Gun Dog Drying Coats With Bamboo
A popular choice with gun dog and working dog owners around the world, the snugglezzz dog drying coats are designed for dogs that get wet, get muddy and get everywhere!
They are handmade and offer luxurious, bamboo, cotton and fleece fabrics to not only dry your dog quickly but to also keep it warm, whether this follows a dip in the river, sea or on the sofa after a bath.
What's more, the outer fleece keeps the cold out and stops water from damaging furniture or soaking into car seats.
The inner bamboo and cotton mixed fabric is an expensive choice of fabric, but it is very absorbent, has hypoallergenic properties and considerably reduces dog odours. It also keeps its shape and form wash after wash.
After water play or rain, allow your dog to naturally shake the excess water off and then apply the coat. There are velcro fasteners on the coat and these have been strategically placed to offer the best fixing and freedom of movement. You can then let the bamboo/cotton inner fabric soak up the water.
Disclaimer: You can leave the coat on for as long as you wish but please check on your dog regularly to make sure they are comfortable and warm as they dry. They are great insulators so your dog may become quite warm if the ambient/home heating temperature is high.
Conversely, in colder conditions, double-check that your dog is warm enough as it dries. The coats have been designed to keep your dog warm but regular checking of your dog and how the coat is absorbing the water and moisture is recommended.
ORDERING/STOCK: We sometimes have drying coats in stock but we also have a 'made-to-order' system in place at all times. So you will always see coats available to buy but there are times when we have to make coats to order and we'll advise you if we have your item in stock after we receive your order. If we do have to make the coat please allow 10-14 days.
Why are they so good for gundogs and working dog breeds?
Dogs that fall into these two categories make up 65% of our customer base and owners of these dogs tell us that if their dogs had a choice they would happily spend as much of their time swimming and rolling around in mud and sand as anything else.
As manufacturers, we wanted to make a coat that dries and keeps warmth in and keeps the cold out. So when all the fun is over and you apply the dog coat you can be safe in the knowledge that it will stay in place and will get to work on drying your dog as soon as it is applied. What's more, the walk back to the car will be a comfortable and warm one as the fleece keeps out any cold, harsh winds, rain, mud, sand and more.
An added bonus is that the drying coat will not allow water to seep out onto car seats or furniture. This is because the polyester fleece materials we use in the outer layer is a tightly woven material and water finds it very difficult to enter.
This is why it is such a great fabric to use if you want to keep the cold from getting onto your dog's fur as it dries. A fleece material will also absorb very little water so it works well at keeping out rain. This is why an absorbent inner layer and a non-absorbent outer layer works really well in this style of drying coat. This all adds up to a 'keep warm as your dog dries' coat.
For show dogs or those doing agility or flyball
Show dogs can get cold and a little uncomfortable between events, whether this is an important breed show or an agility or flyball event. We have added the very best materials which include an outer fleece to keep your dog warm when it is drying. Alternatively, put the coat on to keep your dog warm and protect the coat between events or showing.
The mix of bamboo and cotton in the inner fabric is very absorbent and bamboo is well known for its low odour retaining properties. This means that you keep your dog dry, warm, happy and you don't have to battle odours as often.
The overall fit
The coats wrap around your dog so they can be used as a dog towelling robe. It is draped over the dog and then fastens at the sides and front with double sewn in strips of very strong velcro. This ensures a secure fit around the chest and sides and leaves plenty of room for adjustment.
"Megan loves her drying coat... she even falls asleep with it on after a bath. We take the coat off and there is very little moisture left at all. The quality is excellent and it washes up brilliantly." Sam Greenwood, Oxfordshire.
Uses for the drying coats
These drying coats have a number of uses and can be used as a large wrap around towel coat or to keep your dog warm and protected from cold winds when it is wet.
Just put the coat on your dog when it gets out of the bath or after an initial towel dry. Please try to soak up some of the water with a normal towel if your dog has a long or thick coat.
The coat is designed to soak up a lot of the remaining water, but as importantly it will keep your dog warm as it dries. The absorbency of the inner fabric coupled with the water-resistant properties of the outer fleece fabric should also keep wet patches on furniture and bedding to a minimum.
At the beach or by the river
As soon as you or your dog have had enough water activity, just wrap your dog in the coat following the first or second shake! The bamboo and cotton towelling material will absorb the water and the fleece will keep your dog warm and protected from wind.
This is because fleece has good thermal properties but is also a tightly wound fabric and this means wind struggles to get through.
If you plan to return home in your car the coat will also help to keep wet patches and stains to a minimum in your car and on seats.
Please see the FAQ and size guide tabs for more information.
Dog size guide
Here is a brief size guide to help you choose the correct drying dog coat. This is not a definitive list by any means but should act as a good guide.
