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The Ruffwear Portage Float Coat for Dogs provides safety for your water-loving canine companion and peace of mind for you in and around the water. Ideal for recreational use, the Portage is a high-quality flotation jacket at an excellent value. Great for calm water activities, or for dogs who are less buoyant and/or new to the water. One of the biggest advantages of a Ruff Wear Float Coat: strategically placed PVC-free buoyancy cells that support dogs in a natural horizontal swimming position, allowing them to go farther, longer, with less fatigue.


  • Great for calm water activities, or for dogs who are less buoyant and/or new to the water
  • Strategically placed PVC-free buoyancy cells that support dogs in a natural horizontal swimming position
  • Intended Uses: Canoeing, Recreational Paddling, Lake Swimming, Sailing
  • Performance fit: contoured, athletic cut
  • Ruff Wear Float Coats should fit snugly, please measure carefully!
  • Girth: measurement around widest part of rib cage
  • Size: XXS 12"-19" (30-48 cm), XS 17"-24" (43-61 cm), S 23"-30" (58-76 cm), M 27"-32" (69-81 cm), L 31"-40" (79-102 cm), XL 35"-48" (89-122 cm)

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

115 Reviews

  • Ease of use: 9
  • Great value: 5
  • Lasts forever: 2
  • Build quality: 10

  • Cost: 1
  • none: 1
Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

115 Ratings & Reviews

Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from michigan
35-44 yrs

great fit, great function, great quality
January 05, 2011

Purchased for my 65 lb lab/brit mix. Sizing table was accurate. Vest fits snug, dog swims effortlessly, and the grab handle is great for hoisting her back into my boat. We have used it now for 2 seasons and it is still in like new condition. No fading and dries relatively fast. Great product all around.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

June 23, 2011

My dog absolutely loves to swim but he's a skinny border collie and doesn't have the greatest buoyancy. When he would grab his toy he'd get water in his mouth on the return trip. The Portage Float Coat raised him far enough out of the water to keep him from swallowing water on the return trip. I've also been around other dogs with different floating vest and I have yet to see one as well designed or as durable the Ruffwear. The coat doesn't slide around on the dog and make it uncomfortable for him. The grab handle, which I have seen rip off multiple other coats, keeps going strong two summers in.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Santa Cruz, CA
55-64 yrs

Great Dog Float Coat
April 23, 2011

I have an adorable mini dachshund who is very adventurous and loves the water. He wasn't too sure about his new jacket until he went in the pool with it and found it to be very useful floatation device as well as providing warmth.--he has very little fur protection! The handle on the top is very useful for plucking him out of the water as he is traveling by! This coat is useful and amusing.

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

very well made
May 20, 2009

Quality wise it is a very good product. According to the measurement chart I bought XS, S for my dogs. But they both needed XS. I think it's better to fit them snugly.

June 30, 2010

Our labs love to swim and kayak so we bought them both the float coat! We always wear our lifejackets so it only made sense to get the girls one! Our yellow lab is about 65+ lbs and the Medium is perfect for her and the green is very bright on her so other boaters can see her. Our black lab is a little over 70 lbs. and she was a little between sizes. Large was too long and she couldn't sit down. Medium fits her good when its let most of the way out. They love them and got to try them out in our pond. The peace of mind, and great coat are worth every penny!

Works like a charm
December 14, 2009

Fits nice; can adjust it in multiple places. There are no scratchy protrusions to bother my dog. She floats beautifully and seems to enjoy it. Life jacket is high quality and durable.

English Bulldog Can Swim!
September 08, 2010

My English bulldog loves the pool but I could not get her off the second step until I bought the Floatcoat and she now loves to swim around the pool! She is no skinny girl and the floatcoat keeps her body and head above the water. Maggie thanks you!

Great purchase
May 11, 2009

I liked the quick delivery from Altrec and the dog vest is great. It fits well and helps to hold the dogs head above water. My dog has seizures and I always worry it might happen while swimming. This vest has relieved my fears.

A Mama's peace of mind! :-)
September 29, 2008

What a great investment. We took our 5lb Chihuahua on her first canoe trip down the river. She seemed very comfortable in her XXS float coat. Made of quality material and a good sound construction! She still does not like to get wet or to swim but at least I know she is going to float should we have an accident!!

Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Stow, MA
35-44 yrs

Excellent for hard to fit dogs
August 09, 2011

We live on a lake with 5 dogs, all of whom enjoy the fun of playing in the water, but two of which were not able to do more then splash in the shallows until recently due to an inability to swim. After trying numerous other brands unsuccessfully, we ordered two portage float coats and are extremely pleased. The size small fits our 28 pound French Bulldog perfectly, providing enough buoyancy to keep his brachycephalic face out of the water but still allows a decent range of motion and maneuverability. His confidence is building rapidly and he is voluntarily spending more and more time in the water. The extra large adjusts well to the 125 pound American Bulldog who previously sank like a rock if he attempted to go in too he can happily swim out after tennis balls with the rest of his pack. This is a heavy boned, very deep chested dog that has been hard to fit previously. As he has had numerous orthopaedic surgeries, we are thrilled he is now able to benefit from the mental and physical therapeutics of hydrotherapy. Both vests are holding up well to heavy daily use. Although the other three dogs are strong swimmers in their own right, we plan to order one of these for each of them for added protection on boating excursions and/or challenging conditions.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value

Fit for my dog
December 04, 2009

Use this on the lake for my 2 year old German shepherd mix. I get nervous when the dog jumps in the water and this helps a great deal.

Not as good as it could be
July 01, 2009

The vest fit somewhat. There could be some small changes that would make this vest much better. The velcro on the neck could have been changed into a strap with a D ring instead of the strap that is on the neck this strap is even turned the wrong way. The straps under the abdomen could also be changed to velcro straps with D ring this would make the vest quicker to put on, more adjustable, and more secure. The handle on top is a good idea. The vest does not fit well around his neck should have got a larger size.

Excellent Product
July 16, 2008

You can tell right away this product is made very well. Much better than anything I have seen on the store shelves! I would definitely recommend this jacket to all my dog loving and boating friends!

RUFF WEAR Portage Float Coat for Dogs: Excellent K9 PFD!
September 03, 2010

This dog PFD is very attractive & lightweight. It's easy to adjust to fit your dog snugly. It's very comfortable for dogs & in no way hampers their freedom of movement, whether in the water or on dry land. I can't imagine a better dog PFD & am very pleased to have purchased it at a good price from Altrec.

Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from nashville, tn
25-34 yrs

ur dog will thank you
December 22, 2010

I like this here life jacket for my dog. The material seems pretty bouyant. I wish there were more colors however. The quality is good and there is a place to hook a light. The size runs a little large. I have a bull terrier and she weighs 55 lbs. The medium was almost to large but I'm able to make it work all the way tight. In all a great jacket. The best I could find.

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

Great quality
January 21, 2009

This is real sport gear, not a toy like some canine float gear. My Welsh Terrier was within the measurements for XS (at 22" girth, 15.5" neck to tail) and it is too small for him. It fits my friend's Lakeland Terrier great, and she'll be using it. I'm ordering a "Small" for my dog. The XS does fit his chest with the straps full out, but the neck is way too tight and it should be longer. I'm hoping the "small" fits even though the "minimum" body length is 16" for that size and he's just under it.


My dog floats!!
May 03, 2010

I own a 10 year old pug and we decided she should start coming with us on our canoe/kayak trips. The problem is she sinks like a rock. We bought an XS size of this jacket. She can now float and swim! We are very pleased with this purchase and highly recommend this jacket for any other water challenged dogs. The jacket fits well and will not come off.

excellent dog safety item!
July 08, 2009

The life jacket fits perfectly and works well. Now I can kayak with my cavalier! Thanks.

June 22, 2009

It stood up to my active doberman. She couldn't swim but now she will just jump right in the lake.

Fits pretty good, handle is sturdy
June 10, 2009

The main reason I purchased this vest was to pick my dog up out of the water and into the boat. The handle is very strong, and it does the job for a 70lb lab. I also tried it on my other 12yr old overweight lab. I didn't try to pick him up, as he is 90+lbs, but he liked the ease of swimming, and I could support him near slick spots near the river.

