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Are winter coats an absolute necessity? Sofie will just be going out for potty breaks, maybe a short romp n the snow and an occasional walk if the weather/temp is not freezing. If so, where is a good place to purchase the oat?.


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Are winter coats an absolute necessity? Sofie will just be going out for potty breaks, maybe a short romp n the snow and an occasional walk if the weather/temp is not freezing. If so, where is a good place to purchase the oat?.


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It's only necessary if she seems cold! Kodi doesn't wear a coat when he just goes out to potty unless it's VERY cold (like single digits F) and windy. If we're going on a longer walk, and it's below freezing, he does wear a coat, because he's obviously more comfortable with one. The "built-in coat" of most havs is not very weather proof. They tend to wick up water, and wind can usually get right through, down to the skin. Also, because they're small, they don't have much body mass to protect against the cold.


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I use more like a vest for mine. It doesn't get that cold here in Oregon but I think it helps.

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I have a winter coat for Brody, but it gets ridiculously cold up here. It was around -30C this week and Brody was happy to have the coat. If it didn't get that cold, I wouldn't bother, but I'm not super big on clothes for dogs.

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I have a winter coat for Brody, but it gets ridiculously cold up here. It was around -30C this week and Brody was happy to have the coat. If it didn't get that cold, I wouldn't bother, but I'm not super big on clothes for dogs.
I agree! Kodi doesn't ever wear clothes he doesn't need. I'm not into dress up either. Leashes, yes. I will admit to having a ridiculous leash collection. But not clothes!


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I'm not one for dressing up their dog either but last year was a nightmare to get the huge snowballs that got formed onto Lincoln's coat (especially the legs/thighs). He LOVES the snow and romping around in it with the kids-- and living in northern new england that is how our next 5 months will be spent But, since it was so hard to get these snowballs off of him I looked into outerwear but there are very few with sleeves. I just ordered the Hurtta overalls (wanted to combat slush suit but 88 bucks is a bit much...) So, we'll see how it goes. I don't plan to put it on him for potty breaks- just when we plan to play outside for a while.
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My guys dont wear coats or sweaters unless they are going to be outside a long time, or playing in the snow. Laila might wear one, only because she is so tiny and I keep her hair short - but otherwise, it really isnt necessary unless it is really cold.

I had sweaters made for all my guys, with legs, for snow, simply to keep the "ice balls" down - and with Laila I put a coat on top.
I think it depends on how cold and wet it is , and how long they are out in it.
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Good information here. Where do you recommend I look to purchase a coat? I know the pet stores would have them, but usually limited styles. Any online sites?l I would prefer a moderate price range. My DH would probably have issues with a high end coat. :-)
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Good information here. Where do you recommend I look to purchase a coat? I know the pet stores would have them, but usually limited styles. Any online sites?l I would prefer a moderate price range. My DH would probably have issues with a high end coat. :-)
Actually, Petco has a number of options, and they are among the cheapest you will find. There are a few makers of high quality coats on Etsy, but they are also more expensive. The advantage of going with hand made is that Havs are a funny shape. Not as long and narrow as a dachshund, but they don't fit off-the rack sizes very well either. usually, if it fits well AROUND the body, it's not long enough in the back.


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Try www.royalfifi.net . Custom made, absolutely worth the extra money (IMHO). Comes from Europe, shipping included in price, email first to see what the wait time is.

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