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We could all benefit from wearing a few extra layers when we venture out into winter’s cold embrace, and that goes for dogs, too.
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. (Learn more about measuring your dog for clothes and costumes here.)
The Best Winter Dog Hats
From cute to purely functional, there is a style of winter dog hat here for whatever your needs might be.
Designed for small dogs with up to a 14-inch neckline, this fashionable gray knit hat with blue pom-poms also comes with a coordinating scarf to complete the look.Shop Now
Similar to a hat, a snood helps warm your dog’s ears, neck, and head when worn. This one, made of soft yarn, has a panda design and comes in small to large sizes to fit a wide range of breeds.Shop Now
Available in large and extra-large sizes, this trapper-style hat is made of soft cotton and utilizes Velcro to ensure that the hat stays on your dog.Shop Now
This onesie for the active dog ensures all the parts stay in place while doing zoomies in the snow. The cowl neck pulls up and over your dog’s ears into a snood, making sure he stays toasty in all that white stuff.Shop Now
This simple but high-quality blue cable knit hat is the perfect option for medium-sized dogs. It can be worn with the ears sticking out or tucked inside, depending on the degree of chill.Shop Now
This multi-functional piece of dogwear can be pulled up over your dog’s ears for really cold days. On days when the weather can’t make up its mind, it can be pulled down around the neck or chest as a doggie poncho. Plus, it’s festive!Shop Now
This reindeer motif hat and scarf set is made of sweater-quality acrylic material and is all you need to make your dog winter photo-shoot ready.Shop Now
This is one of those products for dogs that would be awesome for people, too. The stretchy, warm fabric is easy to pull over your pup’s head and stays put with comfy ribbed cotton.Shop Now
OK, maybe this isn’t 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 guy or gal. Even when traveling by car, dogs can get cold and this is pretty much the most precious way possible to lend them a little warmth.Shop Now
Another snood 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. And added bonus is contrast reflective piping in case you’re out for a late-night stroll.Shop Now
While not technically a “hat,” a warm hood can do a lot to protect your pooch from winter’s bite. Even if your dog refuses to keep it on, the fur lining in this hood will provide warmth around the neck and ears.Shop Now
Keeps ears warm without making them disappear. This would be a fun one to play some pranks with if you have a dog that kinda already looks, or acts, (crazy) like a fox.Shop Now
For more articles about keeping your dog warm in the winter, check out one of the links below.