One of the questions I get most often is “Do you have any recommendations for jackets that fit Dachshunds well”? We know all to well how hard it can be to find jackets that fit the Dachshunds long body, deep chest, and accommodates their short legs. Since fall and winter are approaching, I thought this would be a good time to list the jackets we know, or have heard, are the best for Dachshunds.
We’ve tried a lot of Dachshund jackets ourselves. Some I bought myself, some were sent to us to test out, and some belonged to friends. Out of the ones we’ve tried, these are our favorites.
Jackets We’ve Tried Ourselves
I’ve been searching for years for good outdoor adventure jackets for Chester and Gretel. Not only is it hard to find jackets that fit Dachshunds, but it’s near impossible to find jackets for hiking and snowshoeing that meet my high standards (I’m a gear snob so I won’t settle for anything less than human quality for them). I found Hurtta, a brand from Finland (Finland weather is similar to western Washington where we live) a few years ago and absolutely love them. Although their jackets are made for all dogs, the size and dimension of the jackets fit Chester and Gretel well. We loved their jackets so much, they started sending us some of the ones we didn’t already own to test them on Dachshunds. Some of my favorites are:
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Torrent Rain Coat – I mainly use the Torrent Raincoat on days that are wet and rainy but only a little cool. The outside fabric is made of a highly water resistant and breathable laminate called Houndtex®. The inside is lined with a thin, fleecy nylon to add a little warmth. Two great things about this jacket is that it has a panel that covers the chest and it drops down to cover their rear legs. It makes a nice warm cocoon around their body without impeding their movement at all.
Ultimate Warmer – These are the jackets we use in the coldest temperatures and wettest conditions. The jackets have a panel that covers the chest. They also the flaps in the front and the back that snap around their haunches to covers their legs and keep them warmer. Basically, this jacket is a wearable, warm cocoon. It’s also completely waterproof and has super soft material against the skin.
Summit Parka – Sometimes the Torrent Rain Coat does not offer enough warmth and sometimes the Ultimate Warmer is too much. The Summit Parka is really warm but more in the middle. It still has a chest panel but not the flaps to cover the legs.
Thinking of Getting Your Dog a Hurtta Jacket? Check Out Out Easy Sizing Guide HERE.
You can read more about what we think if Hurtta here:
Chester and Gretel have short, slick hair so they’re almost always a little cold. Unless it’s in the heat of summer, I put a thin, fleece jacket on them. We were recently given the opportunity to try the Fuzzie® Fleece Dog Coat from Teckelklub – a brand that fits Dachshunds well we’ve been familiar with for years – and they are the perfect thickness for not super chilly days. They’re also great as an extra layer of warmth under other jackets.
Read our review and check out our other pictures of the jacket HERE.
These thick, double-fleece jackets have been our go-jackets for years. They’re great for bumming around the city when it’s cold. I know they will fit perfectly because they are custom made according to Chester and Gretel’s measurements. The lady that makes them lives in our home state of Washington and owns 4 Doxies herself so she knows how to fit them well.
Chester and Gretel get dirty often so it is great that these jackets can easily thrown in the wash. In fact, they are so affordable (the most expensive one being $25) I bought several of them so there is always one to wear while the others are washing. While these jackets are not waterproof, they are thick enough the water only soaks through in heavier rains.
The jackets can be custom ordered through The Cozy Hound website. You can read more about our thoughts on The Cozy Hound jackets here:
Jackets We’ve Heard Good Things About
There are also several jackets that we haven’t tried but have heard that they fit Dachshunds well. These are the ones I’ve heard about pretty consistently:
Some jackets we have had our eye on for a while are from Chilly Dogs. They make outdoor jackets for active dogs. Their jackets are not custom made but they specialize in fitting unique body types. They do ask that you include your dog’s measurements so that they can make sure you get the size that will fit your dog best. Their jackets do not allow for harnesses to be worn under the coat. They suggest that you adjust your harness so it can be worn over the coat…which is common practice for us when Chester and Gretel wear jackets with no harness holes. They can be washed in a washing machine. We specifically have our eye on the waterproof Trail Blazer jacket.
We have heard raving reviews for jackets from Noodle and Friends. I love that they are stylish and cover the chest area. They make several designs including rain, waterproof and insulated jackets. I haven’t bought one yet though because they are not cheap and the instructions say they should be hand washed. For as often as we have to wash ours, that is not practical. Some of their jackets have a hole for your harness D ring and some jackets have a D ring attached to the back to attach a leash. Did I mention they were stylish? The Classic Trench and the Audrey Herringbone Jacket just might be awesome enough to compel me to get one anyway.
Our friend Ammo the Dachshund likes his jacket from Voyagers K9. They make a fleece jacket specifically for Dachshunds called the Tummy Warmer (which doesn’t actually cover the tummy but does cover the area under their chest) and a waterproof Winter Coat with an attached turtleneck/hood and a rain coat. I have checked them out on Etsy before and they offer custom made jackets according to your Doxie’s specific measurements and seem pretty affordable. A hole for your harness D ring can be added for an extra fee.
Have you bought or used any of these for your Dachshund? What did you think? Do you have any other favorites?