X small - Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier, Pomeranian, Papillon
Small - Small Jack Russell, Pug, Norwich terrier, Bichon Frise
Medium - Cocker Spaniel, Medium Springer, French Bulldog
Large - Border Collie, Beagle, Large Springer Spaniel, Staffordshire Bull Terrier
X Large - Boxer, Labrador, Dalmatian, Basset hound
XX Large - German Shepherd, Setter, Large Labrador/Retriever, Pointer
XXX Large - Mastiff, Sheepdog, Ridgeback, Rottweiler
XXXX Large - Bernese, Leonberger, Great Dane, Newfoundland.
Please note: We make every effort to have drying dog coats in stock, but in case we have to make these coats to order from our Norfolk and Suffolk sites, please do allow up to 18 days for delivery to the UK and up to 28 days for deliveries outside of the UK.
When choosing a dog drying coat size, please use this table as a guide. The sizes shown in the drop down box are for length in cms. This measurement is from the back of the neck to the base of the tail.
|x small||35 cms||30 - 38 cms|
|small||40 cms||38-45 cms|
|medium||48 cms||45 - 52 cms|
|large||54 cms||50 - 58 cms|
|x large||60 cms||55 - 65 cms|
|xx large||70 cms||65 - 80 cms|
|xxx large||80 cms||80 - 90 cms|
|xxxx large||90 cms||88 - 98 cms|
See sizes above. Please choose a size and then select it from the drop-down box.
Measurement 1 - This is the topline and is from the back of the neck to the base of the tail. We use this to size the coats for length. It does not matter if you measure to the end of your dog's back as the coats are designed to fit long. If you think this will get in the way of your dog's tail please measure to the base of the tail.
Measurement 2 - This is the girth around the wide part of the chest and is just behind the front legs. This measurement ensures a good fit around the girth/belly and has strong adjustable velcro straps
Remember: Please use the length measurements as a guide only. You are looking for a length that will at the very least come up to the middle part of the back legs and ideally cover the rear part of the legs and even cover the bum area.
Therefore, you should measure from the back of the neck to at least the base of the tail as shown in measurement 1 above to give you a rough idea of the length.
It does not matter if the coat is slightly too long as it is classed as a robe coat of towel coat for dogs. This style is designed to cover the most wet parts of your dog.
Remember this is not classed as an 'all day wear' coat so a custom fit is not important.
As long as the coat is long enough and provides enough room around the chest the coat should fit very well. It can even be too big and wrap around slightly, like a robe.
We have been quite generous when it comes to adjustment around the neck and chest area so dogs with wider chests and necks should also be fine.
Just choose the best length first and then check that the maximum measurement of the chest girth will match your dog's measurements as shown in measurement 2.
How Do I Wash the dog drying coat?
The dog drying coat can be hand or machine washed. Fleece and cotton bamboo can be washed at a temperature of 40 degress in your washing machine using a light to medium amount of detergent. The recommended temperature is 30 degrees. Our tests and feedback suggests that the drying coats do not have to washed as often as other brands (based on odour tests) and they remain as good as new, wash after wash.
How Do I Dry the coat out ready for its next use?
Please hang on a line or start the drying process on a radiator for around 30 minutes. You can dry this product in a tumble dryer but we advise you to keep this method of drying to a minimum.
What are the dog drying coats made from?
The absorbent inner fabric is 70% bamboo and 30% cotton. This provides a wonderful mix for absorbing the water and moisture from your dog's fur and skin.
Depending on the fabric we have in stock your drying coats inner material will be either Blue, White or Cream.
Why use bamboo as the absorbent fabric?
There are a number of reasons why we use bamboo. It is highly water absorbent so it will soak up the water from your dog and hold it in well. It has also been found to have anti-microbial, hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial properties, which is great for dogs with sensitive skin and should not absorb bad odours in the same way that other fabrics will.
It is also a very green fabric in terms of its environmental impact. It does not suffer with pest infestation and therefore requires little or no pesticides. Bamboo has naturally soft and round fibres which means it has no sharp edges to irritate the skin - great for dogs with allergies or existing skin conditions.
It is soft and luxurious and our bamboo fabrics are made from 100% non-polluted bamboo from a sustainable source.
What type of outer fabric do you use?
We use fleece polyester fabrics for the outer layer for each dog drying coat as they are designed to insulate and don't absorb a lot of water so they are a great choice for keeping your dog warm when it is wet. As the bamboo towelling soaks up the water the fleece will help to keep your dog warm and well insulated.
Can drying dog coats be used for events and shows?
If you go to a show, agility event or other occasion you'll want to keep your dog dry when you need to. Drying your dog between agility runs or fly-ball can keep it dry, calm and ready for the next stage!
As the fleece outer doesn't absorb a lot of outside water they are also great for keeping light rain off the dog's fur and skin. On cold days it will also keep your dog warm and ready for the next round!
When can I take the coat off my dog?
The coat will reach full absorbent capacity after about 30 minutes to 1 hour and can then be removed and dried out. If the ambient temperature is quite warm then the coat can be left on the dog for longer - in fact some dogs like to sleep in them!
Please monitor your dog when it is drying to make sure it is warm and comfortable at all times.