While many people believe that since a dog is an animal with its own external layering system, there is little reason to even consider such an idea. However, depending on the breed of your dog, the location in which you live, and how often your dog is exposed to the elements, there are several very good reasons to consider outfitting your dog with a sweater or some sort of cold/wet weather outfit.
If you are still on the fence, consider this: Sure, dogs come equipped with their own external layering system, but some dogs have lighter layers of fur than others, and some are not genetically suited to the environments in which they find themselves transplanted. So your dog may in fact be extremely uncomfortable with the winter temperatures — as uncomfortable as you would be if you went outside without clothing.
DOES YOUR PET NEED SWEATER?
Learn about your dog's coat type
Some dogs have lighter layers of fur than others, and some dogs are not well suited to the environments in which they are living. So your dog may in fact be extremely uncomfortable with the winter temperatures, so you can look into whether your dog’s breed is winter-friendly. Additionally, some dogs only go outside in the colder months for very short periods of time – long enough to do their business and then retreat back into the home. A light sweater will typically make any dog with a lighter coat type feel much more comfortable and stay outside a little longer to enjoy the fresh air.
Think about where you live
Of course, there are also the elements themselves to consider. In Vancouver and the lower mainland, the average dog owner knows all too well what wet snow and rain meanto a walk and returning home. Some sort of rain gear or a sweater can not only keep your dog warm on a walk but extend the time that both you and your dog spend on a healthy walk and even reduce the cleanup time upon returning back home.
Older dogs are more susceptible to cold
Finally, some older dogs and dogs that are ill may be much more susceptible to the cold and experience more discomfort than a younger and healthier dog of the same breed. There are a wide variety of sweaters that will promote additional warmth, a feeling of comfort and closeness, and give your dog an added feeling of security.
FINDING A GOOG PET SWEATER
Once you have decided to get a sweater for your dog, you will need to begin by considering material. While wool is very warm and one of the best insulating materials, take into account how often it will need to be washed, and whether it will make your dog more uncomfortable due to itching. A good blend of washable wool and cotton or acrylic may be the best bet.
Second, just as you would measure your own neck, chest and waist before buying a piece of clothing, measuring your dog is the best way of assuring the best fit. The most important areas to measure are around the neck, around the largest part of the chest, and the distance from the neck to the waist. The sweater’s length should end around the waist, leaving the lower bellow free. Knowing your dog’s actual weight will also help you to determine the correct size. Also, choose pieces that are easy to put on and take off, nothing you have to pull too tightly over your dog’s head or that cause you or the dog to struggle.
OUR NEW DOG SWEATERS
At QQKNIT we have a full range of fashionable pet sweaters available in all sizes. We have all of the latest styles and we have chosen to offer only the best garments for outfitting your dog. Best of all, we have a special ‘Holiday Sweaters’ in stock now.
Post time: Sep-22-2022