Should I Put a Winter Coat on My Dog?

Your dog is going to need a dog coat, because winter is coming. But which dogs do we mean when we say “your dog?” Dogs come in all different sizes, breeds, and temperaments, each requiring its own unique human-dog relationship. One thing all of these relationships have in common: your pup needs some form of protection from the elements. And that means, yes, your furry friend might need a winter jacket for those big beautiful eyes and tiny legs. Here’s what you should know about how to choose the best jacket for them and make sure it fits properly:

What types of dogs need coats?

If your dog falls into any of the following categories, a coat is probably a good idea:

  • Dogs with short hair. While it might seem counterintuitive to put a winter coat on a dog with no fur, some breeds (like huskies) have only thin coats that are not well adapted for winter weather.
  • Short-haired dogs with thin coats. Dogs like poodles and maltese tend to be on the smaller side and thus less able to stay warm in cooler temperatures.
  • Long-haired dogs with thick coats. If you’ve got an Akita or Samoyed, consider getting them a nice thick sweater!
  • Shorthaired dogs with extremely short muzzles (like pugs). These little guys can get frostbite pretty easily because they don’t produce enough heat through their tongues during winter walks!

The list goes on—if you’re unsure whether your dog needs a coat, talk to your vet!

Which dogs do not need coats?

Dogs with a double coat, such as Huskies, Chow Chows and Newfoundlands, don’t need winter coats. These breeds have thick fur on the top of their bodies and shorter hair on their underbelly. They can withstand cold temperatures without difficulty.

Dogs that don’t need winter coats also include those with single or no coats at all (like Dalmatians and Labradors) who are very active in the summer and fall months and so do not regularly experience extreme weather conditions.

How to choose a coat for your dog.

When you’re choosing a coat for your dog, there are several factors to consider:

  • Is it comfortable for my dog?
  • Is it easy for me to put on and take off?
  • Will it protect my dog from the cold and rain?
  • How easy is it to clean?

What should I look for in a winter dog coat?

Here are some factors to consider when shopping for a coat:

  • Material. How much warmth do you need? What kind of weather will your dog be going through? Will it be too hot or too cold for them, depending on the time of year?
  • Fit. Is there something specific about your dog that may help determine the fit and style of coat you choose? For example, does he have long legs or is he small with a thin frame?
  • Style/features/sizes. There are many different styles to choose from: waterproof coats, leather straps around their neck and chest area (to keep wind out), etc., so make sure to look at a wide range before making a decision!

How should a winter coat fit my dog?

To ensure that your dog’s winter coat fits properly, there are a few things to consider. First, it should be snug and secure around the neck area—just loose enough so that it doesn’t pull on their skin or restrict breathing. Second, it shouldn’t be too tight or too loose; if you can easily fit two fingers between their body and their coat when they’re standing still, then it’s probably too loose. If you can only fit one finger between them when they’re sitting down or walking (or running), then it’s probably too tight. Thirdly, make sure that the length of the coat isn’t too long or short: if your dog is taller than average in height but has a small frame (like some breeds like dachshunds), then having extra length on their legs will just weigh them down unnecessarily without offering any benefits because they won’t be able to walk anyway due to all those extra inches weighing down atrophied muscles. Fourthly—and most importantly—a proper fitting winter coat shouldn’t be too heavy nor light; this is where we need science!

It’s important to understand that not all dogs need dog coats and choosing the right one can protect your pet from cold and wet weather.

If you own a dog that is prone to sitting with its tail tucked between its legs, you know how important it is to keep them warm. While some dogs are perfectly fine without coats in the winter, others need to be protected from cold weather.

It’s important to understand that not all dogs need dog coats and choosing the right one can protect your pet from cold and wet weather.

Dogs with short fur or whose bodies do not naturally generate heat need extra protection when temperatures drop below freezing. If your pet is fairly small (under 15 pounds), they may feel vulnerable if left out in the elements without a coat on hand.

Although there are several types of dog coats on the market these days, finding one that will properly fit your canine friend can take some trial and error. Here are some tips on how to choose a winter coat:


If you’re looking for a winter coat for your dog, remember to choose the right coat based on your dog’s breed and size. And while most coats come in a variety of sizes, it’s also important to test fit the coat before buying it to ensure that it fits properly. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be able to find the perfect winter coat for your furry friend!