Do you put a coat on your dog in the winter?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Do you put a coat on your pup in the winter?
    Yes : (36 votes)
    45 %
    No : (24 votes)
    30 %
    Only when its REALLY cold : (20 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
    2305 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I live in Florida, so the fact that I put “Only when it’s REALLY cold” probably sounds kind of dumb.

    But for us, weather in the 40s is REALLY cold! I have a Jack Russell Terrier who’s only about 20 lbs and definitely short-haired. She might not *need* her coat but I think she’s more comfortable with it on, especially since she’s used to the heat.

    Post # 4
    122 posts
    Blushing bee

    Don’t have a dog, but I worked in a pet boutique for a few years in college and I always recommended coats for dogs in colder climates. The smaller the dog, the more important it is. (Chihuahuas weren’t made for Wisconsin winters!) If your dog is actually spending time outside – not just running out for a quick potty break – they can get cold, just like you!

    Obviously the more active the dog is, the more they’ll heat up on their own, so you have to know your dog to know if they need it. But there’s nothing wrong with putting a coat on a dog; they get cold just like we do!

    Post # 5
    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    If she shivers then she’s cold, no harm in putting a coat on her.

    We have a shi tzu so he doesn’t go out much in winter except to pee in the back yard. If we go on walks we put a fleece on him. If it’s snowing we also put rubber booties on him which he seems to appreciate.

    The golden retriever that I share with my mom we don’t put anything on he’s plenty warm.

    Post # 6
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    Anyone who knows me won’t be surprised by this: yes. Also, boots. We have a boxer and his short hair doesn’t mix well with Southern Ontario winters. The boots are for the salt on the street and also so I don’t have to deal with muddy and wet puppy feet. 

    Post # 7
    10837 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @emilygrace07: Yes, ours are short haired too and feel the cold. We got the coats for ours from the local pet shop.


    Post # 8
    1896 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Yes! small guy with silky hair (not fur) and he definitely gets really cold. Even inside our house which is ALWAYS temperature controlled!  

    Post # 9
    1157 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Nope, but she’s a Lab and definitely doesn’t need it. If your dog is acting cold, then it’s perfectly fine to use a coat! I’ve heard Ruffwear makes good products.

    My mom sent me this picture from the morning walk today (it’s deer season in VT hence the orange bandana):

    Post # 10
    891 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Absolutely!  We have a miniature smooth haired dachshund and she HATES the cold.  She already shivers outside and it’s only -10 so far.  That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our Canadian prairie winters.

    Post # 11
    3756 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Yes! I have a greyhound which means his coat isn’t very thick and he has a large, mostly hairless chest/belly. He wears a coat anytime I need to wear a coat to walk him. For the most part, under 50 degrees he will wear his coat. 

    Post # 12
    455 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    We have two dogs, a Westie-Poo and a Sheltie-Poo.  The westie mix is about 35lbs but he’s got wire human like hair and gets cold pretty easily, the sheltie doesn’t seem to really notice but we actually put coats on both of them in winter if they’re going to be out longer than just a quick pee in the backyard.  When it’s really cold (like -20) we actually put a sweater and a coat on your westie mix.  I don’t see anything wrong with it, and most of our neighbours with smaller dogs put coats on them.

    Post # 13
    953 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Yes, put a coat on if she is shivering.

    Also, I suggest protective foot wear (like rubber boots) if you have a lot of salt on the ground in your area.

    Post # 14
    1234 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Only if it’s SUPER cold out, because she hates it, lol. She could probably get used to it though.


    And just for kicks, here is a teeny tiny chihuahua wearing the same outfit, lol.


    Post # 15
    4136 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    He has a little parka and a hoodie. When it’s super cold he needs it. I’m talking legit Candian winter cold. 

    Post # 16
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I would if I ever had a shorthair breed!

    But I’ve always had huskies or Germans or (my favorite) one German Shepherd/Alaskan Malamute mix!

    Those things are fine until like -20!

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