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help me decide, should i buy 3 month old puppy a coat? perhaps this quesetion should be in the weather section?

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youfhearted Sat 09-Feb-13 12:00:55

it is cold today but i dont think the forecast is too bad.
and she is a puppy and will grow, and is due to go out for a walk from about now but probably wont walk for long. Well she should nt walk for long.

Floralnomad Sat 09-Feb-13 12:06:22

My Patterdale has a Equafleece coat and an Equafleece jumper . We use the jumper mainly . He wears it in the rain as it is water repellant and when its cold if he has just had his hair cut . It's also very good when its muddy as its only his legs that need dealing with and his body is clean/ dry . So I'd say yes if only for convenience . Wet dog 3X a day is no fun !

welliesplease Sat 09-Feb-13 12:10:08

Every dog I ever got a coat for chewed them off. Made me think they don't really like them.hmm

digerd Sat 09-Feb-13 18:14:20

Depends on the age of the pup and the breed, size. Up to 3 months my pups didn't go out of the garden, but they were small breed and tiny.

youfhearted Sat 09-Feb-13 21:58:15

is 3 months now,
i think i will wait a while

UterusUterusGhali Sun 10-Feb-13 01:48:14

My 2yo Staffie really feels the cold.
Watching with interest, as I've never had such a soft dog and wonder if a coat will be silly.
She doesn't like her harness.

LittleChimneyDroppings Sun 10-Feb-13 02:06:49

What sort of dog? If it was a chinese crested, i would say yes. But most dogs grow a winter coat anywy.

UterusUterusGhali Sun 10-Feb-13 02:32:24

So do I, Chimney. grin

Most dogs are cosseted wimps though, surely? Like mine

LittleChimneyDroppings Sun 10-Feb-13 02:51:44

Meh, they seem to be cosseted wimps these days! <old gimmer>

youfhearted Sun 10-Feb-13 08:48:57

she is a jack russell and i read that thye dont grow their adultcoat til7 months. the weather forecast for this weeks seemsto be wet.

digerd Sun 10-Feb-13 14:05:55

OP at 3 months and being a small JR, I would not take him for walks in this weather, and he doesn't need walks at his age. Wait until he is older and is Spring, then he'll love it. I know lots of JRs as adults and they never wear a coat, even in this weather as so active.
Met a 2 year-old recently and owner said she loves playing rough with large dogs and once she and the labrador fell into the canal while playing on its banks - so beware!

needastrongone Sun 10-Feb-13 17:24:28

I refuse to buy our 16 week old springer puppy one, regardless of how much he shivers!! He's a working breed though and has a penchant for muddle puddles. Only starts to shiver at the very end of our walks or if he's chucked himself in a lake!

I would vary my decision depending in size and breed, yes with a small JRT.

needastrongone Sun 10-Feb-13 17:24:52


fanoftheinvisibleman Sun 10-Feb-13 17:29:22

My border terrier has one but to be honest I use it sparingly and for my benefit rather than his.

I only use it on the wetest of days (like today is here) when it saves on a little of the mess we bring back in from the woods. I think he has worn it 4 or 5 times all winter.

youfhearted Sun 10-Feb-13 21:50:02

they dont need walks do you say? shock
only started yesterday - in training really, so i agree not a real proper walk as such. just a lesson in walking

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