Pet Sweaters For Dogs

How to Decide Do Dogs Need Sweaters

There are several factors you need to consider when deciding whether you have dogs that need sweaters. You need to first look at the type of breed you have and where you live. Many larger breeds like Huskies, Saint Bernards and even German Sheperds (to name a few) have heavy coats in the winter and lighter coats in the summer. They are designed to live in very cold climates.

pet sweaters for dogsAdding dog sweaters to large dogs like these might present health problems. However if these dogs live indoors primarily, and are in very cold climates they might not have grown as thick of an overcoat as they would have if they lived outdoors for the most part. So dog sweaters for these large dogs might be in order.

 

Another factor in determining whether you have dogs that need sweaters would be the age of the dog. Older dogs who have lived lives indoors (for the most part) tend to need more warmth that can be provided by the addition of a large dog sweater when they go out for walks.

Old dogs, not unlike, old people, have to endure achy joints too. Cold tends to aggravate arthritis in dogs just like in people. Also older dogs tend to not have such thick coats any longer. The addition of pet sweaters for dogs will help keep them comfortable when they go outside.

Small dogs tend to be more susceptible to weather changes than large dogs. And small dogs without much fur need the added protection of a sweater for small dogs, especially when they go out.

How to decide which Pet Sweaters For Dogs Is Right For Your Dog?

Dogs sweaters tend to come in two varieties – there are the pullover selections and then there are the strap on ones. Both varieties come in various sizes from the very small for teacup and miniature dog breeds all the way up to extra large for the biggest breeds out there.

In order to determine which sweater will fit the best it is necessary for the dog owner to measure their pet accurately. There are three places you will need to measure on your dog to find the best fitting sweater.

You need to measure the torso, the neck and the chest. To measure the torso of your dog, place the measuring tape at the base of the dogs neck and run it to the base of his tail. For the neck, run the tape around his neck loosely and add an inch, record that number. To accurately measure the circumference of the chest, wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of the dogs chest, which is usually just behind its forelegs.

Armed with this information you can use this chart to determine which size dog sweater is likely to fit your pet. If your dog is in between sizes go up to the next size up.

Here is a measurement chart to help you determine which size will best match your pooch’s dimensions

 

Size Torso Neck Chest
XXS 8 8 to 10 10 to 14
XS 10 9 to 12 14 to 16
S 12 10 to 14 16 to 18
M 16 12 to 16 18 to 22
L 20 16 to 20 22 to 28
XL 24 20 to 24 28 to 34

 

You will also need to make sure that the sweater you decided on is lose enough to ensure comfort, not too long or not irritating to your dog. Make sure that the sweater does not rest on the dogs tail as it can cause chaffing when the dog moves its tail around.Though initially your dog may need to take some time to get used to their new clothes, they should adjust to wearing this added protection quickly. Be sure to pay attention to your dogs gait and manner as they will give you clues as to their comfort.

You might have to try several sweaters before you find one brand that provides the protection you want for your dog and allows your dog mobility while dressed.

Why Get Pet Sweaters For Dogs?

Even though sometimes a dog might have difficulty getting used to wearing a pet sweater designed for dogs, getting them to adjust to wearing clothing helps in several ways. While wearing a sweater all day might not be the best option for your dog, having a dog sweater for walk in the winter can make for much more pleasant outings and even allow you to stay out longer for exercise.

Just as sweaters and coats provide warmth, a raincoat also provides protection against inclement weather keeping your dog dry and warm. A dog sweater or tshirt can help provide protection for dogs who have sensitive skin, or even exposed skin. Veterinarians will sometimes prescribe clothing for dogs with medical issues.

You can even find pet sweaters for dogs that are tailored for the holidays. Owners sometimes like to reserve dressing up their puppies for special occasions.

How are Dog Sweaters Designed?

Dog sweaters are much differently designed than people sweaters because dogs are shaped differently than people.It is hard to pull a piece of tight clothing over the head of a dog so most dog sweaters are made with loose or very stretchy material making the “putting on” of the sweater much easier.Those sweaters that do pull on are often created with larger neck openings so they don’t hinder the dogs movement or choke them.

The other design is a sweater that straps onto the dog. Pullover sweaters are usually made from cotton or polyester yarn in a tube shape with a neck and two leg holes. The strap version of a dog sweater is usually created from a wide rectangular piece of material, either knitted or fabric, that has a strap that connects around the chest of the dog in front of his forelegs and forms a bit of a collar look and is held in place with buttons, snaps or perhaps Velcro.

