The SpikeVest is similar to our original CoyoteVest but it uses Velcro instead of snap buckles. Just like the CoyoteVest the purpose of the SpikeVest is to slow down or prevent a surprise attack and give the owner enough time to react
Naturally the SpikeVest includes a full set of removable chrome spikes*. The spikes are made from very hard plastic that is not dangerous to handle, but with enough pressure they are sharp enough to hurt. Velcro makes it easy to remove the spikes whenever you don't want to use them.
The SpikeVest is entirely constructed with a super tough puncture resistant Cordura® fabric that can resist sharp canine teeth and features a large collar to protect the back of the neck.
The SpikeVest wraps around your dog easily and stays snug and secure with two wide Velcro belts. Please be aware that even though the Velcro works well it could be less secure than snap buckles if not used properly. There is a D-ring for connecting your leash and reflective features that make your dog more visible at night. It's water repellent and there are no metal parts that can rust. It's hand-washable with a mild detergent.
Even though the SpikeVest is very difficult to puncture, it's lightweight and comfortable for your dog to wear. There's a different version of the SpikeVest for cats here.
Choosing a Size
Choosing the correct size vest is easy -- the most important thing is the length of your dog's back. The collar and the waist are very adjustable but if you order a vest that is longer or shorter than the length of your dogs back it will not fit properly and you will need to exchange it.
All you have to do is measure the length of the back from the base of the neck to the start of the tail -- make sure the dog is standing up and not sitting.
Once you know the length choose the correct size vest from this chart:
Imagine this chart held above your dog. The orange lines represent where the vest ends - for example the small vest ends at 12". Depending on where your dogs back ends their tail would stick up through one of the green bars. You typically want the vest to end before your dogs tail, however the end of the vest can be rolled up a little bit if it's touching the tail.
If your dog's back length falls right on the boundary between two sizes:
- Choose the smaller size if your dog is thin.
- Choose the larger size if your dog is heavier or has a thick neck.
If your still not quite sure we recommend choosing the smaller size because almost all of the exchanges we get were because the vest was too big. You definitely won't be happy if the vest is sticking out way past the end of your dog.
|Mini||8.5 - 9.75"||9" - 14"||6" - 11"|
|X-Small||9.75" - 11.5"||10" - 17"||7.5" - 14"|
|Small||11.5" - 14.0"||10" - 17"||7.5" - 14"|
|Medium||14.0" - 18.0"||14" - 24"||10" - 16"|
|Large||18.0" - 24.0"||20" - 28"||12" - 22"|
*XS, XXS vests have 1 row of collar spikes.