As a dog owner, you want to do everything to ensure the comfort and safety of your fur friend. That is why you invest in all essential accessories including a dog snowsuit and coat. But, because there are many options to choose from, you must know what exactly to look for before you start shopping. When buying a winter coat for your dog, consider the following factors:
Just like humans, your dog needs warmth in the winter and you can get it from the coat made from the right material. Warmth is achieved through layers that tend to hold in body heat or through puffy pockets of air that do the same. When layering, consider a heavier gauge fleece lining that has a breathable polyurethane coated out shell. To get those pockets of air, let your dog wear puffer coats. Thus, when shopping for dog coats ask what the coast is made of or check out the materials.
Moreover, consider what your dog will be using the coat for. For instance, if the coat is meant for long walks in the forest, you need strong, durable materials but if it is intended for a day-long outdoor event, consider weather-proofing and insulation.
A cute coat does not make sense when your dog cannot walk in it. It’s important to consider how the coat fits your dog’s body. Look for a coat shaped to the body type of your dog. You may have to experiment to find the perfect coat; however, you can refer to sizing charts and fit guidelines. Measure your dog carefully including important parts such as the neck. This makes sure that the coat is tight enough to keep warmth in and loose enough to be comfortable. Also, measure the length of your pet’s back, from the base of its neck to the base of its tail. The coat should let the dog urinate without getting the coat wet. Taking measurements carefully will make sure the coat fits all the way around, leaving some room for growth and covers the major parts of the dog’s body.
Dog coats are available in different styles. The classic shape is considered best because it is well tried-and-tested and is both practical and functional. When considering the coat style, think about how it will affect your dog and its comfort. If you have an active dog, choose a coat that does not constrict its legs. If your dog is less active, consider the hoods and legging styles.