The Pacific Northwest has never been known for cold or snowy winters… Until recently. In the last few years, we’ve had snow, ice, and prolonged freezing or hovering around freezing temperatures. Last winter, it became clear that the gear I had for Miles was not sufficient. He would get so chilled from our outings that I had trouble keeping him warm at home long afterwards. We spend a lot of time outdoors, and this worried me! Last October, I did extensive research to find a heavy-duty winter dog coat that would fit our needs. My criteria for Miles’ new winter coat:
Ultra-warm yet breathable
Lining comfortable for the hard, wiry hair of a terrier
Fit designed for unrestricted, athletic movement — absolutely no chaffing or awkward straps or fabric
Fit that would be comfortable in resting position — dog should be able to wear the close-fitting coat and rest comfortably in the car with no tightness
Fast and comfortable to get on and off — no need to lift or man-handle feet, legs, or neck
Good for snow and very heavy rain
Durability for washing machine cleanings
No tail hole (lets be honest here — having to quickly adjust the coat before the dog goes to the bathroom, or finding yourself late to do so — not fun)
I decided to try a brand that is new to North America: Pomppa Oy. Pomppa is a high-quality dog coat company from Finland. I ordered from the North American distributor Clean Run. If you are in the USA or Canada, go to Clean Run! I decided to order two sizes to find the perfect fit. The size guide said to choose the smaller size if your dog is between sizes, however, I found that due to the boxier midsection of a terrier, sizing up was best for even the leanest terrier such as Miles. I ordered a 32 and a 34, and the 34 is perfect for Miles.
Toppa is the most extreme-weather coat Pomppa offers. Miles has been wearing his Toppa on most outings since November. I never imagined Miles would be wearing it outdoors in the PNW for months on end, but here we are, still using it well into March! Here is a gallery so you can get an idea of the fit and how well this coat serves the wild and athletic dogs:
The Toppa has only one area to secure it (or fiddle with for fit), which is unique for this kind of of extreme-weather dog coat. I am extremely impressed by how easy the Toppa is to get on and off of Miles, and also, how well it covers his hips with no leg straps, tail hole, or multiple attachments. It uses only one quickly and unobrusively secured belly strap — which is secured without the need to lift your dog’s legs or handle their paws every time you want to get the coat on and/or off. Body-sensitive terriers and terrier people rejoice!
Last of all, the lining: It is so cushy and soft, I wish I had a coat like this. It has really worked for Miles’ wiry terrier fur. Neither of us could be more happy with this winter dog coat. We highly recommend it! For fitting or other questions, don’t be shy and comment below!
Emma Kesler, CDBC, CPDT-KA is an award winning certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Dog Trainer who has worked exclusively virtually with clients from across the world for the past decade. Emma shares her life with her Welsh Terrier copilot Miles.
This is for all of the wild dogs out there, for the people who love them, and for those who want get to know them. You've come to the right place. 🐶
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