Top 10 Best Dog Winter Coats For 2022 - 2023

The following is a list of our favorite dog winter coats for 2022 - 2023. With so many options out there, we have put together a list of 10 excellent coats that will not only keep your dog warm this winter, but are also weatherproof, waterproof, and comfortable - allowing a full range of motion while being active outdoors. Each coat has unique features which are discussed below. You will also find our rating of each coat. They are all excellent and one is not particularly better than another. Click the links below to learn more specifics about each winter dog coat. So what is the best dog winter coat? Find out below...

#1 - Alpine Extreme Weather Puffer Coat

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Best Dog Winter Coats of 2022 - 2023 - Alpine Puffer Dog Winter Coat

Our rating for warmth – 8/10

Our rating for coverage – 7.5/10

Our rating for water resistance – 6/10

Alpine Extreme Weather Puffer Coats are great for all types of outdoor adventures. Similar puffer style coats can be as much as double the cost, but we have found this brand to be well made and offer very similar features despite being significantly cheaper. The Puffer coat is made with a waterproof exterior, lined with thick fleece and filled with warm fiber insulation. Similar to the Alpine All-Weather brand in fit, the Puffer coat comes in a wide range of sizes to ensure a great fit for dogs big and small. We like the simple design that quickly slips over your dog’s head and secures with a quick snap of the adjustable buckle over the back. There are optional elastic hind leg bands that can be worn if desired to keep the coat secure during active play sessions.

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#2 - Summit Puffer Dog Coat

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Best Dog Winter Coats of 2022 - 2023 - Summit Puffer Dog Winter Coat

Our rating for warmth – 9.5/10

Our rating for coverage – 9/10

Our rating for water resistance – 7.5/10

The GF Pet® Summit Puffer dog coat is the full package. Take on a vintage ski look to warm up from the cold in the GF Pet® Summit Puffer Dog Coat! The Summit Puffer dog coat is the perfect mix between retro fashion and activewear. This classic-looking dog coat with its color block retro design and luxuriously warm Sherpa lining with turn heads! Water-resistant and super-adjustable, with patented Elasto-fit® technology for stretchable comfort and easy fitting. We have not come across an insulated warm coat in this style that also combines this type of stretchiness. See a demonstration video for this dog coat by clicking the link below. Easy on and off with no need to have your dog step through or put the coat over their head. No more leg lifting to get them in!

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#3 - Ruffwear Powder Hound Dog Winter Coat

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Best Dog Winter Coats of 2022 - 2023 - Powder Hound Dog Winter Coat

Our rating for warmth – 9/10

Our rating for coverage – 9/10

Our rating for water resistance – 6/10

The Powder Hound is a full coverage, sleeved-style dog coat that blends technical materials for weather-resistant warmth. The upper portion of the coat is polyester fabric with 200-gram synthetic insulation. The lower portion is a breathable, technical, stretch knit. I like to think of it as a similar material to human Under Armour® wear. A convenient zipper on the left side of the jacket allows for a high-performance fit. The Powder Hound has low-light visibility with reflective trim and a light loop for attaching a dog safety light on top. This is one of the warmest coats on the list, offering great coverage and a performance fit so your dog has a wide range of motion while it’s on.

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#4 - GF Pet Urban Parka - Sherpa Lined, Water-resistant Shell

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Best Dog Winter Coats of 2022 - 2023 - Urban Parka Dog Coat

Our rating for warmth – 9/10

Our rating for coverage – 8/10

Our rating for water resistance – 7/10

The GF Urban Parka is the perfect mix between classic and functional with it's vegan fur-trimmed hood, faux pocket styling, and luxuriously warm Sherpa lining. This coat is sure to turn heads! Water-resistant and super-adjustable, with patented Elasto-fit® technology giving this dog coat a stretchable neck and chest girth section for unrestricted play. It also allows the jacket to expand and fit your dog's unique fit. We have not come across an insulated warm coat in this style that also combines this type of stretchiness. See a demonstration video for this dog coat by clicking the link below. Easy on and off with no need to have your dog step through or put the coat over their head. No more leg lifting to get them in!

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#5 - Ruffwear Vert Jacket

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Best Dog Winter Coats of 2022 - 2023 - Vert Dog Winter Coat

Our rating for warmth – 8/10

Our rating for coverage – 9/10

Our rating for water resistance – 9/10

The Vert Jacket is a waterproof, windproof, breathable jacket designed for winter conditions. Inspired by mountain guides and dogs who work on the mountain, the Vert offers protection from the elements and cozy fleece lining for warmth during work and play. Leg loops can be used to keep the jacket in place during a tempest, while the leash portal allows the Vert to be worn over most harnesses. Fold up the over-sized storm collar for maximum weather protection.

