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Most people fall into one of two categories: someone who dresses their dog and someone who doesn’t. If you are on the fence about that cute Christmas sweater for your pup then here is a list of pros and cons that may help you make your final decision.
Pros to dressing your dog
- If you are concerned about your dog being cold, then there is no harm in putting clothing on them.
- Dogs come equipped with their own external layering system, but some dogs have lighter layers of fur than others.
- Some dogs are not bred for colder environments.
- Some dogs may be extremely uncomfortable with the winter temperatures and need the extra warmth.
- A sweater or jacket can be helpful during the cold seasons, especially if your dog is reluctant to go outside in the snow to relieve himself.
- Smaller, light bodied breeds, toy breeds, and breeds that naturally have very short or thin hair coats benefit from a warm dog sweater.
- A sweater can make a significant difference in your dog’s feeling of well-being.
- Dogs that tend to have short-cropped hair should also be given a sweater to protect them from very low temperatures.
- Older dogs with weaker immune systems and hair growth problems, typically need an extra source for warmth, and this can be easily provided by a sweater or jacket worn indoors or outdoors.
- Your dog will look festive and cute for the holidays!
Cons of dressing your dog
- Larger dogs with dense hair coats do not have a need for additional insulation.
- Larger dogs would be very uncomfortable if they were forced to wear clothing, so can small dogs if the clothing is itching or bothersome.
- Be mindful of overheating.
- Some fur is already genetically designed to protect them from extreme winter temperatures.
- Know your breed. The Siberian Husky, Malamute and Saint Bernard breeds are all excellent examples of dogs that are perfectly suited to cold temperatures.
- Take into account how often the sweater will need to be washed, it’s just like when people wear clothes.
If you decided to give the sweater a go, share a picture below so we can see just how cute they look all ready for the winter!