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Rafting the rapids, taking a spin around the lake on your SUP, or just trying to tire Fido out in the lake without him sucking down any water, the Ruffwear K9 Float Coat helps keep your dog safe while he enjoys the some good clean fun. Designed for dogs of all shapes and sizes, this Ruffwear dog life jacket has an adjustable neck closure, adjustable buckles at the sides and thoughtful details including a sturdy handle for lifting him in the boat and reflective trim for better visibility in low light conditions both in and out of the water.

Specifications

  • Confidence-inspiring canine life jacket designed for safety and fun
  • Natural swimming position aided by strategically-placed foam panels
  • Low-profile handle optimally positioned to help dogs out of water
  • Neck closure adjusts, yet is permanently attached and secure
  • Sheltered buckles stay in place for easy, one-handed clipping
  • Light loop on top for attaching The Beacon™ safety dog light
  • Reflective trim for enhanced visibility in or out of the water
  • Dog's girth (measurement around widest part of rib cage): 13-17 in, 33-43 cm (XXS); 17-22 in, 43-56 cm (XS); 22-27 in, 56-68 cm (S); 27-32 in, 68-81 cm (M); 32-36 in, 81-91 cm (L); 36-42 in, 91-106 cm (XL)

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Review Summary

4.9 out of 5

117 Reviews

Pros
  • Build quality: 5
  • Ease of use: 5
  • Great design: 5
  • Performance: 4

Cons
  • Cost: 2
Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

117 Ratings & Reviews

great doggie lifejacket!
August 05, 2008

amazingly well-built and floats my 100 lb. doggie without any issues. i am completely satisfied and can relax knowing my dog is swimming safely.

fanstastic product!
August 17, 2006

I'm more than glad to write a reveiw of this product! I bought it for my older dog tigger. hes a large dog who just turned eleven. He loves to swim and play fetch at the ocean. recently tigger has been haveing his muscles give out when he plays.(he gets so exitted he doesnt know when to stop). Anyway after a scary trip where I had to swim out because he was so tired he was swimming in cirles and cring in panic, it was a while before I found this product. Tigger loves it! It helps him swim and he loves showing it off. We swam yesterday for over and hour. Tigger didnt want to stop, he even gets upset when I take the vest off! thankyou so much for a great product. It fits well and works great! -Holly, and Tigger(11 yr. old 65 pound dog)

Great Product
July 16, 2007

I bought 2 for our large dogs for vacation but 1 passed away before he could use it. The other did use it and we would not have gotten her in the water otherwise.

Great
July 14, 2008

Have purchased 2 large and 1 medium coat. They fit great and seem to provide the extra floation my dogs need.

K-9 Float Coat
July 30, 2008

We love the K-9 dog life jacket because it is well constructed,easy to put on and very comfortable. It gives our lab the extra allowing her to relax and stay in longer. The handle is great security and assistance in getting her in and out. The K-9 came quickly as well which was nice. We will certainly shop here again in the near future. Thank you!!

Reba
staff

All dogs should be so lucky...
July 21, 2008

My dog loves the water, but she is part pit bull and swims very low in the water. This float coat has made a world of difference. She is more eager to go in the water and swim around. It's also more reassuring having her on the boat, knowing that if something were to happen, she will stay safe. The handle on the top of the life jacket makes it easy to pick her up in the water and pull her into the boat.

This doggy lide jacket is the best!
August 08, 2008

The medium size was a perfect fit for my Pembroke Corgi My dog is a non-swimmer until we got this vest. It'a AMAIZING!!!!

Great Coat for New Swimmer
August 04, 2008

Thank you for this great product! I adopted a 9 year old golden retriever who has never been in the water. He finally learned it was safe to stand on the top steps but wanted to really swim with my 2 other retrievers. After many attempts with out your coat he still couldn't do it confidently. After one day of practicing with his new coat, he's swimming like a pro and can now be a part of the daily doggie pool party! Thank you so much for this great product!

