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Everything You Need To Know About Bundling Your Pooch

Some breeds of dogs (short haired) are less equipped to deal with the cold winds and freezing temperatures of winter. Other breeds of dogs (long haired) have trouble dealing with the intense heat of summer. No matter what environment your dog is subjected to, there’s a dog coat for every occasion. This article is your complete guide to dog coats! Covering everything from the different types, the purposes, and which breeds benefit the most. 

Purpose Of Dog Coats

A coat for dogs may seem unnecessary to some people. However, they are very useful and effective for giving dogs some extra warmth and protection from the elements. Dogs have a natural coat of fur to protect them from the elements. However, some breeds are better suited for winter weather than others. Short haired breeds can tolerate cold temperatures and winds for a brief period of time. But, prolonged exposure to winter weather can be tough on some dogs. Investing in a dog coat may make your dog more comfortable and overall happier this winter. 

Types Of Dog Coats

There is a surprisingly wide variety of dog coats on the market today. No matter what the situation or circumstance, there is a dog coat for it. Let’s go down the list of various dog coats and give a brief explanation of their overall purpose. 

Dog Snowsuit:

Similar to a puffy winter jacket for people, these coats are made to keep the wearer well insulated. This type of dog coat is typically made of a mixture of nylon, polyester, and fleece. This coat will keep your dog warm and dry for hours. Don’t like walking your dog in the cold? Good news! You can hire a professional dog walker for that! Check out our dog walking services by clicking here!

Dog Parka:

Similar to the dog snowsuit, dog parkas are wind resistant and well insulated. They will help your pooch stay warm and look fashionable at the same time. For a more in-depth look into the world of dog winter coats, check out the official A.K.C. website.

Dog Fleece:

Just like a fleece jacket for people, a dog fleece is soft, warm, and cozy. This is the perfect type of coat for keeping your dog warm on a cool Fall day. The material is warm, but not very thick, so not quite a winter coat.

Dog Windbreaker:

A dog windbreaker is perfect for dogs with thin fur coats. This extra layer helps protect your dog from the biting cold winds on those extra breezy days. They also look very stylish!

Dog Cooling Coat:

The opposite of a dog snowsuit or parka. These coats are specifically designed to keep your dog cool amongst hot temperatures. The side that touches your dog is cool to the touch and absorbs any excess sweat from your dog. The outer layer helps make that perspiration evaporate faster, providing a cool refreshing feeling for your dog. 

Dog Reflective Jacket:

Basically a safety vest for dogs. These jackets help your dog stand out and reflect any light from cars passing by. Reflective material in general is ideal for nighttime walks where drivers lack the visibility they need to safely avoid pedestrians.  

Dog Raincoat:

As the name suggests, this type of coat is designed to keep your dog dry while walking in the rain. Typically made of nylon, polyester, vinyl, and rayon, these coats are meant to keep your dog dry as opposed to warm. Great for rainy days. 

Dog Insect Protection Coat:

As the name implies, these coats help keep the bugs off of your pooch. Most of these coats are treated with an insecticide called Permethrin. When bugs make contact with this permethrin treated material, it shuts down their nervous system and ultimately kills them. Permethrin is considered non-toxic and relatively safe for people and pets. 

Does Your Dog Need A Dog Coat?

Whether or not your dog needs a dog coat during winter really depends on the dogs’ breed. Larger breeds with thick fur coats such as Siberian Huskies or Alaskan Malamutes obviously don’t need dog coats. However, smaller breeds with short hair could greatly benefit from a dog coat. Breeds such as French Bulldog, Chihuahua, Greyhound, and Yorkshire Terrier could all use some extra warmth and protection. Dog coats are also useful for dogs that are relatively low to the ground. This includes breeds like Dachshund, Basset Hound, and Corgi.

Use Your Best Judgment

It’s a judgment call whether or not your dog could benefit from a dog coat. Observe your dog for any signs of discomfort when exposed to the elements. Pay close attention to their body language during your walks together. How they react to the weather, temperature, and environment should tell you a lot about their comfort level. Only invest in a dog coat if you feel it’s needed and be sure to keep it stylish. 

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