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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
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