Great!
July 05, 2009

I recently purchased the K9 Float coat for 3 of my Dobermans. It arrived quickly and your customer service was outstanding! This product was of obvious quality and the dogs have been using them weekly now and loving them. I highly recommend your products and company to anyone who will listen-Bravo! Look forward to many more purchases from you.

Works Great! 70lb lab a medium.
February 29, 2008

We have a 70lb Labrador Retriever and initially ordered the large but had to return for a medium. The medium fits her perfectly (she is a trim lab). Even though she is all lab, she a bit tentative about swimming for pleasure so we bought the vest to help her feel more comfortable. The vest does seem to help a she doesn't mind wearing it at all! We get lots of complements about how "cool" she looks in it!

Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Elphie
from Cambridge, MA
25-34 yrs

Worth the cost
August 27, 2012

We just love RuffWear products, and this life vest is a new favorite. Sure, it's more expensive than others, but for good reason. We have a different (still good condition) life vest for our pup (a 15 lb Cairn Terrier), but we decided to go ahead and buy this one because it was designed so much better. The straps are well contained, so we're never worried about something snagging. She wears it all day at the beach, and it doesn't seem to slow her down on land or in the water. She's a good swimmer, but not very visible in the water (she's black), so we feel much safer having this bright yellow jacket on her when she decides to jump off one kayak and swim to the other. We don't need it at the dog pond, but it's a necessity in the open water with power boats around.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
AtlanticSailor

Best doggie lifevest available
April 13, 2010

We bought this vest for our standard poodle for a sailing trip to the Bahamas. It's a high quality vest replacing another brand we had before of lesser quality. that he actually wants to put on whenever What's fun is that as soon as he sees it, he comes right to us to put it on. The handle allows us to safely lift his 65 pounds off a dock down into the dinghy. The vest fit exactly as advertised and it still looks like new after lots of use. Highly recommend.

My Labrador Loves It!
May 27, 2009

I have a lab that absolutely loves to swim and you cant get him out of the water. He used to get really tired and sore from swimming so much but with this jacket he can swim much longer and isn't as tired or sore the next day. The handle is amazing for pulling him back up into the boat or on the dock. I would recommend this jacket to anyone who wants a great product for a very reasonable price.

Great jacket!1
July 16, 2007

I bought the medium life jacket for my 65lb English bulldog. He was having trouble staying up without it, and now he can keep his head upbove the water. He also can move freely and doesn't mind wearing the jacte. We bought one from pet smart before for $50.00 and had to take it back.

Great life vest
March 17, 2008

I Brought the XL for my Weimaraner for when we head down to the beach. The life vest is made so well, fits like a glove and doesn't inhibit his swimming at all. Two thumbs up to Ruffwear for yet another amazing product!

Must buy
July 18, 2007

This is a must buy for anyone who wants to safely take their dog out on the water. It's well made and easy to put on the dog. The handle on the back helps with lifting the dog out of the water and is easily grasped. It also serves as a wind block until your dog is dry, helpful in open, moving power boats.

Fast shipping
June 06, 2009

The Coat does not fit around my Bulldogs neck but it still works okay. Hes a muscular boy.....

Very well constructed.
June 13, 2010

High quality, good fitting vest. I would highly recommend this vest.

Love it!
September 02, 2008

Swimming allows my dog to exercise even though she has back problems. She's scared to swim, though, so getting her used to swimming has been interesting to say the least. The K-9 Life Jacket has been a great help. It allows her to feel more comfortable in the water and the jacket gives me something to grab onto when she needs help. It's very quick to put on and take off.

K-9 float coat
September 16, 2007

Well thought out design. No zippers to zip or break. Good freedom of movement for my GSP.

