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Snuggie for Dogs Review

Updated: August 15, 2016

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Pros

  • Easy to put on
  • Machine washable
  • Comes in four sizes, two colors

Cons

  • Doesn't fit all dogs
  • Fabric doesn't wash well
  • Velcro straps noisy, flop around
  • Not much coverage for outdoor use
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Other reviewers say the Snuggie's Velcro straps are insecure, too long or floppy, and note that the noise that Velcro makes can bother a dog. Other main complaints have to do with the fleece fabric. Tests conducted by Consumer Reports on the human version of the Snuggie -- posted at Consumerist.com -- reveal that machine washing the blanket makes it pill and shed so much lint that it gets very thin. Owners echo this complaint.

Despite these criticisms, some owners say their pets like the Snuggie for Dogs. The loose fit doesn't provide very much coverage for a dog running around outdoors. However, it does serve as a nice blanket for a dog lying down inside. If your dog seems cold indoors, or just needs some extra warmth outdoors, it might be worth trying.

We found quite a number of complaints about overcharges and poor customer service from people who ordered the Snuggie for Dogs online. That said, it makes sense to buy it at a local store with a good return policy.

We found the best video review of the Snuggie for Dogs at KIDK, in which a couple tries it out on their 4-month-old dachshund. A close runner-up is the video review at KEYE, where a lively dog attempts to run around with the Snuggie on. Photos of a dog wearing the Snuggie illustrate critical points in the detailed review at the Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union. A review at Consumerist.com covers objective tests of the fabric used in the human version of the Snuggie (also used for the canine version). We also found useful owner-written reviews at Amazon.com and at Petco.com.

Our Sources

Tommy Noel, Nov. 4, 2009

This video review shows a couple testing the Snuggie for Dogs on their 4-month-old miniature dachshund, Penny. They initially struggle to get the Snuggie on Penny, but after attempting to wriggle out of it, the dachshund gets used to it. However, the Snuggie for Dogs doesn't make Penny any less reluctant to venture outdoors in cold weather.

Bettie Cross, Oct. 30, 2009

In this video review, a pet owner tests a medium-size Snuggie on her dog Candy, whose length and weight should make it a good fit. It's easy to put on the Snuggie, but this dog quickly slips out of it while running around. Reporter Bettie Cross concludes that it might work, but only on a calm dog; either that, or the size recommendations are inaccurate.

Michael Huber, Aug. 4, 2009

This review is especially useful because it shows two photos of a dog modeling the Snuggie for Dogs, illustrating columnist Michael Huber's point about how the Velcro straps are too thin to fasten very securely and stick up at odd angles. Overall, Huber is lukewarm about the Snuggie for Dogs, noting that it doesn't seem to have any advantages over other dog sweaters and coats. Quite a few readers add comments, including complaints about overcharges and poor customer service when ordering this product online.

Nora Northrup, July 31, 2009

This critical review notes that the Snuggie's noisy Velcro material can bother a dog as it walks around. The review includes a link to a video report on tests of the original Snuggie's fabric at Consumer Reports' laboratory. After washing two Snuggies 10 times, Consumer Reports editors notice an excessive amount of pilling, lint and static.

Contributors to Amazon.com,

About a dozen owners review the Snuggie for Dogs here. Most are unhappy with it, citing poor fit, poor coverage and cheap fabric. The Velcro straps are said to be too slim and too long, preventing it from staying in place.

Contributors to Petco.com,

Of the half-dozen user reviews of the Snuggie for Dogs posted here, about half are enthusiastic. One notes that the coverage is fine even for male dogs; they can pee without getting it wet. Complaints include a Velcro strap that's too long, fabric that tears, too little coverage, and the fact that some dogs just don't take to it.

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