Do Dogs Need Clothes?

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

This is a puzzling question to many people, most of who laugh at the idea of dressing up a pooch. Some dog owners are also skeptical about wearing clothing on their dogs. However, a few of them, have noticed the violent shiver that courses through the bodies of their canine friends during winter, but don’t know what to do about it. If you belong to this category of dog owners, there is good news: it is okay for your pet to wear dog clothes.

Sure enough, a dog’s natural coat provides insulation and protection from the weather. But some dogs like puppies, senior dogs, short-haired breeds, etc. may need additional warmth in winter due to their lighter layers of animal hair or fur.


Dog clothes are great garments for keeping most short-haired breeds and small dogs warm and dry in winter. Chihuahuas, Labradors, Greyhounds, and even Norfolk Terriers are susceptible to the elements, so they need to wear a dog coat or sweater to stay warm in cold weather. Not all dogs are genetically wired for the cold environments in which they find themselves. Such dogs will always be uncomfortable in the freezing temperatures of winter. Dogs with medical conditions may also benefit from extra warmth.


Not all dogs need to wear dog coats. For instance, breeds such as the Pomeranians, Siberian Huskies, Akitas, Newfoundlands, and even Cairn Terriers cope exceptionally well in cold weather as a result of their undercoats. This is why you must conduct enough research for your breed to determine whether or not a coat is necessary.


If you are still on the fence when it comes to getting a dog cloth for your furry friend, here are the top five benefits of getting a pet cloth for your dog:


Hairless dogs, short-haired breeds as well as shaved or clipped young dogs are vulnerable to cold weather. Small dogs also lose a lot of body heat faster than their larger counterparts. These dogs find it challenging to create enough body warmth to stay cozy since their single coats of hair don’t offer adequate protection from the cold.


Dogs can fall ill, and their immune system weakened as a result. If your dog has an illness it could affect her coat, thereby making her liable to feeling cold, indoors or outdoors.

You can keep your dog warm with an indoor but lightweight dog cloth. When taking her for a walk, she needs to wear a warmer dog cloth to protect her from the harshness of the elements.


Some dog owners shave their dogs in summer. But what many may not realize is that such action could make the dogs to miss the benefits of the insulation provided by their natural furs. Dogs with light-colored skin may suffer a lot of skin damage if exposed to the harsh rays of the summer sun.

This is the primary reason why working, police, and sporting dogs wear lightweight summer dog clothes to keep them warm. If you are an outdoors person and your dog like to tag along anytime you leave the house, a dog cloth will come in handy for your pet.


Getting a dog cloth for your canine also helps her to stay clean. Less dirt means she will take fewer baths. Dog clothes serve as a form of buffer when your pooch goes about, especially outdoors. The dog cloth ensures that your dog drags a negligible amount of the outdoors around with her.

Dog clothes are also beneficial when she decides to roll in the grass or something more disgusting. Her clothing will bear the brunt of the onslaught.

5. AGE

Puppies and senior dogs has weak immune system. Especially aged dogs are plagued with medical conditions which may lower their normal body heat. Diseases such as arthritis are heightened by cold weather, so getting a dog coat for your geriatric friend will keep her snug during winter or in the evenings.

Make sure the clothing allows your dog to move freely and is free of her privates.


  • Not all breeds can become accustomed to wearing dog clothes. A few dogs find it extremely uncomfortable. If you notice that your dog is uneasy as a result of wearing a dog cloth, do not force it. However, you can allow your fur friend to wear the dog cloth – for a few minutes at a time – around your home, then build it up from there.

  • Make sure you measure the size accurately before buying a dog cloth. A dog cloth that doesn’t fit well or that is too tight may hamper your pet’s mobility.

  • Ensure that your dog’s cloth does not have tags, hanging zippers, hooks, buttons or parts that could irritate your pet or get caught. Your dog may also chew off or swallow these appendages, so be careful when deciding on the type of dog cloth to buy.

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