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11 Dogs Who Look Downright Dashing In Their Cozy Seasonal Sweaters

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It's that time of year again when the weather outside can easily take a turn toward the frighteningly frigid - but just like humans, beloved animal companions feel cold too.

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So, when the mercury drops, pet-size sweaters are often the best solution for keeping canines cozy, comfortable and chic to boot.

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While some dogs come naturally equipped to handle falling temperatures with thick coats of dense fur, there are a few in particular who could certainly benefit from a bit of extra protection during the coldest months.

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Veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker told The Dodo which types of pups make the best candidates for winter wear:

"When it comes to cold-weather clothing for dogs, I recommend that owners of three kinds of canine consider sweaters or other clothing: small dogs, dogs who are elderly or ill, and greyhounds, whippets or dogs with similar body types that carry very little fat, especially if they have short hair."

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"All these types of dog may have a tough time generating and maintaining body heat, and a little help keeping warm outdoors is a good idea. They may need to wear a sweater or pajamas indoors, too, if you've got the heat turned down to save on heating bills," says Becker.

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But keeping pets too bundled up unnecessarily can pose problem of its own, particularly if the weather doesn't call for sweaters.

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As Dr. Mark Johnston, of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, points out, "Dressing [dogs] in a coat diminishes the animal's ability to regulate their own body temperature and could be detrimental if the animal gets too hot. Too high a temperature is more of a risk to the dog's health than too low a temperature."

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Pet owners who have their dogs donning sweaters and jackets are advised to keep a close eye on their dog for signs of discomfort - like excessive panting, or the animal scratching at the clothing itself.

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In addition to the occasional sweater, the Humane Society suggests dogs should be kept safe from the cold in other ways as well - for example, when the worst winter chills strike, make sure your best friend's indoors.

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