Warm Dog Sweaters for Your Chinese-Crested or Toy Breed

Updated on December 3, 2019
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Teeuwynn has owned dogs her whole life. She has enjoyed the companionship of everything from Pugs to Newfoundlands.

Find the Perfect Warm Sweater for Your Small Dog
Find the Perfect Warm Sweater for Your Small Dog | Source

Do Cold Dogs Like Wearing Sweaters to Stay Warm?

There are a couple of main factors you may want to consider when deciding whether to purchase sweaters or coats for your Chinese-Crested or small/toy dog. The first and most important consideration is your dog's comfort and safety. Beyond that, you will need to decide on function and fashion. Let's discuss all of these important aspects before you come to your final decision.

Do Hairless Dogs Get Cold?

Hairless Chinese-Crested dogs have a little fur on their bodies, but it's not enough to keep them warm in anything other than mild temperatures. If your dog will be going outside on chilly days or if you like to keep the air conditioning cranked up, you'll want to get your dog a few sweater options. If you see your dog shivering or showing other signs of distress, try putting a sweater on them.

Powderpuff Chinese-Crested dogs may also benefit from wearing a sweater, particularly in winter weather. However, their fine double-coat gives them a little more protection from the elements than their hairless counterparts.

Consider All of the Different Styles of Dog Sweaters

The second thing you'll want to take into account in deciding whether to get your dog a sweater and what kind to get is the style. Fashion, bling . . . a lot of Chinese-Crested owners enjoy getting their dogs different outfits and seeing how their doggy diva shines. If you want your own canine fashionista, go right ahead and indulge.

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A handsome-looking sweater.Fashion-forward sweater.
A handsome-looking sweater.
A handsome-looking sweater. | Source
Fashion-forward sweater.
Fashion-forward sweater. | Source

Tips for Finding the Best Dog Sweaters and Coats

The first thing that any Chinese-Crested owner needs to look at when it comes to sweaters and coats for their dog is the material that the outfit is made from.

Chinese-Crested Dogs Are Allergic to Wool and Lanolin

Many hairless Chinese-Crested dogs are allergic to wool and lanolin! Although Powderpuffs don't tend to have this allergy, it's safer to stay away from any outfits made from either wool or lanolin. There's no reason to risk an allergic reaction and a trip to the vet when there are many other sweater options available.

Make Sure the Outwear Is Chew-Proof

Before you purchase outerwear for your dog, make sure it does not have any bits or bobs that your dog could chew off and swallow. Buttons, beads, fabric embellishments, and zippers can be dangerous if your dog can get them off the coat, so make sure everything on your dog's coat is tightly affixed.

Always Monitor Your Dog

Also, always monitor your dog when he or she is wearing a sweater. You don't want them to get caught up in it or to choke on something.

Consider the Weight of the Sweater or Coat

Look for a sweater or coat that is a good weight for the weather your dog will be wearing it in. If you're looking for something to keep your Chinese-Crested warm in an air-conditioned home, you probably won't want it as thick as if you're looking to outfit your dog for a walk in the winter woods.

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Extremely warm, extremely fashionable.
Extremely warm, extremely fashionable. | Source

How Do I Make Sure the Sweater Will Fit My Dog?

When you're buying a sweater or coat for your dog, it's important to make sure it fits properly. If the sweater is the wrong size, it could bunch up or your dog could easily slip out of it. If the coat is too long, it could drag on the ground or even get in the way when your pup has to go potty. That's a mess no one wants.

How to Measure Your Dog

To get a sweater that fits right, you'll want to measure around your dog's neck and the largest part of their chest. You also need to measure from the base of your dog's neck to the waist. You want the sweater to fit comfortably, but not tightly around your dog's neck and forelegs.

Adjust the Leg Loops

Some coats have a loop that fits around each rear leg. Make sure these are loose and allow for freedom of movement without letting your dog get caught up or tangled in them.

