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Last updated: 15 Aug 2019

The Best Dog Sweaters (Review) in 2019

Every Day Fleece Cold Weather Dog Vest by Gooby

Gooby Fleece Dog Sweater

Boyfriend Dog Sweater by Chilly Dog

Chilly Dog Boyfriend Sweater

Classic Cable Knit Dog Sweater by Blueberry Pet

Blueberry Pet Classic Cable Knit Dog Sweater

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Nicole Ellis
Published 14:28 pm

Whether it is to keep your pooch from freezing stone-cold when you decide to go out for a stroll on a windy and chilly day or simply want your pet dog to wear something more casual yet sporty for its very first photo-shoot, a doggie sweater should be perfect for the task. And if you’re still lost as to where to look for the best dog sweaters, we took it upon ourselves to search far and wide to bring to you 10 of the best in the market today. Here they are.

The Best Dog Sweater

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Gooby’s Every Day Fleece Cold Weather Dog Vest is the perfect winter apparel for your favorite pooch. It is devoid of any unnecessary ornaments or bling that serve nothing but to irritate your pooch. What the Gooby has is good old 100% polyester that gives it exceptional warmth unlike other materials. You cannot get anything more comfortable than polyester.

Additionally, Gooby comes in 17 different color variations which, when combined with 5 different sizes, can provide you with an amazing selection. Do understand that the Gooby is more like a vest than it is a sweater, so don’t expect your pet’s legs to be fully covered as well. This also gives Gooby an everyday design utility. It’s fully machine-washable and already comes with an O-ring attachment for your dog’s leash. This makes Gooby a comfy doggie body harness, too.

Specification:
  • Brand: Gooby
  • Model: 72106-GRN-M
  • Weight: 1.6 ounces

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zack and zoey sweater for dogs
Zack & Zoey Basic Hoodie for Dogs

If you want a more classic take on the hoodie, then Zack & Zoey’s Basic Hoodie for Dogs should fit the bill perfectly. With 13 different colors and 6 sizes to choose from your pooch is sure to be the talk of the ‘hood. Unlike the Gooby that comes off as a sleeveless winter wear, Zack & Zoey’s doggie apparel comes with short sleeves plus the classic kangaroo pocket on the back of the shirt. At least, even if your pooch will not be able to slip its legs through the kangaroo pocket it does make for a nifty storage compartment for its treats for that on-the-go snacking.

The only lament, if any, is the absence of an O-ring attachment so you cannot really transform the Zack & Zoey into a doggie harness. Nevertheless, for its cute and comfy design, we’re pretty sure a lot of pooches will look cooler wearing this.

Specification:
  • Brand: Zack & Zoey
  • Model: US2101 24 70
  • Weight: 7.2 ounces

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With the American flag carefully stitched onto the back panel of the Chilly Dog Boyfriend Dog Sweater, this is one doggie winter apparel that you’d be proud to put on your pooch. Each Chilly Dog is knit by hand by Quechuan Indians, providing exceptional craftsmanship to the apparel that will keep your dog warm and toasty. What really makes it exceptional is the use of 100% wool in its fabrication, giving it unparalleled warmth and something that thin- or short- coated pooches will truly appreciate. However, since it is made of wool, you’d have to pay extra attention in its washing to help preserve the integrity of the fibers.

Specification:
  • Brand: Chilly Dog
  • Model: 200746
  • Weight: 8 ounces

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kuoser dog sweater
Kuoser Plaid Dog Sweater

Made of premium quality blend of terylene, cotton, and polyester giving it exceptional softness and water-resistant outer layer, the Kuoser Cozy British Style Plaid Dog Vest is the perfect doggie winter apparel. It also boasts of polyester fiber filling which helps in heat retention while keeping the cold out. It also comes with adjustable Velcro system for a more secure fit on your pooch.

Technically, the Kuoser comes off as a highly durable and very fashionable doggie wear that we really couldn’t blame pet parents who make the Kuoser as part of their dog’s everyday garment. It’s lightweight, water-repellent, and wind-proof, too so your dog actually gets the best of both worlds in terms of style and functionality.

