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 help slow down or prevent a surprise attack and give you enough time to react before serious injury occurs. *If your dog has a trachea problem you may prefer the SpikeVest.
Naturally the SpikeVest includes a full set of removable chrome spikes. Spikes for the neck and set (2) Spike strips for the sides of the back. The spikes are made from very hard plastic and they're not dangerous to handle, but with enough pressure they're sharp enough to hurt. The spikes provide an important line of defense but Velcro makes them easy to remove whenever you want. (If you want black chrome spikes instead of the standard silver chrome spikes just let us know in your order notes.)
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. It wraps around your dog easily and stays snug and secure with two wide Velcro belts. There's 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 and air dry in shade. Do not put in dryer. *Color topper may fade overtime in sun. Please note that the fluorescent orange fabric will fade quicker due to the yellow and orange hues. This color change does not impact the quality or effectiveness of the vest (fading similar to hunters vest, hats and safety vest.)
Please be aware that even though the Velcro works well it could be less secure than snap buckles if not used properly. Even with the highest quality velcro, the velcro will wear out over time. The velcro should be kept clean from hair and dirt.
If you're concerned with wild predators our CoyoteWhiskers and HawkShield accessories are highly recommended for the SpikeVest. For additional throat protection we recommend our Everyday Spiked Collar which can be used with the SpikeVest or by itself.
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 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. If your purchasing as a gift we do offer gift cards that can help keep your secret.
Measure the length of the back from the shoulder to the start of the tail -- make sure the dog is standing up and not sitting. We also recommend measuring the neck circumference and waist not chest. If your dog is a little rounder than normal we would recommend ordering the Extenders for the waist & possibly the Neck.
After measuring and you are still uncertain on which size to get, it is usually better to go with the smaller size. We receive more returns/exchanges with the vest being too large rather than too small.
SpikeVest Size Guide
|Size||Vest Back Length||Waist||Neck|
|Mini||8.5"||9" - 14"||6" - 11"|
|X-Small||10"||13" - 18"||9" - 14"|
|Small||12"||15" - 21"||9" - 15"|
|Medium||15"||16" - 22"||10" - 16"|
|Large||20"||22" - 30"||13" - 21"|
*XS, XXS vests have 1 row of collar spikes.