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Winter Coat

Now that it's starting to get a little chilly here I'm thinking about a winter coat for Nico. I want to get him something that's warm, masculine (no foofy maribou fur for my boy) and most important, easy to get on and off without catching on his fur. I saw one once (can't remember where) that velcroed on the top and looked like even I couldn't get his fur caught and thought that'd be good if I could find it again. Of course, since I've never had a dog before, let alone a dog coat, I may not be thinking of the important things. Can anyone tell me what I should be looking for, and where a good place to find it would be? My local pet store has nothing, so I figure I'll be buying on-line. Also, any advice on size? Nico is only 5 months old, so I'm sure he's got some growing to do. Last time I checked (over a week ago) he was 7.5 lbs and about 9 inches tall. We're in the Chicago area, so a 4 season climate (almost winter, winter, still winter and summer) and pretty cold in winter.
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Do you have a Petsmart or a Petco near you? A lot of times they will have some clothing that you can hold up to your dog to get an idea. However, it seems like most brands run differently. You'll probably need the measurements of Nico from his shoulder to his tail to get an idea of how long you want the coat to be. You'll also need to know the width around his chest & belly. has some cute coats, including the Faux Suede Shearling Coat, the Hooded Tweed, and a huge assortment of rain coats.
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Petco, PetSupplies Plus, or Petsmart are usually a good source for dog coats. Also, the ones you mention that velcro on top are probably FidoFleece. They have a website and you can order from there.

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I agree that it is best to find some store to try them on. Dora can wear a small to a large depending on brand and our havs can be longer than a lot of the coats. Especially the ones for the small toy dogs.

My favorite style coat for Dora is a heavy coat that has a silk lining. It velcros on the bottom but the silk lining is very nice on the hair. Sweaters are a nightmare! Just think of the types of fabric that if you ran them over your hair would cause major static that then turn into matts!

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Ahh? Petsmart? You jest!

Go look on the 'Sweaters' thread, there are some great stores linked there. Petsedge has some coats, but not a big selection. There are alot of internet boutiques with some of the cutest stuff you have ever seen, and even some "practical" coats. I bought a mink coat, and will make another, and then I got some faux fur capelet thingy from Pet edge.

They have some cute ones here:


or here:

I ordered the cute pink mink coat from the last link, and I want to go back and get the denim jacket with the patches on it from that other place.

OR...there is always ebay

Shopping is fun! You should see my stack (massive mound) of dog clothes/sweaters/coats I got from my lil' shopping spree last week. I am going to have to WIN big at the casino this weekend. har!

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Oh, I forgot to answer your question on size. Look at the manufacturers measurements and compare them to Nico, measure from neck to tail and then around the chest and neck. If you are on the "high end" of a size, should order up.

Gucci wears mediums, but I have bought a few coats and sweaters in Large so that they are LONG and go down closer to her tail, it just depends on the listed measurements, and she is about 8.5 lbs. If you aren't sure, PM me and I'll help. Occasionally, the manufacturers measurements are wrong, but most of the time, they are pretty accurate.

I've ordered from the 3 sites above, and had no problems with the companies...they were all pretty fast. So is PetEdge.

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Oh Kara i just loooove that pink mink coat!! Do you think i could get away with putting it on JAx??

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LOL! Sure, he could be a pimp daddy! Maybe a gold chain or two? And a little gold cap on his teeth? AHH....The visual on that is pretty darn funny.

Ya know, I actually saw a Pit bull with gold teeth in the local paper. It is one of these famous rapper' dogs that lives here? Timberland, maybe? Or Missy Elliot? Alot of rappers live here for some reason. I got really annoyed one time because I was behind line at Bed Bath & Beyond, and Missy Elliot was in front of me, and the cashier would NOT quit praising her. I was like ARGHH!


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Ok- I just took a look at the pink mink jacket and all I can say is I NEED a little girl puppy!!!!! Kara, Gucci will be precious in that--- please post pictures when you get it.

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PETEDGE is my favorite for dog supplies at very discounted prices. I normally don't do any clothing with sleeves. I found my guys legs caught up in the sleeve before, so I keep it simple. I just ordered this coat in light blue.


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