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  • This premium PFD for pooches includes thoughtful details such as a strong handle for hoisting dogs out of the water and reflective trim for enhanced visibility
  • Strategically placed foam panels create a natural swimming position
  • Neck closure adjusts for fit and comfort, yet remains permanently attached and secure to the body of the life jacket
  • Sheltered buckles stay in place for easy, 1-handed clipping
  • The Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat features a light loop on the top for attaching The Beacon pet light (sold separately)


Sizing is based on chest measurement. For girth, measure around the widest part of your dog's rib cage.

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Best Use Watersports
Material(s) Nylon/foam buoyancy cells
Fits Chest
13 - 17 inches
17 - 22 inches
22 - 27 inches
27 - 32 inches
32 - 36 inches
36 - 42 inches
Weight 1 pound
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product My husband and I recently adopted an 11-month old Anatolian Shepherd mix from a local shelter. After researching, we decided to purchase the Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat. Besides being a high quality product, we appreciate that the collar/neck area is a single piece, and does not velcro together. The difference for our dog is incredible. Originally, he was afraid to go into water any deeper than a foot. Now, he fetches and paddles around confidently in the water, and joins us for canoeing. Sizing - we purchased the XL. While our dog is only 85 lbs now, he is still growing rapidly. The straps on this float coat allow for a large range, which is perfect for our puppy.
Date published: 2014-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great K9 Floatcoat! So easy to get on and off the dog. The sturdy handle makes grabbing the dog out of the water or holding him on the paddleboard is perfectly placed and easy to grab, especially when I need to hook it with the end of my paddle while I'm on the board. Ruffwear was very helpful in ensuring my dog was properly fit after I sent them a photo of him in the coat since he was between sizes and I wanted to make sure he would float okay since it looked short on him. My dog is a 12lb poodle mix and he easily can maneuver (swim and walk around the beach) and I like the hook under the handle so I can have him leashed too when needed.
Date published: 2014-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best doggie PFD I bought this about a year and a half ago for my pooch and it may be the single best purchase I have made for her. She is a 50 pound golden collie mix and the medium fits her perfectly after making a few adjustments on the jacket. This jacket does not rub and the handle on the back makes lifting her out of the water very easy. I was surprised at how great the handle works for how large of a dog she is. This jacket gives me peace of mind for when she has been swimming for a while and doesn't want to get out of the water because I know it will keep her buoyant as well as keep her head out of the water. I also love the reflectivity that is built in to the jacket for swimming at dusk. The Float Coat is well worth every penny!
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oliver can swim with confidence! The Ruffwear K-9 float is perfect for Oliver and his short legs. He swims with a lot more confidence and he goes deeper into the water. We bought it mainly for safety concerns and dog fatigue, but he thinks it's more for fun. Oliver used to swim out maybe 10 yards then turn around, but now he'll go a lot further, circle around, and swim back. We thought he needed a medium, but the small was a perfect fit. He weighs about 35lbs and his body is about the length of a lab!
Date published: 2014-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome PFD for our dog We have a 47' sailboat catamaran and bought this PFD for our 97 pound red nosed pitbull Séamus so he could be safe with us on the boat and on the Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP). He's very muscular and can swim, but doesn't float very well so he was apprehensive about jumping in deep water. With this PFD, he is the first one on the SUP or in the dinghy as soon as we pull into an anchorage. He swims along side the SUP or rides on top of it and his delight just radiates from him. This PFD is awesome and I'm really glad we bought it. It's well made, easy to put on and take off, stays in place, and doesn't restrict his running around when he's on land. The sturdy handle on top makes it easy to haul him onto the SUP or dinghy or to help him get from the dinghy or SUP onto our catamaran. Well designed.
Date published: 2014-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome, worth every cent. I bought this for my 13lb Min Pin mix to take her Kayaking with me. It works great. Low points though. To no fault of the vest, it is very stiff and for a small dog, it is difficult and/or uncomfortable for her to sit down. As you can see in the picture, it extends all the way down her body. Larger dogs would not have this same problem. We go out for 6-8 hours at a time and eventually she forces herself to lay down. I love my dogs more than life itself so I didn't hesitate for one second to get this device.
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Choice Yes, I cheaped out on my dogs first PFD. Handle ripped the first time out hauling dog aboard the kayak. Bit the bullet and have no regrets. Ruff Float Coat is a fantastic safety device for med-lrg dog. Adjust once and forget it. Just 3 buckle clicks and my Taz (70lb male) is ready to hit the water - and he does. He doesn't go deep like with the cheap PFD. His freedom of movement is terrific. His swimming is absolutely unimpeded. Best of all there is no velcro to collect hair. The cheap one was full the first day. CAUTION: Don't clip your land leash to the D Ring on the PFD. The leverage from the chest strap will turn him into a Tractor Pull competitor the minute he hits shore. Great product. Make the investment !
Date published: 2012-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Product The medium easily fit our 55 lb aussie mix. Well constructed, straps wrap up so extra doesn't tangle/dangle. After a couple of times wearing it around the house for 45-1hr he didn't mind it at all and now recognizes it means a trip on the water. It's been used several times on the water - dries well - no issues.
Date published: 2013-09-29
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What size dog life vest should I purchase.  My dog is 27 inches in girth.  He is a 42 pound springer spaniel.  Seems to be right in the middle of a small or medium.  Should I get the medium for more buoyancy?  or should I get the small to fit tighter?

Asked by: Abbey the Paddleboarder
I'd personally get the small. I just purchased a small for my Jack Russel (Jill) and it swallowed her- She's around 19 lbs. You can always order both sizes and just return one. I'm reordering now an x-small for her. I think her girth is around 21 inches. Hope this helps!
Answered by: Christi
Date published: 2016-07-29

We have a English Bulldog, his sizing is in between the med/lrg. If we go large will the best be too long, past his rear end? What the length of the vest per size?

Asked by: Doglover
Please consult the sizing chart at the manufacturer's website for more details regarding the best possible fit.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-19

My husband and I purchased your ex-large life vest for our Great Dane as he will not go in the pool without it.  It worked great until this year as he is now 180 lbs.  Are your newer vests a better choice or updated to be a better fit?

Asked by: Dewolf359orange
It sounds as though the K-9 Float Coat fit and worked well, but that your dog may have outgrown it. If that's the case you may consider contacting the manufacturer to see if they have an option for very large dogs like Great Danes.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-11

lab/Shepard mix 65lbs - took him to the lake - he panicked - curled up in a ball - sank right to the bottom - we pulled him out immediate - he need a strong floatation device that can keep him totally buoyant while he learns to swim

Asked by: Magnusthebest
This Float Coat is intended for dogs who are already comfortable in the water to provide them with some additional flotation so they are safer. Unfortunately, we do not carry anything for dogs that provides more flotation.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-19

Does the vest rub and create any tender or raw spots behind the front legs, under the belly or otherwise? Thank you for sharing your experience.

Asked by: h2oHongKong
Thus far we have not received any feedback stating that the K-9 Float Coat will create tender or raw spots behind the front legs of the dog.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-31

My miniature poodle's girth is 17 inches. The size chart says to size down if between sizes, so that would mean an XXS would be the correct fit. However, it doesn't look like that size is available to purchase. Will it be back in stock soon?

Asked by: hoosiersweetie
At the moment we have no plans of getting stock in the K-9 Float Coat in the XXS size.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-05

Our lab is 85-90 pounds and seems between sizes. The large fits her best, but is it enough floatation for a 90 pound dog? 

Asked by: mdwulf
The large is enough flotation for your dog, so if your dog is between sizes and the large fits well, it is a good choice in size for her.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-06
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