Stylish Dog Walking Coats To Add To Your Wishlist
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Stylish Dog Walking Coats To Add To Your Wishlist

Hiking with the hounds never looked so good

Now that spring has officially sprung, dog owners across the UK can breather a sigh of relief: the days of frosty winter walks are behind us. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be layering up for a daily excursion with your pooch – especially when you think about how much it rains here. Good thing we’ve rounded up the best dog walking coats for every season. No more excuses to your canine companion about poor weather now…

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What To Consider Before Buying A Dog Walking Coat


It’s important to consider the time of year; walk with the seasons. You don’t want a hulking, fluffy coat in the middle of summer and the last thing you want during winter is a flimsy scrap of fabric. Think about the kind of walks you’re going to be doing (a quiet stroll, a jog or a countryside hike?) and when you’ll be doing them: lightweight layering pieces work well for spring and autumn, while you’ll want something cosier for winter and probably no coat at all in the summer.

Is It Waterproof?

And speaking of weather, you’ll need to make sure you’re geared up for the (likely) occurrence of British showers. There are 365 days in a year, and it rains on almost half of them in the UK – meaning you’ll more than likely be taking your canine companion out for a drizzly stroll multiple times throughout the year. A good transeasonal dog walking coat will be waterproof or water-resistant, so you can get through the rain unscathed (although the same can’t be said for puddle-jumping pups).

Two dogs wearing coats outdoors in autumn

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Lastly, think about the style of your coat. Ideally you want to keep this item in your wardrobe for a long time – as long as possible, even. Buy less, buy better and opt for something timeless in style; a Barbour wax jacket, a Burberry trench or a Fairfax & Favor gilet will fall back in style year after year, without fail.


Regardless of whether your excursion is a hike across the UK or a quick trip up the shop, you’ll need to make sure you’re wearing something that is as functional as it is stylish. Things you might want to find in a dog walking coat include:

  • Pockets (the more the merrier)
  • Detachable features like a hood or storm fastenings
  • Buttons or zippers (you don’t want your coat flapping open in the wind, do you?)

The biggest thing we’d recommend looking for is, obviously, pockets. The last thing you want to do is juggle the lead, poop bags, fetch toys and your phone if you’re dog is quite hyperactive (and if not, then it’s just a plain hassle).

Stylish Dog Walking Coats To Add To Your Wishlist

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Green jacket


Hambleton Down Jacket in Laurel, £249.95,

Best For: Year-round

A lightweight jacket built for all seasons, Schöffel’s entry on this list is ideal for layering up (or down) and is made from water-repellent, PFC-free, recycled polyester. It’s also machine washable, so you can bung it straight in the laundry basket after a muddy walk with your pooch.


Navy vest

R.M. Williams

Robinvale Vest, £195,

Best For: Spring

Too hot to layer up but too cold to wear a thick coat? Try this vest from R.M. Williams, which you can shrug on over and shirt and head straight out. You can zip it up and and nestle into the stand collar when things get a little nippy, and store bits for the dog inside the two zip-up pockets on the front.


Woman in brown coat


Beadnell® Wax Jacket in Bark, £229,

Best For: Functionality

King of the wax jacket, Barbour is the perfect stop for functional coats that work for both town and country. The Beadnell comes in Barbour’s signature waxed cotton, and has a zip-in liner and hood as well as plenty of pockets you can use to stow away you (and your dog’s) personal items.

Navy gilet

Fairfax & Favor

The Charlotte Padded Gilet in Navy, £260,

Best For: Layering

The ultimate layering piece, a gilet is perfect for throwing on as you head out the door. This one from Holland Cooper comes with a detachable hood, lined pockets and a windproof, water-resistant outer layer.

Woman on the beach wearing green coat


Longshore Rain Parka in Cedar, £225,

Best For: Waterproof outerwear

Rainy day? No problem. Finisterre’s rain parka features an organic cotton outer and inner fabric combined with a TPE membrane, making it a fully waterproof coat perfect for drizzly walks. It also comes with snap buttons around the hood to keep you as covered as possible in wet and windy weather.

Brown trench coat

Holland Cooper

Full Length Chelsea Trench Coat in Dark Camel, £949,

Best For: Town

Those taking their pooch for a walk around town may prefer a more stylish design – like this trench from Holland Cooper. Perfect for throwing on for a morning walk and then dressing up for lunch out with friends, this is a timeless design that can take you from day to night in a heartbeat.

Green quilted jacket

Frankie Shop

Teddy Quilted Jacket in Moss Green (Size XS/S), rent from £38.18,

Best For: Lightweight outerwear

This unisex jacket from Frankie Shop is both stylish and lightweight, perfect for spring or layering up on colder days. It features deep pockets on the front, as well as a button closure that looks good done up and undone.

Black Burberry puffer jacket


Detachable Hood Nylon Puffer Jacket, £1,190,

Best For: Winter

Fight off the chill with this cushy puffer jacket from Burberry. Filled with goose down and feathers, this jacket will surely keep you warm no matter the weather. It also comes with a detachable hood (in Burberry check) and drawcord at the waist to cinch and keep in heat.

Green rain jacket


Women’s Skyforest Parka, £200,

Best For: Windy weather

Transitional weather isn’t without its drawbacks – especially when it comes with blustery winds. This parka from Patagonia is built to withstand the weather, with a three-panel fixed hood (with drawcord), two-way zipper and five zip-up pockets in total. No fly-aways here…

Black Canada Goose coat

Canada Goose

Expedition Hooded Arctic-Tech Parka, £1,295,

Best For: Pockets

Got more stuff than you know what to do with? Canada Goose’s parka comes with four pockets on the front, and features a water-resistant shell (meaning everything in said pockets will stay nice and dry).

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