Specification:
  • Brand: Kuoser
  • Model: FBA_92972
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces

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blueberry pet dog sweater
Blueberry Pet Classic Cable Knit Dog Sweater

It’s cozy, hip, and very stylish. Which pet parent wouldn’t want to put the Blueberry Pet Classic Cable Knit Dog Sweater on their canine friends? Fabricated from 100% acrylic yarn, the Blueberry Classic provides exceptionally soft colors in 6 different sizing schemes that represent more the dog’s overall back length in inches instead of the usual small-to-XL sizes. The lovely colors alone make the Blueberry Classic such an adorable winter wear to put onto your pooch. It fits perfectly and comes off as fully machine-washable, too. The sweater-like texture gives it a more elegant look than a plain-looking shirt.

Specification:
  • Brand: Blueberry Pet
  • Model: SW015PKS
  • Weight: 1.28 ounces

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If you love the Blueberry Classic but wish there were more designs to choose from, then its Vintage Fair Isle or Lopi Designer Dog Sweater line should be the perfect choice. Available in 6 different warm and lovable colors and patterns as well as 5 different sizes, the Blueberry Vintage comes with the classic turtleneck giving your pooch timeless elegance in its winter wear. And if that is not enough, a hole has been integrated into the back panel of the Vintage Fair to allow for the slipping of your dog’s leash or harness so you can easily put on a collar or a harness underneath the Blueberry Vintage Fair. Blueberry Pet says that the Vintage Fair is primarily designed for male pooches although we can assure these will look lovely on females, too.

Specification:
  • Brand: Blueberry Pet
  • Weight: 4.8 ounces

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adidog sweater
Moolecole Adidog Dog Sweater

Fans of Adidas who happen to be dog-lovers as well will be fascinated to know that they can now share their passion for Adidas’ renowned athletic apparel with their pooch’s own Adidog Pet Dog Hooded Clothes. While Moolecole’s Adidog is not officially licensed by Adidas, one can truly appreciate the whimsical take on the classic 3-stripes of Adidas, replacing them with 3 doggie bones of progressively increasing size. It is definitely Adidas but for dogs.

Available in 5 sizes from Small to XXL and 7 different colors, the Adidog features soft cotton fabric which should prove very comfy and gentle on your pooch’s body. The sleeves on the front legs drop squarely forward to allow for maximum movement for your pooch. And with a cool-looking hood, the Moolecole Adidog is sure to create fanfare wherever your pet is.

Specification:
  • Brand: Moolecole
  • Weight: 4 ounces

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If you love the classic checkered look of many truck drivers, outdoor adventurers, and even those working in the woods and backcountry, then you will love the way Pawz Road designed its Plaid Shirt Coat Hoodie Pet Winter Clothes. While the pattern is not really checkered per se, it does provide for such a look because of the alternating dark and light bands of black on red or blue background.

Sadly, it only comes in either red or blue so if you’re looking for another color, you’d definitely have to look elsewhere. There are also 6 sizes to choose from. The Pawz Road comes with a thermally insulated inner layer, keeping your pooch protected from the bitter cold.

Specification:
  • Brand: PAWZ Road
  • Weight: 10.2 ounces

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What is the difference between Scheppend’s Adidog Pet Clothes for Dogs and Moolecole’s Adidog Pet Dog Hooded Clothes? Well not much really, except that Scheppend’s Adidog comes in two more colors than Moolecole’s. Also, Scheppend’s Adidog comes in an amazing number of sizes – 12 all in all – to give you the best chances of getting a doggie sweater that fits perfectly on your pooch. This is indeed welcome news for pet parents who may have a pooch that doesn’t really have the perfect breed size.

The amazing array of size and color selection should help provide for a more personalized winter wear for your pooch. There is another difference between the Scheppend and the Moolecole Adidog. The Scheppend comes as a complete getup that includes a training pants-like wear that wraps comfortably over your pet’s lower extremities. This makes the Scheppend a more fashionable sweater for canines.

