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- Put your mine at ease when you slip them into the dependable K-9 Float Coat by Ruffwear®.
- Canine life jacket designed for safety and fun.
- Natural swimming position is aided by strategically-placed foam panels.
- Low-profile handle is positioned to help dogs out of the water.
- Adjustable neck closure is permanently attached and secure.
- Sheltered buckles stay in place for easy, one-handed clipping.
- Reflective trim for enhanced visibility in low-light conditions, in or out of the water.
- Light loop on the top.
Measure your dog's girth: measurement around the widest part of the rib cage.
• XXS: 13 - 17 in / 33 - 43 cm.
• XS: 17 - 22 in / 43 - 56 cm.
• SM: 22 - 27 in / 56 - 68 cm.
• MD: 27 - 32 in / 68 - 81 cm.
• LG: 32 - 36 in / 81 - 91 cm.
• XL: 36 - 42 in / 91- 106 cm.
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While trying to give her dog Moqui a drink, Liz emptied half of her water bottle into a plastic bag and held it while the Rhodesian Ridgeback took a few slurps. Moqui then walked away panting, and Liz was left holding the bag—she couldn't set it down without losing the water and she didn't want to dump what was left back into her water bottle. "You need to do something about this," Liz said, challenging Patrick to develop a solution.
Patrick Kruse was the right person to ask. As a kid he constructed packs for his dog out of army surplus gas mask bags, using them on backpack trips in Northern California's Trinity Alps. As a young adult, he sailed for several years as crew on charter boats in the Caribbean and Central America where being resourceful was a necessity. Patrick's interest in kayaking lead him to start Salamander Paddle Gear acquainting him with numerous technical fabrics. With this unique mix of knowledge and experience Patrick developed The Quencher™, the original collapsible food and water bowl for dogs—and the solution to Liz and Moqui's drinking problem.
In 1994, after 16 months of research and development and product testing, Ruff Wear made its enthusiastically welcomed debut at an Outdoor Retailer trade show with The Quencher™. Since, it has won praise from thirsty dogs and been in a range of publications. "They were impressed with the simplicity, quality and function of The Quencher™ and wanted to see what other solutions we could come up with," Patrick says.
Ruff Wear now offers a full line of innovative performance dog gear. In addition to collapsible bowls, the company produces a full line of dog-related equipment designed to enhance the interaction between humans and dogs. A brief listing of gear includes dog packs, dog boots, dog harnesses, dog coats, and dog life jackets.
"We want to enhance the experience of all dogs and their two legged companions," Patrick says. Besides those who are active with their pets, trainers, working dogs, Search and Rescue teams, Canine Companions and Guide Dog Users all have become Ruff Wear supporters and each present specific challenges in product development. "My needs pale in comparison to those who depend on their dogs for assistance," he says. "The specific tasks and companionship dogs provide is really incredible. It puts a smile on my face when people appreciate the simple design approach that we build into our gear to address complex tasks."
"We’ve always been oriented toward products that will enhance and assist the interaction between dogs and humans. And that has always been and will continue to be our motivation."
Ruffwear K-9 Float Coat
Loving it! I did some research on the best life vests for dogs and for medium/large dogs I read that Ruffwear's fit the best. The advice was to take your dog and have them try it on in person (in dog?) before buying but I couldn't resist the convenience of buying online. I assumed my dog would need a large because she's deep-chested and a little tubby but I bought a medium based on my dog's measurements and the brand's recommended sizing. It arrived quickly (thanks, Zappos!) and fits like a charm. As I'd read on other sites, the jacket is adjustable and I was able to adjust the straps so that it fit my dog really well. I was surprised that there is an internal adjustable strap at the neck -- took me a minute to figure out how to widen the head opening but it's a good thing they have that because our dog has quite a big head so we needed a bigger opening to get the vest on and off. When adjusted, the straps on the belly fit snugly but did not seem to rub or irritate our dog at all. She wore the life vest during a canoe ride for four hours and didn't seem to mind wearing the jacket at all. In fact, we left it on while taking a break on land and our dog went about her business and tried to roll in cow manure with it on. Yuck. My husband appreciated how sturdy the handle is on the vest and feels like he can easily lug all 75 pound of her into the canoe if needed. Can't speak to how well she stays afloat because she didn't go deeper than she can stand in the water. But the life jacket gives me such peace of mind when we're on the water and she looks so darn cute! Highly recommended.
- Anonymous - customer
- from San Francisco, California
- October 28, 2012
Best-made life preserver for dogs that I've seen! Don't assume because "all dogs can swim" that your best friend has the endurance to swim to safety. It's stiff, so I'm sure it's not all that comfortable for the dog - but then neither are human life preservers. But we are talking about preserving life. Note the grab handle on the back, and the reflective tape. This is truly a quality product - highly recommend.
- Anonymous - customer
- September 8, 2012