The Benefits of Dog Raincoats 🌧️ Does My Dog Need One?

As the rains mark the end of summer in the UK this year, a long, cold, and constantly wet season is imminent. Have you ever hesitated to buy a raincoat for your dog? Are you thinking of getting one but don’t know where to start? Or do you worry that a dog raincoat is just a fashion accessory rather than a necessity? Whether investing in a dog raincoat is necessary and worthwhile depends on several considerations.

Who Needs a Raincoat?


Certain large and shedding breeds like Huskies and Malamutes have natural insulation and waterproofing due to their size and double coats, making raincoats unnecessary for them. However, even for owners of such breeds, there are benefits to using dog raincoats.

Imagine, it’s raining outside, and it’s time for your dogs to go out. They become restless as they listen to the raindrops, thinking about the cold and damp conditions they have to endure. Owners, too, are put off by the thought of their pets coming back with muddy bellies and limbs; the time and effort you need to spend to clean and dry them. Not to mention the unnecessary washes that could potentially dry out their coat.

Different dog breeds have varied fur types. For instance, dogs like Samoyeds and Border Collies have natural, thick fur making them less sensitive to cold and damp weather. However, wearing a raincoat can prevent them from getting muddy during walks, making it easier for owners to clean them up when they return home.

Dr. Powell, board-certified in veterinary emergency and critical care, states,

The size of the dog does not necessarily determine their sensitivity to wet and cold weather.

For long-haired but single-coated dogs like Labradoodles, a highly waterproof dog raincoat can prevent their fur from getting wet and tangled. Wet fur and wind can also speed up the loss of body heat. So, in windy and cold weather, using a dog raincoat as extra protection is also quite essential for large, long-haired dogs.

What About Short-Haired Dogs?

Short-haired dogs, due to their single coat of short hair, are extremely sensitive to rain and cold. They lose body heat rapidly in windy conditions, making raincoats or windbreakers a necessity if you want to keep up with the daily walks.

For short-legged and short-haired dogs, walking in such weather can be pure torture and set off health problems. A suitable dog raincoat can keep their belly and chest from being covered in cold water and mud, keeping them dry and warm.

Specific Types of Dogs that Benefit:


  1. Puppies and senior dogs.
  2. Dogs with weaker immune systems.
  3. Dogs with large ears.
  4. Dogs undergoing medical treatments or surgeries.
  5. Dogs with skin conditions.

Puppies and dogs recovering from illnesses or surgeries have weaker immune systems and may catch a cold or worsen their condition if they stay in the rain for too long. Senior dogs ia prone to various joint diseases, and raincoats can reduce their risk of falling ill. Dogs with ears that easily trap water can develop baterial infection and inflammations, so choosing raincoats with snoods can prevent this. Dogs with skin conditions could see their situations worsen with unclean rainwater and sewage, eventually developing into incurable, permanent damage.

Benefits for Owners

And hey—we haven’t forgotten about you, the owners! With dog raincoats, bath times and belly rubs won't be a daily chore anymore, and muddy water won’t be splashed all over your hallway.


Dog raincoats not only help in maintaining the cleanliness and health of your pets but also reduce the workload on the owners. They are especially helpful for dogs with specific needs and conditions. It is more than just a fashionable accessory; it is an investment in the well-being of our furry friends, ensuring they are well-protected against the harsh weather conditions, allowing them and us to enjoy our walks, come rain or shine.


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