5 Dog Christmas Outfits for the Howl-iday Season Get Inspired with these Great DIY Costumes

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If your dog is the type who enjoys being the center of attention, well then we have some great Christmas outfit ideas. Your dog will have everyone saying "Oh How Cute!" from the moment they walk in the door. Find out how to get your guests gushing over your canine this holiday season!

Ah, Christmas. It’s that most wonderful time when everyone gets involved in the holiday cheer, including pets. According to a poll taken by the American Humane Association, 63% of dog owners give their four-legged pal a present at Christmas time, and 40% hang a dog-friendly stocking.

This year, why not take the merriment one step further and get your favorite pup into some festive holiday duds? Not only are dog Christmas outfits adorable, they are also sure to bring plenty of joy to friends and family at a time when everyone is in the spirit.

Here we’ll share some popular Christmas outfits for dogs, and some DIY tips for how to make them at home.

How to DIY Dog Christmas Outfits

Here’s the great thing about Christmas outfits -- you don’t have to spend a fortune to get your dog into one. Most can be made using items from around the house or cheap supplies from the craft store.

Always remember, however, to make sure that your dog’s Christmas outfit is safe and comfortable. Never dress your dog in anything that could cause injuries or irritation, and avoid embellishments that could be chewed up or swallowed. When it comes to pet costumes, the simplest are usually the safest.


Rudolph the Red Nose… Canine? Yes indeed, this is one of the most popular dog Christmas outfits out there. To make this outfit on the cheap, purchase some brown pipe cleaners from the craft store, fashion them into antlers, and attach to a snug-fitting headband. Then, glue a red pom-pom onto the center of the headband for the nose. A few bells attached to your dog’s collar will help your Ru-dog jingle all the way.

Christmas Elf

Every pet parent loves to see their dog as a little helper, and this folksy get-up is easy to make. Use a green t-shirt for the elf’s clothes, and make a pointy hat out of green felt from the craft store. Attach a red pom-pom to the end of the hat and you can start assigning your dog some elfish duties.

Santa Claus

Or Santa Claws, or Santa Paws, if you prefer. This most famous Christmas character makes for one cute costume. Dress your dog in a red t-shirt or sweatshirt for Santa’s coat and add a belt around the waist. Make a pointy hat out of red felt from the craft store, and attach a white pom-pom to the end. Finish with a little white felt trim around the shirt and hat to make this outfit Santa-rific.


Whether your dog is a perfect angel or not, they will radiate goodness in this classic Christmas ensemble. The halo and wings can both be made out of white pipe cleaner, or you could make the wings out of felt or paper. Attach the wings to a belt that can be buckled around your dog’s mid-section, and there you have it -- your own personal angel.

Christmas Present

Every dog is a gift, and every dog can look like one come Christmas time. All you really need for this costume is a red or green t-shirt decorated with ribbon and a bow. You could also purchase festive felt from the craft store and use pipe cleaner to shape it into something that more closely resembles a present. Just don’t try to get your dog into an actual box!

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make a dog Christmas outfit?

Follow these recommendations to create a charming and joyful Christmas dress for your pet friend. Choose a foundation material that is soft and comfy and fits the size and breed of your dog. To invoke the spirit of the season, think about selecting a warm red or green fabric. Then, after cutting the cloth to fit your dog's body length (from the base of the neck to the base of the tail), make sure to include additional room for seam allowances. In order to add more room for movement, lay the fabric flat and trace the form of your dog's body to make a pattern. Cut out the pattern, ensuring the fabric is symmetrical on both sides. Now it's time to sew! You should begin by folding the edges inward and securing them with pins, leaving openings for the legs and tail. Using a sewing machine or needle and thread, carefully sew the seams, removing the pins as you go. To add a decorative spark, consider attaching a white faux fur trim around the neck, cuffs, and hemline. However, you can sew velcro strips or buttons on the underside of the garment to keep the outfit in place. This will make fastening and unfastening simple. Make any required alterations for the proper fit once your dog tests the costume out. Finally, for a last touch of customization, add some holiday accents like jingle bells or a little Santa hat.

Is it OK to dress dogs in clothes?

Yes, it’s perfectly okay to dress your dog up. However, while some people find joy in dressing their dogs in outfits, you should keep a few things at the back of your mind. First and foremost, the well-being and comfort of the dog should be the top priority. It is essential to check that any clothing does not restrict movement or lead to overheating in dogs because they have their own natural coats that control their body temperature. The apparel should also fit properly, be the right size, and not obstruct their capacity to breathe or use the restroom. When your dog gets dressed, it's very important to watch their behavior and body language to make sure they are not showing signs of distress or anxiety. Some dogs may find wearing clothes delightful and even useful, especially in colder locations or for specific breeds with shorter hair. It can offer warmth and shelter against inclement weather. However, It's crucial to introduce clothing gradually and pleasantly so the dog may become used to it and feel at ease. Additionally, it's critical to select fabrics that are secure and non-toxic, staying clear of any tiny pieces or decorations that could be swallowed or bitten.

How can I make my dog’s Christmas special?

To make your dog's Christmas special, there are a number of ways to show them love and create a joyful experience. First and foremost, prioritize spending quality time with your furry friend. Take part in their favorite activities, such as playing their favorite games, taking long walks, or just hugging. If you want to give your dog a special adventure where they can explore and have fun, consider taking them to a dog-friendly park or beach. Making a tasty and secure holiday meal or treat, especially for dogs, is another way to make their Christmas more memorable. Online, there are many recipes that include ingredients and flavors that dogs will enjoy. By introducing relaxing sounds or nice fragrances like cinnamon or pine into your dog's environment, you may stimulate their senses and help them relax. Create a cozy and comfortable space for them, perhaps by setting up a warm bed near the Christmas tree or by providing them with a new, soft blanket. Give your dog some new puzzles or toys that will keep them occupied and cognitively active. If you want to involve them in the gift-giving custom, consider wrapping up a few surprises for them to discover, such as fresh chew toys or engaging snacks.

Do dogs get excited for Christmas?

Yes, dogs can definitely experience excitement and joy during the Christmas season. While they may not fully comprehend the cultural significance of the holiday, they can pick up on the festive atmosphere and the positive energy surrounding them. Dogs are observant creatures that can sense the thrill and anticipation in their human family members. They could watch while decorations are set up, special preparations are prepared, and the daily routine of the home is generally altered. Dogs enjoy consistency and familiarity, so the prospect of something novel and exciting may pique their interest. Dogs are also quite sensitive to their owners' emotions, so if the owners are joyful and eager during the holidays, the dog may pick up on that and get delighted as well.

Should you give your dog a Christmas gift?

Yes, you should. Although most dogs prefer the "tearing wrapping paper" movement to the goods themselves, giving your dog a Christmas gift can be a lovely way to show them love and appreciation. Dogs are members of our family, therefore involving them in the custom of giving presents can make their lives more enjoyable and exciting. Before choosing a present for your furry buddy, it is crucial to keep a few things in mind. First, choose a gift that is safe and suitable for dogs. Avoid using items that pose a risk of choking or have potentially dangerous substances. Toys for your dog should be robust, breed- and size-appropriate. When choosing a present, take into account their tastes and passions. While some dogs might like to chew on toys or stuffed animals, others could prefer interactive or puzzle toys. When selecting treats, keep in mind your dog's health and any dietary limitations.

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