When I've gone coat shopping in pet stores for Frankie (my doxie/dachshund), it's been pretty frustrating. None of the coats were cut for a dog like him! Dachshunds are the extra short, extra long dogs, that many people call "hot dogs", so endearingly. So many of the coats were way too short for him in length, but fit around his chest.
When I finally found a coat that fit him length-wise, it was only because the coat was for a big dog. Those coats would often be way too large fo him everywhere else. He was swimming in them!
Eventually, I looked to Etsy and found Annie's Sweatshop. Don't worry, this is not an actual sweatshop. All of Annie's wares are made Annie herself.
She puts a lot of effort into her designs which is how the store got its name. I just knew she would know how to make a good coat for a dachshund. She owns two mini-dachshunds named Porter and Stout, and there are doxies in many of her shop's pictures, so I figured she would understand a dachshund's form well.
I got my size custom-made by measuring Frankie and emailing that to Annie. When I received it, I definitely thought that this was the way to go. It fits Frankie so great. It's made with a cushy, thick fleece. On one side is lime green. The inside is navy blue. It has the cutest hood that keeps little Frankie's head warm in rainy, cold weather. The hood can also be pushed back when he isn't feeling like wearing it. The precious pom pom at the top of the hood is removable, but I leave it on. So adorable!
There are thick straps with velcro. One goes underneath his belly. The other velcroed strap goes across his chest. This jacket is very easy to put on him. Except when he is jumping around because he's excited to go out!
Overall, I'm quite pleased with the coat's quality. Although, I did have an issue when I first received the coat. When it came, I noticed that there was no hole to put Frankie's leash through. I always walk Frankie on a leash, and I needed a way to do that. When I contacted the seller, she said that she doesn't automatically put those in. I think that it would be more practical if they came with a slit for putting a leash through. A family member of mine put a hole in and sewed around it so it wouldn't fray.