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Old 09-02-2012, 02:05 PM
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winter coat for sighthound

Hi, I am not into apparel on dogs, but Maggie freezes in the winter and I want to walk her to keep her well exercised. She is build like a whippet. Her chest girth is 23 inches, her neck with is 13 inches, she is 22 inches long, and 21 inches tall (weighs 35 lbs.) She has next to no body fat and just a single layer coat (mom was a coonhound). She doesn't have the thin skin of a whippet or greyhound.

I am just looking for suggestions from other owners who are dealing with this unique body shape, I want something that wont to too bulky and will keep her warm. I am in Newport, RI and it doesn't snow that much here but the air gets pretty cold (single digits at times.)
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I'm currently shopping around for a nice coat for Dash. He has a similar build - big chest, tiny little waist.
Don't know how much it will help but these are the coats/makers I am trying to decide between.
View Winter Coats by VoyagersK9Apparel on Etsy
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thanks for the links, unfortunately I was hoping to spend less that $50 on a coat for her. I found a used Motley mutt whippet coat on ebay.. its Maggies size too and its only $30...I may go for that just to save a few bucks. I really like how the chilly dogs coats go between the front legs and cover the chest.
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If anyone has any type of coat pattern or idea of what type of fabrics to use to make a proper sight hound coat would be much appreciated. I really want to get Maggie one of the chilly dog coats. I just cant imagine spending $85 on a dog coat.
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I'm thinking about using this tutorial to make a winter coat for Quest...if it ever gets cold enough down here. I think i read the patter was for a greyhound, so the proportions should be similar.


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Thanks for the link. I will look into it!!
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I've used a pattern very similar to the one Questsmoms linked to! Worked out well!
I also have different patterns I bought from different craft stores. Take a look around. Most patterns are pretty affordable! As far as fabric goes, I've always used fleece. I'm not really all that great at sewing and other fabrics are too difficult for me to work with.

Oh! I have a friend that works in greyhound rescue. Her group makes fall coats out of fleece blankets. They use old blankets that are donated and also stock up around the holidays when they are super cheap. They aren't form fitting though. More of a draped blanket style coat. Still, something worth googling!
They look like this (minus the built in snood or collar).

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I have the same problem with Zoe!! It is very hard to find coats that fit her well and keep her warm. I have had really good luck with the Weather Beeta coats. They were originally designed for horses and the sizing goes by the length of the dog and the belly strap is adjustable. I found all of her coats at my local farm store on sale for around $20 or less. The coats are really thick, they are waterproof and tear resistant. One of her coats did get messed up but she wore it to the dog park on a daily basis all winter and her best buddy would grab her by the coat. The reflective tape on it tore, but the actual coat itself did not.





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I was also going to suggest a fleece. Granted I don't live in a really cold area, but a fleece jacket keeps Coconut warm enough in weather I would wear a heavy jacket in. She also has a very slender waist (almost like an Italian Greyhound).
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Have you considered doing a "wrap" like the thundershirt but use fleece? Fleece doesn't fray so you don't have to worry about hems. Just cut it and sew on some velcro.
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