If you are going out for brisk walks in cold weather and returning to shelter of a house then I don’t suppose many dogs need a coat unless they have a thin coat like a whippet. If your Maltese shivers when outside then a coat would be a good idea! I wanted to buy my hairy mutt one to try to keep the mud off but watching her career excitedly round the frosty garden this morning, rolling around in it, I think she isn’t cold and deals much better with the cold than hot days in summer. Not a fan of the craze for dog apparel like jumpers and bow ties although I often think she would rock a bandana😝
I wouldn't say a particularly brisk walk , i think he stops to sniff more than walk tbh . I really feel the cold , so were off out now with me looking like frosty the snowman ! i dont like bow ties and stuff either but bandanas are cool
My dog has his hair cut really short and he has an equafleece coat and equafleece jumpers , but he only wears them if it’s actually raining when we leave the house . However most of his walks are off lead and with him running about .
We only started putting a coat on our rescue spaniel cross last year when she was 10. I wouldn't put a coat on a young dog as a matter of course unless it's something like a whippet/greyhound or it appears to be cold on the walk. She is clipped regularly and we'd keep an eye on her when just clipped but she didn't seem in the slightest bit cold previously.
Another good way to easily check a dogs temperature is to feel the inside of their ears. Have a quick check before, during and after the walk. If he's getting colder then he may benefit from a fleece or coat
My DM kept insisting that one of our Staffies must be cold because she hardly has any fur. So she bought her a coat, which lasted for 2 walks before she'd dragged herself along anything rough she could and destroyed the coat.
I think you'd be able to tell if your dog is cold, they wouldn't be happy going out.
Bought an equafleece thanks to the recommendations in here. He's short haired so it has started coming out for very long walks. I'm sure he could cope without but it does often mean that he doesn't come home caked in mud (he's low to the ground, loves to chase and often rolls... It's not minor mud) and in need of a bath