13 best dog jackets and boots for your pet this winter

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Should your dog be wearing a jacket this winter? We've got the best winter jackets and boots for your four-legged friend.
Should your dog be wearing a jacket this winter? We've got the best winter jackets and boots for your four-legged friend.

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Winter is hard on everybody - including our dogs!

Between below-zero temperatures, snow and slush, taking our beloved four-legged friends for their daily walks can be uncomfortable - unless your pup is well prepared with a jacket and some boots.

Why your dog needs to wear a jacket

While some large dog breeds with thick coats like Alaskan Huskies are well insulated for cold winter temperatures - the same can’t be said for all dogs.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), small and toy breeds like Chihuahuas and French Bulldogs, as well as well as medium to large short-haired breeds, all require winter coats in order to retain enough body heat to be comfortable outdoors. Even dogs with longer fur or hair, like Corgis, require coats since they’re so low to the ground and their bellies can easily touch snow and ice.

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Poodles or any mixed poodle breed that’s regularly groomed or shaved throughout the year can have difficulty retaining body heat since grooming can alter their coat’s ability to protect them from the elements.

Senior dogs, in particular should be properly prepared for a cold climate. The AKC notes that most senior dogs have health conditions that can be aggravated by cold weather, like arthritis.

Should your dog be wearing booties?

In a nutshell - yes. Boots help protect your dog’s paws from the elements as well as potentially toxic and harmful chemicals used in road salts and ice melts.

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Although most pet-conscious home-owners opt for pet-friendly solutions to removing ice, taking your dog on a walk can potentially cause injury to the paw - especially in urban or suburban areas where salting roads, driveways and sidewalks is common.

Looking for winter gear for your dog? You’re in luck. We’ve gathered our favourite winter apparel and accessories so that you and your furry best friend can enjoy the winter wonderland this year.

Gooby Padded Dog Vest - Small Dogs

Gooby Padded Winter Vest for Dogs.
Gooby Padded Winter Vest for Dogs.

This insulated, water-resistant and machine washable winter vest is perfect for small dog breeds - and has more than 1,200 customer reviews on Amazon. Multiple sizes and colours are available.

SHOP IT: Amazon, from $46

HBC Stripes Multistripe Down Dog Coat

Multistripe Down Dog Coat - Available at Hudson's Bay Company.
Multistripe Down Dog Coat - Available at Hudson's Bay Company.

Calling all Canadian pups - outfit your dog in the iconic Hudson’s Bay Company stripes this winter.

SHOP IT: Hudson’s Bay, $40

Land’s End Dog Solid Puffer Vest

Land's End Dog Solid Puffer Vest.
Land's End Dog Solid Puffer Vest.

This weather-resistant polyester filled vest features adjustable straps and heat-trapping capabilities. Available in XS-XL.

SHOP IT: Land’s End, from $55

Ewolee Dog Shoes, Waterproof Anti-Slip Dog Boots

Ewolee Dog Shoes, Waterproof Anti-Slip Dog Boots - available on Amazon.
Ewolee Dog Shoes, Waterproof Anti-Slip Dog Boots - available on Amazon.

These skid-proof and adjustable booties help protect your pup from tough winter weather.

SHOP IT: Amazon, from $23

Hurtta Extreme Warmer Dog Winter Jacket

Hurtta Extreme Warmer Dog Winter Jacket.
Hurtta Extreme Warmer Dog Winter Jacket.

Hurrta’s winter jacket design features a unique foil lining to trap heat as well as a high collar, an adjustable hood to protect your dog’s ears and more than 500 reviews on Amazon. Available in multiple sizes and colours.

SHOP IT: Amazon, from $99

Bark Brite All Weather Neoprene Paw Protector

Bark Brite All Weather Neoprene Paw Protector Dog Boots.
Bark Brite All Weather Neoprene Paw Protector Dog Boots.

These breathable neoprene dog booties are waterproof, weatherproof and adjustable.

SHOP IT: Amazon, from $45

North Fetch Colourblock Teal Puffer Jacket for Dogs

North Fetch Colourblock Teal Puffer Jacket for Dogs available at PetSmart.
North Fetch Colourblock Teal Puffer Jacket for Dogs available at PetSmart.

This brightly coloured puffer coat features a front velcro closure, faux fur lined hood and polyester filling to keep your pup warm. Available in multiple sizes and colours.

SHOP IT: PetSmart Canada, from $38

OFFLEASH By Aerie Puppy Puffer Jacket

OFFLEASH By Aerie Puppy Puffer Jacket.
OFFLEASH By Aerie Puppy Puffer Jacket.

This nylon winter puffer features adjustable straps and a hood for your dog’s next outdoor adventure. Available in multiple sizes and three different colours.

SHOP IT: Aerie, $37

QUMY Dog Boots Waterproof Shoes for Large Dogs

QUMY Dog Boots Waterproof Shoes for Large Dogs - available on Amazon.
QUMY Dog Boots Waterproof Shoes for Large Dogs - available on Amazon.

With more than 6,300 customer reviews on Amazon - these secure and adjustable dog boots can handle even the toughest winter terrain.

SHOP IT: Amazon, from $29

Voyagers K9 Apparel Winter Dog Coat

Voyagers K9 Apparel Winter Dog Coat - available on Etsy.
Voyagers K9 Apparel Winter Dog Coat - available on Etsy.

VoyagersK9Apparel offers sizes based on dog breeds - like Jack Russell, Dalmatian, Boxers and more so that you can get the perfect fit for your pup. Each jacket is made from polar fleece and a waterproof nylon shell for maximum warmth.

SHOP IT: Etsy, from $115

Blueberry Pet Cozy & Comfy Puffer

Blueberry Pet Cozy & Comfy Puffer - available on Amazon.
Blueberry Pet Cozy & Comfy Puffer - available on Amazon.

This windproof quilted winter jacket features extra padding and a turtleneck design for warmth and boasts more than 500 customer reviews on Amazon. Available in multiple colours and sizes.

SHOP IT: Amazon, from $39

Pawz Water-Proof Dog Boot - Pack of 12

Pawz Water-Proof Dog Boot.
Pawz Water-Proof Dog Boot.

These disposable waterproof dog booties protect your pup from snow, ice and salt - and have more than 11,200 customer reviews on Amazon.

SHOP IT: Amazon, from $26

PAWZ Road 2 in 1 Dog Jacket

PAWZ Road 2 in 1 Dog Jacket - Available on Amazon.
PAWZ Road 2 in 1 Dog Jacket - Available on Amazon.

This durable polyester winter jacket features reflective strips for nighttime walks.

SHOP IT: Amazon, from $20

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