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Additional safety for any dog that spends time near the water. The NRS Canine Flotation Device gives you peace of mind by providing extra flotation for your best friend. Simple design fits snug and secure without interfering with the dog's normal activities. This dog life jacket comes in multiple sizes to fit your furry friend.
  • Our heaviest 1000-denier Cordura® shell is tough enough to withstand years of canine abuse.
  • NRS buckles secure the vest with three adjustment straps at the waist and neck.
  • A grab handle on top of the vest works great for getting your pet back into the boat and for retrieving tired dogs.
  • A rugged leash ring allows you to use the vest as a walking harness or for attaching a strobe light.
  • It has reflective safety tape for extra visibility.
  • A zippered pocket stows your leash or snacks.
Design Flotation: 2.7 - 7.9 lbs.
Outer Fabric: 1000-denier Cordura®
Entry System: Side buckle
Adjustment System:
  • 4 - Side
  • 1 - Shoulder
Features:
  • Zippered pocket
  • Grab loop
  • Leash ring
  • Reflective tape
Size Chest Size Dog's Weight Flotation
XS 18"-24" < 20 lbs. 2.7 lbs
S 22"-28" 20-40 lbs. 3.4 lbs.
M 26"-30" 40-60 lbs. 4.9 lbs.
L 30"-37" 60-80 lbs. 6.4 lbs.
XL 36"-41" > 80 lbs. 7.9 lbs.

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  • NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD)

    Q:

    My 10 month old Boder Collie weighs 44lb pounds and has a chest measurement of 25.5 inches do I choose a M size life jacket for her?
    Asked on 7/24/2014 by Dee from Utah

    3 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Dee, she's probably going to grow a bit, I think the Medium would work well.

      Answered on 7/25/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Medium should work fine and still be large enough if dog gets larger.

      Answered on 7/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The medium sounds about right. My dog is 32-33 lbs. , and he uses the NRS small dog PFD and it's just barely big enough for him.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 7/25/2014 by Anonymous
  • NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD)

    Q:

    Does 6.4 lbs under flotation on the specs sheet refer to the weight of the vest? Seems heavy for a vest but not sure what it means.
    Asked on 6/27/2014 by Ken yellow lab guy from West vancouver bc

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It is not the weight of the vest, it is the amount of flotation that the
      vest provides.

      Answered on 6/28/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      That cant be right. I would recommend the vest however. Works well
      Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S®4

      Answered on 6/27/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I don't think that is referring to the weight of the vest. It certainly doesn't feel that heavy. We have had this vest for 4 years for our boxer and it is still holding up well.
      Sent from my ipad

      Answered on 6/27/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Ken, all life jacket flotation specs refer to the weight of water displaced by the jacket's foam. Since most human adults only need 7-12 pounds of additional flotation to keep their heads above water, 6.4 pounds is pretty hefty for that size dog.

      Answered on 6/28/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD)

    Q:

    So question. I have a large dog, a very large dog. Her chest fits the size of th XL. But I worry about weight. I see the XL is for over 80lbs, my dog is 138 lbs, would this jacket still work for her?
    Asked on 3/16/2014 by Akasha from Vancouver BC

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It will not provide as much flotation for a 138 pound dog as it would for
      an 80 pound dog, but it will still give the dog some flotation. In my
      opinion it would definitely be better than no jacket at all.

      Answered on 3/19/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      as long as your dogs chest size is in the xl range it should fit. the
      chest is the largest part on a dog.

      Answered on 3/18/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Good question. The CFD offers supplemental flotation and may not totally support your 138 pound partner. Just like humans, how well a dog floats depends on their physiology. Muscular bodies don't float as well as those with more fatty tissue. If she's a strong swimmer and won't be out for extended time in aerated whitewater (which provides less buoyancy) it would probably be okay. If not, I think I'd worry about her safety.

      Answered on 3/17/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The jacket will supply some flotation, but may not be enough to keep her safe. Most dogs can swim but when they get tired or injured the jacket can help keep their heads above the water. If you take you dog into a situation where she may be in the water for a long time I would try to find a way of adding more flotation. Hope this helps.

      Answered on 3/16/2014 by Anonymous
  • NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD)

    Q:

    Hello, I'm not sure which vest to get. Here are the measurements of my dog: 11-12 lbs, 11" neck, 17" chest, 15.5" waist, 11" length. My biggest problem with finding a life jacket so far has been that the neck hole has been way too big.

