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Do Dogs Need Coats?

It might seem like an easy assumption that dogs would never need an additional coat to provide a layer of warmth, when they have a fully sufficient fur coat of their own. However, you may be surprised to learn that certain dogs need coats for a variety of reasons. As our understanding of dogs and the realities of being a dog owner have developed over the years, so has the product offering, including dog coats and outerwear. In this post we’ll outline a few examples of types of dogs that might need coats, whether that’s all the time, temporarily or seasonally.

There are a few different groups of dogs that might need coats, including:

Older Dogs

As some dogs age, it becomes difficult for them to maintain their body temperature, particularly when out walking in cold weather. As most dogs age they also become gradually less active on walks too, understandably choosing a slower walking pace rather than sprinting around all the time. Providing them with an additional dog coat layer will ensure they can maintain their core body temperature more efficiently, particularly during poorer weather and colder winter months.

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Dogs with Health Conditions

Dogs with conditions such as arthritis, alopecia, skin allergies or dogs recovering from recent surgery may all benefit from the use of coats during winter, whether temporarily while they recover or for the long term. Using dog coats in this way also provides an additional layer of protection against scrapes and scratches from brambles, countryside walls and other hazards, which could also help keep wounds clean and protected while a dog is recovering.

Short Coated Dogs

While we have such a wide variety of dog breeds in the UK, this brings with it different breed specific requirements. Sighthounds are notorious for feeling the cold, thanks to their short hair coats and thin skin. Staffordshire Bull Terriers are another example of dogs that need coats, as their fur is so short. Of course, longer haired breeds such as collies, mountain dogs and dogs bred specifically for cold climates such as Huskies, are likely to never need the additional layer of warmth a dog coat can provide. However this doesn’t mean these products are entirely useful – there are plenty of breeds and cross breeds that benefit immensely from the additional layer of warmth.

Dog Owners with Busy Lifestyles

Finally, dog coats can greatly benefit a wide variety of pet owners too, by streamlining your pet’s daily routine, enabling you to focus on other aspects of your busy lifestyle. If you’re an office worker, or work remotely full time, time is precious. While it’s popular to walk your dog before and after work, sometimes we don’t have enough time to completely clean our dogs down after every walk. This leaves our homes and particularly our furniture at risk of being ruined by mud, water and fox poo transferring from our dog while we are at work.

In contrast, utilising a dog coat again provides an added layer of protection from the elements and any gross substances your dog might come across on their daily walks. Then, instead of having to wrestle your dog in the bath tub when you get home, you simply undress the coat, chuck it in the washing machine and let it air dry between uses. Thus making the whole dog walking in winter experience and increased grooming responsibilities far less overwhelming and more easy to manage. All while protecting your home and keeping those dirty paws outdoors too!

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Do your dogs need coats in winter? How do you ensure they’re kept warm in cooler temperatures?

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