Make Sure It's Easy to Put on and Take Off

To make things pleasant for both you and your dog, make sure it is easy to put the sweater on the dog and take it off again, too. You don't want your dog getting his or her head stuck in the coat every time you try to put it on them.

Best Options for Dog Sweaters
Best Options for Dog Sweaters | Source

Top-Rated Dog Jackets and Sweaters (According to My Dog)

As with any coat or sweater you want to purchase, remember to measure your pup before buying it! The two recommendations below are clothing items that my dog, Truffle, wears. One is her outdoor go-to and one is her indoor go-to. I've also included fun DIY projects and websites that provide custom products. Happy shopping!

JoyDaog 2 Layers Fleece Lined Warm Dog Jacket for Puppy Winter Cold Weather,Soft Windproof Small Dog Coat,Blue S
JoyDaog 2 Layers Fleece Lined Warm Dog Jacket for Puppy Winter Cold Weather,Soft Windproof Small Dog Coat,Blue S

This coat comes in five colors. My dog, Truffle, wears it outdoors and it keeps her toasty warm.


1. Best Fleece and Polyester Outwear

The JoyDaog2 Layers dog jacket has a warm fleece interior and a windproof polyester exterior. The fleece is man-made, not wool, so you don't have to worry about allergy issues. The coat also comes in five colors, giving you a range of fashion options. This coat does a good job of keeping wind and water off my dog, Truffle. She looks pretty cute in it, too.

Medium Turtleneck Dog Sweater Brown Paw Pattern
Medium Turtleneck Dog Sweater Brown Paw Pattern

My dog, Truffle, absolutely loves this sweater. She's 7 pounds and wears an XS.


2. Best Indoor Lounge Sweater

This cute and comfy BINGPET turtleneck sweater is a good option for your furry friend. Its made of acrylic and comes with either a paw, bone, or reindeer image. I have the paw version of this sweater and Truffle wears it regularly. She's 7 pounds and the XS works on her. The turtleneck is really snuggly on her neck and sets off her ears well.

Make your own dog sweater by following a pattern.
Make your own dog sweater by following a pattern. | Source

How to Make Your Own Sweater for Your Dog

If you like to sew, knit, or crochet, there are a lot of good videos and patterns around to get you started on making your very own canine couture. Just remember that the guidelines for buying a coat are still in place when you make your own. The coat needs to fit well and be safe; also be sure to avoid wool or lanolin unless you're certain your dog isn't allergic. You can find free sweater patterns for use online on sites like Yarnspirations.com.

How to Crochet a Sweater for Your Dog

How to Make a Dog Sweater From an Old Sweater

The following tutorial for making your dog a sweater out of an old human sweater is based on the video below:

  1. Measure your dog's body with measuring tape (length, diameter, leg length, leg circumference, and belly length).
  2. Draw the pattern (follow the video below).
  3. Try the pattern on a piece of scrap fabric.
  4. Offer treats.
  5. Cut off the borders of the sweater.
  6. Align the patterns when cutting front and back sides.
  7. Assemble the sweater and sew the sleeves on.
  8. Make any necessary adjustments and give more treats.

DIY Dog Sweater From a Human Sweater

Custom-Made Coats and Boots

Sometimes, ordering an off-the-rack solution for your delicate Chinese-Crested isn't good enough. When it's not, you can consider purchasing from a website like CustomDogCoats.com that provides . . . custom dog coats!

This site works with your dog's measurements. They make different kinds of coats, and you can even get coats with the boots attached so your pup won't leave any behind in the snow or rain.

Find many ways to create coats for your dog at the Cottage Market.
Find many ways to create coats for your dog at the Cottage Market. | Source

DIY Projects With the Cottage Market

The Cottage Market is another great site that has many good sweaters and coat options for your dog. It has 35 dog coat DIY projects that are easy and fun and will keep your dog warm this winter.

So, if you're in the mood for some crafting, take a look at the Cottage Market craft projects and start making some fabulous dog coats.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Teeuwynn Woodruff

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