UK Dog Clothes: Make Your Pooch A Fashion Icon
UK Dog Clothing is a booming market in today's age and will no doubt continue to rise! That is why we have done an in depth analysis of the types of products that are popular at the minute for your pooch!
You can now buy all manner of doggy clothes from hoodies, and superhero fancy dress costumes to onesies and princess outfits, believe it or not, there is even a growing market in wigs for dogs.
While some people buy dog jumpers to keep their canine companions warm in the winter months, the growth of social media has resulted in many pet owners buying funny dog outfits purely for photoshoots and the popularity of amusing pictures of dressed-up dogs means this trend is likely to continue.
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The History of Clothes for Dogs
You could be mistaken for thinking that clothes for dogs are a modern-day phenomenon however, it may surprise you to know that dressed up dogs have been bringing a smile to our faces for over a hundred years.
Dogs have been man’s best friend for centuries and for almost as long royalty and the aristocracy have been decorating their canine companions, of course in those days it wasn’t tutu’s and Star Wars costumes for dogs, but rather intricate collars made from precious metals and adorned with jewels.
King Louis V1 was known to have commissioned a solid gold collar encrusted with rubies for his favourite Greyhound; Cher Ami (dear friend). Over the years the practice of dressing dogs in outfits became popular in royal courts and there are paintings of fully clothed dogs from as early as the 18th century. Rather than obtaining the puppy clothes from a dog clothing boutique, they were miniature human outfits.
In 1833 Princess Victoria wrote in her diary about dressing her beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
“dressed dear, sweet little Dash in a scarlet jacket and blue trousers.”
The French author and journalist Paul Henri Mégnin of the time wrote about canine couture as did Alfred Barbou who recorded cases of pampered pooches wearing seasonal outfits, silk jackets, and intricately embroidered coats.
Of course, as with us humans, Paris was the centre of fashion for dogs and Madame Ledouble is widely regarded as the pioneer of doggy couture, operating out of a shop in the Galerie d’Orleans at the Palais Royal. By the 1890’s clothes for dogs were definitely a thing, in fact, the renowned canine tailor Vivier was designing clothes for clients from Paris London and New York.
UK dog fashion was also becoming increasingly popular, in 1896 the Cheltenham chronicle produced an article calling the craze “fashionable foolishness” and provided an itemised bill from a dog tailor to prove their point, by this time the middle classes were also dressing their four-legged friends in travelling coats and beach outfits.
These days there is every imaginable outfit for dogs, and cheap prices mean everyone can kit out their best friend for a few pounds. Dogs even have their own seasonal fashion shows were canine supermodels strut their stuff down the inappropriately named catwalk.
How to Measure for Dog Clothing
Measuring your dog is essential, as sizes for dog clothes can vary greatly and be confusing most UK dog clothes cater for the teeniest of dogs, so your ''small'' Frenchie may be a “large” in dog clothing. We recommend the following guidelines and advise that you choose the size which gives your pet room to move and feel comfortable.
Although this guide shows you how to measure your dog in addition, please ensure you check the product specifications as sizes vary depending on size and brand.
Dog Clothes Measuring Guide
How to get your dog used to wearing clothes
Dogs are more likely to accept wearing clothes if they start from an early age. While you may have no intention of dressing up Fido the day may come when you take him to a special occasion or he needs a coat or jumper to keep warm.
However, don’t worry if you haven’t covered this in training or have perhaps acquired a rescue dog you can still get them to become accustomed to wearing doggy clothes.
It’s better, to begin with, something that’s easy to wear and fastens under the stomach rather than having to pull the garment over your dog’s head which can be frightening.
Teaching your four-legged friend to have a positive attitude to the clothes before he actually wears them is quite simple, let him sniff and look at the outfit and reward this behaviour, the next step is to move the outfit closer to the pup and reward him for standing in place.
Once he is comfortable with this gently touch his side with the clothes or drape them over his back again with lots of positive re-enforcement and treats, finally if this goes well fasten the outfit and again use lots of praise and rewards.
Only keep the outfit on your dog for a couple of minutes at first distracting him with praise or play then as soon as the clothes are removed stop the fun, in time he will associate good things with clothes and instead of merely tolerating them will actually enjoy wearing them.
Blueberry Pet Vintage Tinsel Knit Fair Isle Dog Jumper
This fair isle jumper comes in several patterns and is perfect for small to medium-sized dogs. Made from 100% acrylic with gold thread running through it is durable and easy to care for, keeping your pooch warm and stylish.
Rubie's Official Star Wars Ewok Pet Dog Costume
Made by Rubie’s who offer a full range of fun fancy dress costumes for dogs this US designed product complies with EU regulations. It comes in a range of sizes to suit all dogs and is perfect for puppy parties
Official Rubie's DC Comics Batgirl Pet Dog Costume Tutu Dress
Not all Rubie’s fantastic range of funny dog outfits are for boys, in fact, this official licensed DC comics black and gold costume is one all four-legged batgirls will want to get their paws on. It comes in a range of sizes from small to extra-large.
So, there you have it, dog fashion in the UK is nothing new and people have been dressing their canine companions for 100s of years. Whether you want to impress at family gatherings, parties, keep your pooch warm and cosy or simply take some hilarious photos, there are funny outfits, jumpers and fancy- dress costumes for every four-legged fashionista.
The good news is; you don’t need to break the bank anymore for doggie clothes along with dog boutiques you can buy costumes for dogs just about anywhere even in your local supermarket.
Large chains offer puppy clothing and shopping online gives you a huge choice of styles, colours, and sizes. As mentioned above sizes do vary so always check measurements before ordering and it goes without saying that no dog should be left unsupervised while wearing any outfit.
Whether you are searching for dog dresses or looking for some cosy pyjamas, the wide selection will ensure your canine companion will be dressed to impress.
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