Designers Create 'Pet Body Armour' To Protect Small Dogs

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Design family creates ‘pet body armour’ to protect small dogs

Rambo dog! In order to protect small dogs from birds and coyotes, a family has come up with the solution of spiked ‘body armour’ for adventurous pooches.

Designers Create 'Pet Body Armour' To Protect Small Dogs

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A small family-run business in the US is creating spiked “body armour” for dogs to keep them protected from coyotes and predatorial birds.

The CoyoteVest company in San Diego was started by Paul and Pam Mott and Nicole Mellom after their beloved pet Buffy was killed by a coyote.

In a bid to help prevent the same thing from happening to others, they developed a life-saving accessory called CoyoteWhiskers.

The brightly coloured, lightweight nylon bristles attach to the top of the brand’s vests and harnesses with Velcro, acting as a hedgehog spike-like shield. The CoyoteWhiskers might look sharp, but they won’t actually harm predators.


“While the CoyoteWhiskers won’t actually hurt anyone or impair mobility, they’re stiff enough to irritate the eyes and mouth of an attacker,” said CoyoteVest.

“Imagine trying to eat your dinner, with your hands tied behind your back, and these bristles were sticking out of the plate – it would be hard to do!”

The CoyoteWhiskers, vests, harnesses, and spiked collars are available in different colour combinations. CoyoteVest also sells “Hawkeyes”, a printed visual that makes your pets look like they have eyes on their backs.

“The idea is that a raptor will be able to see these large eyes from a great distance and will be dissuaded from even considering an attack,” they explain.