Must-Have Cold-Weather Gear for Dogs

Dog hats, water-resistant winter jackets and booties top the winter gear list to keep your dog warm in the snow.

dog wearing a jacket in the snow
If your pup loves the snow, dress him in must-have cold weather gear like a dog hat and winter jacket to keep him warm and dry. © Mikhail Reshetnikov / EyeEm/ Getty Images

Just because the weather outside is frightful doesn’t mean your next outdoor adventure with your dog has to be. When gearing your dog up for winter, dig into this cold-weather gear list.

Here is our list for the must-have cold weather gear for dogs:

Dog hats

Sensitive dog ears will stay toasty in a dog hat meant for winter weather. Look for hand-knit or crocheted versions on sites like Etsy. Or, try a fleece-lined style like the Aviator Hat from The Worthy Dog. Wrap-around chin straps keep the hat secure and the brim snaps up to stay out of your dog’s eyes.

Dog winter jackets

Protect your dog’s body from rain, sleet, snow and other cold-weather elements with a jacket or body suit. Your typical local weather and temperature determines the type of jacket your dog needs. Manufacturers offer a range of styles to meet all types of weather conditions.

Here are a few dog winter jackets to try:

  • The Slush Suit by Canada Pooch offers your dog full-body protection from the elements, with a water-resistant material that helps your dog stay dry.
  • Help your dog stay warm in the Doggykingdom Winter Jacket. This water-resistant dog jacket has a thick inner liner and reflective elements on the outer surface to keep your dog warm and safe.
  • The Water-Resistant Dog Parka/Coat from Max and Lily’s down-alternative inner layer and water-resistant outer fabric make cold weather a breeze, plus the parka features a back zipper and button to snuggly fit your pet.
  • Furness Dog Jacket by Ruffwear is a high-coverage dog winter jacket with a water-resistant outer shell and hem cords at the neck and belly to keep moisture out.

Winter boots for dogs

Protect your dog’s paws from cold, salt and icy surfaces with a set of flexible, well-fitting dog boots. Your dog’s front paws may be larger than his back paws, so measure all feet before purchasing. You may need to purchase two sets.

Here are a few winter boots for dogs to try:

  • Going for a snowy hike with your dog? The Ruffwear PolarTrex Winter Dog Boots feature a textured outer sole to provide traction during winter explorations.
  • Spark Paws All Weather Water-Resistant Dog Shoes has wide openings to improve the process of putting them on your dog’s feet. Double straps secure the dog boots in place, and rubber soles help your dog’s paws stay dry.
  • For walks through big puddles or deep snow, the Walkee Paws Deluxe Easy-on Boot Leggings completely cover your dog’s legs with an over-the-back connector to prevent them from slipping off. The dog boot leggings feature waterproof booties for your dog’s paws and water-resistant legging material.

Keep your dog warm inside

When it’s time to go inside — or the weather prevents outdoor fun — stay snug indoors with a comfortable dog bed. The Best Friends by Sheri Original Calming Donut Shag Bed by Outward Hound, offers “warming luxury … reminiscent of a mother’s fur coat,” says Erika Cortez, Outward Hound design manager. Pull a comfy chair up next to your dog’s cozy bed and enjoy watching the snow fall out the window.

Aside from gear, keep your dog warm in cold weather by following some simple guidelines:

  • Shaggier coats are better. Now is not the time for a drastic trim.
  • Ensure paws stay clean and dry.
  • Make sure dogs stay hydrated. Offer plenty of clean water.

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