NEW! Float Coat Dog Life Jacket by Ruffwear - Redesigned for 2021


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Ruffwear's newly designed Float Coat for 2021!

The NEW K-9 Float Coat by Ruffwear is a premium life jacket designed with safety and comfort in mind for dogs that love to join their humans paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking, rafting or boating.

The Ruffwear Float Coat is designed to fit dog's of all shapes and sizes and will keep your dog safely afloat. This dog life vest has great details including a strong, centrally placed handle on the back so you help your pup out of the water, a leash clip-in point under the handle and reflective trim for enhanced visibility.

New for 2021 is the use of soft, flexible, PVC-free Gaia® Foam which gives a tailored fit for excellent flotation yet allows comfortable movement when your dog is swimming, running or relaxing!


The Float Coat is available in 6 sizes - to choose the best size, measure around the widest part of dog's girth/chest.  If your dog is in-between sizes and a stable weight, choose the smaller size.

All sizes are based on the chest measure, but if you want to confirm the neck size (around the neck) and the coat length (from the base of the neck towards the tail) we've included these below.  Undecided? drop us an email on

Note: the lifejacket should only cover the ribcage and not go the full length of the body - otherwise it can interfere with the rear legs in swimming.  

Check out the video further down this page on fitting the K9 Float Coat.

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

Key Features:

  • A strong, low profile back handle that allows you to help your dog out of the water
  • Foam panels are strategically placed to aid a natural swimming position
  • Telescoping neck closure that is adjustable yet permanently attached and secure
  • Reflective trim to enhances visibility in low light and there is a light loop to attach The Beacon (sold separately)
  • Sheltered, easy to clip buckles that allow easy, one-handed clipping
  • Made from time-proven abrasion-resistant materials

Here are what a couple of our customers say about the K-9 Float Coat:

'We're so proud of Marley and her new jacket.   She is now my paddle board buddy (and everyone else's…she will hijack a board on approach!).   It's wonderful to see her happy again after we lost our old girl of 14 years (her best friend).   I especially love the hand on the back of the K-9 Float Coat".   Mel

"Best day ever trailing out my new jacket.  I have never swum so confidently - mum and dad were very impressed!  Swam out to Dad about 30-40m offshore to get my ball and then back again - all by myself!"  (Sprocket says he's feeling awesome!)

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 screenprint

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
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!

K-9 Float Coat

Excellent float dog is 45kgs & this float coat handled her weight with ease in the pool..Also have to mention excellent customer service received!!

Ebony S.

Great fit and well made. I absolutely recommend.

Kim D.
So disappointed

We had the old style coat and it was perfect till my Shiba outgrew it. The new style doesn't have adequate flotation up front for him and is holding his body up and his face in the water....

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