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The Ruffwear Float Coat is a premium buoyancy coat:

  • Secure, easily adjustable & excellent flotation
  • Perfect for dogs that love paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking, rafting or boating (& canine hydrotherapy too!) 
  • Plus a back handle so you can help your pup out of the water!
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The Ruffwear Float Coat is a high quality dog life jacket that has been designed with safety and comfort in mind.  Using soft, flexible, PVC-free Gaia Foam, it can be adjusted to fit most dog's - of all shapes and sizes.   There are two adjustable belly straps as well as a padded telescoping/adjustable neck closure.

The tailored fit, it provides excellent flotation & comfortable movement for your dog when they are swimming, running or relaxing.

This dog life vest has a strong, centrally placed handle on the back so you help your pup out of the water.  Plus there is a leash clip-in point under the back handle and reflective trim for enhanced visibility.


To find the best fit for your dog, measure around the widest part of dog's girth/chest. 

*If your dog is in-between sizes & a stable weight, choose the smaller size.

All sizes are based on the chest measure - secondary you can confirm the neck size (around the neck).  Undecided? drop us an email on

Size Chest/Girth Measure Neck Measure Back Length
XXS 33-43cm (13-17") 27-32.5cm  18.5cm
XS 43-56cm (17-22") 31-41cm 26cm
S 56-69cm (22-27") 38-50cm 30cm
M 69-81cm (27-32") 45-59cm 38cm
L 81-91cm (32-36") 53-68cm 41.5cm
XL 91-107cm (36-42") 58-75cm 49cm

Note: the coat should only cover the rib cage & not go the full length of the body - otherwise it can interfere with the rear legs in swimming.  

Check out the video below on fitting the Float Coat.

Key Features:

  • Easy Life & Assist Back Handle: A strong, low profile back handle that allows you to help your dog out of the water
  • Optimal Buoyancy & Fits Most Dogs:  Flexible PVC-free Gaia® Foam panels strategically placed to support a natural swimming position and to fit dog's of all shapes and sizes. 
  • Secure & Easily Adjustable:  Telescoping neck closure that is adjustable yet permanently attached and secure
  • Safety: Reflective trim to enhances visibility in low light and there is a light loop to attach The Beacon (sold separately)
  • Leash Attachment Point:  And sheltered, easy to clip buckles that allow easy, one-handed clipping
  • Made from time-proven abrasion-resistant materials

Care Instructions

  • Always rinse the life jacket after use in salt water or pools.
  • Secure fasteners.  Hand wash in cold water with mild detergent. Air dry.


  • Shell:  800 denier ballistic Polyester
  • Foam:  Gaia foam and CLPE foam
  • Webbing:  Polypropylene 'nylike' webbing
  • Buckles: ITW Nexus Airloc side-release buckles
  • Other Hardware:  Plastic D-ring and Duraflex duckbill tension lock
  • Reflective: Reflective screen print

Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Based on 14 reviews
Zahra S.

SALE! Float Coat - Premium Dog Life Jacket by Ruffwear

Jeff M.
Diggers Float Coat Dog Life Jacket

The service was second to none, I ordered the extra-large. I was contacted by Carolyn to inquire how large Digger was as the extra-large will fit a Great Dane. We ended up purchasing the Large and it fits perfectly. The product quality is a very high quality as I was looking at the BCF vests which weren't the best quality.

Great life jacket - perfect fit

Perfect Fit - we have a small dog who needed the XXS size. We haven't tried it yet, but he looks sooo cute. He was comfortable walking around, so we're sure he will be fine on a boat. Great service too, even after buying we were contacted to make sure we had the correct size.

Alison M.
Nelson Loves It!

The PFD is amazing. Nelson loves it and it us easy to move him around the boat if we need to. The quality is superb.

Dena J.M.
Just what we needed

Our dog is keen to swim with us. This life jacket helps her get in the right position to swim properly and loose her anxieties. Before she had this, she would make her way to us and cling on for dear life.

Kayleigh J.
Love the fit

We have yet to test this out on the water but the fit works well!! Happy with the quality and fit.

5 Tail Wags for the Ruffwear Life Jacket

Super life jacket! Soft, flexible and lovely bright colours. Our water baby loves his life jacket and I feel much safer riding on the JetSki with him knowing he’s safe! As always, Ruffwear delivers!

Robert H.
k-9 float coat_ dog life jacket

I have a French bulldog and she loves the jacket as it keeps her chest high up in the water.
I recommend this jacket to other people who have small dogs

Ben C.
Canine Float Coat

The order was put on hold as you were not in stock for the one I ordered.

David L.
K9 Float Coat

I thought my dog might have issues wearing the coat as he normally doesn't like anything around him, but he was quite comfortable and seemed to enjoy not having to paddle so hard... great buy!