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I've never been one to put my dogs in clothes, I just simply don't see the point in pointing dogs in outfits but then again I do own a Doberman and a Dalmatian which aren't exactly handbag dogs! When my Doberman was a pup (he is now 4) I found that when I took him down to my horses yard during the middle of winter he spent most of his time looking incredibly miserable and unhappy not to mention damp and dirty! After a few days of seeing him like this I did feel a bit cruel and wondered what I could do apart from locking him in my car which when you have 70 acres for him to roam around it seemed a bit unfair. On visiting my local Countrywide store for some horsey bits and pieces I came across the Weatherbeeta range of dog rugs (or coats!) next to the horse rugs. Basically Weatherbeeta have brought out a range of dog rugs which are the same as their main horse range, made of the same materials etc.
The one rug I thought best at that time of year was the Landa dog rug which like the Landa horse rug is a waterproof dog rug which has breathable material in case the dog overheats. It has a 600 denier outer weave (higher the denier stronger the fabric) and the new 2010 Landa has the diamond weave outer fabric which makes it me resilient. The dog rug has a lovely soft nylon lining which is colour co-ordinated with the main colour of the rug. The Landa is exactly the same weight as the horse version and contains 220g of polyfill, higher the amount of polyfill the warmer the rug is. The Landa is the warmest dog rug Weatherbeeta do and my two certainly don't get too heated underneath even if they have been running around all day!
When I first bought the rug I did wonder what my dog would think of it as he had never had a coat on him before let alone something which will be pretty much tied to him! It is important that the dog coat is measured from the scruff of the neck to the base of the tail to ensure a decent fit. I needn't of worried about what he would think about it has he didn't even notice! He was a bit funny about walking for a few minutes with the dog rug on but after a few odd steps it was like his second skin.
The dog rug has a strap which fixes to Velcro around the front of the dog rug and there is a strap which goes under the dog and rests just behind the front legs. The straps are made from quite a tough material and quite resilient. The strap which goes under the belly is adjustable for those with a bigger belly! The front strap has a reflective strip which is useful when the nights start getting dark early and when you take your dog out in the dark. The rug also has the weatherbeeta logo which again is reflective.
Like the horse rugs the dog rug has taped seams which guarantees the moisture stays away from the inside of the rug, so no matter how hard it rains the pooch should stay clean and dry. Just like the horse rug the dog rug has Weatherbeeta's repel shell technology which is a layer over the outer fabric which is meant to repel dirt ensuring the rug is in tip top condition. Another good feature about this dog rug is that it has ripstop technology ensuring that the rug is hard to rip which for me is great especially as my two love a good play fight and so far my dog rugs have not been ripped! Even when the dogs have spent all day in the rain the dog rug is still really light on the dog which is good as it doesn't weigh the dog down.
I regularly wash my Landa dog rugs as the dogs do like a good rough and tumble and they always come up as good as new. I simply put them on a cool wash and dry on the line or over the radiator. They don't seem to shrink and always remain waterproof. However, I have started using a waterproofing solution on the older Landa dog rugs that I have (my dogs have quite a few). Both my dogs wear these even now as adults and they are still kept warm and dry which when they are spending hours in very cold weather in mud, rain and all the other elements its nice to know they are comfortable. Who ever said Dobermans were tough?!! Mine can't cope without his coat!
The Landa dog rug has been produced by Weatherbeeta for years and I have it many colours! Currently for the 2010 range it comes in Blackberry/Navy 'it wasn't me', Grey/Pink Checkers and Navy/Silver. It is available from 30cm to 70cm and as I said above it needs to be measured from the scruff of the neck to the base of the tail. The rugs come in small plastic carriers with a zip so should you not require it for whatever reason it can be easily stored away.
The Weatherbeeta Landa dog rug is available online and in most places where the stock the Weatherbeeta brand. The rugs are available for about £11.99 - £13.99 and it seems that you can also pick up past season's rugs for slightly cheaper. EBay is a good place to look if your wanting to save the pennies but keep your pooch warm and cosy.