15 Darling Dog Sweaters to Help Your Pup Stay Warm and Cozy
Sweater weather is here! Help your dog avoid the chill in a sweater that's doggone cool. Although most dogs have lots of hair to keep them warm, it doesn't necessarily mean they can always create or retain enough body heat on their own to stay warm and comfy as the temps drop.
For small breeds, dogs with short hair or hairless breeds, and pups with a slender body type (think greyhounds and whippets), dog sweaters create an extra layer of insulation. They also provide additional warmth needed by puppies, older dogs, dogs with health issues, and pooches who simply aren't acclimated to the cold.
If your dog isn't comfortable wearing a sweater, don't force it! Slowly build up the sweater with positive reinforcement if your pup is apprehensive. You want him to view "dressing up" as positive and fun, not something that's frightening or that he's forced into doing.
How to Choose the Right Dog Sweater
Sizing specs vary by manufacturer, so use a soft measuring tape to determine your dog's size to get the right fit. For neck size, remove your dog's collar and measure around the area where it usually sits. For length, measure along your dog's back from his neck base to his tail base. For girth, measure around the deepest part of his chest.
Acrylic or fleece sweaters are warm, soft, and easy to care for because they can be tossed in the washer. Wool sweaters provide extra warmth but may require hand washing, and some dogs may find them itchy.
A sweater should fit snugly, but not constrict. It should be easy to get on and off, so look for one with a Velcro or zipper closure or a one-piece design that slips over the neck and legs. If your dog doesn't like things going over his head, a zip-on option is probably your best bet.
Have some fun with it! Dogs have unique personalities, so get a sweater that expresses your pooch in perfect style. (And maybe even one that matches their favorite human.)