Does Your Dog Need a Sweater in Cold Weather?

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Does Your Dog Need a Sweater in Cold Weather?

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The question of dogs needing clothes is no laughing matter. Many dog owners have seen their dogs shiver from the cold in winter. They were afraid to buy clothes for their dogs as they thought that people will regard the dog-and by extension its master and mistress- as an odd animal. It is perfectly normal for a dog to wear clothes.Granted, dogs come with external layering system. However, a few breeds have a lighter layer of fur and not genetically suited to cold hard winters.

Dogs that need a coat

Little dogs are the obvious choice for needing a coat. Toy terriers and chihuahuas are much less equipped to deal with cold temperatures. Other susceptible breeds include short haired canines like Greyhounds also need an external coat. They will

enjoy daily walks

more if their owners have wrapped something around them. Dog coats can be compulsory in case you live in a place where the mercury dips below zero. It becomes vital if your dog loves to play outside the house. A coat is a necessity when a dog recuperates from an injury or an illness and sensitive to colder weather. This is specifically applicable to puppies and older dogs. However, sweaters should not be bought for long haired canines as they are better suited to survive dip in temperatures.

Choosing a dog coat

These are available in a number of materials. Fleece and wool are the most popular. If you reside in a snowy area, it would be better for you to buy water resistant fabrics. Ensure that you buy a fabric that is easy to maintain.The sweater should fit the dog snugly and must cover the stomach of the dog completely- the only exception being if it’s a male dog- and must end at the tail base. The legs must be kept free so that it may run and walk. Do not opt for coats having full length sleeves. Dogs find it harder to adapt in them and may not feel comfortable. Before buying the coat, give it a trail on your dog so that it fits comfortably. A majority of sweaters are sold in four sizes-small sizes, medium, large size and the extra-large ones. A handy guide to what your dog will wear is that toy breeds tend to wear extra small. The small size is worn by Beagles and Retriever wear large sizes. Bigger dogs tend to be covered with extra-large sweaters or coats.Do know that dogs can wear only sweaters and jackets. Pants cannot be worn. You must verify that your dog has enough freedom of movement around the neck. The pieces must be easily put on and taken off.

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