    Thank you!
    Asked on 2/25/2014 by Claudia

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It sounds like the x small is as close as you can get.

      Answered on 2/26/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have 6 dogs that range in weight from 10-15 pounds, and I got the small in this vest.  Works great for them.
       
      Misty

      Answered on 2/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Claudia, looks like the XS will be the best fit for your dog. Dogs are like us humans - we may all be the same species, but we have widely varying dimensions. The chest straps are the main cinching fit adjustment for the CFD. While the neck strap is adjustable, for most dogs it won't give a snug fit; its primary function is to prevent the jacket from rotating on the body.

      Answered on 2/25/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD)

    Q:

    I have two boston terriers that Love to swim! One is 18lbs with 19 inch chest.
    The 2nd is 22lbs with 20 inch chest. What sizes are recommended?
    Asked on 7/21/2013 by Kirk

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I got one for my Cocker Spaniel. Just went by the chart on the web site for weight and size. It fits and works well.

      Answered on 8/1/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I go with the small

      Answered on 7/22/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi,
      I have a 19 lb Havanese, & ordered according to the sizing chart for his weight, which is an XS. I've had it for about 4 yrs, and love it! He is not a swimmer, but is wild about kayaking, gets very excited when we rig to go out, and loves to see me get his jacket out. It is very adjustable across the chest & with 2 straps under the belly. I love the "handle" on the back, which makes it easy to grab him in case he slips, and for a quick dunk when he gets hot. You won't regret this purchase!
      Mary
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 7/21/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      According to the size charts the XS should work fine. If the dogs are not
      mature, and are still growing, you might want to order the S. It is a nice
      product. You could always order one XS and one S.

      Answered on 7/21/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Kirk, looks like XS will work for both of them.

      Answered on 7/21/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD)

    Q:

    What are the Care Instructions? Does it need to be washed?
    Asked on 6/5/2013 by Steve from Olympia, WA

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would just rinse it off with your other boating gear after a trip.
      If it gets funky just use a mild soap and rinse really well.
      The dog wearing it in the river has been enough to keep ours stink free so
      far.

      Answered on 6/5/2013 by amos5000 from Paddling, CO
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      You certainly can wash it. Use a powdered soap/detergent, hand wash, rinse, air dry.

      Answered on 6/5/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This is simple ---- 1) make sure it is dry befor storing  2) if dirty just rince in clean water and refer to #1
       

      Answered on 6/5/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD)

    Q:

    How does one measure chest size on a dog?
    Asked on 5/3/2013 by mike

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I think I went by weight. My Cocker Spaniel weighs 30lbs so the 20-40lb jacket fits him well. I don't remember if I measured his chest bit if I did, I would just measure around his body right behind his front legs.
      Hope this helps,
      Jim

      Answered on 5/4/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Mike, measure the circumference of the largest diameter section of your dog's chest.

      Answered on 5/3/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi,
      When we got our PFD we paid more attention to the weight range, and now that
      I go back and measure the chest, I'm glad we did!
      We got a "medium" for our 45 lb Australian shepherd, and it fits fine, at a
      fairly small end of the adjustment. Another person had a weight question,
      and I took the PFD to work at the vet clinic and tried it on a number of
      dogs-it fit up to a 90 lb Ridgeback, tho was then snug at the biggest
      adjustment. There is a lot of adjustment in the strapping.
      However, I just took a tape and measured our 45-lb dog's chest-a somewhat
      arbitrary measurement. Going from the back of one shoulder, across his
      chest to the back of the other shoulder, at a comfortable tension as I'd
      expect the PFD to fit, he measures 20"-which per their measurements would
      put him in a "small" size. If you go to the point of the ribcage/first
      belly strap on their photo, then he is 22-23", which would still put him in
      a "small" size. And given the adjustment range on the medium, I'm sure the
      small would have fit him also. (He is not a water dog by temperament, and
      will appreciate the extra flotation in the medium.)
      Anyway, I think their chest measurement range may be generous (tho obviously
      needs to account for various dog builds-i.e. our Aussie vs. a pit bull or
      bulldog). However there is a lot of adjustment in the strapping.
      Hope this helps!
      Mary

      Answered on 5/3/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I think you measure the girth at the biggest part of your dogs chest (right behind the front legs and over the top of the back).  Our Germans Sheppard is 70lbs and we got a Large (30-37") and our dogs chest measured 33".  It's highly adjustable with the straps in case it's a bit too big, but you don't want it too large for the dog or it'll be sloppy and move around too much.  The weight recommendation on the NRS website is pretty good.