Great, quality life jacket, especially for Large Breeds!
June 06, 2010

Excellent product (good design fits well & quality lasts for years); great buoyancy for my 130lb Rottie who's just learning how to swim! Ruff Wear gear offers a quality product line: have every size of the K-9 Overcoats (had K9 Overcoat for my previous Rottie & loved it, so when we moved to Upstate NY, had to outfit my new puppy w/ several sizes in one winter) & getting ready to purchase the Boots, Tracking Coat & also another Float Coat for my other Rottie b/c her current life jacket is subpar to this one! All 4 of my Rotties have loved wearing Ruff Gear; they get excited when I pull it out, are eager to put on & prance around like they just won "Best in Show" at Westminster when they're wearing it!

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
familycamperRuss
from Central Oregon
35-44 yrs

A must for dogs who love boating
May 11, 2012

This revised version of the K9 Float Coat is a great improvement over the older models. Ruffwear has hit the mark again. This jacket is a must for those dogs going rafting or who will be any turbulent or waters that are farther from shore. Also great for dogs who would normally have trouble swimming - bulldogs as an example.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use

Excellent Product
July 20, 2008

Highly recommended. I bought two, one for each of my Springers. It's a relief to know they're safe. The handle is great for lifting them out of the water.

great life jacket! highly recommend!
November 12, 2009

i use this jacket to take my doggie kayaking and this jacket allows her to swim for hours. great product!

Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
AuriRN
from Georgia
25-34 yrs

The best dog lifevest!!!!
June 03, 2012

I love this vest and so does my dog!! I have a 75 pound Doberman Pinscher who loves the water but is not the best swimmer. The float coat supports his weight and keeps him in a proper horizontal swimming position so that he can dog paddle as well as any Labrador Retriever. With this vest he feels more secure in the water as he will now swim much further to fetch a toy. Not to mention the peace of mind if he were to leap off the boat unexpectedly. I love that the underside of the vest has wide coverage and supports his chest and belly. The float coat has really cool velcro wraps that keeps the straps from getting loose in the water. The handle on the top of the vest is sturdy enough to lift him back onto the boat and a must for any dog over 30-40lbs. The bright yellow color helps with viability as my dog is black and I worry about him being seen by other boats and watercraft. Overall its a well designed top dog product. You get what you pay for and this vest is worth every penny.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use

Pleased & Satisfied
June 20, 2007

My terrier/boxer loves sailing with us. After researching many canine life jackets, this was top. It is not as constricting and bulky and many others. I hope we'll never need to see if it keeps him afloat because the idea is to keep him in the boat, but the safety handle seems durable. It fits really nicely but I wish the neck/velcro sat a little lower--seems to hit him at the throat a little high...wouldn't be a problem if he was actually in the water I guess. He didn't mind wearing it from the moment I put it on him.

k-9Float coat Dog Life Jacket
April 13, 2008

Dog don't think much of the jacket. When they get in the water they won't even know they got it on.

Great life vest,
June 24, 2009

My great dane is an intense swimmer. She thinks she is a retriever. The life vest helps her stay afloat when she gets tired. It fits well and she doesn't mind wearing it at all.

Clearly the best - a must have!
December 28, 2008

I have a 65 lbs black lab, and I don't know how long a dog can swim before exhausting out, but the Ruff Wear K-9 jacket takes that fear away. It's the most rugged and sturdy of all jackets. The handle is placed on the jacket with good balance making lifting my dog into the boat very easy WITHOUT stressing the dog (or me!). NOTE: The size chart is not perfect. My lab has a 29 in girth which indicates a Medium size, but this was too small. I advise sizing up to the Large for large breeds. Nevertheless, customer service was flawless in making the exchange. The absolute best customer service of any internet purchase before. I highly recommend this company.

Wonderful investment.
September 29, 2007

Our lab loved the float coat. He swam and swam all over the lake. My family enjoyed swimming w/ him and not having to worry about him getting too tired. The handle was perfect for pulling him onto the boat. We are extremely please with this life jacket!!

