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    Just wondering if putting coats or jumpers on our furry friends is a fad or is it something we have determined is necessary?

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    Some do and some don't.

    Some of my Whippets wear them at night, but they are a breed with no body fat and a very fine coat. If the suns out they are taken off them first up in the morning or by about 10am. They are looking to have them off by then, and if you don't take them off they are likely to be ripped off by the dogs. But a coat does certainly help keep the weight on them.

    Didn't even own a dog coat when we had Kelpies. My mums elderly Chi has a coat, again taken off first thing in the morning.

    A lot also depends on what state you live in and the age and health of your dog.

    But regardless I think it's more important to supply a draft free, elevated kennel/crate/den so the dog can get out of the weather. If the dog chooses not to use it, it's likely not in the right position.

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    My dogs have always worn coats in Winter, I haven't gotten them ones yet for this winter as they are inside at night time now. But I am planning on it this weekend as it is still cold inside. Harley has a thick coat so it is probably not needed as much but Bella has a think short coat and would get cold easy.

    I would say it depends on the breed of dog, where you live and where the dogs sleep. I do feel sorry for dogs left outside with no coats though.

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    We had a Staffy and it was recommended she had one due to her thin skin. Not much fur. But now we have a Husky cross and he definitely would over heat in one.

    Depends on the breed I think.

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    My girl has a thick long coat. She lives indoors and has a snuggly draught free bed. She was a little pup last winter and I left the air con all night to keep her warm lol, but not this winter. It does get cold during the night (outer western sydney) and I just wondered about putting an extra layer on her. It wasn't something we did when I was a kid 60 years ago

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    I think it depends on the doglet, and their sleeping circumstances... for instance, Rosie was s single coated doglet, and felt the cold terribly, but as she was a ROTH doglet, rarely needed a coat, and when she was really cold, she had her own doona for snuggling under. {And she slept inside}

    If your doglet has a single coat, or is clipped down regularly, and spends a lot of time outside alone when you're not home, or sleeps outside, then I would recommend going with a coat - this Winter especially.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grevillea47 View Post
    My girl has a thick long coat. She lives indoors and has a snuggly draught free bed. She was a little pup last winter and I left the air con all night to keep her warm lol, but not this winter. It does get cold during the night (outer western sydney) and I just wondered about putting an extra layer on her. It wasn't something we did when I was a kid 60 years ago
    If she has a thick coat and sleeps inside I think she will be fine without one, although I've never been to Sydney in Winter Maybe just an extra blanket unless you can see her shaking?

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    Thanks everyone.

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    Some people believe all dogs need to wear coats and some people believe none should.

    My dog wears a coat if we are walking in the rain for a very long period of time but other than that she doesn't ever wear one. She have the fur length of a golden retriever so she keeps warm.

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    We have Shelties who dont need coats but if we have rescues that are short hair, we always make sure they are comfortable with draft free beds and jumpers if necessary

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