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Are Coats, Hats And Rain Gear A Necessity For Your Shih Tzu?
Since Mother Nature provides the Shih Tzu with its own outer fur coat you might think why bother with anything else. Little dogs, however, lose their body heat more quickly than the bigger dogs. Small Shih Tzu usually have a nice coat of hair, however, their small size still makes it necessary to add a little something else for colder temperatures. For these Shih Tzu it is like a necessity to provide them with something extra for those cold, blistery days outside. Outer garments will help the Shih Tzu to retain their body heat in colder temperatures.
When purchasing a coat for your Shih Tzu use the same good sense as you do when purchasing your own coat. Look for good construction. Wool and micro fiber fabric retain warmth. If you live in a climate that experiences cold winters look especially for materials made of wool and fleece. Be sure the coat covers the Shih Tzu enough to keep him warm.
The coat should fit the Shih Tzu comfortably around the neck, chest and armholes. Pay special attention to these areas and measurements when purchasing a coat. Coats donít normally stretch like a sweater does. Exact fit will be more important than when purchasing a sweater for your Shih Tzu.
What is the cost of a good Shih Tzu dog coat? Designer Shih Tzu coats can cost several hundreds of dollars. A coat purchased at a large pet supply store of which there are many of the same, can retail for $20 or less. If you live in an area like, Boston, New York, Maine or Minnesota where the winters can sometimes become severe you probably should invest a little more money than $20 on a coat for your Shih Tzu. Although cost does not always mean quality, sometimes the best of materials used to construct the garment will cost a little more. So look over the coat carefully when you purchase and be sure it is the quality you want before paying the higher price.
Lycra body suits are available as an alternative to the traditional coats. Since the Lycra is stretchy material the product fits well on most Shih Tzu. The legs are built into the suit so the whole Shih Tzu is covered securely. There are waterproof versions you can purchase for rainy climates. The Lycra suits are not quite as attractive as a faux fur or leather coat, but your Shih Tzu will most likely love the warmth and comfort Ė sort of like you wearing a pair of sweats as opposed to tight fitting jeans!
Whoever would think that a raincoat would come in handy for a Shih Tzu? They most certainly can be handy for your little Shih Tzu. Little Shih Tzu can quickly become miserable in the rain, and like chilled to the bone. If you live in a rainy climate, your little Shih Tzu would probably appreciate some sort of rain gear. As with all other Shih Tzu fashions, the choices can be overwhelming, there are so many for us today.
Hats and hoods are just adorable on a Shih Tzu, but especially adorable it seems on those little Shih Tzu Imperials and Teacups. It is true that humans lose most of their heat from their heads. Shih Tzu is not much different. A little hat or hood can also help your little Shih Tzu to retain body heat in colder climates.
Purchase hats or hoods that attach firmly in place. A chin strap is helpful. The hat or hood should fit comfortably around the Shih Tzuís ears. Shih Tzu has different sizes and shapes of heads, one size hat or hood does not fit all.
Now that your little Shih Tzu is dressed perfectly for your particular climate, have fun strutting down your favorite walking trail!
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