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CoyoteVest Review 2024: Our Expert’s Opinion

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Our Final Verdict

We give the CoyoteVest a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Quality: 5/5
Materials: 5/5
Value: 5/5
Fit: 4/5
Options: 5/5

Small dogs have many advantages as pets, but they can also be more vulnerable to wild predators and bigger dogs. CoyoteVest aims to help you keep your small-to-medium dog safe and stylish with its line of protective and colorful spiked vests, collars, and harnesses. If you’ve ever looked at your dog and thought He could use some armor, this is the company for you.

We were lucky enough to test the classic CoyoteVest with spiky Whiskers. Our takeaway? This is a quality company that produces nicely designed protective gear. Although the overall fit and ease of leash connection could be improved, the CoyoteVest is effective and attractive, an excellent combination! It’s also easy to put on and offers great value. If you’re in search of high-quality protective gear for your dog or cat, CoyoteVest could be just right.

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At a Glance: What We Reviewed

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  • Stab-resistant reinforced side panels
  • Hard chrome spikes on neck and back
  • Adjustable straps
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  • Intimidating to predators
  • Available in a range of colors
  • Adjustable and removable
  • About CoyoteVest

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    CoyoteVest is a small, family-owned business born out of a tragedy: the founders’ small dog, Buffy, was killed by a coyote, and they were inspired to help protect dogs from similar attacks. Since its founding in 2015, the company has expanded from its original product, the CoyoteVest, to cover a wider range of pets, including cats.

    What Products Does CoyoteVest Offer?

    CoyoteVest offers multiple vest and harness designs, along with an extensive set of accessories like studded collars, LED lights, and colorful Whiskers. Here are a few of the most popular options:

    CoyoteVest

    CoyoteVest’s original design features a spiked collar, spiked lines along the back, reflective patches, and two buckles. This vest covers your dog’s full neck and the length of the back. Available in sizes ranging from extra-extra-small (also called mini) to large, this vest is designed for dogs weighing anywhere from 2 to 55 pounds. According to the company website, that includes a wide range of breeds, like Chihuahuas, Toy Poodles, Dachshunds, Corgis, and Australian Shepherds.

    SpikeVest

    The SpikeVest is a variation of the classic design that is specifically made to protect the trachea. This vest features wide velcro straps (made of the same material as the rest of the vest) instead of simple buckles. These straps attach around the neck and under the belly, and since they’re not adjustable, it’s especially important to get the sizing right. The company also warns that the velcro can be less secure than the original design’s buckles because it can wear down over time. However, if your dog needs a gentler neck attachment, this is likely to be your best option.

    Gizmo wearing bright pink CoyoteVest with leash and bell

    SpikeHarness

    The SpikeHarness is a more minimal design intended for leash walks. It features wide straps that attach around the front legs, providing solid spiked protection for your dog’s neck. This model doesn’t offer any back or side protection and only comes in extra small, small, and medium sizes. If you need a simple harness that provides a little protection, this could be a good option, and it comes at a very affordable price.

    SpikeVest for Cats

    CoyoteVest also has vests specifically designed for cats. Similar to the dog SpikeVest, this model attaches with wide velcro straps and offers protection for the neck, back, and sides. Like the dog model, it can also be combined with the Whiskers and has a leash attachment D-ring.

    BullyVest and BullyHarness

    The BullyVest and BullyHarness allow you to have the best of both worlds: this model features the CoyoteVest’s straps and buckles and the SpikeVest’s protective chest and throat flaps. The BullyVest is the vest portion, and it can be combined with the BullyHarness (a spiked collar with harness straps) to provide neck protection.

    Whiskers

    The Whiskers are an optional accessory intended to prevent attacks from occurring in the first place. These long, colorful nylon bristles attach to the back of the CoyoteVest or Spikevest, along your pet’s spine. Note that they do require some assembly (unlike the vests) and may take you about 20 minutes to set up. Luckily, there are included instructions and the process is very simple.

    Other Accessories

    CoyoteVest also offers a full range of accessories to go with the vests and harnesses. This includes HawkEyes (a velcro patch with eye images intended to intimidate predators), HawkShield (an extra protective layer that attaches to the back of the vest or harness, intended to protect from raptor talons), and an array of spiked collars and LED lights.

     

    CoyoteVest Whiskers being assembled

    Which Type of Pets is the CoyoteVest Suited For?

    These vests are intended for small-to-medium dogs and cats at risk of attack by other dogs, coyotes, or raptors. The smallest size (Mini) is for teacup dogs weighing 2-5 pounds (like Teacup Yorkies or Chihuahuas), and the largest size (Large) is for dogs weighing 28-55 pounds (like Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, or Standard Poodles). If your dog is larger than that, you probably won’t be able to use a CoyoteVest.

    The cat vest is available in extra small, small, and medium sizes, which should cover most cats. If your cat has a bigger belly, you can also purchase waistband extenders.

    In Summary

    Pros
    • Durable and protective
    • Many models to choose from
    • Fun range of colors
    • Easy to put on
    • High-quality materials and great value
    • Excellent range of accessories, like Whiskers and HawkEyes
    Cons
    • Fit could be improved
    • Won’t fit every budget

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    CoyoteVest Overview

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    How Does It Work?