Specification:
  • Brand: Scheppend
  • Model: WL-13
  • Weight: 4 ounces

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There’s a certain charm with knitted fabric that can never really be replicated in synthetic doggie clothes. With the Fitwarm Knitted Sweatshirts for Dogs you can feel more confident about what you are wrapping over your pooch’s body. It’s soft and comfy, making it the ideal wear not only for the cold days but also on photo-shoots. In fact, the Fitwarm sweatshirt can be so comfy that your pooch would want to wear them whenever it ventures outside your house. It’s got faux fur edging further giving it a more luxurious look and feel. If you feel like giving your canine friend a more edgy look on those cold days, Fitwarms’s sweatshirts might very well be the doggie clothing you’re looking for.

Keeping your pooch warm and comfy on steely-cold days can be made super-easy with the right doggie sweater. While these are primarily indicated for cold weather use, their actual applications are limited only by your imagination. So go on and let your pooch strut its stuff around the neighborhood, at the park, in the mall, or anywhere else you may want to go with any of these dog sweaters we just shared with you.

 

Specification:
  • Brand: Fitwarm
  • Weight: 1.6 ounces

Best Dog Sweater Buying Guide & FAQ

More than just a fashion accessory, a dog sweater is also a necessary item during the cooler seasons. Our buying guide and FAQ section below further outlines some necessary things to consider when purchasing a dog sweater.

What to Look for in a Dog Sweater

  • Size

Most of us wouldn’t go out to buy a pair of jeans two sizes up or down; in the same vein, your furry friend will also require the right fit. Be sure to only opt for a sweater that isn’t too tight or too loose - you will only be wasting your time, as your pooch might refuse to get it on.

  • Style

Dogs might not be concerned with making fashion statements, but the style of the sweater says a lot about the dog owner. A part of getting good value for money is ensuring the sweater is both stylish and suitable for your doggy.

  • Comfort

Be sure to purchase a sweater that provides significant comfort to your pup. Most dogs will not waste time hinting their discomfort. Also, remember that pups that love the indoors will have different comfort demands compared to those that spend considerable time out in the cold; hence why you should buy appropriately.

  • Durability

Of course, the durability of the sweater must be considered. This essentially means that the fabric and overall design must be easily washable. You don’t want to be wasting money, purchasing a new dog sweater too soon after the last one was bought.

Why You Should Buy Your Dog a Winter Sweater

Here’s why you should consider getting your dog a winter sweater:

  • Although most dogs have fur, some are lighter on fur than others. Dogs with lighter fur will definitely benefit from additional layers during winter.
  • As dogs get older and their immune systems become weaker, they have less resistance against diseases. Getting an older dog a winter sweater will not only help it keep warm during winter but will also ensure their health is well-maintained.
  • Some dog breeds, irrespective of their age, do not do well against the cold. Breeds such as the Greyhound are more susceptible to cold, and will also benefit from additional layers during winter.

Family walking with cute pet dog

Best Dog Sweater FAQ:

Q: Do small dogs get cold more easily than large dogs?

A: Yes. By reason of their size, small dogs tend to dissipate heat faster than larger ones. This makes them get cold more easily than their bigger counterparts.

Q: How can I get my dog to wear a sweater?

A: After purchasing a sweater that meets your dog’s size, it might take a little time for your pup to get accustomed to it. Training is the only way around a reluctant pet; therefore, be sure to keep a few treats in hand and shower it with praises as you attempt to put the sweater on.  Remember that some dogs are just not going to be comfortable in a sweater - which is only natural; so if all else fails, it just isn’t for your pup.

Q: How do I tell if my dog is cold?

A: There are quite a number of observations to make to help one determine when a dog is cold. Some of these signs include:

  • Hunched posture with a tucked tail
  • Seeks a place of shelter
  • Shivering
  • Whining
  • Reluctance to keep walking
  • Ears are cold to touch
  • Constantly lifting its paws

Sources:

  1. Do Dogs Need Sweaters in Winter? - PetMD
Nicole Ellis
Nicole Ellis
Nicole’s demeanour and positive-reinforcement based training helps drive great results for her celebrity pet clients. As a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Nicole is consistent using, testing and evaluating new dog products on the market. Nicole follows the latest trends in pet healthcare and is certified by both the Canine Good Citizen evaluator and the American Kennel Club.
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