It’s an ongoing debate since canine couture became popular. However if your pup really needs a coat remains up to debate. Whether it’s a winter coat or a dog raincoat there is plenty a selection to keep your pooch warm. But have you ever wondered if he really needs them? I hope this article is going to help you clear up some of the most common misconceptions on the topic. We gathered up all the pros and cons, and will bring you some of the best choices in either case.
Not all dogs need winter coats
Not all dogs need coats and not all dogs like to wear them. According to vets, dogs can stand any cold temperature even up to -20 without any protection. On the other hand if your pup is short haired, a senior, a puppy or undergoing regular medical treatment, then a coat or parka can be highly beneficial. It especially is in the case of dogs that have problem regulating their temperature in extreme temperature changes, such as French bulldogs, whippets etc. It is a little known fact, that dogs loose most of their body heat through the belly, so wen choosing your dog winter coat make sure to pick one that covers the belly and neck well. If you opt for a dog raincoat it is not necessary.
Sweaters are not always enough for winter
Your pup might be warm enough in a sweater towards the end of fall. However, when temperatures drop below zero you might want to layer him up. Layers keep you warm, as heat is trapped between them. It goes for your coat and goes for your dog’s coat. So when shopping for a great dog parka make sure to find one that has a warm inner wadding and a waterproof layer to keep them dry.
The bulkier the better?
Technology has evolved in the human, as well as the dog outerwear market. So heavier does not necessarily mean better. Check for the labels when shopping and make sure to pick coats with more layers, as well as a winter proof feature. I know a lot of people like to layer up their pooch with a jumper and a coat on top. It is however unnecessary, given that you find the right winter coat. Layers instead of bulk, great technology instead or more garments.
Get equipped for playtime
Be sure not to bundle up your pet when going outside. Think about their mobility and leave them room to play. Therefore I would advise against jumpers or parkas that cover the legs, or ones with hoodies. They are both unnecessary features, not to mention they make it more difficult to dress your pooch up. The ideal coat should be easy to put on and adjustable to fit. If your pets is restricted in their movement in any given coat, then you might not want to go for it.
The practical dog raincoat
What a hassle it is to take your pooch on a walk in the mud and rain, and upon returning home you don’t just have to clean him up but the coat as well. The best dog winter jackets are waterproof or at least water repellent to a certain degree. If you have a long haired pet, then opting for a dog raincoat in the spring can shave valuable time off your morning routine. Be sure to opt for a coat that covers up as much as of their body as possible, but are still comfortable to wear.
Quality over price
Some water resistant fabrics are not breathable. So when you buy a jacket be sure to check the label and understand the technology behind the fabrics used. Have you ever been sweating inside your winter jacket in the coldest of temperatures? That’s because the outer shell wasn’t breathing as it should have. This way you created heat that could not evaporate through the non breathable fabric. A great quality inner or outer material is vital to keep your pup healthy. Be sure to find the one great coat that is adjustable to grow with your pet, and that will last you for years. You need only buy it once if you opt for quality over lower pricing.
Choose the right fit
Yes, it’s vital. I often run into pawrents who are undecided on their pet’s sizing so I created a measuring chart to guide through the process. Be sure to always measure your pup in a standing, upright position. This way you won’t loose valuable inches. Most coats will require you to take the back measurements only, but it’s equally important to seize up the chest and neck girth. Without these, the coat can be either too loose or too small. Especially with coats that aren’t adjustable. It is also important to know the underbelly length, as this is how much your dog will be covered on the belly. Pups loose most of their body heat on their belly, as it’s barely covered in hair and the skin is a bit thinner here. And finally, not all dogs need a snood on their coat. It’s however, an additional extra for older pups, whose hair began thinning around the neck and chest.
To sum up
Here is a great list of features to look out for when shopping for a coat.
- water repellent or waterproof
- winter proof with the right layering
- covers the vital parts of the body, especially the belly
- not too restrictive in movement
- stays put and is adjustable
- has a leash or harness opening
- is fitted with reflective elements
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