Very well made jacket
June 22, 2008

We are very happy with the jacket it fit perfectly, our dog was able to move and and swim comfortably and he even seems to like it. I would definitely recommend it. It is very well made and will last a long time. Our Lab is a good swimmer but it's reassuring to know he has a sturdy dependable jacket when needed.

Awesome Floater!
August 05, 2009

My Black Lab loves it. She seems so relaxed and calm in the water. Now we can stay for longer periods of time in the water. As usual, Excellent product...Thank you and I'll be back for more...

Excellent purchase!
September 01, 2007

Our golden retriever puppy is 55+ pounds now and this jacket makes it so much easier for us to get him out of the water. It is also extremely easy to put on and the colors are great for us to keep an eye on where he is.

Great jacket!!
September 05, 2007

AAA+++ Life jacket. We have a golden retriever that loves going boating with us and so for her own security we purchase this vest after last years mesh one tore when lifting her into boat, she is 80lbs and the large vest fit just perfect and held her weight with the transferring into boat. We highly recommend this vest don't waste your money on cheaper ones plus shipping was extremely fast.

Excellent for Old English Sheepdogs
August 11, 2007

I have 2 Old English Sheepdogs. I bought a float coat for the each of them. The one loves to swim but has a hard time keeping her hindend from sinking, the vest is a life saver now I don't need to worry about her at all!! Great job RUFF WEAR!!!

Great vest!
May 01, 2009

We bought this safety vest for our 2 yr old terrier mix. He loves swimming already, but my husband and I want to take him kayaking with us in San Diego Bay and we're concerned about him falling over board. We measured him according to the website instructions and the vest fit him perfectly. My husband took him out already and tested picking Riley up from mid water and putting him back in the kayak. He said the vest felt sturdy and didn't seem to rub against any body parts uncomfortably. Riley weighs about 45 pounds. We're happy so far and Riley loves being out with us!

Tuff, durable, and looks great!!
June 17, 2009

We have a special needs chocolate lab that loves to float in the lake. Her left elbow is turned inside and she can't use it to swim. After researching several pet PFDs, we decided on this one. It works great, it's comfortable for her, and it helps keep her head above water. The strap is awesome because we have to pull her back up on to the boat. Great product, thanks.

Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
ILO1984
from San Mateo, CA
25-34 yrs

Great Life Vest!!!!
August 03, 2012

This is a review for the Ruffwear K9 Float Coat Life Vest; again Ruffwear has made an excellent product. Our dog is a Lab mix about 70 pounds with a Germen Sheppard chest, size large fits her perfect, and her girth is 32 inches at the chest. I believe she could have fit into a size medium since I have made all the buckles and straps as tight as they can go, but since she has a girth of 32 inches I wanted a little room just incase. Overall the vest is well built; I was able to pick her up and out of the water by the handle without any problems. The Dandelion Yellow color is a nice bright color that can easily be seen in waves and dark water. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who has a dog that loves the water and might get into trouble in the surf. Once again thank you altrec.com for the great prices and fast shipping.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, bright color

100% satisfied with the joacket and price paid for it
July 16, 2008

We have an American staffordshire terrior. He weighs 85lbs. We got the large and it fits great. He loves to swim for hours so we decided we felt safer at the lake if he had a lifejacket. This product is well made, sturdy, and I expect it to last my dog's lifetime for sure. As people meniotned, the handle on top of the jacket is extremely helpful for helping my dog out of the water onto the dock, boat, ect. Amazing product- worth the money!

Very high quality, attractive, sturdy, fits very well.
August 22, 2008

We have an American Pit Bull Terrier, 46 lbs, with wide shoulders. We have tried other life jackets, and they are tight and confining at the shoulders. Also, most others ride too high on the neck, and chafe and choke. But the Float Coat fits perfectly, leaving room at the shoulders, and not riding up at the neck. And it is very attractive, with beautifully crafted details. And our sweet Coco doesn't mind wearing it at all. She can sit and lay down in the boat comfortably, and even sleep in it. I would highly recommend it.