Perfect for a Maltese
April 12, 2010

I originally ordered the K-9 Float coat for small dogs. I have an 8 lb Maltese that I wanted to take kayaking with me but I'm not sure if he can swim. Fit perfect around the chest, but the neck was way too small. Called customer service. Very courteous and prompt response. Provided me with Ruff Wear's phone number in order to obtain neck measurements. Ruff Wear directed me to to get the same size (XXS). The "Portage" is a newer version of the float coat and they made the neck size larger. So far the exchange seems hassle free and the Portage is perfect for my dog. Great Quality and Service.

August 13, 2010

My 20 lb. beagle fits in this vest perfectly. The handle on top makes a great way for us to control dog in pool.

Luanne in PA
September 07, 2008

Thanks for the wonderful float coat. My cavalier is so cute and comfortable in it! At first I thought it was too small, but the fit is perfect. Not too cumbersome, easy for him to move in, and wonderfully bright colors! He may not love sailing, but due to his K-9 Float Coat, he does it comfortably. Great Product!

August 26, 2009

The life jacket, pfd, is not a great fit but it's better to wear one in the boat. The velcro closure on the neck was way too small so I returned the xs for the small size. The small pfd is big and loose around the body and he can work his front limbs out. My dog is 12 lbs with a long torso. The return went smoothly.

March 19, 2010

This float coat is awesome!! We originally got an XXS (as this is what size our approach pack is) but it was a little small, after getting an XS it fits perfect. She doesn't mind having it on and she can enjoy the water without having to work so hard. Our pup is a puggle (half pug/half beagle) she is little, but loves to be outside, and this just makes her love it more! I definitely recommend it!

Performance: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Portland, OR

Great product!
September 20, 2011

I really love this doggie life jacket, and I feel better having it on hand. In trying to teach my dog to swim, I put the coat on him - however, he seemed to be more confident venturing into the water once it was off. No real fault of the coat... I think my pup, understandably, trusts his instincts more. (Life jackets aren't my first choice when going for a swim, either! I just didn't know if he'd fare well the first time out... and I wasn't particularly confident in my ability to pull a potentially thrashing 70lb Boxer out of the lake, with no aid!) So, this coat will now strictly be used for added safety when boating and kayaking - in other words: accidental swims and not deliberate ones! ;o) Happy with the materials, quality, construction, and designed function. And I'm pleased to report that the swimming lesson was an overall success. Oh, and I ordered a large, in case anyone is curious; fits well on a lean, muscular 70lb dog.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use

April 17, 2010

This is the second Ruff Wear flotation coat I have purchased. They are made well and my dogs can swim safely in the water while still jumping.

I give this a thumbs up
June 22, 2008

My 5 month old silky was very comfortable in his jacket and did not mind wearing it It made my kayaking more enjoyable knowing he was safe thank you


for my tri-pawd
March 09, 2010

I have 3 swimmers in the family, recently adopted a shelter tri-pawd puppy. Looking forward to teaching him to swim this summer with a little help from the float coat.

Great fit and works as we had hoped
June 28, 2009

My Fox Terrier is small (25lbs) but has a big chest, so we tried on different sizes at a local outfitter, but they didn't have an xs in-stock so RuffWear told us to try you guys. Thanks for shipping it out quick, we got it in-time for the weekend. It fit really well when adjusted and he wore it several times around the house. In typical terrier fashion, Bandit did jump off the kayak but thanks to the Float Coat had an easy time swimming around. The top-loop worked great as I did eventually have to pluck him from the water.


Love how ruffwear fits!
July 09, 2010

My dog has not had a chance to wear this swimming and kayaking yet but he has worn it quite a bit. I found a lump on his leg 2 days after I ordered this and he very quickly had surgery to remove the lump. Everything ended up being ok but we had to keep him from touching the wound. The vest arrived 1 day after surgery and I teed it on him. What I found out immediately was he couldn't quite reach his back leg with the vest on. So...he wore this for several days instead of having to wear an Elizabethan collar(aka cone of shame). He didn't mind wearing the vest at all. He got many comments about how slick he looked in his life vest. Can't wait to try it out next week in the water. At least I know he likes wearing it and it fits great.


They fit whippets!!!
September 08, 2010

I love these life jackets. I have two whippets and I followed the measuring instructions so I ended up with 2 sizes. They fit perfectly. I took them swimming off our dock and the water is 20 ft deep. The handle on the back of the jackets makes it easy to lift them out of the water even at 32 lbs!! They jump right in with them on and their heads never go under. Great product!!!

