Posts tagged large dog clothes
I thought I would share some pics of Rudy in some hats. He also has socks on in one photo. Surprisingly, Basset Hounds don't seem to mind too much when you put clothes on them. I guess that is why there are so many stores selling dog clothes, especially for larger dogs.
Good dog clothing will have some tell-tell marks in the construction. Anyone who truly understands dogs, will be aware of the things that will make dog clothing a lasting investment. Cheap construction in large sewing mills, will not result in a good quality stitching and a lasting garment. The type of stitch as well as the type of thread will largely determine how long the clothes are usable.
If you have a large dog, it is even more important to get clothes that will stand up to the pressure. Large dogs will strain the stitching much more than the smaller breeds. This is an important consideration when you look at price vs. quality.
Good dog clothes will cost more and as you buy for a larger dog, the price goes up even more.
Some things to look for specifically when you are looking to buy dog clothing.
1. Stitching should be tight and the ends should be backstitched at least 1/2 inch. This is what holds the stitching tight and will keep the fabric from ripping under stress.
2. The fabric should be hemmed properly and the edges should be either bound or fused, depending on the materials used.
3. The attachment points should be heavy buttons or Velcro. Velcro is used many times and it is easy to get your pet into and out of, but velcro can get really muddy and matted with hair. Large buttons, if sewn correctly, will give you at least as good a garment as the velcro, if you can hold Fido long enough to get the buttons fastened.
Since you are going to pay your hard earned money for these dog clothes, get quality and you will have them for a long time.
Should Dogs wear coats when the weather is bad?
Dogs wear clothes just like people these days. I am not sure if everyone has been observing this new fashion trend, but dogs wear clothes! The question is, what if you take a dog for a walk on a cold winter day, will the dog feel cold? I think all this starts with the way we have considered our dogs to be members of the family. I mean what mother would let her children go out and play in the snow without a coat on? So now that our dogs are a part of the family, we have to buy dog clothes for them. It may surprise you to find that there is a big market in dog clothing. So much so, that there are dog models, and dog clothes designers, and dog clothes seamstresses, but I digress.
It seems to me that we don't have enough information to know whether a dog gets cold and should wear a coat on bad weather days. Our Basset Hound has a thick fur coat on already. I think he would just be too hot with another coat on. I think maybe it depends on the breed. Take a little Chihuahua. They have very little fur and very little fat. I think they would get cold much quicker. A Basset hound has tons of fat to protect him from the cold.
Another factor to consider may be the weather. If is just cold, that is no problem for a dog with a thick fur, but if it is raining and cold, it could be a big difference. I have noticed our Basset hound doesn't like the rain very much. I am curious as to whether he would go out more in the rain if he had a dog rain coat?
Dog clothes come in all sizes, but I have noticed that the number and variety of clothes tends toward the smaller dog. I suppose the small dogs are easier to dress? Maybe the owners of small dogs tend to buy clothes for them more often than the owners of large dogs. I am trying to find a nice raincoat for our Basset, who is named Rudy. Now he weighs in at 70 pounds, so he needs a pretty big coat. If we are going to experiment with the dog clothing thing, we have to have some variety for the larger dogs. There are some really good sites for dog clothes or a dog collar, but I can't find any for the larger dogs.