We bundle up in our warmest gear when freezing temperatures set in, and maybe your furry friend should too. Depending on your dog's breed and hair type, they may benefit from an extra layer of warmth in cold weather, just like humans. In other words, a dog coat may be essential for your pet's health and happiness.
According to the American Kennel Club, large dogs with thick, dense fur coats don't necessarily need a dog jacket because their fur is "genetically designed to keep them warm." This includes Northern breeds such as Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies. So you won't have to worry about them being cold in low temperatures.
However, there are several types of dogs that do need that extra protection. They include small, toy, or miniature breeds (like Chihuahuas and French Bulldogs), dogs that sit low to the ground (like Pembroke Welsh Corgis), dogs that are lean-bodied (like Greyhounds and Whippets), dogs that have normally have long hair that's clipped or shorn (like Poodles), and dogs that are older in age. If your pet falls in any of those categories, you may want to invest in a dog coat.
When choosing a coat for your dog, it's important to look for one that covers their neck and belly. It should also protect your pup's backside all the way to their tail, but it shouldn't get in the way when they do their business. The coat should fit snugly, but not too tight that it restricts their movement. Take your dog's measurements before buying a dog coat to get the most accurate size.
Choose one from one of our BAYDOG Outerwear options for your dog this Winter Season, or get one of each!