No matter what type of dog you have, dressing him up in a cute outfit is often irresistible. However, before you decide to get your pup its new favourite clothes, there are a few things to consider first. Read on for tips on how to dress your pup in cute dog clothes.
You always want your pup to be comfortable, so pay attention to the season and temperature, and don’t overdress your doggie.
Warm & Hot Weather
If you live in a hot part of the country or you’re suffering through the dog days of August in a normally mild part of the country, choose lightweight outfits for your dog. Just as you wouldn’t wear a wool suit during the summer, don’t overdress your pup.
Try a cotton t-shirt material. It will help keep the sun off, but won’t hold in too much heat.
Chilly & Cold Weather
The colder weather will give you more options for dressing your dog. Try a hand knit wool sweater or a fleece-lined jacket. And don’t forget a raincoat!
For hairless breeds (including Chinese Crested and Xoloitzcuintli), you may find yourself dressing your dog in sweaters all year round. These dogs may have a harder time regulating their body temperature, so even air conditioning can be too cool. Find a great lightweight cotton sweater in a bright color. The cheerfulness will make you smile.
Some breeds shake even when it doesn’t seem cold to you. Smaller breeds, like chihuahuas, have less fat and are more sensitive to the slightest chill. Make sure you have some go-to sweaters for every occasion to keep your little guy comfortable.
Experiment with Colours
Just like humans, some colours look better on some breeds. Try a deep red on your tricolour hound or a bright yellow on your black French bulldog.
Whether it’s your alma mater or your local football team, involve your pup. Remember that any writing on your dog’s outfit likely brings on a conversation, so be ready to defend your school’s football team or your political choices if you advertise them on your dog’s clothes.
Superhero or otherwise, costumes are fun. And there’s nothing more amusing than dressing a dachshund as a hot dog or a pug as Winston Churchill. Also, try dressing your dog as a different animal, like a shark or a bunny.
Make sure you buy the right size for your dog. You don’t want a piece that is too loose because the sleeves or collar might get caught on a piece of furniture. The same goes for too-small pieces. You want your dog to be comfortable. If your dog isn’t comfortable wearing the clothing, then it won’t be fun for either of you.
Also, make sure you check out your store’s return policy, just in case your dog prefers life as a nudist.
If you’re not sure that you want a whole outfit for your doggy, try a cool collar or bandana. You’ll have a lot of options: girly, macho, high-fashion, dainty, etc. As a bonus, collars and bandanas are less expensive than whole outfits, so you can try out several styles before you commit.
You can match your dog or you can get all your dogs to match. This can help if you have several dogs and you let them loose at the dog park. Just like with toddlers, they’ll be easier to pick out of a crowd if they are wearing matching colours.
Does your Rottweiler look ferocious? Are strangers afraid of your pit bull? You know that your doggie is a sweetheart, so why not dress him accordingly. Who can resist a pit bull in a tutu or a Rottweiler wearing a tiara? At the very least, it will encourage conversation, and you might even convert a few people to the breed that you love.
Remember to dress your dog in dog clothes, not baby clothes. Onesies that are designed for humans aren’t dog-friendly, especially since it is not designed with an opening for him to go to the bathroom. Speciality dog clothes shops like WholeWoof feature made-for-dog outfits that are safe for your best pal.
Whether you’re dressing your pup for a fun costume event or are looking for a stylish way to lounge around the world, it’s always a good idea to have a few outfits in store. Have fun and consider this just another way that you’re demonstrating your love for your furry family member.
Carl Turner is a freelance writer and dog owner from Los Angeles, California. When he is not busy researching or writing new informative articles for his avid readers around the world, he enjoys running along the beach with his two German Shepherds, Max and Casey.