  • PET LIFE LLC
    Pet Life Heavy Cable Knit Cotton Ribbed Collar Pet Sweater Hot Pink Keep you pampered pup warm with the Pet Life Heavy Cotton Ribbed Collared Pet Sweater. Made from heavy cotton and featuring cable knitting, this attractive dog sweater has a ribbed turtleneck, sleeves, and waist for fitted wear. Built-in leash slit allows for easy leash attachment. Features: Made from heavy cable knit cotton Ribbed turtleneck collar Ribbed sleeves and waist for fitted design Leash slit holder behind neck for easy attachment Item Specifications: Color: Hot Pink Size: Measurement Guidelines: Measure from the base of your dog's neck to the base of the tail If your dog falls between sizes, order a size up Please take into consideration your dog's breed, girth, and coat size when ordering X-Small: Length: 8 inches Small: Length: 10 - 12 inches Medium: Length: 14 - 16 inches Large: Length: 18 - 20 inches X-Large: Length: 22 - 24 inches Material: Cotton Care Instructions: Hand wash in cold water, line dry.
    $34.99  from Dog.com
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    Pet Life Argyle Style Ribbed Fashion Pet Sweater Pink The Pet Life Argyle Ribbed Fashion Pet Sweater is made from knitted cotton and features a traditional Argyle design with a ribbed turtleneck finish. Topped off with ribbed sleeves and elasticized ribbed waist for a fitted look, this warm and cozy pet sweater has a leash slit for easy leash attachment. Features: Attractive argyle design Knitted cotton Ribbed turtleneck collar Ribbed sleeves and waist for fitted wear Leash slit for easy attachment Item Specifications: Color: Pink Size: Measurement Guidelines: Measure from the base of your dog's neck to the base of the tail If your dog falls between sizes, order a size up Please take into consideration your dog's breed, girth, and coat size when ordering X-Small: Length: 8 inches Small: Length: 10 - 12 inches Medium: Length: 14 - 16 inches Material: Cotton Care Instructions: Hand wash in cold water, line dry.
    $34.99  from Dog.com
  • PET LIFE LLC
    Pet Life Argyle Style Ribbed Fashion Pet Sweater Blue The Pet Life Argyle Ribbed Fashion Pet Sweater is made from knitted cotton and features a traditional Argyle design with a ribbed turtleneck finish. Topped off with ribbed sleeves and elasticized ribbed waist for a fitted look, this warm and cozy pet sweater has a leash slit for easy leash attachment. Features: Attractive argyle design Knitted cotton Ribbed turtleneck collar Ribbed sleeves and waist for fitted wear Leash slit for easy attachment Item Specifications: Color: Blue Size: Measurement Guidelines: Measure from the base of your dog's neck to the base of the tail If your dog falls between sizes, order a size up Please take into consideration your dog's breed, girth, and coat size when ordering X-Small: Length: 8 inches Small: Length: 10 - 12 inches Medium: Length: 14 - 16 inches Material: Cotton Care Instructions: Hand wash in cold water, line dry.
    $34.99  from Dog.com
  • PET LIFE LLC
    Pet Life Heavy Cable Knit Cotton Ribbed Collar Pet Sweater Blue Keep you pampered pup warm with the Pet Life Heavy Cotton Ribbed Collared Pet Sweater. Made from heavy cotton and featuring cable knitting, this attractive dog sweater has a ribbed turtleneck, sleeves, and waist for fitted wear. Built-in leash slit allows for easy leash attachment. Features: Made from heavy cable knit cotton Ribbed turtleneck collar Ribbed sleeves and waist for fitted design Leash slit holder behind neck for easy attachment Item Specifications: Blue Size: Measurement Guidelines: Measure from the base of your dog's neck to the base of the tail If your dog falls between sizes, order a size up Please take into consideration your dog's breed, girth, and coat size when ordering X-Small: Length: 8 inches Small: Length: 10 - 12 inches Medium: Length: 14 - 16 inches Large: Length: 18 - 20 inches X-Large: Length: 22 - 24 inches Material: Cotton Care Instructions: Hand wash in cold water, line dry.
    $34.99  from Dog.com
  • PET LIFE LLC
