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Christmas Sweaters and Hoodies for Dogs

Updated on November 11, 2015

Christmas Sweaters & Hoodies for Dogs are Adorable and Practical

Whether you think Christmas Sweaters are ugly or cute, you'll have to admit that these dogs are adorable in their Christmas sweaters and hoodies.

Christmas sweaters for dogs are also practical as they keep dogs warmer on outings as well as indoors in these days (and nights) of higher fuel prices and lower thermostats. As explained further down this page, there are very practical reasons most dogs need the extra warmth provided by a sweater or hoodie.

A Festive Sweater and Fun Gift

Fab Dog Holiday Reindeer Knit Turtleneck Dog Sweater, Chocolate, 16" Length
Fab Dog Holiday Reindeer Knit Turtleneck Dog Sweater, Chocolate, 16" Length
Soft cozy knit sweater in 100% easy-care acrylic. Design features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with a large red nose. What fun! Available in 6 sizes to fit most dogs. Also available in blue with Snowman instead of Rudolph.

How Many Days 'Til Christmas?

Christmas will be here sooner than you think and, if you are like me, you shop year 'round and when you see something that would be perfect for a pet or person on your gift list, you buy it and put it away until then. It makes for better budgeting, makes large gift lists manageable and the holidays much less stressful. After all, you have enough to do without having to deal with crowded stores, finding a parking spot, and hoping items on your list haven't been sold out!

So if you see a dog sweater you'd love to get for that special pooch, be smart, make your life easier, and buy it now.

Plus you'll also have it on hand to take photos for your Christmas cards ahead of time.

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Zack & Zoey Holiday Penguin Dog Sweater

The Zack & Zoey Holiday Penguin Dog Sweater is a black knit sweater featuring a penguin wearing a hat and scarf with plush features.

Comfy easy-fit design has a turndown turtleneck and a high-cut stay dry belly with leg straps for a secure fit. Available in six sizes for the perfect fit!

Choose the size your pet needs at
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Knit Dog Sweater With Santas Frolicking in the Snow

East Side Collection ZM3759 16 17 Santa Sweater for Dogs, Medium, Black
East Side Collection ZM3759 16 17 Santa Sweater for Dogs, Medium, Black
Keep your dog warm in this adorable black, red, and white turtleneck pullover knit acrylic sweater. HIgh cut belly for stay-dry fit. Also has small opening to attach a leash to a harness. Other sizes are available. Machine washable.

Why Most Dogs Need Warm Clothing

Many dogs were not bred for colder weather. Smaller dogs and larger short-haired dogs benefit from a cozy sweater or hoodie when the temperature drops. Dogs with dense fur (as opposed to hair) coats are able to retain enough body heat in the cold without help. This is true of huskies, St. Bernards, and similar northern breeds, but not of many other types of dogs.

Contrary to popular belief, dogs really do feel the cold. This is especially the case with smaller breeds, dogs not genetically suited to colder environments, and older dogs that may have arthritis or other health issues or mobiity problems. And your pet will love the extra attention their outfit will garner when out for walks or when visitors come over.

New York Dog Ugly Holiday Sweaters for Pets

Left to Right: Humorous Navy Snowman and Naughty Dog, Fun Green Reindeer, and Black Snowman. Available in a range of sizes at
Left to Right: Humorous Navy Snowman and Naughty Dog, Fun Green Reindeer, and Black Snowman. Available in a range of sizes at | Source

Otis & Claude Fetching Fashion Holiday Santa Sweater

This classic Santa suit sweater has the belt and "fur" trim knit right in for your pet's comfort and safety. Cut for convenience and practicality, it fits over the front legs and head and is open on the bottom and there's a small opening to attach leash to harness. Comes in six sizes: 6-8", 10-12", 14-16", 18-22", 24-28", and 30"

Available at
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Not Just for Walks Outside...

