Coats/outerwear for cold weather Dobes

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I have never been a person who puts clothes on my dogs so this is new to me.  However, I am considering winter coats for my Dobes because it has been so cold (7 degrees F last night) that I've been skipping walks lately.  It is only a matter of time before they get cabin fever! (They do run in the yard but only for a short time and it's no substitute for a good walk).  SO, my question is:  Have you found a good source for Dobe coats? 

I love to dress mine lol. I make all of my coats winter and summer (wetcoats) but recently a friend of mine put a link to this really cool coat that I think I just might have to get. Here is the link to it what a wonderful price to, I don't think you could buy the material any cheaper. Cant you just see the Dobe in this they would really stand out. http://www.chicksaddlery.com/page/CDS/PROD/4950/DCN625 If you go to the main page they have other colors for those of you that are not as wild lol.

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I have a jacket for my girl (if it still fits) that I use for her when it gets real cold out. You can through any big chain pet store but personally I prefer the style like horse blankets.  You can find these at almost any online tack/ horse supply store for example.
http://www.statelinetack.com/item/orican-1200-deluxe-dog-coat-choc-pecan...

I really like that jacket you posted rndobermans  ;D

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Wow!  These prices are really reasonable, compared to what some places charge (good colors too, but my husband would DIE if he had to walk a Dobe in zebra stripes  :D ). I like the adjustable Velcro strap.  My 19-month old "puppies" are still filling out and I know their chests will deepen, so I don't want something they will outgrow.

I wonder what they would think of something that goes all the way to the tail... They have safety "vests" that are across the back, so maybe the adjustment wouldn't be difficult.

Rednailz wrote:

Wow!  These prices are really reasonable, compared to what some places charge (good colors too, but my husband would DIE if he had to walk a Dobe in zebra stripes  :D ). I like the adjustable Velcro strap.  My 19-month old "puppies" are still filling out and I know their chests will deepen, so I don't want something they will outgrow.

I wonder what they would think of something that goes all the way to the tail... They have safety "vests" that are across the back, so maybe the adjustment wouldn't be difficult.

They will be fine with the coat to the tail and probably thankful for it. I also like the way it is adjustable in chest and underneath. I know the zebra stripes are pretty out there lol but I really like them very flashy, definitely would stand out in a crowd. Not sure my husband would like it either hehe. He doesn't do the walking though anyway I do.

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Sofia hates the cold.. will shivver and chatter her teeth when I ask her if she is. We got her a beautiful red jacket ( all weather) lined in red plaid.. looks like a horse blanket and she does like it.. Brought it over to me one morning when it was walk time..

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Boy, it's a good clue when they bring it to you.

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OK, I just placed my order with Chick Saddlery.  I even paid extra for rush shipping because I need those coats now!  It was 4 (!) degrees when my red boy asked to go for his walk this morning.  He knew it was cold out but seemed to think it would be better if he was on a leash going out the front door.  :D

I skipped the zebra and leopard prints and went for blue (for Basil the Black) and hunter green (for Ajax the Red. Red Dobes look so pretty in dark green!). 

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My red boy always has Red and Green - in his name.  :o

I didn't think about it when I named him until the receptionist at the vet's office one day said - "Oh, Red Green, how Christmassy" By then it was too late and he had become accustomed to the name.

While visiting with friends over Christmas, they kept wrapping Princess up in one of the dog blankets she had made, it was white with black spots one one side, and when wrapped up in it, Princess looked like a red headed Dalmatian.

I posted a picture with her walking around with it over her back here:
[url=http://www.gentledoberman.com/forum]http://www.gentledoberman.com/forum]

But I have been thinking it would make a fair coat for her. Although mine are not outside long enough to really want a coat.

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:) I really like the red coat and the prices are pretty good.  We wont have any cold for at least another six months but i would like to order one now for Q. So he will be 17 months old come next August...should i get the XXlarge? I just tried on the little jacket 'a quilted vest which was mine' that he was using last year and now he cant even get his legs in it. ;D They really grow dont they?

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There were issues with my order and I had to return everything. Once I get the problems resolved, I'll report back here.  I can say that the coat fabric and construction seemed more like a human jacket than dog clothes, but I'm waiting to form an opinion of Chick's service.

Rgreen - being a girl, Princess could just wear the spotted coat for fashion, not practicality!

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Rednailz - sorry there were problems. I'm wondering if the material was more like that for horse blankets (considering their main business) that canine. The blanket that Princess was wearing is actually a dog blanket made by my friend for her Schnauzers and Rat Terrier. I got up before most one morning and thought we were missing a dog. I could not find the Rat Terrier. I looked everywhere (except in bedrooms where she is not allowed) and finally noticed movement under one of the blankets on a couch in the computer room (office) and there she was, completely snuggled up under the blanket. Turns out that is one of her tricks when it gets cold. She has learned how to pull the blanket up over her and completely cover herself.

