voyagers K9 Apparel, we get asked questions about dog coats and puppies all the time. So here are some puppy-sized thoughts for you to ponder.

What size dog coat should I choose for my puppy?

The first step is to find out what your dog's measurements will be when full grown. Of course you'll only find general information about your dog's breed. Still, having the estimated size of your dog's breed will allow you to order a dog coat with the correct proportions for that breed. Just realize the coat you receive may be much too big for your dog to wear until it grows up!

Where do I get information about my dog's size?

The best source for dog information will be your dog's breeder or your dog's vet. You can also consult standard dog breed sizing charts. These dog sizing charts are based on the measurements of a full-grown dog so keep in mind that the proportions of your puppy will differ from a full-grown dog of the same dog breed. Most notably, the relative size of your puppy's chest will be smaller than when full grown because this is the last area to fill out.

But my puppy needs a dog coat now!

If your puppy is growing fast but still needs a dog coat, you have a couple of options when ordering a dog coat.

  1. Order a dog coat according to the estimated size for a full-grown dog of this breed. The coat will be somewhat loose until your puppy reaches maturity. Since you are estimating the size, there are no guarantees that the dog coat will fit when your puppy is full grown.
  2. Order a custom coat that is sized to fit your puppy's current measurements—with a little growing room.

What is your recommendation?

At Voyagers K9 Apparel, we recommend that you hold off on purchasing more expensive dog coats until your puppy is almost full grown. Instead, purchase a less expensive Tummy Warmer dog vest for comfort and cold weather protection as your puppy grows.

When your puppy is close to his or her full and final size, you can take measurements of your dog so the Dog Winter Coat or Dog Rain Coat you order fits well.