QUALITY PRODUCT
August 26, 2008

WE PURCHASED THIS X-LARGE LIFE JACKET FOR OUR 175 LB ENGLISH MASTIFF FITS WELL AROUND THE CHEST BUT COULD BE A LITTLE LONGER FROM HEAD TO TAIL FLOTATION IS VERY GOOD

Life vests
August 12, 2007

First of all, this company is one of the best. The service is great,fast shipping and great products. The dog vest we got (med) were a little small so we sent back and got large, much better fit. Male is 65lbs female is 66 and (both goldens) large was just right for them.

Excellent Product-Easy to Get on Pet
September 21, 2007

I have 3 Rottweilers who just love to swim in my inground pool. 2 of them have hip problems and swimming is the best therapy for them. I was worried about them getting tired and possibly having trouble getting to the steps to get out. These Float Coats were a wonderful solution. They are very easy to put on your pet and they have no trouble adapting to wearing them. I would recommend these to anyone with pets enjoying water sports.

Great Product
August 28, 2006

We bought this jacket for boating with our 66lb dog. She is comfortable with it on and can swim endlessly without chafing. It fits her well, floats her high in the water and is highly visible (exactly what we need for our busy waterways). It is a bit hard for her to sit/lay with it on, but overall a good buy.

Ansel the Golden Retriever Struts His Stuff!
June 14, 2009

I ordered our one year old golden retriever, Ansel (yes, named for the photographer)a LARGE float coat and it fits him perfect. Ansel weighs 78 pounds. The weather has not cooperated yet this year for us to take him out canoeing, but Ansel loves wearing the vest and walks around in it like he is a doggy model (he will do anything for a laugh). We just know that this float coat is just what we were looking for.

NEpickyshopper
top500Contributor

thoughtfully designed, very well constructed
August 06, 2009

Bought this for our first canoe trip with our 5 month old Vizsla. She can swim, but we were concerned about her lack of experience and didn't want her to panic in fast moving water if we capsized. Being a typical squirmy puppy, we thought she wouldn't tolerate the vest, but she ignored it once we were underway. It is well constructed and thoughtfully designed. Thank you for a great product and the peace of mind.

Great jacket
July 17, 2007

The jacket fits well and is of excellent quality. We purchased the jacket because Lake Michigan has a lot of undertow. Our dog loves wearing it!! She seems to enjoy the water much more now. One of our best purchases.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
3happygoldens
from Mclean, VA
55-64 yrs

Life Vest
May 10, 2012

Outstanding ‘Ruff Wear’ life vest (float coat). We have used this same product at a K-9 Fitness Centre where their float coats get several years of constant daily use before needing replacing. When a dog starts to get tired swimming or is just old the vest gives that extra buoyancy to allow both safety and for the dog to continue on with his exercise program. For outdoor swimming in lakes or rivers the bright color add extra safety for the dog. I bought the size M coat for our 9 year old 68 pound Golden. I may buy an additional coat to share between my other 2 Goldens. At the pool as soon as their butts start to sink a little, on goes a Ruff Wear Vest and the fun continues. In a household where the vest is not getting worn multiple times a day day in and day out it should last for many many years. Excellent construction and fits true.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: Cost

Great Accessory to a weekend at the lake
May 27, 2008

We tried this product for the first time this weekend at the lake. It was a great fit for our 67 lb. weimaraner/chocolate lab mix (we ordered a size medium for her lean build). The handle on top is a lifesaver when trying to lift her back into the boat. I would recommend it to anyone.

Hershey did very well with the Ruff Wear life jacket!
June 22, 2008

Not only did the jacket fit well, it also was strong and sturdy. The first time she went in the water, the current was stronger than expected. Had it not been for her new life jacket she would have tired quickly and not enjoyed herself. Thanks for a great product!

