It’s been hanging around 12C everyday here in Hong Kong lately. Mylo’s fur is still short from a shaving episode about 2 weeks ago and I wonder sometimes if he’s a little cold. When the weather is hot, he normally sleeps on the cool lino floor, but because its been a bit brisky at night, Mylo has been sleeping on the softer, warmer sofa.
Which brings about the question that do dogs need to wear coats to keep warm? I guess Mylo is more used to this type of temperature, but back then he had long fur.
“How warm your dog is able to physically keep himself may depend on his breed, size and even age, but if he just doesn’t have a heavy hair coat, there is only so much curling up he can do to conserve heat. Smaller, light bodied breeds, toy breeds, and breeds that naturally have very short or thin hair coats benefit from a warm dog sweater for when they need to go outside, or for just hanging around the house. A sweater can make a significant difference in your dog’s feeling of well-being.
Of course, short, thin hair is not the only prerequisite for outer clothing. Dogs that tend to have short-cropped hair — like poodles, which may grow thick hair but which owners tend to keep short to avoid matting — should also be given a sweater to protect them from very low temperatures.”
So does that Mylo should wear a coat when we take him out for walks lately? My GF’s answer would be a definite yes! But how should you choose your dog’s outerwear?
“While wool is very warm and one of the best insulating materials, take into account how often it will need to be washed, and whether it will make your dog more uncomfortable due to itching. A good blend of washable wool and cotton or acrylic may be the best bet.
Second, just as you would measure your own neck, chest and waist before buying a piece of clothing, measuring your dog is the best way of assuring the best fit. Why do you want it to fit? So that your dog cannot easily pull the piece off, so it doesn’t drag on the ground, and so it doesn’t get caught on anything during normal movement. You want the piece to be snug without being tight.”
Any excuse is a good excuse to show Mylo off in his clothes!