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NRS CFD - Dog Life Jacket

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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)
 
4.5

(based on 38 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (30)
  • Adjustable (26)
  • Lightweight (24)
  • Comfortable (22)
  • Good ventilation (12)

Cons

  • Hard to adjust (9)

Best Uses

  • Boating / sailing (25)
  • Paddling (17)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (11)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      97% 

      (31 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Intermediate (5), Advanced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Adequate for lakes, but ?? for class 3

1. Doubt there is enough flotation should your dog be stuck in a class 3 hole or hold him/her in a class 3 rapid. So if your dog can swim in a lake...Read complete review

1. Doubt there is enough flotation should your dog be stuck in a class 3 hole or hold him/her in a class 3 rapid. So if your dog can swim in a lake why buy this?
2. Design needs improvement. Although easy to put on & adjust, the vest rode either to the left or right, not the center of the dog's back. Needs strap from neck to chest.

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5.0

Perfect. Allows my pooch to swim with the others!

By Stu

from Billings, MT

About Me Beginner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD):

      My pooch has hip dysplasia. She does not use one of her hind legs when she gets in the water and she loves getting in the water. The vest allows her to swim with the other dogs. Put on the vest and she goes right in the lake or pool.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Excellent product!

      By Paulter

      from Maine

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Durable
      • Very secure handle

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Canoeing
        • Paddling
        • Retrieving, swimming

        Comments about NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD):

        70 lb. Chessie and the size Large is a perfect fit with leeway in either direction. The boy does get antsy after awhile and will jump off the SOT kayak. With the handle, it is easy to get him back on board again when he decides he has had enough swimming. This is the second NRS cfd I've purchased because the first one for our other dog has done so well.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Delivery arrived two days ahead of schedule.

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size
         
        5.0

        Dog Liked It

        By Retrieved Dad's Watergun

        from Upside down in Idaho

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating

          Comments about NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD):

          My lab wears neoprene hunting vests every year and she hates them, but she did not mind the CFD and willing let us put it on her.

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          NRS Canine Flotation Device --- FANTASTIC!

          By My dog paddles

          from Redding, Ca

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Boating
            • Canoeing
            • Paddling
            • Personal Watercraft

            Comments about NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD):

            Our 9 month old boxer is not a great swimmer but we hated leaving her at home while we paddled local lakes. Thanks to this awesome pfd we no longer worry about her. Handle on the back of vest makes it very easy to pick her up out of the water when she decides she needs to jump in!

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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Red Heeler safe for the win!

            By El Yucanero

            from Hurricane, UT

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Paddling

              Comments about NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD):

              Bought one as a demo for our shop. Our family dog was also our guinea pig for recreational kayak and SUP use. Great fit, well made. We are now sharing NRS CFD with our customers. Love it.

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

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              • NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD)

                Q:

                how do I measure my animal to ensure the best size?
                Asked on 8/25/2015 by carolyn

                5 answers

                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  I just went by weight. Worked for my dogs. Had a tiny one and a midsized Shepard

                  Answered on 8/26/2015 by Anonymous
                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Carolyn, look in the Sizing tab there on the webpage. We give chest circumference and weight ranges as guides to fit. If you have questions, give us a call, 800.635.5202.

                  Answered on 8/26/2015 by Clyde from NRS
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  Carolyn,
                  There is a sizing chart on the website, included below. Measure around the
                  dogs chest from back to breast bone, this will give you the chest size. In
                  my opinion this is the most telling attribute because if the CFD does not
                  fit, not much else matters, but do take weight into considerations. Best
                  of luck.
                  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.

                  Answered on 8/26/2015 by Anonymous
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  measure around his chest directly behind the front legs

                  Answered on 8/25/2015 by ADB from St Charles IL
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  follow this sizing chart and measure dogs chest and weight for best fit
                  Size
                  Chest Size
                  Dog's Weight
                  Flotation
                  XS
                  18"-24"
                  < 20 lbs.
                  2.7 lbs
                  S
                  22"-28"
                  20-40 lbs.
                  3.4 lbs.
                  26"-30"
                  40-60 lbs.
                  4.9 lbs.
                  L
                  30"-37"
                  60-80 lbs.
                  6.4 lbs.
                  XL
                  36"-41"

                  Answered on 8/25/2015 by Anonymous
              • NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD)

                Q:

                Do you sell extenders for the adjustable straps on the vest?
                Asked on 6/3/2015 by Laura from Bonita Springs, FL

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Laura, we don't sell extenders. However, we do carry replacement belly straps. If you already have the CFD, you know what that means. If you don't, look at the side view photo of just the vest. The strap has the male buckle piece on one end, the wide belly pad and a ladder-lock device on the other end. It would be pretty easy to cut the unit down to extend the existing straps. They're not online but are under Item # 40021.01, cost $2.50 each. You'll need to order them by the CFD size, to be sure you get the buckle right. Call to order, 800.635.5202.

                  Answered on 6/4/2015 by Clyde from NRS
              • NRS Canine Flotation Device (CFD)

                Q:

                When fitting the pfd for swimming, how snug should it be? And if it rises off the dog's back?
                Asked on 4/26/2015 by wifi from Almería Spain

                3 answers

                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  Just like a human PFD, a dog PFD should be snug. If it's not on tightly,
                  the PFD will float, but the dog's body will be underwater. That said, I
                  think the front attachment is most important because it keeps the dog's
                  head up. The hind leg attachment isn't as vital.

                  Answered on 4/26/2015 by Anonymous
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  The adjustment is very easy and secure. There are two straps around the torso and one around the neck. When fitted properly it should not lift off the back, and will not cone off the neck. However, proper sizing and fitting are required for your pets safety, and the performance of any PFD.
                  Sent from my iPhone

                  Answered on 4/26/2015 by Anonymous
                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Just as with a PFD for humans, the CFD should fit snug. You want it to mold to the body so that the flotation helps lift the dog higher in the water. Experiment with the adjustment to be sure it is snug, without being so tight that it hurts your dog.

                  Answered on 4/26/2015 by Clyde from NRS
              • 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

                • 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
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

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

                  Answered on 7/25/2014 by Anonymous
                • 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
              • 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

                • 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
                • 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
                • 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
              • 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:

                  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
                • 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:

                  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
                • 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
              • 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:

                  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
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

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

                  Answered on 2/26/2014 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 go with the small

                  Answered on 7/22/2013 by Anonymous
                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

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

                  Answered on 7/21/2013 by Clyde from NRS
                • 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
                • 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:

                  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
              • 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:

                  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
                • 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:

                  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
              • 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 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
                • 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:

                  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
                • 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:

                  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
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