For many dogs, clothing is a necessary and essential part of maintaining warmth during the colder months. Some dogs are unable to maintain the body heat necessary to keep warm and may require additional protection. While fur can be insulating, not all fur (or dogs) are created equal. If you’re unsure whether or not your dog needs additional layering, look to their behavior. Two common signs your dog needs clothing include shivering and a reluctance to go outdoors.
Overwhelmed by all the choices? Jeffers Pet is here to help. From measuring for size to breaking down key features, this all-inclusive guide will help you select the best dog clothing for your canine companion.
Dogs with thin or sparse fur may not be suitable for colder environments, even the fall weather may make your pup shiver. Even fluffy dogs like the Shih Tzu and the Pomeranian may need extra warmth due to not having a thick undercoat. A sweater is perfect for keeping your pup warm indoors and outdoors.
Sweaters are an excellent choice for breeds with short legs and longer bodies such as Corgis and Dachshunds. When selecting clothing for these types of dogs, make considerations for their weight and the type of material. A smaller sweater has more stretch and give than a dog coat that’s too small. Sweaters are also less likely to drag on the ground than their coat counterparts.
Measuring for Dog Clothing:
It’s important to ensure your dog’s sweater is properly fitted. Measure your dog from the base of the neck to the base of the tail when sizing most pet apparel. Make sure the sweater isn’t too tight or too low to the ground, but leaves just enough room for your dog to have range of motion.
The material of the sweater determines how much heat is insulated to keep your pup warm. Wool is considered to be a great insulator but can be a skin irritant, while knit allows air to flow and is stretchy. But don’t shy away from a great wool sweater! PetMD recommends a good blend of washable wool and cotton or acrylic will work just fine.
Winter Dog Coats and Dog Blankets have a lot of different terms used to describe them. Whether you call it a dog rug, coat, or blanket, the most important question to ask is if the product will keep your dog warm and protected.
Denier refers to the tightness of the thread in the material. Normally the higher the count, the more resistant it is to tears. A higher denier will normally withstand a lot more romping and stomping, so your dog’s coat should last a few more seasons.
Gram fill is the next term seen in a dog’s winter coat. This refers to the inner filling and determines the warmth. Most are a poly-fiber fill. The higher the gram count the warmer your dog’s winter coat will be.
Dog clothing made from Rip-Stop fabric refers to a material that has been reinforced using a special sewing technique. This technique makes clothing resistant to ripping or tearing. It is important to note that rip-stop does not equate to rip proof.
There are nice additional features that can benefit you, your pet, or both! Reflective trim is nice for evening walks, and hind leg straps help keep the coat securely in place. A variety of apparel can be secured by a Velcro belly band or by hardware that you loop the band through. If you have a wiggly dog (like most of us!) Velcro makes the fitting process faster and easier.
Inclement weather a major concern? Look for clothing that is waterproof and/or windproof.
There you have it! If you have any pictures of your pets in adorable fall-winter clothing that’d you like to share with us or to be featured on our JeffersPet social media accounts, share via this blog or use the hashtag #JeffersPet or @JeffersPet on Instagram or Facebook!
If you have questions about dog blankets, sweaters, or any other clothing, feel free to contact our Canine & Pet Product Specialist, Renee Jones. She can be reached Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm CST at 1-800-533-3377 x 381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information given here is meant to be helpful and educational. It is in no way intended to supersede, challenge or supplant the diagnosis, treatment or advice of a licensed veterinarian.