There's more to pet clothes than just a fun way to highlight your dog's uniqueness, be she a cheeky little rascal or a pugnacious pup. And, while it has become trendy to dress up our furry friends as celebrities often do, there's also a practical side to pet clothing.
Size And Coat Type Does Matter...Many dog parents have come to realize that some pets of a certain breed or size can really benefit from clothing based on climate or health conditions.
So, if you have a pet that's a bit of a ham or a little diva who enjoys being "poshed-up", let them bask in the limelight while keeping them protected in some of the stylish dog clothes coming up.
If your pet is freezing in a bitter wind or roasting in the sun, maybe it's time to give him a little extra TLC in the wardrobe department!
Pet t-shirts are a popular and versatile piece of clothing for any size dogs. On a cold day a t-shirt can provide a bit of extra warmth especially for dogs with very short hair such as Miniature Italian Greyhounds, Whippets or Chihuahuas.
With a breed that sheds a lot, a shirt can trap some of the hair that might otherwise end up on your couch or carpet. This can also be helpful to people with allergies to dander.
Besides the obvious fun reasons for dressing your small or big dog in stylish dog clothes, the practical reason is that very often some pets actually need a coat or sweater to stay warm and protect their vital organs from the cold.
In fact, the really tiny dogs can benefit from wearing jackets and sweaters most of the time to keep from shivering.
However, the level of protection they need to have from pet clothes, does vary, mainly depending on the temperature inside or out. Luckily there are many choices to fit the climate, from lightweight clothes for pets to more protective weight.
It goes without saying that on some days your pet will need a charming dog raincoat. And, if he has one, your pooch might not actually mind being taken out on a rainy day!
Being ready for all kinds of weather to keep your pet protected, there's no need to worry about something to wear for any occasion if his wardrobe has the coolest dog clothing.
The long days of Summer are centainly fun, but not always a good time for one man and his dog to be out when the temperature's rising.
That is...unless a thoughtful pet parent has planned ahead to help their dog "chill out" with a cooling vest like the one shown below. This vest provides instant relief from the heat and greatly helps a pet control body temperature through evaporation. A back closure makes it quick to put on, it's lightweight and easy to wash.
While not exactly clothing for dogs, these doggie booties are handy to have for extreme weather where pavements could be burning hot, or in winter, icy cold and salted to boot..excuse the pun. Although these booties would not be normal every day wear, experts say that in harsh conditions they provide good dog paw protection for your pet.
If your summer climate is not extreme and you have a pet that is short-haired or has almost no hair such as the Chinese Crested, then a protective sun shirt, similar to a rashguard, is an alternate way to protect him outside. White-coated dogs are especially vulnerable to sun damage.
Like to take nighttime walks? If you do, then keeping both you and your dog visible to other walkers, bicyclists, or approaching traffic is an important safety measure.
Summertime weather often brings with it some impressive and exciting thunder storms. Rover might not agree with the "exciting" part being more apt to view the sights and sounds as frightening enough to run off in a panic and hide.
To keep a pet safe by calming him down, the thunder shirt has been a very successful wearable piece of clothing for dogs that applies just the right amount of pressure around his torso to relieve anxiety - just like a hug!
The Thunder Shirt has been an amazing solution for other types of anxiety as well - you know "the Vet", "fireworks", "home alone" etc.
Here's the thing, there are pet outfits to fit every occasion, but the most popular clothes
are those for Cold weather...This is a given. Stepping outside
for the daily walk on a snowy morning, you'll want to make sure that
Fido is protected. Hey, you wouldn't go without your coat, would you?
Rainy weather... No need for you and your dog to become couch potatoes on rainy days when there are so many cute dog raincoats to be had. Many dogs are reluctant to face the rain, but you can coax them out with a stylish dog raincoat to keep them dry.
The same goes for chilly days of
summer and spring. Even in the best of climates, the weather can turn
stormy and cold. Don't miss a refreshing walk when you can just grab a
dog coat or sweater and go.
We couldn't leave without highlighting one "fun" piece of small dog clothing that your pet might wear to make a splash at a festive occasion, such as Halloween, or just to take the chill off.
Be sure to
measure your dog from the base of the head to the base of the tail by using a piece of string or yarn,
then compare the result to a tape measure. Jot it down. Move on to the girth (that the chest at the
widest part) in the same manner and jot it down.
Lastly take a neck measurement.
Now you'll have the information you need to order any garment from any manufacturer, because there will be variations between different products and vendors. If your dog is between sizes, choose the larger size.