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Does my dog need a sweater for the winter?


Topics | Winter, Clothing
Posted | January 21, 2019

Before you go out and buy your dog the fluffiest down coat for winter, consider a few of these tips.

If you have a young, healthy, thick haired medium to large breed dog (for example: Alaskan Malamute, Golden Retriever, Great Pyrenees), you most likely don't need to buy a jacket.

Dogs who do benefit from some extra insulation include,

  • Small dogs
  • Very lean body typed dogs (Greyhounds, Whippets)
  • Short furred dogs
  • Elderly or chronically ill dogs

The bigger the dog, the more heat their body can produce (As well as more muscle mass). Thus if your dog is small or has lost a lot of muscle due to age/illness, their body could use the extra help in retaining the heat they do produce.

Even if they don't need a coat, it never hurts! A great example of still using a jacket in the winter for these breeds is to avoid snow sticking to the fur for a overall cleaner and dryer outside adventure.


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Does my dog need a sweater for the winter?


Topics | Winter, Clothing
Posted | January 21, 2019



Does my dog need a sweater for the winter?

Before you go out and buy your dog the fluffiest down coat for winter, consider a few of these tips.

If you have a young, healthy, thick haired medium to large breed dog (for example: Alaskan Malamute, Golden Retriever, Great Pyrenees), you most likely don't need to buy a jacket.

Dogs who do benefit from some extra insulation include,

  • Small dogs
  • Very lean body typed dogs (Greyhounds, Whippets)
  • Short furred dogs
  • Elderly or chronically ill dogs

The bigger the dog, the more heat their body can produce (As well as more muscle mass). Thus if your dog is small or has lost a lot of muscle due to age/illness, their body could use the extra help in retaining the heat they do produce.

Even if they don't need a coat, it never hurts! A great example of still using a jacket in the winter for these breeds is to avoid snow sticking to the fur for a overall cleaner and dryer outside adventure.


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