Why do we put clothes on dogs?

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  1. Stevennix2001 profile image84
    Stevennix2001posted 13 years ago

    so how about it folks?  why do we dress up our dogs?  big_smile

    1. tantrum profile image61
      tantrumposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      People who do that are crazy, or stupid snobs.

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image91
        Rochelle Frankposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I agree-- though we have a small, short-haired dog. We put a little coat on her when it is snowing. Where we live is not her natural habitat.
        We only do it for practical and comfort reasons, not for fashion. We don't want to tuck her into our parkas.

        1. tantrum profile image61
          tantrumposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          of course!
          and I'm only exaggerating !! lol

          1. Rochelle Frank profile image91
            Rochelle Frankposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            I wrote a hub on the silly things you can buy for dogs. Someone is actually making money on them. Amazing.

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      LegendaryHeroposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Those crazy people do it because they think it looks cute and they treat the dogs like children instead of pets.

    3. ITSecurityAnalyst profile image57
      ITSecurityAnalystposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Someone consider dogs as not dogs that's why. smile

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      pburgerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I put my sister's yellow-polka dot bikini on my Great Dane to protest of governments banning traditional Muslim attire tongue

    5. Cagsil profile image75
      Cagsilposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Insanity!! wink

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    Lecieposted 13 years ago

    i had dogs as a child and i would never dress them up. but i asked someone this same question when i saw them walking their small dog. he said: because he's my boy "c" that's why.
    i think people view them more as people these days. so they torture them with hot ugly clothes.
    my dogs were very well loved but always were loveable pups in my eyes.

  3. TLMinut profile image59
    TLMinutposted 13 years ago

    I thought people did that because dogs have the natural wildness bred out of them and might need the extra protection from the cold. Not that I have any reason for thinking that, I've never had a dog but it seems plausible to me.

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    Crazdwriterposted 13 years ago

    My parents and I put on two sweaters on our dog...she does get cold and plus the sweaters were hand made by my Nana, R.I.P. nana

  5. readytoescape profile image61
    readytoescapeposted 13 years ago

    my wife only tortures the dogs twice a year.

    At Halloween, one is aChicken and the other a lobster (Surf & Turf)

    Then again a during Xmas they become elves

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image91
      Rochelle Frankposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Do they get candy?

      1. readytoescape profile image61
        readytoescapeposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        No, but they lick alot of makeup off of faces

        1. Rochelle Frank profile image91
          Rochelle Frankposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          AH-- getting rid of disguises and deceptions of others. Good work.

  6. kgnature profile image60
    kgnatureposted 13 years ago

    I have chihuahuas, and they shiver from the cold in winter.  They have sweaters and jackets to wear on our walks.  One of them wears boots when it snows because he refuses to step on snow. 

    I think tiny breeds that come from warm climates need a little help to keep warm on cold days.

  7. Whitney05 profile image85
    Whitney05posted 13 years ago

    Clothes, in general, are not good for dog to dog communication. Other dogs and animals cannot read the clothed dog's behavioral mannerisms (fur especially)

    But, many people use clothes to keep small dogs and older dogs warm.

    Others, dress their dog up to give them human characteristics.

    When my APBT had her leg amputated, she knew something was different, and would just sit on the couch. We would put shirts on her and she would act normal. I guess she felt the shirt hid what she was self-conscious about. She doesn't need the shirts anymore to be herself. We used the shirts initially to cover the staples running down her chest, so that they wouldn't snag on the couch or anything and cause more problems; plus the shirts would help cover the staples so she wouldn't over-lick them and irritate the wound. When we started that, is when we found out she was more comfortable with the clothes on during that time, so we continued to do it, especially if someone came over or something like that.

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    JeanMeriamposted 13 years ago

    I used to put jackets on my shih-tzu and mini smooth dashund because they always shivered outside.

  9. mega1 profile image68
    mega1posted 13 years ago

    I used to put doll clothes on my kittens - but I was a child, and it was very funny to watch them jump around in little dresses and bonnets!  I wish I had pictures!  the whole relationship between most humans and their pets is just very weird - so why not make it as weird as possible?

    it can't be any weirder then 10 inch stilleto heels on grown up women!

  10. Greek One profile image63
    Greek Oneposted 13 years ago

    to answer your question, would you REALLY want to see them naked??


    1. mega1 profile image68
      mega1posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      where did you get that picture of my sister?  hee hee hee

  11. Wealthmadehealthy profile image60
    Wealthmadehealthyposted 13 years ago

    I still think and agree with a lot of people, "dressing" dogs is really silly.   BUT and this is a big BUT here.....up north, when it gets really cold and below zero and freezing temps, it is actually wise to put a coat on your dog.   They are capable of freezing and getting hypothermia just as we humans do.   

    My dogs all have extra winter "jackets" to put on for these nasty weather days.   But to dress them on a daily basis or for show???
    NOT EVEN!!!

    1. mega1 profile image68
      mega1posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      That IS a big butt there!

  12. lender3212000 profile image61
    lender3212000posted 13 years ago

    Sometimes it's just for fun! I don't see anything wrong with it as long as the dog doesn't mind playing along.

  13. sxyshiningsmile profile image59
    sxyshiningsmileposted 13 years ago

    i put clothes on dogs to keep them warm and clean^_^

  14. MalibuWriter profile image60
    MalibuWriterposted 13 years ago

    I think a lot of people also see it as a way to get close with their dog like it is their child. Or just a way to keep them warm <3

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    Kathryn LJposted 13 years ago

    My dog loves dressing up and will 'wear' anything that is just lying about like cusions, disgarded jumpers ets.  At christmas, he wraps tinsel and stuff and walks round like a drag queen.  He has jumpers and coats for when it's cold and will go and get one and ask to have it put on!  So we dress him because he asks us to.

  16. Beth100 profile image71
    Beth100posted 13 years ago

    I don't know why people do....dogs have fur all over their bodies and can overheat easily.  If you're afraid they will get cold outside, then don't take them outside.  I have had different types of dogs, and allowing them to stay out outside in cooling weather for extended periods allows them to grow thicker and longer fur for heat insulation.  Nature will allow them to adjust to a climate change if you allow the time for them to do so.  It's the same for all animals -- horses, rabbits, goats and so on.


    Fur coats for dogs?!?  yikes


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