Top quality gear from Ruff Wear
March 26, 2009

I own a mini schnauzer and my brother owns his half sister. I bought one for each in red (yellow was sold out). In the summer we sometimes have to be on rough water and since we wear life jackets in such conditions I realized our dogs should as well. They are well made, seem comfortable, easy to put on and take off, and the grab handle on the top makes it easy to pick them up out of the water. Definitely recommended.

August 25, 2010


August 13, 2008

My pomeranian has been wearing this PDF for nearly 4 years and we both love it! He dances when I hold it up. He just recently got a little 'husky' for his XXS so we are back for another one. Great product!

PerformanceJackets: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from MD
35-44 yrs

September 20, 2010

when I saw it in action I had no doubts at all that that was the best decision I made about the safety of my dog. size small seemed a little tight for 25inch dog girth but it's probably a correct fit.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Great for peace of mind
May 18, 2011

Bought this life jacket for my Golden Retriever. He's an excellent swimmer but doesn't know when to quit. He likes to swim alongside us in our kayaks. It gives us peace of mind knowing he will stay afloat even if he gets too tired.

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

K-9 Float Coat Life Jacket for small dogs is great
August 15, 2008

It is difficult to find anything to fit an Italian Greyhound, let alone a doggie pfd -- but your Float Coat fits perfectly snug and secure, and it looks so handsome on him too. Thanks for a wonderful product.

Very substantial compared to other brands I have seen.
April 03, 2010

Haven't tried it out yet (lake covered with ice still) but the float coat's construction looks like it is very well-made.

We really love the K-9 Flaot for small dogs...
September 30, 2008

We ordered one in red for our Piebald Miniature Dachshund, Beaux, about 6 months ago and just recently purchased the yellow for our Brindle Mini Dachshund, Tigger. The Life jackets are amazing and our pups just love the water so we have thoroughly enjoyed having the extra safety for them.

July 14, 2010

I have a lhaso Apso and the small fits him perfect! The first time we went out floating the river he fell and in and the handle was so handy for us to just reach in and pluck him back out. I was thankful the moment he fell in as the extraction from the river could have been a lot worse. I would highly recommend this jacket-well worth the money.


Well made Jacket
July 21, 2009

The sizing chart online is a bit confusing but I did order the right size and the Jacket fit well.

Best Jacket out there!
June 02, 2009

I have a corgi/Portugese Water dog mix. He loves the water and we are on the lake ALL day. This jacket is the best one out there! Very Durable, not too bulky, and he can still run around in it due to the way the jacket is designed around the legs. He has worn others before but he seems to not even notice this one is on him. The jacket also dries very well compared to others. Doesn't seem to hold a lot of water. Thanks!- from Cooper

So glad I found this!
April 29, 2009

We have a french bulldog who was in need of a life jacket. Given the fact that he is a bulldog, it has been very difficult to find a jacket that had a circumference large enough for his chest without being too big everywhere else. He also needed something that had the perfect underside so that he could sit without compromising his comfort (since he is a male!).

Well worth it!!
September 14, 2008

Well worth it. I have a Boxer that can't swim and it worked wonders. Didn't rub at all, and stayed in place. Handel on top helps allot, I could help him in and out of places and help guide him swimming.

Fit my Bulldog!
August 20, 2009

Bought for my English Bulldog (who sinks like a rock). Only one I found that will fit her.Quick shipping and arrived very quickly!

Poor fit and not enough buoyancy for 10lb - 15lb dogs
July 15, 2009

The product was well made but we tried it on our mini daschund's and the product did not provide enough float, rolled them on their sides, and was too tight around the neck. Their funny shaped bodies might have been the problem. The company was very good to deal with so I would not be afraid to purchase a product from them in the future.

Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Yellowstone National Park

Ruff Wear Does It Again
May 23, 2011

Extremely well made PFD for my 7 lb. Morkie. He likes the fit in XXS, the vest goes on and off easily. Highly visible orange color, good floatation. Reflective strips, snap fasteners and most desirable is the "handle" on top. I carry my little boy like a "purse" with legs. A life saver in rampaging, ice cold western rivers. Very satisfied!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, top carry handle, reflective strips, Cons: none

Great Life Jacket!!
July 28, 2010

I have a 78 lb yellow lab, and the medium fits perfectly. I was tempted to get the large, but her circumference was 21", and it's a great fit. She walks around on shore just fine, and has no problem swimming with it on. As a lab, she's a great swimmer, but will stay in the water all day, and swim until exhausted. This gives me the peace of mind of knowing that she isn't going to sink! Plus, the life jacket lifts her head out of the water just enough extra to make it that much easier for her to breathe while swimming. We will definitely be using this every year. It's very well made, and easy to get on. Every time I get it off the clothes line she spins around in excitement, knowing we're going swimming! Great product!

