Do Dogs Really Need Clothing In Winter? | Dogalize
Nature provided dogs with fur, but if you’re still worried about your dog being cold, there is certainly no harm in putting clothing on him.
Sure, dogs come equipped with their own external layering system, but some dogs have lighter layers of fur than others, and some are not genetically suited to the environments in which they live. So your dog may in fact be extremely uncomfortable with the cold winter temperatures.
A sweater or jacket can be helpful during the cold seasons, especially if your dog is reluctant to go outside. Anyway, how cold or warm your dog may be, also depends on his breed, size and age.
Generally, smaller, light bodied breeds, toy breeds, and breeds that naturally have very short or thin hair coats benefit from a warm dog sweater when they go outside in winter. Also, older dogs with weaker immune systems as well as dogs with diseases, usually need an extra warmth source.
On the contrary, some breeds, such as Siberian Husky, Malamute, Saint Bernard and other large-sized breeds, would be very uncomfortable if they were forced to wear outer clothing. They are already genetically designed to bear extreme winter temperatures.
Once you have decided to get a sweater, you will need to consider size and material. While wool is very warm and one of the best insulating materials, take into account how often it will need to be washed, and whether it will make your dog more uncomfortable due to itching. A good blend of washable wool and cotton or acrylic may be the best solution.
Finally, always remember to keep the sweater dry. Wearing damp or wet clothing will get your dog even colder.