Hey guys!! i am really hoping someone can help me here... My friend has a very thinned skin Jack Russel mix who gets super super chilly in the winter time. She has only been able to find one waterproof blanket that fits him and ends up double blanket-ing him (with a fleece) when it's super chilly out.
Do you guys know of anyplace i can find a medium to heavy dog blanket?? Preferably waterproof (or able to be waterproofed). We don't even mind paying for it - but we have to find it first.
Schneider's has some, and they're quite reasonably priced. They'd fit better on longer dogs with shallower chests though. The drop isn't long enough for deeper-chested dogs. The waterproofing isn't fantastic though.
Smartpak makes a Thinsulate blanket, but it's not very thick. It's well made and looks nice though. They also have heavy fleece blankets that could work well as liners.
I did find an Everest dog blanket at this rather snooty equestrian "lifestyle" shop a few years ago. We had just rescued our younger dog, and he was pretty emaciated. It's thicker than any of the other ones I've seen, but that's the only place I've ever seen them.
Both of ours have blankets, but they're used more for when it's piss-pouring rain and they have to go out. Then I can leave the wet blankets on the porch and use just one towel to dry feet and heads. The less laundry to do the better!
Another thing to be aware of - if the dog is male, make sure there's adequate clearance for "the equipment" or else you'll have a pee-soaked dog coat pretty quickly. A lot of coat manufacturers forget to allow room for the manly bits, so the coat goes most of the way down the tummy. With my guy, at least, most coat fabric ends right past where his little pee stream arcs. Looooovely! The Ruff Wear brand is good about leaving enough rear-end room for that
I have a Doberman whose wardrobe is bigger than mine. He's cold if it's not 75 or warmer. His favorite jacket is the Great White North from Chilly Dogs (http://www.chillydogs.ca/). It has lasted him about 4 years now, I think. It washes up well and when he's moving around it's plenty warm.
Oh you guys!! My thin skinned greyhounds just have to get tough. Their pee brreaks get shorter as the temperature dips and they spend more time under their bedclothes. However, we are not in the cold part of the continent.