Why do I need dog clothes
Clothing for dogs is divided into practical and decorative, while each subgroup is specific in purpose, styles and materials.
Practical clothing is functional, has a minimum of decorative details and is comfortable for an animal, while the main function of decorative clothing is decoration.
Its purpose is to warm the body of the animal, avoiding hypothermia and related health problems. The effect of hypothermia is exacerbated by a sharp difference in temperature indoors and outdoors, so warm suits are needed for baby dogs, cooling off very quickly, “senior citizens” who are not able to move actively, as well as smooth-haired dogs. Dressing shaggy pets prevents the hair from becoming frosty and stuffing snow between the hairs. It is recommended that mother dogs in the cold close their stomach to prevent frostbite of the mammary glands.
Jerseys for dogs
Thick knitwear is practical in cool, dry weather or in shallow snow, but it easily absorbs water and dirt. Suits, blouses, sweaters and sleeveless jackets made of woolen yarn with minimal addition of acrylic look decorative, stretch well and do not constrain movements, do not rustle and do not create the impression of bulkyness.
Sweaters and sleeveless jackets should be worn comfortably over the head, covering the front legs, back and chest of the dog. In the neck, cuffs and on the bottom of the sweater, an elastic pattern is made of vertical stripes that facilitate stretching and tight fitting. Some models have straps for the hind limbs, ensuring a tight fit. The blouses are equipped with a “zipper” on the dorsal side or buttons on the side.
Warm overalls for dogs
Warm overalls traditionally consist of waterproof fabric, insulation (padding polyester) and lining, allowing the pet to flaunt in clothes and in frost, and in a thaw in thawed snow. The layering effect combined with the air tightness of the outer layer reliably stores heat. Sometimes, as a heater for small dogs, natural or artificial fur is used, dressing the pet in a furry coat.
Given that overalls cover the entire body and limbs of the animal, leaving only paws free, it is necessary to buy such outfits after trying on. Inconsistency of the pattern of the individual anatomy of the dog can lead to discomfort and unwillingness to go for a walk. It is desirable that winter outfits for “girls” cover the tummy.
Winter clothes also include insulated sleeveless jackets (vests) and sets consisting of a jacket and panties.
A buttoned-up blanket looks like a vest, covering only the back and sides of the animal, but can be an alternative to winter overalls for a young and nimble doggie, who loves to rush through snowdrifts. Such clothes are put on very easily, covering the dog’s stomach, and is adjustable in volume, fastened with Velcro or buttons. When buying blankets, you only need to know the length of the pet’s body from the neck to the tail. Winter blankets are sewn of fur or coats with lining of fleece or staple.
Autumn-spring clothes for pets will protect from rain, dirt and wind gusts, as well as significantly facilitate hygienic care for the dog after a walk. Such outfits are firmly established in the life of dog breeders as an indispensable important attribute, since it is known that dogs are afraid of cold drafts, and if the coat is wet, the risk of disease increases significantly. In addition, washing and drying a shaggy dog that ran through puddles 2-3 times a day is not very pleasant, given the lack of master’s time in the morning.
Overalls raincoats for dogs
Waterproof and light raincoats, covering almost the entire silhouette, are most common. Manufacturers sew them from Bologna, Oxford and the so-called “membrane fabrics”, which have dirt-repellent and waterproof qualities. Now you don’t need to hold an umbrella over your pet in the autumn weather: the dog dressed in overalls will remain dry and clean even after an active half-hour walk, staining only the paw pads.
Raincoats dry quickly, do not need frequent washing and are very socks. When the product meets individual standards, it remains only to slightly adjust the volume of the neck and waist with tightening.
Rain blankets for dogs
For animals that refuse to wear overalls, you can purchase blankets from rain and wind, or even sew them yourself according to the pattern. Such clothes are comfortable for smooth-haired clean dogs, accustomed to walking on asphalt.
A relative innovation of dog suits are pants, worn on all 4 legs and protecting the limbs and underbelly of the animal from dirt and water. They can be recommended to large long-haired dogs with shaggy paws and overgrown belly as a hygienic measure to maintain cleanliness.