If you are planning on attending a formal event, and want to take a pet to it, then why not look at dressing them for the occasion. There are dog tuxedos available for many different breeds. The smaller lap dogs are the ones that tend to look the cutest in formal ware, but large dog clothes are available on the market too.
It’s hard to beat the appeal of a chihuahua in a tuxedo. They already look adorable, but in a tuxedo they have a ‘wise beyond their years’ appearance that is hard to resist.
Dog tuxedos are designed with sizes ranging from 10″ chest up to 32″ chest for most brands. This means that they will fit most dogs. Simply measure around the chest to determine what size to buy.
If you find that the standard brands don’t work for you, then you may want to get a custom-made one, designed specifically for your breed. This will ensure that the arms fit better, and that the tuxedo actually follows the profile of your dog.
Dressing up dogs in formal wear is becoming a popular thing, and it is generally safe to do as long as you make sure that the fabric is suitable for the dog to wear, there is nothing sharp, and the collars are designed in a way that won’t pose a risk to the dog.
See our recent post about bark collars for dogs
You should make sure that any tuxedo or other item of clothing that you buy for your dog fits properly, and allows the dog to move properly. In some countries, it is classed as animal cruelty to put a dog or any other pet into an ill-fitting costume that restricts their movement.
Dressing a dog in the winter can be a good thing, because it ensures that they stay warm and dry. In contrast, putting a dog in a costume in the summer could be a bad thing, and something that will leave the dog in danger of overheating, which could lead to serious health problems. This is particularly true given how warm the last couple of summers have been in many parts of the world. Make sure that your dog is well hydrated, and that they are able to get shelter during the day. Don’t walk your dog at midday when it is very hot, and don’t leave them outside unless they have easy access to shade and water in your garden.
Dog clothing can be a bit of fun if it is worn responsibly, but it is something that you should research first. Choose it responsibly and make sure that you know that you are putting your dog in something that it will feel comfortable in. Avoid anything too ornate with sequins or beads which could come loose and pose a choking hazard. Pick things that are simple and well cut, and that you can be confident your dog will be able to wear safely. If you do that, then you can take your dog out in confidence and with pride.