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Does your dog need a coat?

Should my dog wear a coat?

The question of whether or not a dog needs protection form the cold and rain is one with which many dog owners struggle. Some, who are reluctant to "dress" their dog, feel that those who do only want their dog to look "cute".

But the truth is that many breeds definitely need clothing in cold or wet weather. A dogs fur and higher body temperature does give them some natural protection, but there are other factors to consider such as the thickness of their coat, their size, their age and overall health. Even though certain working dogs may become acclimated to cold weather over time, most of our pets are used to being in the warmth of our homes.

Which breeds are most susceptible to cold?

While very large breeds with very thick coats - such as the Alaskan Malamute or Siberian Husky - are very well protected, dogs with short or thin coats - such as the Boston Terrier and the Dalmatian - will definitely appreciate a nice warm coat; as will any dog that is clipped during grooming, in winter months - such as the Poodle.

Small, toy or miniature breeds - such as Chihuahuas and French Bulldogs - may not be able to generate enough heat to keep themselves warm.

Dachshunds, Corgis and others who have short legs are closer to the ground and need protection as their chests and stomachs may actually touch the snow or wet ground.

Finally, senior dogs, dogs with health issues and puppies can also be at risk. All may have problems with regulating body temperature and seniors may also need extra warmth for conditions such as arthritis.

The fit of the coat

The fit of the coat is also very important (See "How to measure your dog"). Generally speaking, the coat should extend from the nape of the neck to the base of the tail and protect the neck and belly. It should be snug without being tight. Coats that are too tight will not only restrict a dogs movement, but may also cause chaffing.

In conclusion

It's really a matter of common sense. If you're bundling up to take your dog for a walk or a romp at the dog park, do the same for your companion. Hypothermia is very real in dogs. Have more than one coat on hand, as putting on a wet garment may only increase the chances of your companion being cold and uncomfortable.

We've been making dog coats for over two decades years. We believe (and our customers agree) that we make a coat which has exceptional fit and comfort. Our coats our made to last. Given our wide range of fabrics colors and sizes, we feel certain that you will find that perfect coat.

Remember: Your dog is counting on You