Should you dress your dog during the winter?

Dogs can have a full wardrobe. Coat, rain gear, hat and even gloves, it is possible to protect your animal so that it does not suffer the vagaries of the weather. But is it trendy or really useful to dress your dog in winter? Here’s everything you need to know on the subject!

Is it okay for a dog to dress it up?

Winter is gradually setting in. As every year, we bring out our coat, our scarf, our gloves and our big sweaters to withstand the ever lower temperatures. When is it dogs? Should they also be dressed in winter? The answer is very Norman: yes and no!

Be aware that certain breeds of dogs tolerate the cold very well. This is the case, for example, of the Newfoundland, the Bernese Mountain Dog, the Saint-Bernard, the Akita or the Pyrenean Mountain Dog. Small dogs, which have little hair, are often less resistant to cold. It is also necessary to take into account the state of health of your animal. If it’s fragile, you need to equip yourself. The idea is to cover it appropriately to protect it from cold and humidity.

How do you know if a dog is cold?

Like us, a dog can be cold. To know if this is the case, there are certain signs that you need to watch out for.

  • Your dog is shaking;
  • Your dog walks slowly;
  • Your dog is breathing more and more slowly;
  • Your dog seems hesitant.

In general, a dog who is cold will tend to spare himself. If you find that your canine is cold, go home and cover him up. It is important not to overestimate a dog’s resistance to cold. Like many pets, dogs live comfortably, not in nature.

Dressing your dog: how do you know if it is necessary?

To know if you should dress your dog, you must assess his sensitivity to the cold. To do this, several things must be taken into account, namely:

  • his race,
  • his age,
  • his lifestyle,
  • his health.

Why can this approach be necessary? Quite simply because a dog can catch a cold. They can contract any of the many viruses that plague the cold season. This is the case if he is not sufficiently protected when he goes out. Among the ailments of winter, we find gastroenteritis or bronchitis.

Which dogs can’t stand the cold?

The most fragile breeds

Some dogs can’t stand the cold. Most often, these are small dogs and those with short hair. Breeds to watch out for are Chihuahuas, Maltese Bichons, Chinese Crested Dogs, Greyhounds, Whippets, Rats Terriers, Toy Poodles, Salukis, Yorkshires, Dachshunds, English Bulldogs, Boxers, Dalmatians and Greyhounds. These canines have a coat that is too thin to cope with the cold and humidity. They are more likely to suffer from hypothermia or viral pathology. Know that a dog can have pneumonia!

Age and state of health

The age and state of health of a dog are things to take into consideration. The older a dog, the more fragile it is. Puppies should also be monitored because their immunity is not yet optimal. Finally, pregnant bitches are more vulnerable. Vigilance is essential with sick or injured dogs. Because they are weakened, their resistance to cold is reduced. This is the case, for example, with dogs suffering from osteoarthritis. It is preferable to protect your dog well during his convalescence.

The lifestyle

The lifestyle of a dog is decisive in its resistance to the cold. The vast majority of dogs today live in heated and comfortable interiors. They therefore have difficulty in withstanding the cold for too long a period. They get cautious! It is important to reduce the risk of thermal shock. Covering it up is a solution when the temperatures are really low.

Dog clothes: how to choose?

For you, there is no doubt: your dog needs clothes. How to choose them? Here are some answers.

If you want a coat, you should give preference to practical models. The garment must protect from the cold and be easy to put on. Avoid trendy models that are rarely adapted to the needs of the dog. The coat should be warm and waterproof. It is possible to find models with integrated harness.

If you want to protect your dog’s paws, you can opt for ankle boots or socks. This equipment protects the legs and pads from snow or ice. The pads are very fragile parts, they can suffer burns when it is too hot, on asphalt for example, and skin lesions when it is too cold. Know that if your companion cannot stand boots or socks, which is not uncommon, it is possible to apply a protective cream or balm.

Beanies, hats and scarves are useless in dogs! These equipments are aesthetic. They do not protect dogs from the cold.

Dress a dog for comfort

It is not uncommon to want to dress a dog in winter so that it does not dirty the entire interior when returning from a walk. While this solution is comfortable for you, it might not be comfortable for your pet. Make sure your dog supports the clothes. If not, he will be reluctant when you dress him. He can even develop a lot of stress.