Some dogs love them, some hate them; some look cute in them, while others look downright ridiculous… Yes, we are talking about dog sweaters and whether our pooches really need those.
Winter is coming and we are worried about four-legged friends, so let’s answer this question once and for all.
It Depends On Several Factors
These breeds can handle the cold as they have their warm and glorious coat common in the Northern breeds.
Other dogs are a bit trickier, though.
How warm your dog is during the winter depends on:
- Overall health
Smaller, light bodied breeds, toy breeds, and breeds that naturally have very short or thin hair coats will probably need a nice and thick sweater during those cold winter days and nights, especially when you take your pooch outside to do his/her business.
In these cases a dog sweater can make a significant difference when it comes to your pet’s feeling of well-being.
If you have a:
- small dog
- an elderly dog
- or a dog who is chronically ill
investing in a dog sweater is probably a good idea as these dogs usually have a more difficult time generating and retaining body heat on their own.
Wearing A Sweater While Inside?
Although protection from the cold is a must for these pooches when you two are headed outside, it doesn’t hurt to leave a sweater on while inside as well, especially if you have a toy breed or a dog who is chronically ill.