Many dog breeds really do need winter coats to brave the winter weather.
Small dogs are the most likely to need extra insulation. Toy terriers, chihuahuas, miniature pinchers and many other small breeds do struggle to deal with cold winter temperatures. Short-haired dogs, such as whippets and greyhounds, who tend to shiver quite easily, would benefit from wearing a dog coat or sweater for their walks on chilly days.
Dog coats are recommended also if the area where you live experiences temperatures below zero or if your dog is outdoors for long periods in the winter. This can apply even to larger breeds that are accustomed to the cold as their bellies have can have thin or no fur and maybe exposed to the elements. Dogs recuperating from an illness or injury may also be more sensitive to lower temperatures, as are older dogs and puppies.
Why buy a dog coat from Soul Destiny?
Does my dog need a dog coat? During the cooler and wetter months in the UK, many dogs will benefit from wearing a dog coat.
Consider what you want to achieve from your dog coat, do you need it to be waterproof, warm and easy to wear? If so, then do look through our wide range of dog coats, you will find something suitable for your dog. All our dog coats are stylish, but a dog coat is not just a fashion accessory, the perfect dog coat must be practical and comfortable.
We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and will despatch your order as quickly as we can. We appreciate that it is often difficult to find the right size and are very happy to exchange coats to get the exact fit.
Why wear a dog coat?
A range of factors will dictate whether your dog could benefit from an extra layer of protection against the elements. Important things to consider include their age, type of fur, breed, activity levels, and where you live. Dogs with thin, fine coats are of course much more likely to feel the cold than larger, furrier dogs. Dogs with thin coats might also benefit from wearing a coat immediately after intense exercise to help prevent them from becoming chilled as they quickly lose excess heat. Dogs with shorter legs will benefit from wearing a dog coat as their leg and tummy fur will be constantly wet and cold.
Many dog breeds kept as pets here now in the UK are not actually native breeds and therefore may not have the natural coats to cope with our colder climate. Older dogs, like humans, feel the cold more, they are also more susceptible to diabetes, heart disease, cancer and kidney disease and therefore would benefit from extra protection from the cold by wearing a dog coat.
Some dogs really don’t like wearing a coat, if they are not happy wearing a coat, don’t force it. Perhaps try wearing it for short periods of time in the house and gradually build up the time.
Finally, don’t put your dog’s coat on until you are ready to go out, and take it off and dry it as soon as you get home.
Do you need to keep your dog warm, dry or both?
Many of our coats are waterproof, some come with a fleece lining and some suits have trouser legs.
Our waterproof trouser suits are an excellent choice for dogs who seem to be constantly attracted to the wet and mud, the suits protect your entire dog and offer wind and rain protection. These suits come in full leg or half leg sizes to suit all breeds.
We have a wide range of fleece and fur lined dog coats, please do look through our range to find the perfect coat for your dog.
Coats for special occasions
Would you like your dog to attend your special day with you? Take a look at our adorable dog kilts, available in Black Watch or Royal Stewart Tartan, there won’t be a dry eye in the house!
How to measure your dog to find the right size of dog coat?
Coat size is determined by measuring nape of the neck to base of tail.
Be sure your dog is standing squarely, with head up, while measuring. With your dog looking straight ahead, measure from the point where the neck joins the body to the point where the tail joins the body. This measurement will determine what size coat you should buy.