    The CoyoteVest is made of smooth, stab-resistant fabric that should stand up to predator teeth and talons. It straps around your pet’s neck and belly, protecting the neck, back, and sides. Extra features include reflective patches, adjustable straps, and a D-ring to attach leashes. The 1-inch spikes, made of chrome, are removable and attach with velcro. The vest also comes with a little bell that can attach to the D-ring.

    The CoyoteVest aims to protect your pet in a couple of ways: making attacks less likely in the first place and slowing down any attacks that do happen so that you have time to intervene. It does this by looking intimidating (all those spikes and bright colors) and limiting the amount that teeth or talons can quickly hurt your pet.

    How Do You Pick the Right Vest?

    If you’re choosing between the classic CoyoteVest and the SpikeVest, there’s a handy comparison article on the company website. Most dogs will probably do well with the CoyoteVest, but if your dog has a delicate neck or trachea, you may want to choose the SpikeVest. The Bully line is also a good option if you want to mix and match your options, and the SpikeHarness could be for you if you need minimal protection for long leash walks.

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    Key Features

    The classic CoyoteVest features two adjustable straps, as well as hard plastic spikes on the collar and back. The back spikes attach with velcro and can be adjusted to accommodate Whiskers in the center. There are also reflective patches, and the side panels are reinforced with stab-resistant Kevlar. No wonder the company tagline is “Pet Body Armor”!

    Is CoyoteVest a Good Value?

    The CoyoteVest certainly won’t fit all budgets, but the price includes quality durable materials and a nice design. These waterproof vests are made in the USA and reinforced with Dupont Kevlar, a strong, lightweight fiber originally developed for use in racing tires. Given all of that, we think the CoyoteVest offers great value, especially if your dog is at high risk of attack. You can also start with a less expensive model like the harness or spiked collar.

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    FAQ

    Is there a money-back guarantee?

    There is no money-back guarantee, but if your product arrives damaged or defective, you can exchange it for free if you contact the company within 72 hours. You can also return or exchange your vest within 30 days, but you will have to pay shipping. Read the full refund policy here.

    Do pets like wearing this vest?

    Every pet is different, so it depends on personality and what they’re used to. You know your pet best! We will say that our furry product tester adapted quickly and enjoyed the vest.

    What is the sizing like?

    CoyoteVest offers a range of sizes that will fit many different breeds. If you have a small to medium-sized dog, you should be able to find the right size by comparing your measurements to the size chart available on each product page. Keep in mind that larger dogs may not be able to wear CoyoteVests, though there are extenders.

    Gizmo walking wearing CoyoteVest with Whiskers

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    Our Experience With CoyoteVest

    Since I have a small dog and live in an area with bears, coyotes, and hawks, I was curious to try CoyoteVest’s offerings. My 18-pound Pug mix, Gizmo, is always up for a new outfit, and we were lucky enough to try the bright pink classic CoyoteVest, topped with the rainbow CoyoteWhiskers.

    Choosing the right size is a key part of this process. The website specifies that your pet’s back length is the most important measurement, which I found to be true, especially if your dog has a curled tail like Gizmo. Although my dog fell slightly between sizes (his weight is in the medium range, but his back length is small), the small vest I ordered was the right size.

    The vest itself is very easy to set up and put on. It has two buckles, one that goes around the throat and one that goes under the belly. The neck has a solid set of spikes, and the vest has two spike strips that you separate and stick on the sides. I will note that the belly strap is pretty far back, so it can get a little messy if you have a male dog who likes to make frequent marking stops.

    Since I also received the CoyoteWhiskers, I had a bit more setup to do before the vest was ready for action. The Whiskers come with more detailed instructions, especially if you get the rainbow color (which comes with a helpful suggested color order!), and putting them together took about 20 minutes of simple crafting. Luckily, once you have them set up, the velcro-backed Whiskers are easy to put on and take off the vest as needed.

    Gizmo’s vest fits him pretty well, although it does tend to slide to the side, and his tail regularly ends up under the vest (which doesn’t seem to bother him). When I first put it on, he did manage to slip out of the vest, so I’ll need to ensure that it’s tightly attached going forward. I also found that attaching the leash through the Whiskers did not work as well, so they may be better for off-leash adventures.

    Overall, Gizmo and I enjoyed his CoyoteVest, and I feel safer letting him roam in wilder areas. He also looks very stylish and gets lots of compliments while wearing it on walks. What could be better than a fashionable outfit that keeps him safe?

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    Conclusion

    The CoyoteVest is a nicely designed protective vest for smaller dogs. Made from durable, high-quality materials, it boasts a variety of fun and safe features like chrome spikes, stab-resistant Kevlar reinforcement, and bright neon colors. Optional accessories like the Whiskers (available in all kinds of bright colors, including a rainbow option) can take your dog’s armor (and fashion) to the next level.

    The overall fit and sliding could be improved, and the Whiskers do take a bit of assembly. But we think this vest is well worth it and is an excellent choice for any dog at risk of attack from another animal. It’s well-made, looks cool, and provides peace of mind for owners.

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