During the cold winter months, not all dogs cope well with the drop in temperature. If you have a Boston, you might be wondering how to keep your pooch warm and comfy.
Do Boston Terriers need sweaters? Yes, due to their short hair, Boston Terriers don’t stand cold weather well. So, they benefit from a sweater to stay warm during walks or a coat to stay safe from the rain.
Continue reading to know how to measure your Boston to get the right sweater size and other tips to keep your pooch warm, especially during winter walks.
As you now know, Boston Terriers are not naturally able to keep themselves warm.
And this is because their short coats don’t provide enough warmth when it’s cold outdoors. So, a sweater and a raincoat can be very useful pieces of clothing for your Boston Terrier.
“If your dog is not showing signs of overheating, it is likely that your instinct to provide a little extra insulation in extremely cold temperatures is appropriate.”Dr. Jerry Klein, CVO and writer at AKC website (Source).
In general, Boston Bull Terriers don’t do well with extreme temperatures. During cold weather, they can show signs of early hypothermia such as:
If you notice any of these signs, you should:
Apart from winter, there’s another time when your Boston might benefit from wearing a sweater. If your dog has skin allergies, as some Boston Terriers do, a cotton sweater can help keep him from breaking into his skin.
When choosing a sweater for your Boston Terrier, it is important that it fits properly in order for your pooch to be comfortable and stay warm.
I’m sure you’ll agree looking cute is also important. 😉
If clothing doesn’t fit right, your Boston might:
To avoid these, and also wasting your money on clothes that don’t fit… let’s measure your pooch!
Insider Tip: When measuring your dog, place your Boston on a flat surface, and have him stand up, looking straight ahead. It may help if another person stands in from of your pooch whilst you take the measurements.
Follow these step by step guide to measure your Boston (you’ll need a tape measure for this):
Place the measuring tape around the widest part of your dog’s neck snugly, but lose enough that you can fit a finger between the tape measure and the dog’s neck. This will allow free movement and breathability in the clothes.
Measure the length of your Boston’s back from the base of his neck to an inch past the dock of the tail.
Measure the circumference of your Boston Terrier’s chest at the broadest part of his chest while he’s standing up and relaxed.
As per the neck measurement, you also want the tape measure to be a little snug but loose enough that you can easily fit a finger in between.
How you measure your dog’s waistline will depend on if your Boston Terrier is a female or a male dog.
Place the tape measure from the point of your dog’s shoulder on your left and span the width across your dog’s chest at the widest part.
When measuring the dog’s chest width, be sure to account for the extra width that the Boston’s powerful shoulder muscles add to the width of their chest.
Due to their compact frame, muscular shoulders and broad chest, finding dog clothes for Boston terriers can be quite tricky.
Once you have the measurements, begin considering:
For facing those cold winter months, you might want to consider:
Those are choices that you can easily shop for in Amazon, you can also browse for more options in my Boston Terrier clothes list.
Insider Tips: For a safe usage of dog clothes:
1- Get your pooch used to a sweater gradually.
2- Dog clothes are to be worn only under direct supervision.
3- Remove any clothing when you are not directly observing your pooch, such as at night, whilst at work and other hours.
4- Only use sweaters to take your Boston outdoors when it’s cold.
Use the How to Choose a Dog Sweater guide to get more details on this.
Because of their short hair, Bostons can't stand extremely cold weather. Even if the temperature is not too cold, Boston Terriers are indoor dogs. When you are taking your pooch outdoors in the cold, provide him with a sweater or coat, and even booties to keep him warm.
Yes, since they are not able to keep warm by themselves. Jackets, coats, sweaters… all these clothes help to keep Boston Terriers safe from the cold temperatures during those winter months.
It depends on your dog's preferences and previous experiences with snow. The only way to find out is to introduce your pooch to the snow and see how she reacts. Find out the 5 tips for winter walks with your Boston Terrier at Do Boston Terriers like snow? blog post.