Sweaters and hoodies are not just for outdoors these days. Many homes and other buildings are kept at cooler temperatures than they were, say, ten years ago - and many of us lower it even more at night. (If you need an extra blanket at night, you can bet your dog does too -- or you might want to find a heated bed or pad for your pet, whether electric or specially constructed to retain and reflect your pet's body heat.)

Unlike blankets that tend to not stay in place very long, a properly fitting snuggly warm sweater will stay in place to keep Fido warm throughout the day and especially at night.

Anima Red Snowflake Hoodie for Pets, Large
Anima Red Snowflake Hoodie for Pets, Large
Soft red and white knit sweater coat trimmed and lined with plush white faux fur for extra style and warmth. Also available in sizes x-small, small, and medium. Three snap "buttons" keep it closed while making it easy for you to put it on and take it off. (Note: this sweater runs small. Order up one size.)

How to Measure Your Dog for Sweater Size

Size measurements often vary by manufacturer, so be sure to check their guidelines. You'll need a tape measure and you might want to grab a pencil or pen and some paper to write down your results.

First, make sure your pet is groomed so brush or comb so hair or fur is smooth and your measurements will be accurate.

To measure the neck, place the tape measure around her neck loosely enough so you can fit two fingers under it. (If you know your dog's collar size, you can use that.)

For the chest size, measure around the dog's body just behind the front legs. The tape should be snug but not tight.

To get an accurate length measurement it is best to have the dog stand. You'll want to place the tape at the base of the neck and run it straight along the dog's spine to the base of the tail. If you have a male dog check to see if the garment is shorter in the front. If not you might want to take one or two inches off this measurement to make sure he has enough clearance to "make his mark" on his favorite tree so the garment stays dry.

Don't have a tape measure?

You can use a non-stretching string or ribbon to measure. Mark where the ribbon meets itself (on chest and neck measurement) or at the appropriate length. You can then measure the string on a ruler, yardstick, or metal tape measure.

One More Note About Fit

You want a sweater to fit snuggly enough so your dog cannot easily remove it but not so tight as to be uncomfortable. You also don't want it to be so big that it might drag on the ground, trip the dog, or catch on something.

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"Gift" Wrap Your Pet in Style

Why not dress your dog as a present this year? After all, your pet gives you the gift of love all year long and this is perfect for the holidays! (Also perfect if you are surprising the family with a puppy this year!)

This elegant white cable knit sweater features red trim and red ribbon tied in a bow accented with green pompoms.

From Muttropolis.

Sizing information:
XS: Neck: 9" Chest: 13" Length: 9.5"
S: Neck: 11.75" Chest: 16" Length: 12"
M: Neck: 13" Chest: 17" Length: 14"
L: Neck: 16.5" Chest: 22.5" Length: 18.5"

Not Your Dog's Size?

Most items on this page come

in a range of sizes.

Click on the one you like

and select the size right for your pet.

Cheery Chilly Dog Holiday Elf Sweater (in Hard to Find Sizes too!)

Fair Trade 100% Natural Cozy Comfort
Dress your little helper in this Soft Classic Red, White and Green Christmas dog sweater and support Fair Trade too!

These snuggly sweaters are Hand Knit by Inca Artisans in South America using the best natural plant-dyed 100% wool.

Sized from XXS (8 to 9 in. long; up to 5 lbs) through XXXL (36 to 38 in. long, 80 to 120 lbs)


Economical & Fun Christmas Themed Dog Apparel

Left to right: Find these and more, including Martha Stewart designs, at
Left to right: Find these and more, including Martha Stewart designs, at | Source

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Another Fun Christmas Dog Sweater - And it comes in hard-to-find Size XL

Twinkling Christmas Tree Star Dog Holiday Sweaters X-Large.
Twinkling Christmas Tree Star Dog Holiday Sweaters X-Large.
Made of soft and comfortable acrylic with ribbed neck and cuffs with a decorated Christmas tree appliqu topped with a brightly blinking star! Star activates easily with a twist, and battery is included.

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We'd love to know a few things about you and your pet(s).

Do you have a dog? Does s/he like to dress up?

© 2012 Chazz


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