Dogs also experience the discomfort of cold weather, and certain breeds are particularly susceptible to the chill. In this article, we'll explore 10 dog breeds that require special attention when the temperature drops, shedding light on the importance of providing them with suitable coats to keep them warm.

Selecting the appropriate coat for your furry friend involves understanding their breed characteristics. Age and activity level are significant factors as well, which will be covered in a separate blog post for further insight. In essence, both young and elderly dogs necessitate extra support to stay cozy in colder conditions. Even middle-aged, active breeds might need a helping layer to retain warmth during their outdoor adventures, and you can always remove the coat once they're energetically exploring.

In this piece, we'll delve into the top 10 dog breeds that benefit from added protection against the cold. We'll explore the issue of warmth and identify the breeds that require assistance in this area. Many breeds have short, thin coats or petite statures, making them more vulnerable to the elements, particularly on chilly or blustery days.


Breed Vulnerability and the Need for Warmth

1. Great Dane

The Great Dane, one of the largest breeds in the UK, boasts an impressive yet somewhat temperature-sensitive physique. With its extensive body covered in short hair, it struggles to withstand the cold. Equipping this breed with a padded coat, parka, body warmer, or jumper proves beneficial. A windproof coat can also be a game-changer, protecting them from every chilling gust on brisk windy days.

2. Beagle

A beloved UK breed, the Beagle, historically accustomed to warmer climates, lacks the necessary tolerance for cold due to its short coat. To shield Beagles from the chill, it's recommended to invest in a warm, windproof, and waterproof coat.

3. Poodle

Poodles might deceive with their elegant coats, a trait inherited by breeds like Cockapoos, Cavapoos, and Groodles. However, these coats don't provide ample warmth, and dampness quickly chills them to the skin. For any "poodle" type breed, a coat is indispensable to prevent excessive dampness, and these breeds appreciate additional warmth in the form of jumpers, hoodies, body warmers, or coats.

4. Pug

Originating from China, Pugs are prone to getting cold easily due to their short coats. Their susceptibility extends to hot weather as well, given their short noses impede proper panting. Thus, it's crucial to monitor Pugs in extreme conditions and when outfitting them. Layering proves ideal for Pugs, allowing adjustments to their insulation as needed.

5. Chihuahua

The petite Chihuahua, hailing from Mexico, is accustomed to warmth and struggles in colder climates due to its delicate frame and thin coat. Inspired by Chihuahuas' needs, Weepet Waterproof dog coats offer the right balance of padding, waterproofing, and windproofing. On colder days, a jumper or hoodie underneath further enhances their comfort.

6. French Bulldog

Similar to Pugs, French Bulldogs face challenges in regulating their body temperature across varying conditions. With their short, thin coats, these brachycephalic breeds require layered assistance for temperature control. In winter, a combination of jumpers /hoodies and padded, windproof, or waterproof coats works best.

7. Greyhound

Greyhounds are susceptible to the cold due to their slender bodies and thin hair. To keep them comfortable from fall to spring, a jumper/hoodie is advisable, complemented by a windproof/waterproof coat in harsh conditions or extreme cold. Given their unique build, not all dog coats suit Greyhounds, so careful selection is key.

8. Shih Tzu

Despite their longer hair, Shih Tzus lack sufficient insulation due to having only one layer. Their intolerance to colder weather makes cuddly jumpers a hit, along with windproof and waterproof coats. However, moderation is crucial, as they don't fare well in heat either.

9. Yorkshire Terriers

With their slight build and thin hair, Yorkshire Terriers require the protection of dog coats and clothing to stay warm. Parkas and body warmers prove effective for this breed.

10. Boxer

Boxers share the vulnerability of breeds like Pugs and Bulldogs due to their short hair. They welcome various forms of warmth, but overheating should be avoided. Layering remains the best strategy.


While there are additional breeds like Whippets, Basset Hounds, and other bull terriers that also warrant consideration, the common thread among these top breeds is their susceptibility to cold weather. This compilation sheds light on their unique needs for warmth and insulation. It's important to note that this list specifically addresses cold tolerance, not water repellency.

If you're uncertain about how to best keep your dog warm or whether they require extra warmth, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to guide you and your furry companion toward a cozier, more comfortable winter season.

September 08, 2023 — PIKAPIKA
Tags: Dogs

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