Do dogs need coats in winter?

As the temperature drops, dog parents may want to know whether their dogs need winter clothes to stay safe and warm in the cold season. Not all dogs need winter clothes, and in some cases, the extra warmth layer actually does more harm than good. However, under the right conditions, most dogs can benefit from an additional layer of protection. Let’s see when it’s safe and necessary to put winter clothes on dogs.


Why do pet owners buy winter coats for their dogs?

Sometimes, the decision to wear winter clothes for dogs is purely emotional. Walking your dog in cold temperatures can be emotional because you care about your dog. Since most dogs need time to go to the toilet outside to release excess energy, it is not surprising that dog owners would prefer safety to worry.

Precautions before putting on winter coat for dogs

Many factors play a role in deciding whether to wear winter clothes for dogs. Before taking the dog out, consider the cold, whether the dog will get wet, and the sunny weather.

If your dog seems to be getting too hot, you can always take off your coat. Whenever you see your dog shivering, seeking warmth, limping, sluggish, or showing any anxiety or pain in the cold outdoors, you should go inside.

The dog’s age, health and adaptability to low temperature should also be considered. Old, young and sick dogs can hardly keep warm even in mild conditions, while healthy adult dogs accustomed to cold can be happy even in very cold conditions.


Which dogs benefit from winter coats?

Small dogs have more surface area to dissipate heat than large dogs, so under the same conditions, small dogs benefit from their coats at higher temperatures than large dogs.

Some breeds suitable for this kind of dog are Chihuahua and Toy Terrier. Fat in the body helps to maintain heat, so thin dogs, such as weibit or Greyhound, usually prefer fur to overweight dogs. Dogs with very thin hair are easy to catch cold, so they are usually lovers of winter coats.

On the other hand, large dogs with long hair or thick hair have thick double layers of hair and rarely need winter coats. In fact, its weight will actually reduce the natural thermal insulation performance of dog fur.

Dark fur also absorbs more sunlight heat than light fur. Activities generate a lot of heat, so any dog will be warmer when running around and when sitting quietly. The following dogs rarely (if any) need to wear winter clothes due to their large size, long or dense hair:

• golden hair

• husky

• Chow Chow

• pomeranian

• komondo

• Bearded Collie

• Pyrenees Shepherd

Before choosing (or not choosing) to put on a winter coat for your dog, please look at your dog’s type and physical problems to decide whether you need clothes. If you are sure to buy clothes for your dog, you should pay attention to whether the cloth will cause allergic symptoms. The common ones are:

• repeated itching

• sneeze

• urticaria

• swelling of face, ears, lips, eyelids or earlobes

• red and inflamed skin

• diarrhea

• vomiting

In addition, before buying winter clothes, consider measuring your dog, because the size depends on your specific dog. Only by recording the dog’s size with a tape measure can we know whether a certain dress fits. You should make sure that the coat you choose is not too tight, nor too loose to drag on the ground or fall off the dog, or interfere with the normal activities of the dog.

Post time: Sep-07-2022