Muttluks is a Canadian company launched in 1994 as a homemade small business offering dog boots. Today they offer many pet products, and they have an 11,000-square-foot production facility in Toronto, Ontario.
Many owners think dogs don’t need boots, while many believe it is necessary for all dogs. Well, like with every other gear, the answer is: it depends.
Different boots can be used for various reasons, such as protecting the paws on hot or very cold pavement or preventing the paws from drying out while walking on salted roads over the winter. Many also use them on icy snow when the dog’s paws would get cuts or in powdery snow if it tends to get stuck between the toes. It can also be used inside if a dog has arthritis or slides around a lot on the floor.
Some dogs are just more sensitive than others, so you have to know your dog and see how they can handle different terrain and temperatures.
We wrote an article about things to keep in mind when using boots on hikes over the summer since there are just as many pros as cons around the topic. We also have another article on the different types of winter boots, the differences between summer vs. winter boots, and much more. If you want to read more on the subject, check these out under our Articles page!
The best is always to follow the sizing guide on the product site. Measuring your dog’s paws is the easiest if you put their feet on a paper, lift the opposite leg to put weight on the leg you are trying to measure and draw lines on both sides of the paw. You can measure the distance on the paper later without stressing the dog with it.
It is always recommended to measure all paws! Commonly, the front paws are wider than the back ones, but the opposite can also be true for some dogs.
You have to figure out how tight and snug they have to be for the optimal fit. Many think that leaving the straps looser or ordering one size bigger will make the boots comfier for the dog, but if you have ever tried to hike in oversized boots, you know it’s not true. If the paws are sliding around in the shoes, the dog will lose balance much easier, and the boots will chafe their paws much faster, so you want to measure it as precisely as possible.
The Mutt Tracker is a year-round boot to protect from cold and hot pavement. Muttluks have a chart showing how to choose between their boots based on the temperature and durability. Muttluks is their most versatile boots.
The Mutt Tracker has a durable rubber sole and a waterproof fabric on top, so it’s ideal for keeping the paws dry on muddy hikes or when the roads are salted during the winter.
The front part is reinforced, which helps with durability if you hike in rocky areas. The boots are secured with one velcro strap that stays in place well.
The Mutt Trackers are light and well-fitting boots that are easy to put on due to the big opening and only needing to handle one strap. They come in 10 sizes and are sold in twos, ensuring you can find the right size for your pup! Mia needed size 5 for her front paws and size 4 for the back paws.
These boots are on the shorter side, which is great because it is not pushing against Mia’s carpal pads, and in Mia’s case, the straps are not secured over her dew claws either. This will, of course, be different for different dogs, but it should fit most dogs well in general. So far, we haven’t had any trouble with them rotating, falling off, or the velcro straps opening up.
The disadvantage of having versatile boots is that they will not excel in extreme weather. The rubber sole can handle hot surfaces, but the boots are not breathable, which will cause the paws to become wet as they sweat (dogs do sweat on their paws!). This can cause rubbing and chafing of used over a long period.
Muttluks have many different designs geared toward winter use and deep snow because this short design and only having one strap could let the snow in the boots, which, after melting, could cause the same issue with chafing.
These are not really a concern during shorter daily walks but is something to consider if you are doing some serious hiking.
Altogether these are great boots for many situations, and they are fantastic to have in your backpack if a paw injury needs protection in any weather. Having waterproof boots is very helpful if there is a cut that you need to bandage and keep clean while hiking back out.
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