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How are your Royal Fifi coats and sweaters holding up?

Hello all Royal Fifi coat and sweater buyers!!!
So, i am about to take the Royal Fifi plunge and get a winter coat and maybe a sweater for Millie. I'm just wondering if people who have bought and used the coats for a while can give me their reviews about them? I have been in contact with Chantal and she is so nice to deal with.
I'm from southern ontario so this coat is definitely a necessity not just for looks. I was thinking of buying a Hurtta coat at first but they are quite expensive in Canada. Are the Royal Fifi coats warm enough or should i stick with a Hurtta coat because of where i live?
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They are completely different. Hurtta coats are wind and waterproof. They are great for a dog who needs protection from the harsh environment. I have the hurtta coats and love them. Bella gets so cold that I actually layer a royal fifi sweater under the hurtta coat.

Chantals coats are more fashion. Hurtta coats are more outdoorsy functional. You can not beat Royal Fifi sweaters though! I have about 3 dozen of them. I LOVE LOVE them!!! I caught myself looking at them last night but I don't need anymore! They last forever. If you buy a sweater, measure exact. Wool stretches and over time the sweater will stretch on its own by taking it on and off.

You can also consider Suzy, on this forum, for a coat. She is making custom coats and I know she is working on a wind and waterproof one now.





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They are completely different. Hurtta coats are wind and waterproof. They are great for a dog who needs protection from the harsh environment. I have the hurtta coats and love them. Bella gets so cold that I actually layer a royal fifi sweater under the hurtta coat.

Chantals coats are more fashion. Hurtta coats are more outdoorsy functional. You can not beat Royal Fifi sweaters though! I have about 3 dozen of them. I LOVE LOVE them!!! I caught myself looking at them last night but I don't need anymore! They last forever. If you buy a sweater, measure exact. Wool stretches and over time the sweater will stretch on its own by taking it on and off.

You can also consider Suzy, on this forum, for a coat. She is making custom coats and I know she is working on a wind and waterproof one now.
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So, are you saying that the Royal Fifi coats wouldn't be warm enough for my kind of winters?
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I went to school in Toronto. If I remember correctly it was freaking cold! A royal fifi coat would be fine with a sweater underneath. If you're like me and you take your hav out for 2-3 mile hikes in the snow, rain and bitter cold, the hurtta would be better because it stops the wind.

Don't get me wrong, I have a dozen royal fifi coats that are georgeous! They are all fleece lined and cover the belly so they are plenty warm. Hurtta is like North Face. Royal fifi would be like a very good designer coat. You can't go wrong either way!

If you decide to layer, make sure to measure exact but not tight for the sweater and roomy for the coat on the chest and neck measurements.
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Thanks! Layering sounds like a good option. I was thinking about buying a sweater anyways. A sweater and a coat from Chantal is the same price as one Hurtta coat.
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Yes! Her stuff is very affordable. If you can do Alpace wool that is a very heavy warm wool. If you have questions about measuring let me know

Bella has a 13,5 chest for sweaters so I order her coats at 15" chest
Her neck is 9,5 for sweaters so I order 11" for her coats I believe.

I do a 2" turtleneck folded so 4" laying open flat. The mock turtle neck is also nice. I don't do hoods or sleeves. Chantal will customize it anyway you want.

Also for the inside of the coat, just do regular colored fleece. The off white textured lining fleece matts the hair too much.

Be aware that sweaters and coats will Matt the hair if your pup isn't in a short haircut....

Post pictures when you get your order!
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Ps. You might not need to layer. My boys are fine with one layer. Even just a royal fifi sweater in the winter can be enough for them.

If you order the coat slightly larger you will have the option to layer or wear alone. Going 1.5 inches bigger around the neck and chest is not that much. You can test this by using a tape measure and adding that 1.5 inches to see it's not that much when adding to the circumference.

I've become an expert at custom dog clothes and measuring: lol
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Yes! Her stuff is very affordable. If you can do Alpace wool that is a very heavy warm wool. If you have questions about measuring let me know

Bella has a 13,5 chest for sweaters so I order her coats at 15" chest
Her neck is 9,5 for sweaters so I order 11" for her coats I believe.

I do a 2" turtleneck folded so 4" laying open flat. The mock turtle neck is also nice. I don't do hoods or sleeves. Chantal will customize it anyway you want.

Also for the inside of the coat, just do regular colored fleece. The off white textured lining fleece matts the hair too much.

Be aware that sweaters and coats will Matt the hair if your pup isn't in a short haircut....

Post pictures when you get your order!
I would love some tips for measuring Millie, if you have the time to share them.
Millie just got a 1 inch puppy cut last week. That's part of the reason I'm looking for a coat. She has been shivering if she's outside even for a little while. It has barely dipped below zero yet. She needs a coat.
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Ok. So I just remeasured Bella and it seems I add 2 inches to the coats chest girth and neck.

Sweater measurements:
Neck- measure at the base of the neck. Where the neck joins the body. Do not go by her diagram. Hers is of a larger dog and their necks start lower. Do not pull tight because the sweater has to fit over the head. Just measure exact without pulling tight.
Chest Girth- is the largest measurement around the chest. Measure exactly! Do not go loose because this will stretch over time.
Body length- hold her head in a relax position, neither straight up or down but in between. Measure from base of neck to where the tail starts. This measurement is better to be exact or a hair too long. Too long for the length is better than too short. This measurement is tricky because you can measure 3 times and come up with a different number every time. So do it a few times to be sure.

Coat Measurement:
Add 2" to the neck girth and chest girth. Length is the actual measurement.

Tips:
Ask for the tail cut out. See pictures below. Notice the end of the coats and sweater is not cut in a straight line. It is curved for the tail since our Havs tail sit high on the body.

See the lining on the one coat? It is a smooth fleece lining in black. This lining does not matt like that off white textured lining. I forget the name of it but it matts the fur horribly.

Do not hook leash to coat. If your dog pulls the snaps could open. I suggest putting harness under or over the coat and sweater. If you decide to put the harness under, ask her to make a leash hole. I put my harnesses over the coats and sweaters.

I also suggest a mock turtle neck 2-2.5 inches. Measure your pups neck length to be sure. This way it's not as bulky for layering.

Notice the brown coat below. That is the very first coat I ordered for Bella. It's holding up great since Bella has worn it for years daily in the winter 24/7!

Good luck!!!
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Wow! Thank you soooo much!!!
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