Wears well, durable, easy to swim in.
July 16, 2010

We have an 80 lb. yellow lab that is very active and loves the water. I bought the large jacket and it fits well with room to spare. It is easy to get on and adjust. The jacket hasn't interrupted his movement at all in the water and he acts like it isn't even on. I don't think he realizes he can float in it yet but it gives me peace of mind when were on the boat. The handle on the back and the clip make it easy to lift him out of the water when the boat deck is too high for him to reach on his own. When lifting him the jacket holds in place very well.

Great Quality
May 05, 2010

I have purchased other life jackets for my dog in the past, but this one is the best I have seen. It is made very well and fits great. I am very happy with this purchase.

Much much nicer than I thought
August 31, 2009

I bought this to aid my dog in rehab b/c he broke his hip. We bought a lg for our bernese. When this product arrived, I was amazed at the quality. The material is very heavy duty. It just fits my dog perfect and the straps are adjustable for when he gets bigger. He loves it. He swims much longer than he would have without it. It doesn't restrict his movement so he doesn't fuss when he has it on.

We Love it!
July 23, 2009

Bought this for our upcoming kayak/canoe trip on Saranac Lake. Wasn't sure of the size, but went for the medium and it fits my boy GREAT! He is a 70lb golden retriever. He can move around freely and it's perfectly snug. Workmanship is outstanding. Highly recommend Altrec; ordered it on Fri morning and it was here by Wednesday with free shipping

perfect LV for the older dog
July 29, 2010

We have an 11 year golden that we adopted late in life; we discovered this summer, our first with him, that he loves to swim in the pool (I mean really loves it). However, he has aspirations far beyond his current physical ability - meaning we were worried he might drown, or one of the kids might drown saving him. We bought two life vests for dogs, and this one was - by far - the better of the two. It has enough flotation to hold him up (he is 100 lbs; he's a big guy structurally, not overweight). His head has some support with the flotation fold over around his neck. And the straps around his mid-section are well placed. Two design elements I would change is to rearrange the velcro overlap on the neck piece, moving it to the side or top (to prevent occasional sometimes if it isn't aligned well). The other is that the girth straps sometimes loosen in the water. Not much, but enough that over time, you need to keep an eye on them. However, I consider both of these things very minor. Brinks, the dog, seems to love it. He runs out and stands by the vest when the kids start changing into swimsuits. He lets the kids direct him out of the deep water with the strap on top. The vest has made it possible for the old guy to continue to enjoy swimming safely.

Great fit! Comfortable for the dogs!
August 06, 2009

I bought two large Portage Float Coats for my Weimaraner and Airedale. Perfect fit and the dogs told me they were very comfortable. Nice to have the velcro to tie up loose straps. The handle on top for lifting the dogs into the boat is very sturdy!

The BEST Dog Vest Ever!!
March 03, 2010

I have two Australian shepherds and love to take them fishing with us and finally found these life vests. They fit so well and I can see them very happy wearing them.

June 07, 2010

The small fit my 50lb Portuguese Water Dog perfectly! He seems to enjoy it and it's not bulky. It's nice that he doesn't sit too high in the water either so it's a good step to not needing a vest.

Dog loves it!
May 26, 2010

I have a JRT who loves the water but not much of a swimmer. He tends to swim way out and get tired or chase ducks/geese too far out. After a scare, I purchased this vest and he is going strong and swims in the river as well as the lake. He is the energizer bunny in his vest and keeps going & going! When he sees his vest, he knows good times are ahead and gets very excited when I put it on. He can spend hours in the water (like a kid) and doesn't want to come out.


High quality, well made vest for dogs!
August 17, 2010

I bought this for my yellow lab pup and it fit him like a glove. He enjoys putting it on.

excellent product!
September 04, 2007

I was very pleased with this purchase! I used the sizing guide provided and it fit perfectly. My 6# Yorkie wears the jacket everytime we go out on our boat and doesn't even seem to notice he has it on. Super fast shipping also!

