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The 'Top Dog' flight jacket - with collar up and down

The above photo shows the faux distressed leather 'Top Dog' flight jacket in detail.
The upper image shows the jacket collar folded up; the lower image shows the collar folded down.

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Alpha Industries has been manufacturing military specification clothing (for humans) for over 40 years. They have now expanded their product line to take in the canine world.

Offered here is the all-time classic
US Air Force 'Top Dog' MA-1 flight jacket!

The water-resistant outer faux distressed leather material - which can be wiped clean - is manufactured from a combination including 50% polyester and 40% PVC.

The 'Top Dog' jacket's thick, plush, inner faux fur material is 100% acrylic and will keep your dog warm (and looking good!) on the coldest of days.

The 'Top Dog' - outside and inside

The above photos show both sides of the 'Top Dog' flight jacket - 
the brown faux distressed leather outer and the light tan faux fur inner.

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The collar flap on these light-weight jackets can be worn up (offering additional protection from wind and rain) or down. The jacket incorporates a tailored slit - accessible whether the collar is up or down - through which a lead can be readily fed.

The Stars-and-Stripes patch badge - sewn on at the shoulders of each 'Top Dog' jacket - enhance its authenticity.

The 'Top Dog' velcro flapsThese jackets are simple to fit; two pairs of velcro'ed panels are joined together - one pair at the front of the chest and the other pair under the tummy. The photo alongside shows the panels before they're attached together. 

Choosing the best size of 'Top dog' flight jacket for your dog

At the end of this process, you're going to receive a Top dog flight jacket in the post. I'd like us both to be delighted when you open the package and find that you've ordered the correct size!

A Yorkie in the 10 inch (25cms) flying jacketPlease take a few minutes to measure your dog and look at the fitting table lower down on this page. Ordering the correct jacket size will avoid the delay, inconvenience and expense which will result if you need to exchange the jacket for another size..

If you're not sure send me an email and I'll advise the best size. (If everything else fails and you end up with the wrong size you can always send the jacket back for a size exchange.)

You may be one of those lucky people whose dog will unarguably fit into only one size of jacket. It's far more probable that you'll be one of the majority of people who need to make a choice between two - or more - jackets.

MeasuringMeasure around your dog's chest. This is the most important measurement - if the jacket doesn't fit around your dog, it's not going to fit!

As shown in the illustration alongside, from behind the front legs, measure all the way around the widest part of its rib cage and over its back. Remember to add an inch or two if you're planning to use a coat or harness under the flight jacket; also, bear in mind if your dog has a heavy seasonal coat, or whether its size may increase. Whilst you've got your dog and a tape measure to hand, also measure the length of its back - from the shoulder blades to the base of the tail.

With a note of you dog's chest measurement to hand, now look at the table below. You'll see that your dog's chest measurement will have either determined the appropriate size of jacket or offered a choice of sizes. If, for example, your dog's chest measured 17" you'll see from the table that there are three jacket sizes which are suitable. Generally, aim for the biggest size that will sensibly fit you dog.

If your dog's chest is smaller than the range indicated in the table then you'll be able to fit the jacket on the dog but you won't be able to secure the jacket firmly around your dog's body. In addition there may be excessive room at the front where the jacket fastens around the dog's neck. You should probably be considering the next size down.

If your dog's chest size is bigger than the range indicated in the table then the two ends of the velcro fastenings won't reach each other - the jacket just won't fit on the dog. You most definitely need to look at the next size up.

Two yorkies in their 16 inch jackets Where the table indicates that two or more sizes of flight jackets may suit your dog, the better size will generally be the larger size.

Please remember: the chest measurement is all-important.

If it helps to assess the best size of jacket for your dog, then westies - see the photo alongside - are almost always best suited to the 16 inch (40cms) flying jackets whilst Yorkies (see the photo higher up the page) generally suit the 10 inch (25cms) size.


Last updated: 28 January 2010

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