10 Reasons Why Your Chihuahua Needs Clothes

There’s no denying the fact that Chihuahuas look cute when wearing clothes. However, there are other reasons why you should dress your Chihuahua…

Protects Against Insects: From fleas and ticks to mosquitoes and ants, Chihuahuas are frequently exposed to a variety of pests. Some of these pests are nothing more than a nuisance, but others can transmit serious and potentially fatal infectious disease. A shirt or sweater can protect your furry four-legged companion against common pests such as these. Promotes Socialization:

Dressing your Chihuahua in clothes attracts attention when in public, which helps to socialize your pup and prevent behavioral problems like aggression later down the road. Keeps Your Chihuahua Warm: Being the world’s smallest dog breed, Chihuahuas don’t tolerate cold climates as well as larger breeds. When a Chihuahua is exposed to sub-freezing temperatures, his body temperature may drop to dangerously low levels, a condition known as a hypothermia. A warm shirt or sweater protects against hypothermia by slowing down the rate at which your Chihuahua loses heat. Keeps your Chihuahua Dry: A raincoat will keep your Chihuahua dry in snowy or rainy weather, further protecting against hypothermia. Minimizes Shedding: While there’s no way to stop your Chihuahua from shedding, dressing him in a shirt or sweater prevents loose hair from escaping his coat. Protects Against Sunburn: Prolonged exposure to the hot mid-day sun can burn a Chihuahua’s skin, increasing the risk of skin cancer. You can protect your

Chi from sunburn, however, by dressing him in a light shirt. Protects Paws. You can protect your Chihuahua’s paws from sharp rocks, gravel, broken sticks, ice and debris with “paw wear.” Chihuahuas are the Perfect Size: With an average weight of just 2 to 6 pounds, Chihuahuas are the perfect size for dressing in clothes. You can easily dress and undress your Chihuahua in just minutes. Protects Against Skin Allergies. Clothes can protect your Chihuahua from skin allergies (contact dermatitis), a condition from which approximately 15% of all dogs suffer. By creating a barrier between your Chihuahua’s skin and the environment, allergens like pollen, mold and trace chemicals won’t reach him as easily. More Photo Opportunities: You’ll probably take more photos when your Chihuahua is dressed in cute outfits, posting and sharing these moments with friends.