We often have adorable Chihuahuas in adorable clothes show up on our Facebook page. Sometimes the pet parents are given a hard time because of those clothes. The usual statement is something to the effect “Your dog is not a doll to play dress up with” or “let dogs be dogs” or “my dog hates clothes; I would never force her to wear them”.
All of those are valid viewpoints but not really fair to people who choose to dress their Chihuahuas. There are some very valid reasons to dress your dog. And contrary to popular belief, not all dogs hate it. Many dogs love dressing up. I know this first hand (not with my Chihuahua but with one of my big dogs).
Reasons to Dress Your Chi:
- Protection: Clothes can provide protection from the elements. It can protect them from getting burnt by the sun; and boots and shoes can protect their paws from hot cement, ice, sharp rocks and glass, salt or deicer chemicals.
- Cuteness: You can’t deny the cuteness factor of a little Chi girl in a frilly dress or a little Chihuahua boy looking dapper in a cute outfit. Many Chihuahuas love the attention they get from looking so cute in their clothes.
Reasons NOT to Dress Your Chihuahua:
- Your dog hates wearing clothes and totally freaks out when you try to put them on.
- Your dog easily gets overheated (usually not an issue with Chihuahuas).
So do I dress my Chihuahuas? Yes and no. I do have a few sweaters that I put on theirs when it’s just too chilly. They hate it but at least they stay warm. I’d love to dress theirs up in pretty little dresses but they are one of those dog’s that just really hate wearing clothes so I don’t force the issue.
So to answer the question, “Does my Chihuahua need clothing?” the answer is really up to you. I believe Chihuahuas being the cold natured little critters they are, do need some clothing, at least enough to be comfortable and warm. The rest is up to you and your Chihuahua.
Do you dress your Chi? Why or why not? Feel free to leave a photo of your Chihuahua in their clothes in the comments.