These Adorable Winter Coats Will Keep Your Dog Warm, Toasty, and Oh-So-Fashionable
When facing a rainy spring evening or a snowy morning in January, most dog owners will grab a coat for themselves before taking their pup outside to face the elements. It makes sense—everyone wants to protect themselves from being drenched in a downpour or shivering in frigid temperatures. But many of us fail to realize that the same mindset can be applied to our four-legged friends, too! Many breeds of pups need an extra protective layer to keep warm during bad weather. The best part? Dogs in coats are one of the best things to come out of that dreary winter weather, right up there with warm cocoa by the fireplace and cozy knit sweaters. Cold weather doesn't have to be all bad, right?!
Which Dogs Need Winter Coats?
Let's get one thing out of the way—yes, many dogs have naturally dense coats of fur that are designed to protect against cold weather. But, not all pups are genetically gifted with thick coats to keep that winter chill away, and those pups may need a little fabricated fur during winter months. The AKC says that dogs with short hair, lean bodies, or bellies that brush the ground could all benefit from a winter dog coat. If you own one of the following breeds (especially in cold winter climates), consider investing in a dog jacket:
Choosing the Right Winter Dog Coat
Each canine coat maker may have slightly different sizing specifications for winter dog jackets, so make sure you measure your pooch before making a purchase. Most of the time you'll need two measurements: the length of your dog from their neck to the beginning of their tail, and the circumference of their rib cage. You want to select a coat for your dog that's snug, but not too tight so that it doesn't restrict your dog's range-of-motion or circulation.
You'll also need to consider the utility of the coat you plan to purchase for your pup. If you live in a snowy climate, you'll want a jacket that protects your dog's belly and legs. If you live in a perpetually rainy area, a lightweight, waterproof option might be better. For a carefree frolic in the snow or a splash through puddles, your dog should have a jacket that is as ready-to-go (and easy to wash!) as they are. From durable Carhartt coats to fashion-forward flannel vests, here are the best winter dog coats for every pup.