How to know if your dog needs a winter coat

How to know if your dog needs a winter coat

If you have ever seen a husky playing in the snow, you know what true happiness looks like. Northern dog breeds, like huskies, adore the winter times. But, while often beautiful, winter also brings snow, sleet and cold winds. And some smaller dog breeds have a harder time dealing with all that, which is why they might need a winter coat.

If your dog is shaking and shivering, it is very possible feeling cold. They might also behave strangely, like trying to turn back home or refusing to move altogether, perhaps while keeping their tail tucked between their legs.

Smaller dogs, and dogs with a thinner layer of fur, are the ones usually suffering from the cold weather. To them, going outside in winter without some protection can be extremely uncomfortable, to the point of being reluctant to go outside even if they really need to go. This is the situation where having a coat will make the difference for your furry companion.

Not only that, but especially in a dirtier city environment, a coat will also save you a lot of hassle when cleaning up your dog after the walk. Adding a pair of boots to the outfit will protect the paws of your walking buddy from the cold, ice and road salt.

Finding A Good Fit

There are few things you have to consider when purchasing a coat:

  • The material. How easy the coat is to wash? Are you sure it is not itching? Pure wool might not be the best choice but wool blended with cotton or acrylic just might do the trick. Reflecting material on the coat is a superb addition, too. Pay attention to the details: does the coat have zippers, tags or buttons your dog might chew off and swallow by accident?
  • Fit. Above all else, make sure the coat fits. It has to be snug but not too tight. Your buddy has to be able to walk and run normally and freely. However, if the coat is too big, it will drag on the ground or might get caught somewhere. Which brings us to…
  • The measurements. Measure your dog around the neck and around the largest part of the chest. Also, measure the distance from the neck to the waist. If possible, bring your dog with you to the store for fitting. That way you can be certain that the first choice is the right one.
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