Is there anything more precious than a Chihuahua’s tiny face peeking out from a warm hoodie? Because they are so small, toy breeds look adorable wearing sassy sweaters and stylish coats. Dressing dogs in cute clothes is undeniably fun and fashionable, but many small breed dogs are vulnerable to cold weather and actually need those dog clothes to keep them warm.
Why Dress Your Chihuahua?
The Chihuahua breed, originating in the warm climate of Mexico, developed the ability to dissipate heat easily. Those big ears work much the same as a jack rabbit’s ears do in helping to reduce body heat. Their ears are a major source of heat loss. As a result, they do not tolerate cool temperatures very well and shiver from cold whenever the mercury drops just a bit. Other Toy Breeds need protection from the cold simply because of their smaller body mass.
Dog Clothes Designs
Pet specialty stores, supermarts, and online businesses offer just about anything dog owners could want to keep their small breed dog warm and stylish. Prices range from $5 outfits to elaborate garments tagged for hundreds. Knit sweaters come in turtlenecks or regular necklines and short sleeves to longer sleeves. Sweatshirts fit comfortably with their soft material and the popular hoodie helps protect those Chihuahua ears. Heavier coats, insulated with fleece lining, and bootees, as well as raincoats, are available for those longer trips into the snowy bathroom.
Doggy winter garments can be found in a variety of colors, styles and prices. From toasty pajamas and pink frilly princess wear with bows and sequins to the hiker dog leather jackets and camouflage outfits, the best dressed dog can find something to match any mood. There are even patterns available for dog owners who choose to knit their own doggy clothes perhaps using the dog’s own hair.
Choosing Size of Dog Clothes
Size labels will vary from one company to the next. When in doubt with the dog who is in between sizes, it’s better to go with the next bigger one. Having measurements handy will help in choosing the proper size.
- Circumference of the neck
- Circumference of the chest
- Length of the back from middle of neck to base of the tail.
The garment should not hamper the dog’s movement. An outfit that is not too snug will be more comfortable for the dog and hold in warmth better but it shouldn’t be so loose that it falls off.
Word of Caution
Natural coat thickness should be considered when choosing the right garment. All dogs should be monitored for overheating when wearing clothes.
Never leave a dog in clothing unsupervised. It’s too easy for them to choke if they get the garment twisted or hung on something.
Some Dogs Do Not Like Wearing Clothes
Most dogs like the attention they get when they’re wearing cute outfits but occasionally a dog will not like dressing up no matter how cold it is. These dogs can usually be trained to tolerate a jacket for short periods by getting them slowly accustomed to the idea.
- Catch the dog in a good mood and playfully place the outfit across his back.
- Distract him with treats or play for a few minutes.
- Keeping it fun, remove the clothes.
- When he’s comfortable with that, put the outfit on him.
- Distract him with treats or play.
- Gradually increase the length of time the dog wears the clothes.
When the cold winds blow, Chihuahua owners can proudly to show off their pampered pets and toy breed dogs can stay warm in their cozy wraps.