      Answered on 5/3/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I used a sewing tape measure and measured around right where the forward
      strap is in the photo with the black lab with the life jacket on the NRS web
      site. Then I also used the weight range that was on the web site. Between
      the two it showed just one life jacket that would work. When I got it I
      just made the adjustments required to fit it correctly.

      Answered on 5/3/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD)

    Q:

    I have a 58lb Pit mix, based on your sizing chart what would you recommend?
    Thanks!
    Bill
    Asked on 12/26/2012 by Yaker from Hamilton Square, NJ

    8 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi,
      We bought a “medium” rated 40—60 # for our 45 # Australian Shepherd. (It was
      a Christmas present so it’s been tried on but not used yet.) When I
      adjusted it to fit him, I’d estimate we are within the first quarter of
      adjustment—not the absolute smallest sizing possible, but fairly close to
      it. There is about ¾ of the strapping left at each buckle to adjust it
      bigger to fit a larger dog.
      After fitting our dog, I’d get the medium for the pit bull, but the PFD will
      probably be adjusted to about it’s largest size. It really seems “true to
      size” based on our one-dog sample. I think it would be preferable, also, to
      not have the extra flopping straps and perhaps loose fit of a “large” made
      as small as possible.
      If you are not in a hurry, I can take our PFD to work (a vet clinic) and try
      it on a 58# pit-bull-ish dog and report back!
      Mary

      Answered on 12/26/2012 by Pond duck from Snoqualmie, WA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I think the large size will work. The straps around the waist are adjustable. Melissa

      Answered on 12/27/2012 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Bill, your dog is right at the cusp between the Medium and Large. Dogs are like us humans; bodies all shapes and sizes. However, if it's fully grown, the Medium would probably be fine.

      Answered on 12/27/2012 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The size chart works well for labs and goldens. As far as large chested dogs like pits or mastiffs, I couldn't intelligently comment. I think it depends on the dog's build, probably. Labs carry weight kind of evenly over the length of their bodies, generally speaking, but some dogs are pretty chesty. One way of sizing might be to find a lab with a similar sized chest to your dog, and use that lab's weight in the chart as a proxy.
      Bill

      Answered on 12/27/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      go by measurements not weight

      Answered on 12/27/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi, (this is an addendum to my reply yesterday.)
      So I took the "medium" dog PFD to work today and had the opportunity to try
      it on a number of potential boater-dogs. There is a lot of adjustability in
      this PFD.
      It happily fits our 45 lb. Australian Shepherd, had extra capacity on the
      straps on a 60 lb. German Shorthaired pointer, a 65lb Labradoodle (too much
      hair to easily do the buckles . . .), and a 64 lb lab mix. The life jacket
      fit, with straps fully extended, a 90 lb Ridgeback-but it was snug:
      desirable to hoist the dog back into the boat via the PFD, but not the comfy
      choice to run around in all day. Anyway, there is a lot of adjustability
      and a lot of reserve capacity in the straps. There was obviously a lot of
      variability in body-style and conformation of these dogs, but I think the
      medium would be the choice for even a stocky 60 pounder.
      Mary

      Answered on 12/27/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have a 45 pound pit bull mix and the medium fit him pretty well. The small was slightly too small and the medium was almost too big. It should work for your slightly bigger pitty.

      Answered on 12/27/2012 by gregda from coalmont, co
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Our dog is a 50 lb. Golden Retriever and we got him a size medium. It fits him exactly like the one in the picture. Our Golden is a bit smaller than most of the breed so the medium fits him great. I would check the chest size to see if you need to get a large.

      Answered on 1/2/2013 by New River Fans from Beckley, WV
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NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD)
 
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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (27)
  • Adjustable (20)
  • Lightweight (20)
  • Comfortable (18)
  • Good ventilation (12)

Cons

  • Hard to adjust (9)

Best Uses

  • Boating / sailing (23)
  • Paddling (14)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (9)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      96% 

      (25 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
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    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

CFD for an Small Aussie!

