During the coldest stretches of winter, instead of blankets or sweaters, winter dog coats can ensure your pet stays warm, dry and active, rather than shivering and lethargic.
As you browse our selection of dog coats for winter, keep these features in mind:
Which dogs need winter coats?
Generally, knowing 5 dog characteristics will help you determine which of your dogs badly need a dog coat this coming winter season: Miniature and short-haired breeds (not short-hair but short-coat)
Small dogs or toy breeds, such as Chihuahuas and French Bulldogs, cannot easily maintain body heat to stay warm during winter.
So, ensure that you get coats that best suit for these dog breeds.
Dogs that stand close to the ground
The best example of these types of dogs is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Although Corgis have thick coats, their small body structure (their short legs leave them standing close to the ground) subjects them to stand close to the ground, causing their bellies to become more exposed to snow and cold floors.
Dogs that constantly get their long hair shorn or clipped (long fur clipped or groomed)
Poodles have to be regularly groomed because of their curly sheep-like coat. However, this constant grooming requirement can alter the protective nature of their coat.
So, when wintertime comes, these dogs don’t really get the warmth that their fur could have provided naturally.
Dogs with lean bodies and short hair
Did you know that lean-bodied dogs, such as Whippets and Greyhounds, originated from places with warm climate, as far as Ancient Egypt?
This explains why they have so little body (fat not fats) fats for insulation. So, despite their seemingly large framework, these hounds still need some warmth from dog coats.
It goes without saying that senior dogs can barely handle winter conditions. With old age, their immune system has already weakened, and they could already be suffering from conditions, such as arthritis.
Not to mention that their ability to regulate body temperature also decreases as their age increases, no matter how thick-coated they may be.
So, does your dog need a winter coat? Ensure that you get a dog coat that protects your pet’s belly and neck—the most sensitive parts of canines.
Also, ensure that the dog coat extends from your pet’s neck to the tail, but still makes room for convenient bathroom breaks.
Most importantly, your dog’s winter coat should be snug without being too tight. Make sure that the coat will not restrict your pet’s movement.