When it comes to choosing the right jumper, it’s important to remember every pet is different. Dog jumpers are designed to be fun and enjoyable for your dog so if they’re showing signs of stress and discomfort then the jumper should always be removed.
As a general rule, dog coats and jumpers should never be worn for a long period of time.
For maximum comfort, you should always aim for a material that is stretchy to allow your dog to move freely. Knitwear provides this moveability however it can sometimes be itchy. To avoid itchy knitwear, choose a fleece-like material.
Cable knit will always be warmer, so if your dog really suffers from the cold, it’s wiser to choose a jumper that has a cable knit design.
Fleece generally tends to be warmer than traditional wool so the material you choose will depend heavily on the level of warmth you want the jumper to provide.
The most important thing to consider when thinking about the shape is the exact measurements of your dog. It’s also helpful to check the size guide of the product you’re looking at because general sizes, such as S, M, L, vary.
If your dog has a thick neck and suffers from breathing problems, it’s wiser to get a jumper that starts at the base of the neck, rather than a turtle-neck, so your dog remains comfortable.
It’s also important to consider the give in the jumper. If your dog is growing then a velcro option will provide more freedom and flexibility.
Applique and Embroidery
Be wary of those cheeky pups that are prone to chewing. Avoid jumpers with pom-poms, tassels or buttons on them.
What to look for
When looking for a product, it’s always important to read the reviews and see how that product has worked for other buyers and whether it’s true to size and the description.