As we all know, dogs come in all shapes and sizes and, depending on the breed have many different types of fur. Some dogs have long, fine hair while others have short, wiry curls. If you live somewhere in the world where the temperature drops for at least part of the year then you need to be aware that dogs with short or fine coats will almost certainly benefit from wearing dog sweaters and coats.
A dog sweater will act in exactly the same manner as a human one, holding in body heat and helping to keep core temperature up. The severity of the cold and the degree to which your dog suffers from low temperatures will dictate the type of sweater required. Large, chunky sweaters are great for extreme cold but will make your dog sweat unbearably should the temperature rise. However, if it does get really cold then a sweater with a hood or pieces which cover the top part of the legs as well will ensure that your dog remains snug and warm.
These items of clothing are easily found in the dog accessories section of most pet stores but if you have an exceptionally outsized pet you may need to look on one of the many websites dedicated to dog clothing for particularly large dog sweaters. Due to lower overheads these online stores can cater for more niche markets and so are more likely to be able to fulfil your needs.
Sweaters aren’t just useful for when you take your pet for a walk. If your dog spends his nights in a dog kennel then the extra layer of warmth that they give is invaluable in preventing your dog from getting too cold in bed. Another occasion where your pet might be exposed to the elements is if one of your hobbies is boating and you like to take him with you. High winds can cut through a dog’s fur coat and really make him chilled but a sweater will prevent this. However, you will need to make sure that his dog life jacket will still fit safely over the top of the sweater.
Just like the human versions, they can be made from wool, nylon or cotton and each type has its own benefits and disadvantages though the main decision tends to be based more on the style and look of the sweater than anything else.
So, if your dog gets cold easily due to his short coat or lack of body fat then a sweater is almost certainly the answer. Little dogs are especially prone to the cold but there are plenty of small dog sweaters available to keep him toasty and warm.