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Despite having fur, most dogs, with the exception of mountain and husky breeds, aren’t built to withstand freezing temperatures for extended periods. Even when romping in the snow at full speed, they can catch a chill. This is why, in addition to a dog sweater or coat, a winter dog hat that’s made of a soft knit or fleece material is a great accessory (depending on your dog’s tolerance, of course). Hats protect the thin skin of doggy ears, which can be susceptible to frostbite.
Before ordering a winter dog hat, it’s a good idea to measure your dog‘s head from the widest point in front of the ears and compare those measurements to the specific dimensions of the hat you’re considering. Otherwise, you might end up with a dog hat that’s too small or too loose. By measuring, you’ll ensure it’s a paw-fect fit.
The Best Winter Dog Hats
From cute to purely functional, there is a style of winter dog hat here for whatever your friend’s needs might be.
Designed for small dogs with up to a 14-inch neckline, this fashionable gray knit winter dog hat comes with a coordinating scarf with cute blue pom-poms also to complete the look. The hat has ear holes and the scarf a loop to hold it in place.Find on Amazon
Similar to a winter hat, a snood helps warm your dog’s ears, neck, and head. This one, made of soft yarn, has a panda design and comes in small to large sizes to fit a wide range of breeds.Find on Amazon
Meant for larger dogs, this trapper-style winter dog hat is made of soft cotton denim and uses Velcro to secure the fit, ensuring that the hat stays on your dog.Find on Amazon
OK, it’s not a winter dog hat—it’s so much more! This textured hoodie knit ensures warmth covering the body and head. The hood pulls up over your dog’s ears, keeping them in plushy fleece warmth.Shop on Chewy
Available right now on the Rover Store, this adorable, high-quality cable knit winter dog hat comes in two colors and is the perfect option for slightly chilly days where ears can flop out, but your doggo still needs a little layer of warmth.Shop on The Rover Store
This multi-functional—and festive—piece of dogwear can be pulled up over your dog’s ears as a hat for really cold days, or, when the weather can’t make up its mind, pull it down around the neck or chest as a doggy poncho.Find on Amazon
This may not be the most practical getup for a romp in the park, but it might provide some warmth to a small dog with less fur, or an older pal. Even when traveling by car, dogs can get cold and this is pretty much the most precious way possible to lend them a little layering—plus, they can wear these pieces separately.Shop on Shein
This is another snood-style winter dog hat that is great for active pups, especially on days when the wind is really bringing the chill. This cozy fleece option has drawstring closures at each end to help you find the perfect fit. Bonus: Contrast reflective piping keeps them visible in case you’re out for a late-night stroll.Find on Amazon
Sometimes you just need coverage from top to bottom! A warm hooded parka pulls double duty to protect your pooch from winter’s bite. The faux down lining on this cool number will keep your puppers comfy while the faux fur-lined hood provides warmth around their neck and ears.Shop on Chewy
How could we not include a reindeer winter hat on this list? Keep your doggo’s ears tucked in and toasty with this snood—designed with its own knit ears and antlers for an oh-so-adorable—and seasonal—vibe.Find on Amazon