Does a Dog Need a Sweater in the Winter?

Good question! The thing is… it’s sort of a loaded question, too. It all depends on the dog. Their breed, weight, age and overall health condition are just a few of the factors that come into play when deciding how to dress a dog for the great outdoors. Sometimes their fur coat could use a little extra insulation. Here’s how to tell:

How old is the dog?

Just like us, our pets may need special considerations depending on their age. Puppies and senior dogs can usually benefit the most from adding an extra layer of warmth. Both have weakened immune systems, making it easier for them to catch a cold.

What does the dog weigh?

Though a lean pup is usually a healthy pup, a dog with less body fat will need some extra help warming up in the winter. So, whether your dog is naturally thin or has recently gone on a doggy diet, it may be a good idea to pick up a stylish new sweater in his or her size.

Does the dog have health issues?

From a common cold or a kennel cough to a chronic condition, the entirety of your pet’s health and wellness spectrum should be taken into account. After all, you wouldn’t want Fluffy or Fido to become even more under the weather due to their daily walking routine.

Is the dog’s breed equipped for the cold?

In general, smaller, short-haired breeds are more likely to be caught romping around in winter attire — think chihuahuas, terriers, dachshunds, etc. Now consider their larger, thicker-furred counterparts — Huskies or German Shepherds, for example. These breeds are better equipped to handle cold temperatures, and therefore typically don’t need an added layer of warmth.

While deciding whether or not you should reach for a doggie sweater may not be so cut and dry, one thing is always for certain. Dogs need a warm place to romp and play all day in winter — just like Camp Bow Wow!