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Does my Mini Dachshund Need Clothing?


February 20, 2011, Submitted by: Lauren

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To clothe or not to clothe your mini Dachshund, that is the question.

There are those who feel no dogs should wear clothing.  Nature provided them with fur to keep them warm. Who are we to interfere and change that?

Other people believe that dogs feel cold just like we do, so why shouldn’t they be comfortable. And still there are other people that dress their pooches to look cute and fashionable.

One thing to bear in mind is that, for the most part, today’s modern dogs are pets. They do not have to deal with the ravages of nature as they did years ago when they roamed around in ‘packs’. Most vets would agree that their physiology has also changed throughout the years.

Ultimately, the decision whether or not to purchase clothing for your mini Dachshund is up to you.

There are some factors to keep in mind when you are making your decision. The ‘breed’ of dog carries a lot of weight in whether or not a dog needs to wear clothing.

Since we are discussing mini Dachshunds, remember that most mini Dachshunds do not have a lot of thick fur. Our Sampson, being a smooth haired mini Dachshund, barely has any fur on his belly. Even the fur he does have is not very thick. Yes, some Dachshunds have long hair, but that’s just it, it’s ‘long’. It’s not ‘thick’ nor is it meant to be an insulator against cold.

Sampson, especially on cold mornings, loves to have his turtleneck sweater on to alleviate the chill in the morning air. He loves it so much, some mornings he will even nudge his sweater toward us as if to say, “I’m a little chilly. Can you please put my sweater on?”

On the opposite side of the fence, a breed such as a Siberian Husky are acclimated to live in cold conditions. You wouldn’t want to put a coat on them, they’d probably get heat stroke!  :-)

Another factor to consider is the climate where you and your mini Dachshund live. If you live in a cold climate, you will probably notice that your Dachshund will shake when he/she goes outside. If this is the case, you should get a coat for him.

If your climate is rainy, you may want to consider getting him a raincoat. Imagine if you had to go potty outside in the pouring rain with no clothes on! The bottom line here is that clothing can keep your little Dachshund warm and comfortable.

Today’s dog clothing comes in a wide variety of styles, colors and brand names. You can get coats, sweaters, dresses, tank tops, hats, scarves and booties!

 

SWEATERS

 

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