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Best Winter Clothing for Dogs


A common misconception is that dogs don’t require additional protection in the winter due to their fur coats.  While this is true for breeds with thick double coats such as Siberian Huskies and Malamutes, small dogs or those with short coats require an extra layer for trips outdoors.  The best winter clothing for dogs is described here.

Paws are especially sensitive this time of year due to ice, snow, cold temperatures, and salt.  If your dog continually hobbles on 3 legs during walks, boots might be the answer.

Pawz, $11.69/12 boots
These utilitarian dog boots are perfect for the pup that isn’t fussy.  Simply slip these reusable rubber boots over your dog’s paws for instant protection from ice, snow, salt, and cold.

Hi-Toppers, $59.99/4 boots
Keeping your dog safe and warm is important, but can be difficult when roads are icy.  Hi-Toppers provide superior traction for your dog’s feet, as well as protection to your dog’s legs.  These boots are perfect for the dog that doesn’t like to wade into deep snow.

If your dog is small or has short-hair, a sweater is important for even short excursions outside.  If your house is drafty or your dog shivers in front of the fireplace, consider a sweater as an extra layer of warmth.

Chilly Dog Sweaters, $32.99+
Do you have a difficult time finding dog sweaters that fit well while being warm, fashionable, and ethical?  Chilly dog sweaters are made from 100% fair trade wool by artisans in South America.  With sizing available to fit dog ranging in size from tea cup breeds to Great Danes, there is a perfect sweater available for your pup.

For pets that enjoy wintry hikes or extended play sessions in the snow at the dog park, the best winter clothing for dogs may be a jacket.

Great White North, $74.95 – $129.95
Part of the hassle of dog jackets is the inability to get the clothing on/off quickly and easily.  The Great White North jacket features an easy on, easy off design while providing maximum warmth and protection.  This jacket not only has a water proof exterior and warm fleece interior, but also has a turtle-neck design to keep your dog’s sensitive neck safe.

MuttLuks Nylon Reversible Snow Suit, $52.55
Does your dog need full-body protection?  This snow suit covers your dog from head to toe with water proof material to help your pet stay warm and comfortable in even the snowiest weather.

Gooby Fleece Lined Dog Vest, $24.95
Some dogs simply need an extra layer.  If your dog stays generally warm throughout the winter, consider a field jacket or vest.  This vest is fleece lined with a water-resistant exterior for additional warmth on cold days.

Just like humans, dogs can lose an appreciable amount of heat through their heads.  If your dog’s ears stand up straight, the inner portion of the ear may become especially cold.

Dogo Trapper Hat, $16.99 – $23.50
This adorable hat keeps head, ears, and chin warm with its soft lining.  Finding the perfect fit and keeping the hat on your dog’s head is easy thanks to the adjustable Velcro strap that attaches beneath your dog’s chin.

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