Great product, both my dogs adapted quickly to it's use.
March 29, 2009

I purchased K-9 Float Coat Dog Life Jackets for my two dogs, Catahoulas. One is 35 lbs. and the other 60 lbs. Both jackets fit well. The dogs seem to like them. Although they are natural swimmers, with webbed feet, the little one never liked swimming until she started wearing the jacket. They also work well to help transport the dogs to and from the boat.

life vest
September 01, 2010

This is my first time purchasing a life vest for my puppy. It's pretty snug around her neck which I think it's suppose to be snug and she seems to be okay with it. Eventually I will have to purchase another size up because she is still growing. I will be testing it out this weekend to see how it holds up.

Ruff Wear K-9 Float Coat Life Jacket
October 04, 2008

We love the Ruff Wear K-9 Float Coat Dog Life Jacket. It fits our Great Dane perfecly. So easy to put on and he can move around in it with no problem. Very well made. We have taken him in the boat several times and feel he is very safe with it on.

swheat

Perfect fit
July 27, 2009

Handle provides great leverage for hauling our Wheaten onto the pontoon after a quick dip in the lake. He seems comfortable in it and the added buoyancy the jacket gives him is great.

A Happy Dog
November 24, 2009

I wasn't sure whether my rottweiler would tolerate a life jacket, and wasn't even sure whether she needed one, but am glad to have purchased this one from Altrec for peace of mind. She doesn't seem to mind wearing it and I don't have to worry about her --- everybody wins!

Turned my dog into a swimmer!
August 26, 2007

I finally purchased one of these for my 8 yr. old German Shepherd, who for her whole life, would not go in over her head and would alway panic and flail if she accidentally lost her footing. After working with her gently with treats and sticks with the vest on, she realized that she wouldn't drown, and now swims like a fish! I wish I had tried this years ago, but at least she can now swim and keep her hips in shape. Better late than never!

Great Life Jacket for the Dog
August 06, 2007

We have a Golden Retriever named Madeline, and she will not get out of the water! So when we bought a new boat, instead of worrying about her leaping off the boat unprotected, we bought her the red/black K-9 Float Life Jacket. It snaps on and off very easily and fits her perfectly. She swims for 20 minutes with ease, and just floats when she is done we simply lift her with the handle back onto the boat. This jacket is much better than our old one because it supports her belly. The other one just had mesh, giving her no flotation from underneath. I highly recommend this product!

Great Coat
October 13, 2008

Really floats the dog well. Made to assist, doesn't float it out of the water.

Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
maggiemaecra
from Michigan
35-44 yrs

Excellent quality, heavy duty handle for lifting
June 20, 2012

This is a high quality pet life jacket. I ordered a M for my 60 lb female Weim and it fits great. Construction is excellent and the handle won't rip or strain when lifting the dog out of the water. I plan to use this for SUP paddleboarding with the dog. She is good at wearing backpacks and doesn't seem to mind this jacket at all. I ordered the yellow. It's nice and bright for easy spotting. Seems to clean up well. Expensive compared to other jackets but the quality is unmatched by any cheaper brands.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost

excellent and excellent quality
August 24, 2007

We have a golden retiever who has not figured out how to use her hind end for swimming .....you could say she swims like a polar bear and just uses her front feet to paddle. We shoped around and picked the ruffwear and could not be anymore happier. It is an excellent made vest and our dog loves it. it goes one easy and fits her like a glove. We could see how much happier she is to swim now. And we feel so much more at ease when we take her to the lake. We will be getting another one for our other golden. As we are sure she will love it too. Thanks Ruffwear

great jacket
February 05, 2008

the dog loves it, now we just have to talk the owner into realizing the dog doesn't look dorky wearing it.

just the ticket for water dogs!
June 03, 2010

i'm a fan of ruffwear k9 products and purchased this vest a couple years ago for my cattledog. my latest purchase is this vest in xxs for my 6 lb yorkie. the vest fits him and he still has freedom of movement. he is balanced in the water and able to swim just fine, tho he looks like a rat in a life vest. i highly recommend this product

We ordered two - one for our daughter's dog and one for our dog.
November 12, 2007

Great fits and great service. It's a little cold here, so we haven't had a chance to pitch them overboard. Seriously, though, both dogs are on boats and around "big" water all summer. The jackets make everyone more comfortable. The handle is a great feature - just try getting a dog from water to boat without a vest/handle.

