Do Dogs Need Raincoats? The Answer Might Surprise You

Is there anything as annoying as losing out on valuable dog walking time just because of a wet Saturday morning? 

That’s right, you’ve had clear weather and lots of sunshine the entire week, but come Saturday morning, your weekend play session in the park is ruined by a cold wind and gentle rainfall.

There’s nothing to do but stay inside, waiting for the sun to make an appearance… Or you could grab an umbrella and reach for your dog's raincoat and enjoy the crisp Saturday morning. 

If you’re unsure whether or not your dog needs a raincoat, this article is just for you. Let’s look at the different breeds that need a coat - and why.

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Dog Breeds That Need Raincoats

Many dogs don’t do well with the rain. With their short legs and/or thin coats, the following breeds simply don’t like rainy weather:


Pomeranians, with their fluffy double coats, might seem well-equipped for the rain, but their dense fur can still become soaked, leading to discomfort and potential health issues. A  dog raincoat not only keeps them dry but also helps preserve the fluffiness of their coat, which many owners prize.

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terriers have long, flowing coats that can easily become waterlogged in the rain. 

Their silky fur, while beautiful, offers little protection against moisture, making them susceptible to chills and discomfort. A raincoat provides much-needed protection, keeping them warm and dry during wet weather walks.

Shih Tzu

Shih Tzus, known for their luxurious coats, can suffer in rainy conditions due to their dense, flowing fur. 

Without protection, their fur can become heavy and matted when wet, leading to hygiene issues and discomfort. A raincoat helps maintain their coat's integrity and keeps them cozy and dry, ensuring a happier pup even in the rain.

French Bulldog

French bulldogs are a short breed. Short legs, short snouts, short tempers, and short coats.

These short-haired dogs are also more susceptible to colds and flu than other dog breeds. In some cases, your Frenchie could develop pneumonia, which could be deadly if not treated.

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So, if you have one of these adorable dogs, you might want to get them a raincoat for those winter mornings. A well-designed raincoat will cover their entire body and keep water away from their coats, keeping them dry on your walks.

Pit Bull Terrier

Believe it or not, the American Pit Bull terrier is another dog breed that would benefit from a raincoat. Yep, they have medium-length legs that help to keep their torso off the wet stuff, but they are also one of the short-coated breeds that don’t have a water-repellent outer coat. 

Pit bulls are also extremely active dogs that need regular exercise so that a raincoat would come in handy more often than not in the colder winter months.

Older Dogs

Your dog’s age should also be considered when opting for a rain jacket or not.

No matter the breed, older dogs need extra help to keep warm in the winter months when the temperature drops. Old dogs often have problems with arthritic joints, making wet weather especially uncomfortable for them. 

Dogs That Don't Need Raincoats

Not all breeds will need a raincoat. 

With their long legs and thick coats, some long-haired dogs thrive in rainy weather. So if you have one of the following breeds, don’t even bother looking for raincoats!

Labrador Retriever

Labs have a dense, water-resistant double coat that protects them from rain. 

Their outer coat repels water, keeping their skin relatively dry even in wet weather. Additionally, their undercoat provides insulation, helping them stay warm despite the rain.

Australian Cattle Dog

Known for their durability and weather-resistant coat, Australian Cattle Dogs have a dense, water-repellent outer coat that sheds water efficiently. 

This breed's coat is designed to keep them dry and comfortable in various weather conditions, making them well-suited to handle rain without the need for additional protection.

Border Collie

Border Collies often have a thick, weather-resistant double coat that serves as excellent protection against rain.

Their outer coat is water-resistant, helping to repel moisture and keep the dog warm. This breed's coat is also designed to provide insulation, meaning that they generate enough heat to keep themselves toasty when it’s cold outside.

These dogs are practically made for wet weather. But that doesn’t mean that you don't have to spoil them from time to time.

There are many different clothing options for your pup that will make them feel loved and welcomed into your family. Check out the full Sparkpaws clothing collection for different options. 

They are made for all breeds, ensuring your dog’s movement is never impeded when wearing one of Sparkpaws' products.

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While most dogs are happy to live an outdoor life, running and playing in the yard for hours without any human contact, many others become like close family members.

They snooze on our couches, sleep in our beds, and practically live indoors. You might have a furry friend that falls into this category. Your pup is closer to you than most of your human companions and seems to understand you better than anyone else.

Many dog owners will be glad to know that Sparkpaws also distributes one of the best-quality dog clothing ranges in the world.

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And a big hit is the matching sets, made for dogs and their owners of all sizes. From the smallest pups to the largest of breeds, Sparkpaws will have you covered with the coolest matching hoodies to keep you and your pup looking fine.


Whether or not your dog needs a raincoat is largely dependent on a few different factors.

A petite dog means they have less natural insulation against the cold and rain, making them more susceptible to discomfort and health issues. 

Their fur may lack the water-resistant properties of larger breeds or specific coat types, leading to soggy and uncomfortable conditions in wet weather. 

A rain jacket will keep your dog dry and warm in wet weather, reducing the risk of a compromised immune system and reducing the grooming needed after a rainy walk.