Happy with the purchase
Reviewed by Emily and Rowdy from MA on Wednesday, January 28, 2015
I've got two cattle dogs, both 42 and 44 lbs. One is 3" taller than the other and a little longer. I purchased the 18" first by accident for my "longer" Blue Heeler - get instructions on the website on how to measure them. Truly the most important measurement is the length from neck to tail. I kept the 18" for my smaller Red Heeler. It could be longer, it would cover his butt and legs better. Then I purchased the 22" for her (the 20" were all sold out), and it's a tad big on her. Mostly the chest bunches up and when she shakes the jacket has a tendency to slide backwards. Cinching the adjustable neck strap doesn't work, still too big. BUT I do like that it really covers her rear and legs well. So, I would have actually gone with the brand's recommendation of getting a 20" for a cattle dog. I'd get the 20" for both of the dogs, even though she's a little longer. The rear elastics are really long, but keep the skirt from blowing up in the wind. One of my dogs loved it immediately and wasn't phased but the other is still warming up to it. Have to be careful because when they play in deep snow in will become packed between the jacket and their belly, even if it's on tightly, so I occasionally check to make sure it's not. If you're shopping for a cattle dog I wouldn't recommend going with the 22" unless you've got the type that is quite a bit bigger - like over 50lbs. These two are small/average for the breed. Material seems pretty sturdy so far. My girl dragged herself against a brick building and rolled in rocks and branches trying to get it off and it's fine.