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7 Cool Pieces of Cold-Weather Gear for Dogs

Sleeping bags, paw pad care, and all sorts of warm jackets -- we've got the best cold-weather gear for dogs right here.


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You’ll find your pup dashing through the snow in this flurry of cold weather finds. Whether it’s paw care or a little something extra to keep doggie warm, we’ve gathered some cold weather gear for your winter shopping pleasure.

1. All tucked in

(Image courtesy Ruffwear)

(Image courtesy Ruffwear)

For dogs who love camping but hate the cold, the Highlands Sleeping Bag is a dream come true. Lightweight and durable, this top-of-the-line sleeping bag insulates dogs from the cold air and ground. A side zipper opens the bag wide for easy entry — or dogs who don’t want to be covered. Four stake-out loops make it easy to secure the bag to the ground or hang it to dry. Machine washable.

$99.95 (one size), Ruffwear

2. Bring on the snow

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Your dog can romp and play all winter long without missing a beat with the Powder Hound insulated jacket. The unique hybrid design keeps your dog warm and dry, with plenty of stretch to allow for range of motion. Available in red, purple, and blue, in sizes XXS to XL.

$89.95, Ruffwear

3. Pamper those paws

(Image courtesy Musher's Secret)

Snow, ice, and salt can wreak havoc on your pup’s paws. Safeguard your dog this winter with Musher’s Secret, an ingenious paw pad protectant balm made from all-natural food grade waxes, including beeswax and vitamin E. Simply rub into your dog’s paw pads up to three times per week to protect paws from harsh winter conditions.

$15/60 grams; $25/200 grams; $36.50/1 pound jar; Treadwell Pet Products

4. Snow bunny

(Image courtesy Fur My Pet)

Stylish and functional, this reversible padded vest is solid beige on one side and brown with small white polka dots on the other side. A faux fur trimmed hood gives this vest a modern look. Available in sizes S to 3XL. (Smaller dogs only.)

$46-$50, Fur My Pet

5. Warm and snuggly

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Damp, cold weather got your dog shivering? The Polartec Jumper provides full-body coverage (covers two legs) with a strategic design that won’t interfere when nature calls. The Polartec Dog Suit provides an extra layer of warmth, especially helpful for single-coated breeds. (Covers four legs.) Both styles are machine washable. Designed and made in the UK. Available in five colors.

From $39/jumper; from $49/suit, Equafleece

6. High-society pup

(Image courtesy Fur My Pet)

For some dogs, nothing but the best will do! The cape-style Prim Pup Faux Fur Coat will keep your dog warm and cozy while making her look as if she belongs on a Hollywood movie set. Available in sizes XXS to XL. (Smaller dogs only.)

$30, Fur My Pet

7. Everybody loves a hug

(Image courtesy Chews Happiness)

Happiness Hugs doggie sweaters are handwoven by women artisans in Bhutan, South Asia. Available in limited quantities, the sweaters are made from yak wool down, which is warmer than sheep’s wool, naturally antimicrobial, and durable. The sweaters come in three Zen designs: Diamond Hug, Karma Hug, and Sunray Hug.

Complete the look with a matching women’s shawl or tunic for yourself, handmade by master weavers in the United States. Dog sweaters come in small, large, and medium sizes. Human shawl is one size fits all, and human tunic is available in small and large sizes.

$135 to $145 (doggie sweaters); $549 to $649 (shawl and tunic), Chews Happiness

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About the author: Melissa L. Kauffman often goes by Mel to friends and canines alike. She lives in North Carolina with her two forever puppies, Tampa Bay and Justice; two feisty parrots, Deacon and Carlisle; a betta fish named Edgar Allan; and her husband, Scott. Mel is the group editor for Dogster Magazine.

About the author: Jackie Brown is a freelance writer specializing in the pet industry. She lives in Southern California with her husband, son, and adorable Miniature Poodle, Jäger, who is obsessed with fetch and killing all the toys. She is the former editor of Rescue Proud, Dog World, and Puppies 101. Follow her on Twitter or visit her website.