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Test report: Milgi fleece coats for sighthounds

by Shake Paws

Milgi Coats specialises in making custom-fit coats for sighthounds. We tried one of their fleece coats on our Lurcher, Roma

Milgi fleece coats for lurchers and other sighthoundsRoma lounging around in her Very Berry Star lurcher fleece coat by Milgi Coats

Anyone who has a sighthound in the family will know all too well that their short hair and thin skin makes them prone to the cold. Our Roma is no exception.

A friend who is handy with a sewing machine has run up ‘nighties’ and walking out coats for her greyhound. Unfortunately, this household does not own a sewing machine, let alone know how to use one.

So, when it came to kitting out Roma, we turned to Cardiff-based Milgi Coats, specialist makers of custom-fit rain, fleece and walking out coats for sighthounds. On this occasion, we were looking for something to keep Roma warm at night, when the temperature drops off dramatically in our old cottage. We have since found that it even comes in handy as a walking out coat on bright, but chilly winter walks.

We chose the Very Berry Star lurcher fleece coat, priced at £30 and available in sizes 22in to 32in. Milgi Coats provides full instructions on how to size up your sighthound in the form of a downloadable PDF.

Aside from keeping Roma warm, the Milgi fleece coat helps keep her hair off of furniture, especially handy when we stay in rented accommodation, where hair-coated sofa would be unwelcome.

Milgi Coats was founded by Andrew and Kathryn Woodhouse, who live on the outskirts of Cardiff with their rescued and fostered greyhounds. And, in case you were wondering, ‘milgi’ is Welsh for greyhound.

The company makes a huge range of fleece coats in numerous plain colours as well as patterns. They also list raincoats, high-vis coats, walking out coats, dog beds and bandanas among their growing range of bespoke products. Find out more by visiting the Milgi Coats website.

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