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If your dog has a naturally short coat, shivers easily, or just sits in front of the space heater or fireplace 24/7 during the winter months, winter dog clothes might be just the ticket for your pup.
Winter dog clothes don’t just make for cute photo-ops (although they definitely do); they also serve the real purpose of helping your dog conserve body heat. It’s easy to think that a dog is well-equipped to handle the cold—their ancestors did, after all! But the truth is that domestic dogs have come a long way from their wolf forebears; they’ve been bred away from many of the traits they would need to survive a winter in the wild. Today, not all pups are equipped to handle cold weather very well.
That’s why dog sweaters and canine jackets are especially fitting for breeds without a double coat—and for dogs without much body fat—such as Greyhounds, Chihuahuas, Dachshunds, Pit Bull Terriers, and others.
When shopping for winter dog clothes, make sure to use your dog’s measurements to determine his sizing for each product, since a “large” in some brands can fit a Great Dane, while another product’s “large” may be meant for a 20-pound Chiweenie.
Last, not all dogs like the sensation of wearing clothes, so when dressing your pup, go slowly and respond to their cues. If they seem nervous or uncomfortable, don’t press the issue—pull out a dog blanket instead, or ask your vet about the best way to keep your clothing-averse shiverer warm.
Our Favorite Winter Dog Clothes
Now that you know what to keep in mind when shopping for a dog jacket or sweater, take a peek at some of the best dog clothes for winter below.
Best Winter Dog Clothes: Coats and Jackets
Carhartt Chore Coat (Verified Review)
This rugged yet stylish dog coat comes from famed workwear brand Carhartt. Made from water-repellant cotton duck material, it features a nylon lining, corduroy collar, and pockets to boot. See our video review here.Shop at Carhartt
What could be cozier than a blanket coat? Not much! Zack & Zoey’s hook-and-loop fasteners make changing from the patterned fleece side to the reverse waterproof and reflective side a snap!Find on Amazon
If your pup would rather be outside letting loose in the snow, then you need the right winter dog clothes for sure. This 3M insulated pooch parka comes with a removable hood and slot for leach attachment—perfect for a little winter wonderland playtime!Find on Amazon Shop on Chewy
L.L. Bean Mountain Classic Dog Parka (Verified Review)
Water-resistant, this reversible layer goes on and off easily for winter walks. Made by trusted outdoor outfitter L.L. Bean, this light layer keeps dogs comfy with a recycled polyester shell, insulation, and reflective piping for visibility. See our video review here.Shop at L.L. Bean
This jacket from favorite pet brand Ruffwear is designed to fit close; simply zip up your pal in this super snug layer. Made from quick-drying fleece, front sleeves also provide added warmth.Find on Amazon
More of a dog snowsuit than a dog parka, this winter warmer is waterproof, windproof, anti-static, adjustable, and can withstand hurricane-force winds. Not that you’d ever expose your dog to those kinds of conditions, but if you live somewhere truly frigid, this could be a game-changer for your dog.Find on Amazon
Best Winter Dog Clothes: Dog Vests
Winter dog clothes may not come any cuter or brighter than this padded dog vest from beloved brand Gooby. Available in several different colors and styles, this water-resistant vest is lined with soft fleece and has a zipper as well as D-rings on the back, so it’s perfect for chilly winter walks outdoors.Find on Amazon
Your Fido probably doesn’t need an entire closet full of winter dog clothes, so that’s why this windproof and water-resistant reversible puffer coat offers a great value. Your dog can wear it with the solid color on the outside, or reverse it and have the print showing. Either way, he will look very fashionable while staying warm and dry.Find on Amazon
A dog can never go wrong with a classic sherpa layer, and this cuddly vest comes with a corduroy pocket for treats and walking essentials. Easy-close attachment at the chest makes it easy to take this affordable vest off and on.Shop on Chewy
The outside of this snazzy lookin’ puffy dog vest is water-resistant, while the inside boasts insulation with faux down. Durable zippers ensure your dog will stay warm even during the wildest winter zoomies.Shop on Chewy
Best Winter Dog Clothes: Dog Sweaters
This hand-knitted sweater gives your dog an adorably preppy look while its 100% wool fabric keeps him warm.Shop on Chewy Find on Amazon
Plaid isn’t just a winter clothing staple for people; it’s also a perfect look for dogs. Made of a medium-weight and machine-washable polyester, this plaid hoodie fastens securely with snap-closure buttons, making it ideal for dogs who are Velcro-averse.Find on Amazon
Available in a rainbow of different colors, this cotton-blend fleece sweater is so cozy, your dog will want one in every color!Find on Amazon
If a dog sweater is on your shopping list, consider this luxurious knit one out of 100% chenille polyester. It’s soft, not scratchy, and offers excellent warmth and coverage.Find on Amazon
Part costume, part soft, squishy sweatshirt, this is an ideal find for a goofy pooch who needs to stay warm this winter. Choices include a bunny (pictured here), a dinosaur, a penguin, a shark, and more!Find on Amazon
Other Dog Winter Essentials
Of course, there’s more to winter than just general winter dog clothes. Whether you are looking for something specific, such as dog snow boots, or live in a place where freezing temperatures aren’t an issue—but other types of winter weather certainly are—we’ve gathered some of our favorite finds for you.
- If you want to expand your dog’s cold weather wardrobe to include hats for protecting delicate ears, or just for the cuteness factor, check out this roundup of great winter dog hats.
- Perhaps where you live winter is more likely to bring rain than snow. Here’s a guide to some of the best dog rain gear out there—both for you and your pooch.
- While dogs’ feet are better prepared to handle the cold than ours, they are still susceptible to everything from frostbite to scrapes and burns from chemical snow removers. If you want to protect your pup’s precious paws, we searched out the best dog snow boots for you.
- If winter finds you wanting nothing more than snuggles with your fuzzy buddy, dog or cat, here’s the ultimate guide for everything you need to cozy up.
- You may not need a full-on snowsuit for your dog where you live, but if you do experience some seasonal temperature fluctuations, dog sweatshirts and hoodies are a great—and fashionable—option.
- On that note, if your dog needs a sweatshirt and so do you—why not get ones that match?
Finally, if you’re not quite sure what you need but just know you, and your dog, need to get geared up for winter, check out our guide to the best winter dog gear. We trekked out into Washington’s snowy Cascade mountains to personally review everything from traveling dog beds to quick-drying dog towels.