Wonderful float coat
July 16, 2010

Our dog Grady has not had a chance to test the waters in his new float coat.But he has worn it around the house and it fits just fine.His sissy, Gypsy has had hers for a couple of years and it works great and gives me that extra peace of mind.


Sylish and Durable - What a Great Combo
August 04, 2010

I bought this vest for my 68lb yellow lab. The life jacket is definitely worth the price, and this vest will last you for many many years to come. I bought this vest because my dog doesn't ever want to come out of the water, and I know that she is pooped. I wanted the piece of mind that she will stay afloat in case we get to the point where I have to get her and reel her in. She knows exactly what it is, and she will get it for me when I say let's go swimming in the lake! Great Product. I recommend this for any dog owner who has a water dog.

July 28, 2010

This float coat fits my Standard Poodle perfectly. The size chart on the website is very accurate. The fern green color makes her very visible when she is in the water. She feels so much more confident swimming in the lake.

Excellent product
July 12, 2010

After reading the reviews of various other doggy float coats, it became clear that this one was going to be best for us. It looks great, it is durable, and it shipped (and arrived) very quickly. Also, the sizing guide for the coats are very accurate as well. Our dog is right on the upper-end of the medium sized coat, yet it fits him perfectly.

For my CAT
December 27, 2008

I bought the xxs for my 15 lb tabby cat RC and it fits well except I can't velcro the under neck part but solved that by sewing the quick release buckles to the material so the pad ends meet and it fits and buckles great. Won't throw him in the water to test it but he wears it no problem and the quality seems top notch. I'm sure it will do the job if he ever gets thrown overboard. If you have a boating cat I would recommend this to the cats servants. (LOL)

The Ruff Wear float coat is great for the kayaking dog.
November 25, 2007

I looked at all kinds of PFD's for dogs and after seeing the Ruff wear video on the float coat I decided that was the one. It only makes sense to put the flotation material on the bottom. The other brands only have it on the top. This product is excellent in craftsmanship and it works awesome. I bought it for our beagle who kayaks with me. Of course I gave her treats as I put it on her the first time so she would relate it as a positive experience. She doesn't seem to mind having it on at all.

August 25, 2010

When we opened the box and pulled this jacket out, we looked at each like "are you kidding???" This thin little thing is going to hold a 22 lb dog! Welllll, YES IT DOES!!! Oh my gosh! It's wonderful! I honestly did not know that all dogs could not swim. I thought that swimming came natural to dogs. But bless our little Dugan's heart . . . he would try and sink like a rock. My husband said " not all dogs can swim". So I started searching and yep . . . tis true! So what to do, we just put in a pool and our 21 lb Scottie wanted desperately to get in, Wahlah! The wonderful Ruff Wear Portage Float. It works terrific. Dugan swims to his ball, he doesn't roll, the jacket keeps him afloat, it's easy to put on, the handle makes it easy to give him some help or guidance back to the steps. Dugan already comprehends that the jacket helps him keep his head above the water! We have no negative comments! I only wish we had ordered it earlier!

Best K-9 Life Jacket (PFD) on the market ...
March 09, 2009

My Border Collie loves to go canoeing with me. He swims well, but it is better to be safe – especially when we are far from shore. The Float Coat from Ruff Wear is like all their products, well designed to provide freedom of movement, and to function exactly the way you need them to. The Float Coat gives me "peace of mind" when we are out on the water.


Good lifejacket, perfect fit!
September 07, 2010

I bought this lifejacket in the XS for my 15 lb. miniature poodle. It fit him well and was great at helping him swim in the lake this summer. He gets really excited about putting it on, and loves swimming :)

Super Great Product
May 27, 2008

We have a high energy Jack Russel. The jacket cut and fit is so perfect that he is able to do all his running and swimming without being hindered or creating raw spots on his skin. He wears it all the time with out any problems. We get asked about it every where we go.

highly recommend
July 27, 2009

i was skeptical that any lifejacket would keep my two french bulldogs' heads above water. their short legs and heavy body mass makes it impossible for them to swim. i was amazed at how well these worked. their heads are completely out of the water and i no longer fear them falling off our boat by accident. the handle works great, i can pull them out of the water easily without the jacket coming off. also, frenchies have thick necks and most dogwear doesn't fit them. these jackets fit them perfectly. great design and workmanship. i highly recommend this product!

