Many smaller dog breeds like wearing doggy coats on top of their already furtabulous coats. But why?
For starters, smaller dogs often have a harder time retaining heat in the winter months. They also have shorter legs, and depending on body type, their bellies may hang closer to the cold ground while out for their walks. Also, many toy and small breeds, like Chihuahuas, Toy Poodles, Italian Greyhounds, and Yorkshire Terriers have thin fur, and need an extra layer for warmth when it’s cold out, Pet MD reports.
And, let’s not forget about those Miniature Pinschers, either! Take Griffin, a sweet MinPin who loves to model the latest doggy fashion trends and burrow in blankets every chance he gets.
Griffin recently underwent emergency surgery to amputate a back leg after he fell off the bed, but his 3-legged status hasn't cramped his fashion style. Following his surgery, which was made possible through donations made to Phinney’s, Griffin has been just as much as of a dog-gone fashionista as he was before his accident.
Recently, Tina even received made-to-order doggy coats from CozyCoatsPDX, an Etsy store that designs coats and fashion pieces for small dogs like Griffin. The business owner, Jennifer Wetherell, who donated through Phinney’s toward Griffin’s care, said that dogs with special needs deserve special attention and care put into their clothing.
"They need to be warm and protected, and they deserve the best fit possible," said Jennifer, who takes a lot of pride in her craft.
It’s great to hear that dogs with physical challenges like Griffin can get the doggy coats they need to stay warm and comfortable. Nothing like creativity and drive!