Do dogs need a coat at all?
Well, it kinda depends .. Our furry Goldendoodle Simba does not normally wear a coat in the winter (OK, nor does she wear a hat and scarf.. although I’m liking the sophisticated French vibe she’s got going on in the photo).
Thai on the other hand obviously has a completely different build and background. Especially having come from Thailand where the minimum temperature does not tend to drop below 24 C. Let’s just say she’s not built to be dragging a sledge behind her whilst dashing through the snow!
So what dogs need a coat to keep them warm?
Some dogs are absolutely fine in the winter months, but some can do with a little bit of extra TLC. Here are some tips to help you decide what dogs need a coat.
Dogs with a thin body type, short hair, or from warm climates
Older dogs, or dogs with health problems, including arthritis
How cold is it and how long is the walk?
Functional or Fashionable?
Although they can look extremely cute when dressed up, dogs can overheat when wearing coats or jumpers indoors. Unless the house has a heating problem, it’s probably not necessary for them to wear it indoors. In addition it can cause rubbing and feel uncomfortable for your dog if they wear it for a long period of time. As such, coats and jumpers are best kept for outdoor adventures only.