They are three layers, a soft inner and outer layer and an insulating central layer. She also makes snuggle blankets for when sitting and watching TV. They have a pocket in the bottom for placing your feet (without shoes) and long enough to tuck up under your chin. I received one as a Christmas present and it is great.

Princess did not care much for the blanket. My friend has sent me some pictures she made of Princess:

Here, she is most unhappy with the blanket

Jane really caught her true feelings with the captions:

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rgreen4 wrote:

My red boy always has Red and Green - in his name.  :o

I didn't think about it when I named him until the receptionist at the vet's office one day said - "Oh, Red Green, how Christmassy" By then it was too late and he had become accustomed to the name.

Are you familiar with the Canadian TV series called The Red Green Show? 

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No, I am not. We don't get a lot of Canadian TV down here is South Georgia. Now when I had my old big analog 10' dish and the old satellite system, I could watch CBC and would on occasion. They had some good programming and some that was fairly boring, just as our networks do.

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Note to rgreen from Princess:
" I don't do spots!"

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:) What a supermodel she is and still looking very regal in her royal cape ;D
All bow to HRH

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rgreen4 wrote:

No, I am not. We don't get a lot of Canadian TV down here is South Georgia.

I bet if you searched on youtube, there is probably some Red Green clips there.  It was a comedy, somewhat idiotic, about some guy that was always fixing everything with duct tape. 

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Ah! Duct Tape - the universal fixer of all things broken.  ;D

Growing up in a family closely tied to the Air Conditioning business (my late father was the Office Manager, I worked their during the summer, my later brother-in-law was a service man, most of my nephews worked in the business and some still do) I am well versed in the uses of gray tape (as we used to call it).  I have seen service and installation trucks seats repaired with it, I have used it for band-aids on cuts, I have used it to fix tent poles and once (unsucessfully) used it to fix a leak in an exhaust header. (The heat melted and burned the tape off in a rather short period).

I did learn the hard way not to use it to strenghen windows during a hurricane. (It is all but impossible to get the adhesive residue off afterward).

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Coat update:  Chick's Saddlery took care of my return without any problem.  I had to return it because they sent the wrong size for one coat and the wrong color for the other (the note on my order was that my choice was out of stock so they substituted).  I really was disappointed because the coats themselves are nice.  I don't know about horse blanket fabric, but this was like an insulated jacket, with a shell on the outside and quilted lining.  Note that they run large, if you order.

Anyway, I still needed dog coats so I placed an order for Casual Canine Ripstop coats via Amazon.  These are reasonably priced, fleece lined and don't cover as much.  This is ok because Ajax seems pretty annoyed to be wearing a coat at all, let alone something that would go around his entire body.  Of course, he's the one who needs a coat the most!  ::)

Thanks to everyone for your help and suggestions! 

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Rednailz ~ did you have any luck with the coats? I've been seriously considering getting some for Dallas and Lucky.  It seems like the winters keep getting colder and colder.  Anyway, found some simple but reasonable priced ones at Lands Ends.
http://www.landsend.com/ix/home-travel-luggage/Home-Travel/Pet-shop/Oute...

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That link didn't work, but their search box turned up this when I entered pet coats.

http://www.landsend.com/ix/index.html?store=le&action=newSearch&search=pet+coats&imageField.x=0&imageField.y=0

Imagine - A Dobe with a rain coat and hat!

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Hey y'all.. Petsmart and PetCo have coats for big dogs.. Mine is four or five hours away, so you can imagine the truck load of "stuff" that comes home with us after a visit to the States.
and Richard.. my pappy always said: " If you can't fix it.. duct it!!"

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I wish I had known that Lands End had Squall jackets for dogs!  My own squall jacket is the one I wear for everything dog-related:  walks, training, obedience class.  I have washed it so many times and it still looks great.  Anyway, the lads' coats are fine for now.  I paid about $24 each, free shipping.  The design isn't perfect but will get us through this winter.  Most importantly, we are enjoying our walks again.  We can actually achieve a 'loose leash' most of the time, probably because they aren't running to keep warm  ;D. 
(Nothing like a Dobe who decides he's a greyhound halfway through the walk!)

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I imagine it looks like that episode where a small kid is walking a German Shepard and the dog takes off, the kid falls down and is dragged across the park on his back, feet first. Didn't slow the dog down much at all. With the ice and snow, even an adult could be dragged like that. Nothing like four paw drive for traction.

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Exactly!  That's why the boys learned a new command this winter:  "Careful" said in a very calm, easy voice when walking on ice! 

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Hi rgreen4; love the pictures of Princess in her dalmation blanket!  She is a sweetie!  I have a small dobie mix and love looking at the pictures on this site that everyone posts.  The dogs are all so beautiful and their personalities really shine through in the pictures. Someday I hope to have a full dobe but for now I have a perfect life with my little girl, Ginger, and her sister.  They are my babies.

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Maybe someone will need, here can order individually winter or rainy coats, vests and hats for dobermans:

https://www.WufWufStore.etsy.com