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#6 - Ruffwear Overcoat Fuse (Rugged harness/coat combination)

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Best Dog Winter Coats of 2022 - 2023 - Fuse Dog Winter Coat

Our rating for warmth – 7/10

Our rating for coverage – 7.5/10

Our rating for water resistance – 6/10

The Overcoat Fuse distills years of designing harnesses and apparel into a single harness-coat combo, giving dogs who typically layer gear a seamless solution for getting outside in cool weather and light precipitation. Attach a leash directly to the coat at either the back or the chest, and quickly access pick-up bags and small essentials in the two zippered pockets. With this rugged workhorse of a jacket, it's a simple slip on, clip in, and go.

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#7 - Ruffwear Cloud Chaser Dog Coat

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Best Dog Winter Coats of 2022 - 2023 - Cloud Chaser Dog Winter Coat

Our rating for warmth – 7/10

Our rating for coverage – 8/10

Our rating for water resistance – 7/10

The Cloud Chaser has a Waterproof, windproof, breathable three-layer soft-shell upper fabric that protects dogs from the elements. It is similar in fit to the Powder Hound, but differs in that the upper material is fully waterproof and it doesn’t have synthetic insulating material. This coat is meant to fit more snugly and maintain core body heat. This coat can be ideal for a full range of motion in deeper snow. The underside is similar to the Powder Hound and is made of the same stretch knit fabric, allowing for a full range of motion.

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#8 - Super Puff Dog Winter Coat

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Our rating for warmth – 9.5/10

Our rating for coverage – 9/10

Our rating for water resistance – 7.5/10

The GF Pet® Super Puff winter coat is sumptuously puffy and luxuriously gorgeous! With fresh colors and a tackable hood, this parka bridges generations to appeal to all age groups of dogs and their owners. With the Super Puff Parka, enjoy every bit of warmth and comfort you have come to expect from our GF Pet® line.... deep faux pockets and matching lined hood.... with signature contrast pocket tabs & contrast binding. Turn heads at playtime or while strutting the streets; keep your buddy warm and comfy in with luxurious popcorn sherpa fleece lining! Water-repellent and super adjustable, with patented Elasto-Fit® technology, this parka is designed for dogs who want (and deserve) it all!

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#9 - EzyDog Element Jacket

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Best Dog Winter Coats of 2022 - 2023 - Element Dog Winter Coat

Our rating for warmth – 7/10

Our rating for coverage – 7/10

Our rating for water resistance – 9.5/10

While not as thick as some of the other coats on this list, the Element Jacket offers a strong 600 denier polyester fabric outer shell that is lined with non-pilling fleece.This makes it one of the tougher jackets on our list which can hold up well to some abuse and won’t snag when your dog is running through thick brush. It offers great protection from wind and water and has a unique stretchable neck opening made of Neo-Xpand™ material. This offers protection of the chest area while also being easy for your dog to move around in. There is reflective piping for nighttime visibility and a waterproof access zipper on top for attaching a leash to a collar or harness underneath.

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#10 - Alpine All-Weather Coats

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Best Dog Winter Coats of 2022 - 2023 - Alpine All-Weather Dog Winter Coat

Our rating for warmth – 7.5/10

Our rating for coverage – 8/10

Our rating for water resistance – 7/10

Alpine All-Weather Coats are designed to keep dogs of all sizes warm and dry in all weather conditions. They are made with a tough, waterproof outer polyester. The layers are designed with extra fiber fill for added warmth and protection. Finally, the interior is lined with a thick warm fleece. They come with adjustable straps, covered d-ring access hole (to connect a leash to an underlying harness), fur lined collar with neck cinch, and reflective night safety straps and trim. The price is excellent for a coat that rivals many high-end brands. Be sure to also check out the plaid version of this dog coat as well.

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BONUS - Ruffwear Climate Changer Dog Coat (Great alone or for layering)

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Best Dog Winter Coats of 2022 - 2023 - Climate Changer Dog Winter Coat

Our rating for warmth – 7/10

Our rating for coverage – 7.5/10

Our rating for water resistance – 2/10

The Climate Changer is an everyday fleece dog coat for cold, clear conditions. It is made from recycled polyester fleece that is quick-drying and provides warmth without bulk. This sleeved style coat provides full coverage for maximum warmth and a full range of motion. This means that it isn’t quite as quick to put on as other coat options, but more of your dog’s body is protected from the cold. If desired, the Climate Changer can be layered under another dog coat on extremely cold days. There is reflective trim for low light visibility and an attachment loop on top for securing a dog safety light. It’s not really fair to compare this coat with other waterproof options, but it is an excellent, warm choice for dry conditions or for layering during extreme cold. Also, since the Climate Changer is low profile and more form-fitting than other coats, a dog harness can be worn on the outside of this coat.

