Canelana is a Norwegian company that specializes in producing premium wool products for both humans and dogs. Their product range includes wool sweaters, jackets, mittens, and training vests for humans, as well as wool dog coats and beds.
At Canelana, quality is of utmost importance. All of their products are crafted using only the finest wool materials, ensuring durability, comfort, and longevity. Moreover, their commitment to ethical and sustainable wool production makes them a responsible and conscious choice for customers who care about the environment.
Canelana’s dedication to customer satisfaction is evident through their exceptional customer support, which makes working with them a great experience. They ship to many countries so don’t hesitate to contact them for shipping options and costs.
The details of the Canelana Touring Coat
The Touring Dog coat is the perfect all-around cover that keeps dogs protected against the elements while they stay active. The outer fabric is made of a softshell with a membrane, similar to Canelana’s popular Thermo and Cover models, while the inside is made of breathable mesh fabric for added comfort.
What sets the Touring coat apart is its felted wool layer, made of 100% merino wool, in the middle which provides exceptional insulation and warmth. The coat also features an adjustable neck and back tightenings and comes in 27 sizes (including multiple Dachshunds sizes) ensuring a great fit for most dogs.
Putting on and taking off the coat is quick and easy since it has two buckles with elastic straps around the chest instead of having leg loops to keep the back of the coat in place.
Thoughts on Wool
As we tested Canelana’s wool products, we also took the time to research the benefits and concerns associated with using wool in clothing. Wool is a renewable and biodegradable material, making it a great option for reducing waste from synthetic materials in the fashion industry.
When purchasing wool products, it is important to consider how the wool is sourced and the treatment of the animals. Canelana produces all of its products in Poland, sourcing wool from various countries, including Germany, Poland, Estonia, New Zealand, and South America. These countries adhere to the EU’s strict regulations on all aspects of production, including animal welfare.
It’s worth noting that mulesing, a controversial practice in which skin is removed from a sheep’s hindquarters to prevent flystrike, is only prevalent in Australia, and Canelana does not source wool from such a place.
While we acknowledge that the reality of animal farms may not align with the idealized image of happy sheep, using synthetic materials and contributing to microplastic pollution is not an optimal solution either. Ultimately, making ethical and environmentally responsible purchasing decisions requires taking all aspects of a product into account.
We aim to provide you with all the relevant information on Canelana’s products so that you can make an informed decision based on the facts at hand.
Here is some additional information about the dyeing process from Canelana’s supplier:
“We buy wool after washing or sweating, which we further wash and dye in the process. The company that performs these services has certificates and also uses appropriate agents and dyes that are friendly to the environment and to humans because of the direct contact of woolen products with human skin, but also in contact with animals. Production takes place at two carding departments where the woolen tape is prepared and knitting where the material is produced. These processes are mechanical, and no chemicals are used. Only the stabilization process in the final stage requires gluing the fabric “stiffening” with textile glue. The dyeing process is absolutely non-toxic, and the dyes used by the service provider do not contain harmful substances.”
Canelana Touring Coat Review
The Canelana Touring dog coat is a durable and high-quality product that we have used extensively this winter. Its softshell outer layer is strong enough to withstand Zulu’s romps through the woods without any visible wear and tear.
The design and material is similar to their Thermo Coat that we reviewed before with the main difference being that the belly band of the Thermo wraps all around the dog one more time - creating multiple layers of protection around the core while also making the coat more rigid and bulky. The Touring is the more streamlined, somewhat lighter version of the Thermo Coat.
The Canelana Touring dog coat features a buckle on the back that securely holds the wide belly band in place, while a second buckle and strap situated under the dog’s front legs prevent any rotation, even during vigorous activity or strong winds. Despite initial concerns that the second strap might impede Zulu’s leg movement, she quickly adapted and it did not appear to affect her stride.
The straps are fairly long and since they are elastic, they tend to fly free after a while even if I try to tuck them away when putting in the coat. It is not a functional problem but it would give the coat a more streamlined look if the straps would come with a little velcro loop to hold the excess straps so they are not flopping around.
The Touring Wool Dog Coat features an elastic tightening at the end of the coat, allowing for a snug fit around the hips and back legs, providing protection from the cold and keeping the dog warm even in frigid weather. This feature is particularly helpful for older dogs that may experience joint pain in colder temperatures. The collar section on the back of the neck provides extra protection but can also be folded down if needed. It is worth noting that the coat does not include a collar or leash opening on the back.
The only area where the coat could fit a bit better is the chest piece between Zulu’s front legs. She is a very narrow dog so it is common for coats and vests to be too wide there.
The Touring coat is made of soft materials so chafing on the inside of the front legs isn’t really a concern and I haven’t seen any problems on that front. When she walks the chest area folds to follow her movement, it’s not rigid like a harness would be.
The coat doesn’t have a cut-up design for the shoulders but the area between the two reflective lines is made of a different - stretchy and soft - material that allows the coat to accommodate the dog’s movement without restrictions.
The Canelana Touring Coat is an excellent choice for cold weather protection for active dogs. However, it should be noted that the wool material absorbs water on rainy days, which can take a while to dry out. While the insulation properties of the wool material still work well even when wet, it can drip at home. If you require a waterproof option, Canelana offers various coat designs suitable for different weather conditions.
As a sizing reference, Zulu’s coat is M, recommended for back lengths of 45 cm by Canelana’s guide.
When ordering the Canelana Touring Coat, it is important to note that the sizing is based on the length from the neck to the middle of the incision back, not the full length of the coat. To ensure a proper fit, measure your dog’s back length and refer to the sizing chart provided by Canelana.
If you are unsure about which size to choose, you can reach out to the Canelana team for assistance. In my case, I measured Zu’s back length (42-44cm) and shared the measurement photos with the Canelana team, who recommended the M over the S/M size I was originally considering and the coat fits her perfectly!
Another note on sizing: since it has a broad belly band and an elastic strap going across in front of the back legs, if your MALE dog is between sizes, you might want to consider going with the smaller size to make sure it fits comfortably. :) For females, it’s better to be a little too long than too short.
The Canelana Touring is a durable coat that can handle adventures and protect the pups from the elements on cold days. The elastic straps and adjustment points do a good job keeping the coat perfectly in place without rotation even on long outings without any chafing or worry that they are being too tight when the dog moves around.
Since the coat comes in 27 sizes, it is easy to find a well-fitting coat for most dogs - even the ones with awkward ratios. The only thing I wish is for more color options, or higher visibility features on the sides/back because the coat blends into the winter nights even though there are reflective stripes on the front and all the way on the back, but I’m sure they are already working on this. :)
Where to buy
You can buy all their products on their website. The coat comes in many sizes, and they even have special sizing for Dachshunds and terriers(with an opening for the tail)! This coat currently comes in solid black.
If you like the design, but this coat isn’t exactly what you are looking for, Canelana has other versions of the same design. The Lana Wool Coat is made from a thinner layer of wool, while the Ambassador Coat a thick wool coat, both is without the softshell outer layer. We already mentioned their Thermo Coat which is a thicker, warmer version of this coat.
Zulu’s measurements when using this jacket
Many of you asked for the dogs’s measurements in reviews to better understand the different products’ fit. I share Zulu’s measurements below, but always double-check your pup’s measurements before ordering!
Shoulder height: 18 inches (46 cm)
Weight: 28 pounds (12.5 kg)
Widest chest circumference: 24 inches (60 cm)
Neck circumference for collars: 13 inches (33 cm)
Back lengths: 18 inches (45 cm)