Great Life Jacket for my Dog
June 24, 2009

This float jacket has been a great addition to our summer routine. My dog loves the water, but used to get really tired after being in the water for a little while. However, with the new jacket she can stay in as long as she wants. It also doesn't hurt that the jacket is very stylish. I wish I got this jacket sooner.

My 12 y/o Lab loved it !!
July 09, 2008

Our 12 yr old yellow lab INDY just spent the week in the surf at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. July 2008. The life jacket fit great and gave him that extra bouyancy to help with some of the bigger waves. It also made me feel better just in case he would over do it. The D ring worked well to use with the leash to go from the house to the beach, and the handle let me pull him up over some of the breakers. He didn't seem to mind wearing it at all.I would highly recommend this product for both the owner's peace of mind and the dog's safety; especially if you have an older dog who doesn't know he's older. :-)

Great PFD for dogs
January 27, 2009

The Jacket fits well,is well constructed and my dog doesn't mind wearing it. I have a Rotty 120# bought the large and it fits like a glove. Easy to put on and non restrictive.

BadBoyBob with the waterlogged dog!
February 04, 2009

This dog life jacket is the bomb! It works really great! We have a 175lb Great Dane that wears it to the lake and it fits him great... and since they are not renowned swimmers, this is fun for everyone, without the hassle of pulling the dog back to shore!

DOG love the vests
June 16, 2008

The vest is wonderful. The vest is lightweight and the fit is great. Bought one for each of my three Black Labs. Got the vest primarily for my oldest lab that has seizures and decided each of them should have a vest. I want them to be able to swim and be safe. They all loved the vest!

Boxers and swimming
May 13, 2008

I am very impressed with the quality of the jacket. I have three boxers who are taking swimming lessons at the Sterling Rehabilitation Center in Walpole, Mass. Needless to say, my boxers can't swim. This jacket gives them the extra boyancy in the front they need due to their big chests and seems to help them hold up their heads in the water. I have seen an improvement in their swimming since I bought the jacket. I purchased one to try and I am going to need two more boxer size and two boston terrier size.

A wonderful product which has proved invaluable to us.
June 02, 2008

My elderly Golden Retriever has always been a strong swimmer but, due to a recent illness, I was having concerns about letting him swim in the pool now because his back legs have very little strength at the moment. The life jacket has been an absolute God send and I can now safely allow him to exercise again. It has made the world of difference to us both.

you want to know about sizing?
September 08, 2009

Shopping online can be a gamble, so I want to include the info I was looking for when reading other reviews. The sizing chart is pretty close to spot on. Our dog is a 50lb, 7 month old (growing) Catahoula with a slender build, similar to a boxer. We ordered him a Medium, worried it might be too small. Not at all! If we had ordered the large, we'd be exchanging it. He has room to grow, which we expect him to just a bit more. No worries about growing out. His body is only 27" around & 30" from base of neck to base of tail. The coat completely covers his ribs while leaving his hind quarters free to swing while he walks & wag while he swims. It holds him up just a bit higher in the water than without the coat, & he can certainly swim much longer. Our friends have a 70lb lab, & although the medium would fit around him, I think any dog at that size the Large would be a better choice. That may help those on the cusp who aren't sure what size to order their hound. The reflecting trim is great. Our dog is brindle, so when camping in the woods, the extra visibility was really helpful. I would say the construction is pretty good, not fabulous. The locks seem decent quality, but the canvas strap that holds the plastic D ring broke off immediately. On dry land, just when the dog yanked suddenly. Not pleased, but the handle seems good and strong. All in all, we're satisfied. We'll keep it. Good luck!

