The arctic cold that the Dayton area has endured since the start of the year is waning, but winter certainly isn't over. Most dogs love the snow, and as long as they are large enough or fluffy enough, cold usually doesn't bother them. But the smallest member of the Dayton Dog Examiner household (8-pound Garrison) has been shivering with cold, leading us to consider the topic of dog coats, sweaters, and hoodies.
Don't let the owners of cold-hardy breeds such as Huskies, Finnish Lapphunds, and ChowChows make fun of your dog's sweater! The ASPCA recommends a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck for elderly dogs of any breed and dogs whose fur or body types don't protect them from the cold. These include small, thin-haired breeds such as Chihuahuas, Maltese, and Yorkies, lean body types such as Whippets and Greyhounds, as well as dogs clipped short, such as Poodles or Shitzu's. "Early Show" resident veterinarian Dr. Debbye Turner Bell also recommends sweaters for vulnerable dogs plus offers many more tips for dogs in the cold.
When shopping for dog winter wear, consider fit, durability, and safety (make sure nothing can choke or be swallowed). Shopping locally gives you the chance to make sure the fit and comfort are right. One of the largest selections in the area is at Moochie & Co. located at The Greene in Beavercreek, Ohio, a fun and friendly store where your dog is welcome.
Online, choices abound, but the nicest we've seen for the little pups are the "Only Small on the Outside" hoodies from Toy Dog Brand. Made of a super soft, warm, and stretchy plush fabric, these hoodies sport dense, high-quality embroidery that won't fray or pull during intense dog play. (Check photo below for dog-on-dog user testing.) Boys have a "A Perfect Straight" card design on blue plush. Girls have a "Burning Paw" design on pink plush. As a indicator of what size to order, our model, 8-pound Garrison, is a bit too plump and long for his size "small." Sizes come in XXS to M. Currently on sale for $16.99.