The jury seems to be out whether the dog should be dressed! Some people scoff at the idea of seeing their dogs fully clothed, while other pet owners who see their dogs shivering in the cold winter temperatures are hesitant to get them dressed, thinking it would seem odd.
The truth is, if you’re a dog and you’re concerned about the cold winters in your area, it’s okay to dress your dog.
For those who haven’t decided yet, dogs have their own layer of natural clothing, which is a layer of fur. However, some breeds have a lighter and thinner coat than others, which may not be suitable for extremely cold temperatures. If you have a dog that is more suited to warmer climates than the extremely cold winters you live in, it’s only wise to dress him outside.
buy dog clothes in winter
Buying a coat or sweater for your pet can go a long way in extremely cold winters, especially if your dog isn’t so keen on going outside to relieve the cold. And if you’re keeping your internal heating mechanism down and need a sweater, jacket, or blanket to keep your human inhabitants warm inside, you’ll also need warm dog clothes.
A dog’s natural ability to keep warm depends on factors such as breed, age and size. If the dog doesn’t have a thick coat, even curling up won’t help maintain body temperature. Toy breeds, lighter breeds and smaller dogs often have shorter or thinner coats and should wear a warm coat when outside or even indoors in the winter. Wearing a sweater or jacket will keep your dog comfortable and healthy during the cold winter months.
It is important to remember that just having thin, short hair is not what makes a dog’s winter protective clothing appropriate. Short-trimmed dogs, such as Poodles, may initially have a thick coat, and pet owners may decide to trim it to keep it from matting. These dogs should also wear warm clothes to protect them from cold weather. Older dogs tend to have weaker immune systems and pets with conditions such as hypothyroidism, Cushing’s disease and more also need an extra source of fur to stay warm and healthy during the cold winter months.
On the other hand, dogs with thick coats don’t need extra insulation to protect them from the cold. Dressing them can make them feel very uncomfortable and increase the risk of overheating. Their natural fur protects them from extremely cold temperatures. Most importantly, the decision to dress your dog will depend on the winter temperatures, breed, physical condition and age of the pet.