Great Life Jacket
August 25, 2008

We have a 6 month old 60 lbs. Chocolate Lab that is just learning to swim. While camping recently he decided to take the deep water plunge out of the canoe. He swam like a champ, the lift handle on the back of the life vest made it real easy to get him back in the canoe. This is a must have for water lovers.

Love it
May 27, 2009

We Kayak with our corgi Boo. This coat fits him great although I have to put velcro on the straps as they are to long for him to walk in it. I wouldn't put Boo in our boat without his float coat

My SAR hounds love it!
June 08, 2009

My search & rescue hounds love the coat. I only wish the belly flaps were a bit longer...for deep chested dogs. You might want to consider sizing up. I went a size larger than the size chart...L vs. M and now wish I'd ordered even an XL. Even so it is a great jacket and my dogs really appreciate the cutout fit so there is no restriction. Have not had to use them on a water search yet but am sure they will work beautifully.

swimming pit bull
August 06, 2008

My 80Lb. pit has had this coat for 2 years now. He loves to swim but it was hard for him to really keep his big head out of the water. With the coat he seems to keep his head much higher making it easier for him to swim. He does not mind it at all, he actually brings it to me in the morning. It held up very well until one of the buckles got shut in the car door. I am going to try to fix it but may have to order a new one.

Great for the hulks that sink!
August 28, 2008

Our two German Shepherds tend to sink when we get them in the pool. No more!!! They love their jackets and truly enjoy cooling off from our Key West heat & humidity. I'm tempted to get one for myself!! Thanks much.

Bailey is safe in the K-9 life jacket.
December 15, 2007

I would like to comment on Bailey's new life vest.. He is our big baby Basset Hound and means the world to my husband Charlie and I... We have just recently moved to Kauai where Bailey does not like to be left out of surfing, paddle boarding or kayaking or even a daily swim... We know it is unusual for a Basset to be such a water dog, but he is... We absolutely love his new vest and the fit is remarkable, we feel very safe with him participating in all of our water activities...He recently jumped off the board in the middle of the Ocean and the vest kept him afloat all the way back to shore. Quiet a swim for his little legs, he shook it off and continued to chase crabs before reentering the water. Bailey is six and 65lbs. and we bought size medium.. He was comfortable right away. we will recommend this jacket to everyone.. Mahalo Aloha Cathy , Charlie Parker & Bay

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K-9 Float Coat
June 17, 2009

Very well made, tough and well-fit floatation coat. I would have given 5 stars except the neck piece should be longer. I have a 95 pound Chesapeake, 35" girth that has a wide front & big neck. Her body isn't long enough to comfortably wear the XL, (and the XL was too bulky on her) so had to go with the size L. The snap closures fit, but the velcro pieces don't come together- about 2" gap. But, still love the coat, even with the neck thing. It would be helpful if rough wear offered an extended neck size in the size L, as I'm sure many dogs could use the extra neck room. By the way, the Big Eddy in L has an even smaller neck than the K-9 Float Coat.

K-9 Float Coat
August 29, 2006

The K-9 Float Coat is great. It is extremely superior to any other dog life jacket I have seen, and hardly costs any more! The quality is impressive, the fit is perfect (even for an english bulldog).

Who knew my dog could swim!
June 19, 2009

Zeus, my boxer mix, has never been much of a swimmer -- his rear end sinks & he starts to panic. He has hip dysplasia & weak knees so swimming is the best thing for him. The 1st time I put on this jacket, he swam the full length of the pool. His chest is getting so big from swimming, I'm afraid he's about to outgrow his large jacket soon!

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