    Touchdog Snowadayz Pom Pom Pet Hooded Sweater The Touchdog Snowadayz Pom-Pom Hooded Sweater Features a trendy box-stitched polyester and polar fleece snow patterned outer shell with outer Sherpa lining and accented adjustable hooded pom-poms. Features an accented outer-Lined buttoned back pockets and trims with stitching. Additionally, this cool Dog Hoodie features a leash slit by the bottom portion of the hood and backside with the Touchdog embroidered trade stamp of perfection on the back-side. Features: Adorable holiday pattern Great for the holiday season Unique pom-pom hooded design Hooded Trendy box-stitched outer shell Polar fleece outer shell with outer Sherpa lining Leash slit for easy attachment Embroidered accents Item Specifications: Color: Yellow/Blue Sizing Guide: From Back of Neck to Tail area in inches 8"": EXTRA SMALL 10-12"": SMALL 14-16"": MEDIUM 18-20"": LARGE Outer shell Material: Polyester/Polar Fleece
    $29.99  from Dog.com
  • PET LIFE LLC
    Pet Life Polka Dot Fashion Couture Hooded Pet Coat Pink Comfortable glamour is the best description for the Pet Life Fashion Couture Polka Dot Hooded Pet Coat. This stylish pet coat is made from warm, heavy-duty plush cotton and featuring a posh faux fur lined hood with bow with faux fur trim cuffs and waist, The Polka Dot Fashion Pet Coat sparkles with a sequined logo featuring a crown and fashion bow and for easy use, comes equipped with a leash slit for easy leash attachment and Velcro belly closure for easy on and off use. Features: Heavy-duty plush cotton Faux fur trim hood with fashion bow Sequined emblazed crown logo with fashion bow on back Fur trimmed cuffs and waist Leash slit for easy leash attachment Item Specifications: Color: Pink with white polka dots Size: Measurement Guidelines: Measure from the base of your dog's neck to the base of the tail If your dog falls between sizes, order a size up Please take into consideration your dog's breed, girth, and coat size when ordering X-Small: Length: 8 inches Small: Length: 10 - 12 inches Medium: Length: 14 - 16 inches Material: Heavy plush cotton Care Instructions: Hand wash in cold water, line dry.
    $39.99  from Dog.com
  • PET LIFE LLC
    Pet Life LED Happy Halloween Hooded Sweater Pet Costume The Pet Life LED Lighting Happy Halloween Pet Sweater features a small and lightweight inner stitched compartment pouch containing an LED On and Off switch which controls the lights on the backside. This fun Holiday costume will help your pet stand out in style, fun to wear in the dark. Outer shell is composed of a comfortable polyester and cotton blend. Features belly Velcro enclosures for convenient on and off access. Features a leash slit holder at the back-side. Features: Adorable stacked Jackolatern design Continual LED flashing Ultra-Plush Cotton Exterior On-Off accessible button Small and lightweight inner stitched compartment battery pouch Batteries included Belly Velcro closures for secure fit Leash slit for easy attachment Item Specifications: Color: Purple Sizing Guide: From Back of Neck to Tail area in inches 8"": EXTRA SMALL 10-12"": SMALL 14-16"": MEDIUM 18-20"": LARGE Outer shell Material: Polyester and cotton blend
    $26.99  from Dog.com
  • Pet Life
    Dog Patterned StripePet Sweater: *Cotton and acrylic blend pet sweater *Turtle neck along the top *Weaved design along the back side *Leash slit by the neck area *Pull over for easy on and off access *Keeps pet warm and cozy **Measurements:** X-Small measures 8 back of neck to tail, overall 12.25 back, 8 neck, 9.25 chest Small measures 10 - 12 back of neck to tail, overall 13.75 back, 9.5 neck, 11 chest Medium measures 14 - 16 back of neck to tail, overall 15 back, 10.25 neck, 13.75 chest Large measures 18 - 20 back of neck to tail, overall 17 back, 12.5 neck, 18.25 chest
    $24.00  from Gilt
  • Casual Canine
    Contrasting striped ribbed turtleneck-Legs Straps for Added Comfort and Fit-Medium Fits Pets up to 16 Inches in Length
    $6.50  from Walmart US
  • Casual Canine
    Casual Canine Lil' Monster Pet Sweater, XX-Small, Pink SKU: ADIB0095F8Z1C
    $17.28  from Walmart US
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Jill is a dedicated pampered puppy lover! Having had dogs her whole life she appreciates what great companions they are. She believes that dogs are proof there is a God and He loves us.