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We could all benefit from wearing a few extra layers when we venture out into cold weather, and that goes for dogs, too.
Despite having fur, most dogs, with the exception of mountain and husky breeds, are susceptible to freezing temperatures, just like people are. That’s why, in addition to a dog sweater or coat, a winter dog hat that’s made of a soft knit or fleece material is a great accessory depending on your dog’s tolerance. Some dogs prefer hats to jackets, in fact. If you do try a dog hat on your pet, go slow and be sure to respond to their cues. If they’re nervous or upset, no need to push it.
Before ordering a winter dog hat, it’s a good idea to measure your dog’s head from the widest point in front of the ears. Otherwise, you might end up with a dog hat that’s too small or too loose. By measuring, you’ll ensure it’s a paw-fect fit.
To jump-start your shopping experience, we’ve rounded up our picks for the eight best winter dog hats below. Some even come with matching scarves!
Designed for small dogs with up to a 14-inch neckline, this fashionable gray knit hat with blue pom-poms also comes with a coordinating scarf to complete the look.
This winter dog hat has a lot going for it — it’s made of a soft and breathable knit material, has cute bear ears, and comes in a vibrant red color. Plus, it has slits to let your dog’s ears hang out.
If Chanel made winter dog hats, they would likely look something like this one with its pastel pink faux fur material, butterfly-shaped brooch, and two hanging pom-poms. It also contains elastic bands help keep the hat in place.
Similar to a hat, a snood helps warm your dog’s ears, neck, and head when worn. This one, made of soft yarn, has a panda design and comes in small to large sizes to fit a wide range of breeds.
Available in large and extra-large sizes, this trapper-style hat is made of soft cotton and utilizes Velcro to ensure that the hat stays on your dog.
This simple but high-quality blue cable knit hat is the perfect option for medium-sized dogs. It can be worn with the ears sticking out or tucked inside.
With this colorful knit hat and its blue yarn fringe detail, your dog will stand out from the pack (while keeping his noggin toasty). It has an adjustable strap and is meant to be worn over the ears.
This reindeer motif hat and scarf set is made of sweater-quality acrylic material and is all you need to make your dog winter photo-shoot ready.