With their long slender bodies and necks, standard off the peg dog coats and collars often don't fit whippets particularly well. Of all dog breeds, whippets, with their fine coats and thin skins really need protection from the ravages of winter cold!
As a whippet mum, I have become something of a wizz at sourcing cool, practical and occasionally fun dog gear from a range of sources.
If your dog is a hard to fit breed, or you want something really special for them, it is worth contacting these businesses!
I have sourced Whippet Boy's collars and coats from various places, including Petstock, for standard items. Some Wagwear coats fit him well. These are available at Petstock and the staff are always more than happy to help with fittings for the harder to fit breeds like whippets
He has a lovely whippet fleecy and waterproof coat for Ballarat's cold winter days made to measure by a lady I got on to via Count Dogula's in Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds. There too, I purchased "the world's most comfortable" dog leash, that has a padded handle, adjustable in its length and ideal for agility training. Count Dogula's stocks some really cool items for your pets, such as dish-washer safe, designer pet bowls and a huge array of beds and coats. It is a small, boutique dog store, that offers exceptional service and high quality products. I love going there with Whippet Boy, when we visit Melbourne!
Another source of affordably priced, quality dog coats that can be fitted to your dog's needs is Australia's online, family owned, Tuff Dog, coats and beds. They offer a refund or exchange should the coat not fit your dog to your satisfaction. They give clear instructions on how to measure your dog and offer a fabulous range of coats to meet the specific requirements of your climatic conditions and fashion sense!
Whippet Boy generally wears a stock item, hand-made, soft, wide leather collar from London's Verve Pet Boutique and cafe. I searched in vain locally for such a collar and hope this will last him the rest of his life. I was overjoyed when I finally found the sort of very basic old fashioned collar that my previous dogs have worn, but have thesedays been superceded by synthetic webbing ones, with plastic fittings. These lovely traditional leather collars are available online and are very reasonably priced. There is a limited range of colours to choose from, but Andre is always happy to make one to order in other colours for a few extra pounds!
Our special occasion's collar and lead was indeed made to order by Andre at Verve. If you really want to splurge on your dog, Andre can even do diamond encrusted collars on kid leather, in colours of your choice. I admit Whippet Boy's flash collar and lead is studded with Swarovski crystals, as my budget wouldn't stretch to diamonds, but please don't tell Whippet Boy, because he thinks his lime green with purple crystals and gold fittings collar and lead is very special!
One of Whippet Boy's favourite fashion items is a blue rhinestone studded whippet collar and lead, that was a special present from his Nan and breeder, complete with matching blue tassles!
Whippet Boy also has a red whippet collar and halter from Blackdog, Australia.
I know Whippet Boy is a dog, but he and I both enjoy looking our best when we go out and meet other dogs and their parents and promote my Pets and Plants business. Mainly he wears his practical every day gear, but once in a while, it sure is fun to dress for the occasion!