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The Complete Guide To Chihuahua Clothes

Updated on June 27, 2010

Your Chihuahua Needs Clothes

Chihuahuas are cute, adorable and absolutely lovely. However, they are also fragile and naturally incapable of guarding their tiny bodies against harsh weather elements especially chilly temperatures. If you own a Chihuahua, and have taken him or her to a cold place without any dog sweater, you have probably seen the little one shivering uncontrollably. Thus, warm clothes are necessary for your pet even if you are not very fond of your dog wearing them.

The feet of Chihuahuas are also very delicate and rocky surfaces or snow-covered spaces can really harm their tiny paws. Since Chihuahuas are also almost hairless, prolonged exposure to sunrays can also be harmful for their skin. Therefore, while for other dog breeds are naturally capable of protecting themselves from weather elements, chihuahuas need clothing to be protected from weather than we may not feel to be harsh. The range of stylish garments available for dogs today can also make your Chihuahuas look chic and cool - an added bonus to buying or making clothes for your chihuahua!



Take your Chihuahua to the store when you get him or her clothes to ensure a proper fit.
Take your Chihuahua to the store when you get him or her clothes to ensure a proper fit.

What if they decline to wear?

Dogs are not used to wearing clothes and it might be difficult to getting them used to the idea of dressing up. However, since, as mentioned above, Chihuahuas require clothes, you need to find a solution if your little one is reluctant to wear clothes.

The first piece of advice in this regard would be to not force your pet to wear any piece of clothing if he or she does not want to. Clothes might make dogs irritable and can cause change in their behavior. Nevertheless, getting them used to the idea of wearing clothes slowly and gradually is an option. To begin with, get comfortable and well-fitted clothes for your dog and clad him or her in them for a small period of time initially. If your Chihuahua seems reluctant, try to diverge his attention towards something else or try to give it a reward for dressing up. With some repeated compliments (doggie talk and petting) and delicious treats, your dog would start finding the idea of dressing up agreeable and then you can start getting all sorts of clothes for your darling without any concern.


Size Matters

Getting the right size clothes for your chihuahua is also very important. The clothes should be such that they do not restrict your pet’s movements and make him feel uncomfortable. Remember, while you might place style and looks above comfort at times, your Chihuahua is never going to think this way. So, do not just blindly go for stylish garments; size them up well.

To know the correct size of clothing for the dog, measure his vital stats properly. While it is easy to take the measurement of the length, with the girth, make sure that you measure the widest part of his chest. No matter what the measurements come out to be, you will be able to find appropriate clothes for your puppy somewhere or the other only if you make efforts and look properly. If regular dog clothing stores do not have the right size clothes for your Chihuahua in stock, do not lose hope and browse the web. There are some sites and stores today that specialize in clothes for smaller breeds of dogs and these will certainly be able to give you a good range of right-sized garments for your lovely dog.


The Options Available

You will be able to find all sorts of Chihuahua clothes, ranging from dog sweaters to tank tops, and from booties to goggles in the market today courtesy the increasing competition among the numerous companies selling dog and puppy clothes. The rates are also very competitive as a result.

Designer Chihuahua clothes are also available nowadays but they can be costly.  Ideally, you should just buy the clothes that are necessary for a dog’s comfort and purchase accessories and other pieces of stylish but unnecessary clothing only if both you and the dog are keen on trying them out. But, irrespective of what you buy, try to place your dog’s comfort over your whims and wants..

A special word about collars is essential here since collars are the most popular form of clothing with dog owners. While collars are suitable for other large and sturdy breeds, with Chihuahuas, they can be risky owing to their delicate structure. Try and buy harnesses instead of collars for your Chihuahuas so that you don’t end up hurting them in case you have to pull them close quickly and roughly. Some options in Chihuahua clothing come with harnesses and the same can be bought if you do not wish to buy clothes and harnesses separately.

Lastly, if you are not satisfied with what you find in the market, though the probability of this happening is pretty low, you can make clothes for your darlings at home. You can try to research on the Internet for some interesting and easy methods for making clothes for dogs at home.

It's a good idea to use a harness for your Chihuahua as your may injure their neck with a collar if you pull it took quickly and suddenly.
It's a good idea to use a harness for your Chihuahua as your may injure their neck with a collar if you pull it took quickly and suddenly.
You can have fun dressing up your Chihuahua, but make sure comfort and protection are your number one priority.  Especially when they are outside where their skin can be exposed to harsh UV rays.
You can have fun dressing up your Chihuahua, but make sure comfort and protection are your number one priority. Especially when they are outside where their skin can be exposed to harsh UV rays.

A creative use to turn your old socks into Chihuahua sweaters

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