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How to Choose the Right Winter Coat for Your Dog


Below is a “ruff”😉 guide to helping you choose from our selection of the best dog winter coats this season. Reviewing the considerations below will help you make sure the coat you select is the best option for you and your dog and will best meet their needs.


Climate


The first thing to consider is the area and climate you live. Dogs living in more temperament climates will likely be fine with a lighter weight jacket or sweater. For areas where temperatures frequently plunge near or below freezing, an insulated weatherproof coat will be a better option. Some coats come with protective outer shells that repel water making them good for snowy environments and areas that might be misty and cold. Just like human apparel, insulated puffer jackets are some of the warmest options available. While all dogs don’t need a winter coat to keep warm, short hair breeds, older dogs, and dogs that will be in the elements for extended periods of time will likely benefit.


Design


Another important consideration is the overall design of the coat. Does the coat go over your dog’s head? Does it attach with Velcro wraps, adjustable clips? Is it meant to be worn as an underlayer or does it have an access point for a leash to attach to an underlying harness? Some coats are hooded while others are not. Some are fleece lined, while others may be Sherpa lined. Take time to consider which might be best for your dog by looking over the features listed on each product page listed and the benefits of each. Many coats these days have optional rear elastic leg straps to help secure the rear of the coat during active play. Keep in mind that these straps are optional. We have found that some customers like using them while others do not.


Size


Sizing is one of the most important considerations. Taking time to look over the manufacturer sizing guide and quickly measuring your dog will ensure you get the right fit the first time. Unlike human apparel there is no standardized sizing. Each coat brand has different sizing options. A size large in one brand may be vastly different than the same size in another. Keeping this in mind will prevent frustration and make sure you get your pup all bundled up and cozy as soon as possible.


Materials


Depending on the area, you may want to consider what the outer shell is made of. Some materials may hold up better in thick brush situations. Then of course there is the overall look of the coat. Some brands have more aesthetic appeal than others. Of course, we try to carry the most functional and best-looking coats on the market 😊

Other items you may be interested 

Flex-Fit Dog Hoodies


Step-in Flex Fit dog hoodies. Your pup will love the comfort and style of this winter wardrobe essential. With the flexible fabric and ribbed trim, even hard-to-fit dogs will love the style of this pullover hoodie. We have used human-grade high-quality thicker material (290 GSM - gram per square meter) not usually seen in pet garments. This makes these dog hoodies a cozy choice for colder climates with the thick, plush material. The leash access hole at the base of the hood makes walks a breeze for dogs that prefer their hoods worn up or for pups that use a harness.. Designed with ease in mind for both humans and canine alike, after slipping the front paws through the coat, attach the touch fastener tabs at the top and you’re ready for the park. Made from a thick 280-gram fleece, these coats will keep every pup comfy and warm this fall and winter season. The touch fastener tab design across the back makes it easy to adjust fit and attach a leash to a harness underneath if desired. The Highline Fleece coats are available in 6 color combinations to choose from and come in sizes that fit every breed from 3 to 150 pounds!


Best Dog Winter Coats of 2022 - 2023 - Flex Fit Dog Winter Hoodies

Our rating for warmth – 7/10
Our rating for coverage – 8.5/10
Our rating for water resistance – 2/10


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Musher's Secret Paw Wax

Musher's Secret Dog Paw Wax - The Invisible Boot:

All-season paw protection for your dog. Made from 100% natural waxes.

Musher's Secret is a dense, barrier dog paw wax that forms a breathable bond with your dog's paws. Originally developed in Canada for use with sledding dogs, this unique paw wax for dogs provides tenacious protection even in the most extreme conditions and temperatures. Go jogging, biking, mountain climbing, beach combing, cross-country skiing, mushing, or just plain walking with your best pal. Musher's Secret wax puts a barrier between dog paws and off-road or street hazards, so the trip will be worry free.

Protect your dog from:

  • Rough terrain
  • Salt and chemicals
  • Ice build-up
  • Snowballing

 

Beacon Dog Safety Light 

The Beacon™ is a high-performance safety light to help keep dogs visible in low-light conditions or inclement weather. A great accessory for a cozy dog winter jacket or insulated dog winter coat.The Beacon is durable and waterproof, with an easy-to-use Quick Clip™ that attaches to apparel, harnesses, collars, and other gear. The Beacon is rechargeable, with indicator lights to let you know when it's charging or the battery is low. Easily cycle through three LED color options and three light modes for maximum visibility on your adventure. The Beacon is visible from all directions with a bright, full-body glow design.