January 03, 2008

Not to be compared with the float jackets found at many pet stores. This one is better designed, made from better materials, and really supports our ageing dachshund. Wholeheartedly recommended.

Super Float Coat!
September 15, 2009

This is our second water vest. We purchased one, very common variety found in pet stores, for our Labradoodle's first year on the boat. It was adequate. She loves going with us and retrieving her favorite toy, but still doesn't like to swim! So I spent a month researching dog floats/vests for a 60+ pounder. What a difference! Great quality, contoured fit for maneuverability, excellent safety colors, and adjustable straps with velcro, to hide loose ends. Abby even felt secure enough to [drop ]her toy off one side and jumped in to retrieve it from the other, to give us a break from throwing!

Excellent Float Coat!
August 09, 2010

Yep, this one works, great, looks great and my jack russell likes it too.

Portage with Pug!
October 22, 2009

Here's the first review about a swimming pug! Our 22 pound pug can't swim and he seems to know it! There was no way that he would even wade into any water. After googling, we found this great Portage Float Coat at Altrec. After measuring Teddy's girth (21") we had a few questions about the idea of a life jacket for a dog. After calling Altrec, all our questions were answered by the helpful, competent staff. We placed our order for an XS, and our high quality, wonderfully-designed Float Coat arrived a few days later. What a perfect fit for his stocky body! After Teddy enjoyed wearing it around the house for a few days, he was ready for an adventure! We took him canoeing with us in the Adirondacks of northern NY, and now we're no longer afraid when he stands up and rests his front paws on the side of the canoe. Since it was a hot day, we just lifted him up by the handle (like a suitcase) and gently lowered him into the water. He was so proud to be able to swim to shore wearing his new Fern Green Float Coat! In closing, let me say that we also saw some lab retrievers (wearing Float Coats) swimming behind their owners' kayaks!

Float coat is excellent!
August 03, 2010

I bought the float coats for my two Siberian Huskies. The medium fit them both perfectly even though he is a big longer and heavier. I had originally purchased the large and it was too long for their bodies. The dogs wore their float coats while kayaking in a bay off of the ocean. One of the dogs fell into the water trying to move around kayak. She floated extremely well in the float coat and was plucked from on top of the water very easily. The float coat provided excellent support and buoyancy while she was in the water. Both dogs seemed to be very comfortable in their coats. The float coat itself is very nicely made. I had another PFD from two years made by a different company and it seemed absolutely flimsy in comparison to the float coat. I loved both the green and orange colors. Both dogs were highly visible and adorable in their float coats. I am very happy with my purchase.

Top Quality Product
April 21, 2009

I have an 18 pound Schnoodle that likes to spend time in the water but would not go to a depth past his chest. We bought a Small K-9 Float Coat and now he swims around like a madman. I highly recommend this well made product for dogs that are a bit unsure of their swimming skills.

Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Kenner, LA
45-54 yrs

Great support for dogs
August 02, 2011

My Border Collie swam as a pup, but not in a few yrs. My Std Poodle never swam. I borrowed someone's vests to take them swimming and vests just seem to float on top of the dogs, but were secured around their stomach. They couldn't keep their head above water, their bodies sank. They seemed to be scared. I researched life vests and chose Ruffwear Portage Float Coat. It was a little more money but well worth it. Their head and body floats much better. I measured, and remeasured. Fit my Border Collie perfectly. I am going to get another for my Std Poodle in hopes she will join us. After living through Hurricane Katrina a life vest for all of us is now a necessity.

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

High quality, fits well, looks good
May 06, 2009

My dog hasn't actually used this in the water yet, but he's worn it. He's a lab and is more at home in the water than on land, but I bought this so that he could swim for extended periods of time without tiring with my wife and I while we kayak or float in a raft on the river. I looks like it will do the job well.

Best Dog Vest Available
March 04, 2010

We purchased this vest for our son's dog. We have German Shepherds and gone through many vests over the years, as we live on a lake. We usually replaced vests every year; however the Ruff Wear are 3 years and going strong.

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size xs, size small, size medium, size large and size extra large: xs, s, m, l, xl.

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