The CFD works like a charm...our rescue mini aussie was not a natural swimmer and did not particulary like the water. With the CFD we take him Hobie kayaking now and he...Read complete review

The CFD works like a charm...our rescue mini aussie was not a natural swimmer and did not particulary like the water. With the CFD we take him Hobie kayaking now and he enjoys being out on the water a lot more. He had his first swim yesterday and floated along the top with the PFD. I think it will last for years.

Follow the NRS sizing charts, they are ACCURATE.

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Doggie vest

Good for small rivers. Might not have enough flotation in a big hole.

Good for small rivers. Might not have enough flotation in a big hole.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FIRST AID USAGE

By Barbara

from Kinderhook, NY

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Ventilation
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD):

      This vest was a God send when our 90 lb. Lab had an infection and could not move his rear legs. We put it on him to get him out of the house, into the car, and into the Veterinarian's office. It was so sturdy, supported his weight, and helped to calm our fears of moving him.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Bruiser Says, It Works

      By anthony

      from el dorado county CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • IT FITS
      • It Works

      Cons

      • No Written Instructions

      Best Uses

      • Boating
      • Canoeing
      • Paddling

      Comments about NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD):

      A PFD is something you always have and hope you never have to rely on it. I wanted to take my dog Bruiser out for a paddle on a calm section (non whitewater) of the American River South Fork in California.

      I would never risk my safety by going without a PFD in even the calmest conditions. As a whitewater kayaker, I know that it would be just plain stupid to do so. So I certainly would not risk the safety of my pet either.

      Ordering and delivery were completed with the usual excellent NRS service. My only disappointment was that there were no instruction on properly fitting the PFD. My dog is an 18 lb Boston Terrier. I eventually figured it out, but c'mon guys, a one-page flyer with photos and not those annoying cartoon stick figure drawings would be extremely helpful.

      In any event, I took Bruiser out yesterday in an inflatable kayak. About 20 minutes into our 2 hour paddle, my wife who was also riding along (and wearing her PFD) lost her grip as Bruiser was standing on the side of the IK. Into the river he went. Boston Terriers are dogs with very large , heavy heads. Bruiser would surely have sunk if not for the PFD. Without it, I would likely have had to risk my own safety to attempt rescue.

      Right after he splashed in, for a brief fraction of a second, he went deeper into the water on his back. But then the PFD flotation kicked in. He bobbed right back up to the surface and turned over on his belly. With a couple of paddle strokes, we were close enough to pull him back into the boat, cold, shivering but ALIVE.

      Bostons are not water dogs. Swimming is not one of their strong suits. I can say without reservation that in the very first use of this item, my dog's life was saved.

      Still, when my wife and I take on a couple of class2 and 2+ rapids later this year, Bruiser will remain safely at home.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      typical NRS good work

      By debspersonaldogwalker

      from Steamboat Springs, CO

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD):

          Our nine-year-old loves the water and swims regularly but is new to canoeing. This CFD fits her well and she seems totally comfortable in it. She's a 55 pound dog and the medium size seems just right. It clearly keeps her back higher in the water and she swims very well in it. So it seems just perfect.

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size
           
          4.0

          Value for Money!

          By June

          from Michigan

          About Me Beginner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Color Visible In Water
          • Comfortable
          • Dog Floats
          • Durable
          • Good Ventilation
          • Lightweight
          • No Fuss From Dog Wearing
          • Reflector Strips Works
          • Worth It Worth It

          Cons

          • Hard to Adjust

          Best Uses

          • Boating

          Comments about NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD):

          No comments

          Service and delivery comments:

          Prompt delivery with tracking service
          Good condition,packing.

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          CFD for an Small Aussie!

          By Motobob

          from Virginia

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Paddling

            Comments about NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD):

            The CFD works like a charm...our rescue mini aussie was not a natural swimmer and did not particulary like the water. With the CFD we take him Hobie kayaking now and he enjoys being out on the water a lot more. He had his first swim yesterday and floated along the top with the PFD. I think it will last for years.

            Follow the NRS sizing charts, they are ACCURATE.

            • Chest Size:
            • Feels true to size
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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