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Okay, I've decided to order Bailey a dog jacket. I have no idea how big she will get and what size to order now. She is 18 inches tall, she's got to weigh about 35-37 pounds, maybe more?

I found these jackets, they have good ratings. What size do you think I should get?

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/Product.aspx?baseno=1734D&cm_mmc=Affiliate-_-LinkShare-_-www.gearbuyer.com-_-.xtN7GhgJEk&siteID=.xtN7GhgJEk-eCTgbg9vrZnyl5auFbvPlw&utm_source=www.gearbuyer.com&utm_medium=Affiliate_LinkShare&utm_campaign=AL9&plp=LinkShare+www.gearbuyer.com+Columbia%20Sportswear%20Alpine%20Adventure%20Dog%20Coat%20%20Waterproof%20Soft%20Shell&codesProcessed=true
 

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Or if any of you have a jacket you really like, please let me know. :)
 

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i have no idea...all i know is that i bought sophie's halloween costume "big" for her to grow into, and she's already barely making it...and theres stil 3 weeks to halloween! haha they grow way too fast!!
 

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I live in Minnesota. I walk in tempatures to -20 with the windchill for an hour or more. Anything colder then that, I stay in the house.
 

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I live in Minnesota. I walk in tempatures to -20 with the windchill for an hour or more. Anything colder then that, I stay in the house.
OK, I guess you know you're from Florida when you think, "Jacket....for a dog?". I cannot even imagine going out in 20 degrees much less -20! It is 87 here right now with no signs of cooling in the near future....
 

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That looks like a nice jacket. Very sporty. However, if I may make a suggestion, I think manuevering her front legs through those openings and working the snaps and zippers will become tedious. JMO. Here are 2 jackets I just bought for Brady:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+1298+20805&pcatid=20805

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3307+1298+19287&pcatid=19287
As for sizing, I think I'd measure her from base of neck to base of tail and add a few inches to allow for growth, though you'll likely still need to buy a different size when she's full grown. Here are pictures of Brady modeling his new jackets:
 

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One additional thought: I have found that I prefer winter jackets with a fleece lining because they stay in place. Those that don't have fleece inside tend to twist and slide off to one side or the other.
 

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Try ruffwear.com for their selection of coats for dogs. You will need to take a measuring tape and measure your dog's length and width around the chest.
 

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I would get a dog blanket that looks like a horseblanket. Even though I don't think a Golden needs a blanket because she is going to be active and running the thing you have to watch out for are the paws in the cold weather. They can get iceballs between the pads then they lick, the balls get bigger, they can start bleeding. So that is more of a consideration.
I live in Colorado and my old Australian cattle dog girl gets a blanket my Goldens have never needed one even in the very cold Tempertures. They are just so active running and playing that it was never nessessary.
I have put ZsaZsa's Blanket on Bogart when it was cold outside and he had to wait inactive in my car for a while. He was nice and warm when I got back to the car.
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Three words: Snuggie for Dogs!

I saw it on TV, so it's got to be good!

:nono: Not until my girls get one first. They have been begging for them since they first came out on television. Now they have their eye on the leapord print.

I guess Santa needs to get on the ball and give snuggies this year for Christmas.:p:
 

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Hey there. I'm in the northwest coast in British Columbia and it gets very cold and rainy, as well as longer periods of snow in recent years. I'm looking around for more opinions on coats I have found as this would be our first coat for our dog. I wanted to share some types that seem promising, the coats made by RC Pets and Canine Equipment seem to have some good options as I have seen them locally in some pet stores.

Those two brands also share their own page here: http://www.rcpets.com/
This site I found also lists suggestions of what coat suits what weather in their Quick Tips: http://www.gear4dogs.com/coats-and-boots/coats-and-trail-vests

If you found something suitable already though I'd love to know how well it works for you!

Edit: I noticed how the "Columbia Sportswear Alpine Adventure Dog Coat - Waterproof Soft Shell" you like seems to be the same coat as the "CE Pioneer Soft Shell" appearance wise, and this news supports how Columbia Sportswear is linked to RC Pets. Neat! The reviews for that Waterproof Soft Shell coat have been really supportive all around so I think it's looking to be a pretty good choice. :)
 

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The one I have for Max is lands end so it's super well made. It's all fleecy on the inside and I just love the reflectors on this for night time, as you can see, they work super well just with the flash!! Oh and PS you can't see the reflectors at all in the house light or day light. The edges are like a lighter blue.

 

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Don't know if you already bought something or not, but if not, I would recommend getting something bright orange for hunting season, unless you already have something else for hunting season. I just got Maya a coat that is hunting orange and has fleece on the bottom. It is very easy to strap on. It just has two buckles on the underside. It didn't come in packaging though, so I don't know the brand. If you walk in the woods at all during hunting season, I think it's a must! Unfortunately goldens are similar colors as deer, even with white feathering on the tails. Hunters who are not being careful can make a horrible mistake.
 

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I have ones for the boys (Teller HATES his) - they both have the "baker" blankets from DoverSaddlery - but I only use them when it's VERY cold and I need to keep muscles warm for agility so when it's below 15 degrees and they're hanging out someplace unheated, I'm working out of my car at a trial and it's 20 degrees, or at the training center (which we keep at about 50 +/- during the coldest part of winter) if I'm out teaching and I want to make sure that they're warm when I'm ready to run them. 50 degrees is great for the working dogs and people, not so comfy for the dogs hanging around in crates. In other words I use them when my guys are going to be inactive for longish periods of time in cool/cold situations followed by periods of activity (and even then we warm them up before running)...

Do make sure anything you get covers the rear quads. Anything that does not go past the point of croup (length) and to just above the hock (depth) is probably not going to do a lot of good in actually keeping the dog warm - function is more important than fashion. From that link, I wouldn't buy that coat - I think it's less functional than fashionable (honestly). The coats at dover are (in general) scaled down horse blankets that are functional - many horse people have their dogs out in the barn with them for hours and hours and short haired dogs might need additional layering.

When considering whether to buy a coat or not consider the usage - if it's for outside potty trips a healthy golden with a moderate coat is going to be warm for long enough to do their business - their feet are WAY more likely to get cold than their bodies even in sub-zero temperatures and sub-sub-zero windchill...I wish I didn't have to know that :)

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DH just bought both of our dogs jackets. :doh: They came in the mail today. I really don't think they need them, but there's no stopping him. :bowl:
 

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P.S. - one of my friends who owns nek'kid dogs (GSPs) actually won't put coats on them in the winter because "she doesn't want to be out there any longer than she has to, nek'kid dogs do their business pretty quickly when it's cold outside"...The goldens quite happily romp in below zero weather (without coats) with or without me - until their phooties get cold anyway.

I'll tell ya though - Come January, I'm so happy to have use of the training center to just let my dogs RUN inside on good footing...yeah, spoiled.
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