Does my dog need a coat in the cold?

Like you, we think of our dogs as the perfect adventure partners (because they are). And while we humans bundle up for adventures during slight temperature drops, sometimes it’s hard to gauge whether or not our dogs want a coat on top of their coat.

Since their tails wag in rain or shine, it’s our job to understand which dogs need gear in certain conditions. With winter in full swing, one common, important piece of equipment is the coat.

Here’s how to tell if you adventure buddy needs one:

Certain dogs need coats more than others.

Dogs with short, thin hair will likely need a coat during winter. But according to the Daily Puppy, it’s more important to determine if your dog has a single or double coat. Single-coated dogs like the Maltese have both long and short hair but are unable to tolerate the cold as well as double-coated breeds like the Husky.

But, when the weather dips below freezing, almost all creatures should bundle up.

Many dogs can stand the cold, but once it dips below freezing (ahem, polar vortex), most bets are off – especially for those smaller dogs.

Darlene Arden, certified animal behavior consultant, told Steve Dale of Pet World that any small dog (21 pounds or less) needs a coat. She also notes some larger dogs like the Greyhound would benefit from a jacket. Pedigree also suggests using a coat if you live in an area where temperatures dip below freezing and/or you leave your dog outside for extended periods of time.

If you’re looking for a coat to keep your dog warm without looking silly, try the waterproof, wind-resistant Alcott Adventure Jacket.