(Closed) Dog clothes is necessary or not?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yes

NO

 

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MissNoodles:  Agreed. Smaller dogs do need the protection from the cold. 

Larger breeds? No. Its a dog. It can handle it. 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

It depends on the dog. Greyhounds have barely any body fat to keep them warm, so they need sweaters on really cold days. St. Bernards, on the other hand, are built for cold and have no need. So if i see someone putting a sweater on a St. bernard, you’d better believe that in my head I am thinking “What a dingbat.”

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It’s not a size thing… it’s a fur thickness/body fat thing.  Pomeranians don’t need sweaters either, but as the poster above said… greyhounds do.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think sometimes it’s cute and a necessity. other times it’s cute and not really a necessity, but not rediculous. And then there’s the second picture that MissNoodles posted that looks redicuolus. But that’s my opinion on that… With all that being said. what do you all think about this situation? (My family’s dog Peanut in a jacket)

 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MissNoodles:  EXACTLY!

It depends on the breed of dog and the type of clothing.

We have greyhounds and whippets in our neighborhood that wear dog ‘blankets’ that strongly resemble horse blankets when it gets cold outside. I think those are 100% necessary. Our hunting dogs wear neoprene vests to keep their chests warm and give them a little extra buoyancy while they are retreiving, another useful piece of dog clothing. I have a ‘rain sheet’ that my sheltie wears when we have to go out in downpours to keep him from getting soaked to the bone and taking hours to dry but he has so much fur that he doesn’t need it for rain showers and definitely doesn’t need anything lined for warmth.

The hoodies, dresses, ‘ugg booties,’ t-shirts and trench coats aren’t necessary. But if you enjoy dressing your dog up and the dog isn’t traumatized then I am don’t see a problem with it. But they really aren’t of any assistance to the dog. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It depends on the dog. Like lovekiss & MissNoodles said, dogs like greyhounds need clothes in the winter even though they are big dogs.

And most dogs don’t need clothes just to go out to pee and come right back in. But if you are taking them on a walk, then they might if they are a short-coated breed.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@Swizzle:  I bet to differ on the larger breeds.  I have a great dane mix that is 90lbs…but built like a slender runner, almost like a greyhound, but oddly enough she does not have greyhound in her.  Anyway, the poor girl would freeze to death if we took her out in the cold without some sort of jacket.  Maybe larger/fluffier breeds would be fine…but not the large, very short coat, and skinny breeds.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@JsDragonfly – And to add to that, the cold doesn’t seem to bother my small dogs much. I have a pom-mix and 2 papillons, the papillons are slightly less cold-hardy but still not bothered too much; and the pom-mix doesn’t seem phased at all by the cold (except his feet, he has sensitive feet so we use “Mushers Secret” on them).

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

I agree with everyone else. It gets CRAZY cold where I live in the winter and I have a full-on four-legged snowsuit for my small dog. He literally needs it, and it helps the snow from forming little iceballs on his belly.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I keep my shih tzu’s fur short so he gets cold.  He usually wears a sweater in the winter.  And, in the summer/spring, I put on a light tshirt because he gets itchy and scratches himself raw sometimes. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

According to Inubaka (a great, fun manga series for dog lovers that has a TON of information about puppies, training, breeds, care, and dogs in general, plus beautiful and accurate illustrations): dog clothes can be helpful for when it’s hot outside, too. You can put a shirt on the dog and spray it down with water as needed to make sure they stay cool. Clothes can also be helpful for dogs that tend to shed so their fur doesn’t get everywhere.

http://media.instocktrades.com/small/MAY073848.jpg

I had to include the picture–I really recommend this series!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My dog Stella is a  Carolina Dog we think.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolina_Dog)

She is very slender with not a lot of body fat at all. I do have jackets and coats for her in winter months where I live. She loves to be outside but she just simply can’t keep warm enough on her own. Also She does often sport a thunder shirt. So I would say some dog clothes are needed. That being said she does have some more goofy t-shirts that I though where cute. Sometimes I put them on her for fun. She loves her clothes for the most part. She doesn’t love getting the thunder shirt put on but thats because she has to stop for a minute while i get her fastened in but once she is in it she is ready to meet people in a much calmer manner. 🙂

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I put my dog in clothes occasionally – in the winter when it’s really cold she definitely gets a coat when we go out, or when it’s raining because she hates getting wet.  She also has allergies and sometimes scratches too much so we put little shirts on her.  Not gonna lie, I think she’s really cute like that and she doesn’t mind, so in the fall/winter she wears shirts a lot.  I’m not really a tutu person, but I guess if the dog doesn’t care it’s not a big deal.

My dog Maddy:

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