Do dogs need to wear coats?

While dressing your dog in a dog coat may not be everybody’s cup of tea, they can play an important part in keeping your dog warm and protected from the elements over the winter months. Here is a short guide, that will help you decide whether or dog coat is right for your dog.

It's all in the breed of your dog

Not all breeds require dog coats, as some dogs are more suited to colder climates than others. A dog’s adaptability to cold weather is influenced by the dog’s size, length of hair and owners grooming habits.

Small dog breeds, especially toy breeds which are light-bodied and have thin and very short hair are particularly susceptible to getting cold in the wintertime. A dog coat can make a lot of difference in their comfort in the winter months. Example Breeds: Chihuahua, Pugs

Short-legged breeds can also benefit from wearing a dog coat, especially in snowy conditions where their bellies are closer to the ground. Example Breeds: Dachsund, Corgi, Basset Hound and a certain breed of Terriers

Short-haired breeds that are particularly leaner are not as well equipped to handle cold temperatures compared to their hairier counterparts. These breeds are more susceptible to cold weather and will shiver quite easily. A dog coat would go a long way in making that cold morning walk a more enjoyable experience. Example Breeds: Greyhound, Whippet, Pincher and a certain breed of Terriers

Large dog breeds with thick dense hair do not require dog coats; their coats are genetically designed to protect them in cold weather conditions. These dogs would be at risk of overheating if they were to wear a dog coat. Example Breeds: Siberian Husky, St Bernards, German Shepherd, Sheep Dog

Groomed dogs that have their thick hair trimmed short by owners may also benefit from wearing a dog coat due to their natural winter protection being compromised in the process of grooming. Example Breeds: Poodle 


How to choose the right coat for your dog

There are a large variety of dog coats available, so you may wish to consider the following before purchasing a dog coat: Multipurpose Use: Some dog coats are multipurpose and have detachable elements. They may have a detachable fleece layer to keep your dog warm in the colder months, which can be removed acting as a lightweight raincoat in milder temperatures. Shop our range of Danish Design coats.

Your dog's age

Senior dogs and young puppies will feel the cold more than adult dogs and are good candidates for a dog coat.

Visual cues

Your dog may show some visual cues such as shivering or reluctance to go outdoor, these are often a good indicator that your dog may require a dog coat to feel comfortable in the outdoors during winter.

Medical conditions 

Dogs with illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and hair growth preventing diseases, will appreciate the extra helping hand that a dog coat can provide over the winter months.

Reflective material 

Dog coats made with high visibility reflective material can help keep you and your dog safer at night over the winter months.

Weather resistance 

Look out for dog coats that are windproof and waterproof particularly if you regularly take your dog for walks in exposed areas where the wind has a bite to it.

Colour of your dog's coat 

Choose a colour that suits you and your dog’s personality, making sure that you are happy to go out in public without compromising your own or your dog’s dignity.

How to choose the right size? 

Getting the right fit dog coat is important to make sure that your dog feels comfortable wearing the coat. Dog coats should be a snug fit, as a loose dog coat may get caught on objects, or be easily pulled loose by your dog.

The best way to ensure the right fit is to measure your dog from the base of the neck to the start of the tail. You can then compare this to the size guides that can be found on the product pages of our dog coat range.

Don't forget 

If your dog is wearing a dog coat, you should be mindful of changing temperatures in the surrounding environment. You should be particularly mindful when going back indoors and remove the dog coat as early as possible. This will help prevent your dog from overheating, which can be very dangerous for your dog.