Pitbull Clothes

by Patricia

Hello everyone,

The weather has become pretty cold and I found my 1 year old dog doesn't want to go outside because of it.

I saw a few pictures of pits with hoodies/sweatshirts on, and I thought they looked so handsome!

Problem is, the weather is cold but not snowing cold (we live in florida). For example, the low today is in the 30s and the high is in the 60s. I worry that if I get him something too warm it may overheat him (although I usually overheat before he does, which says a lot because I'm the type of person that's always cold!).

Any suggestions on companies that have good quality clothes for pits? Any suggestions on material for not-so-cold weather?

Thanks for the help!

Gale's Reply:

I've heard good things about Weatherbeeta. And, they do make coats for milder climates. We live in Arkansas (in the mountains) where it does get snow and get pretty chilly. So our dogs get the full-blown winter coat treatment. Be interesting to see what others have to say.

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Dec 10, 2010
pittie coats
by: Ashley Tucker Rogers

I usually try to hit up the sales at either PetSmart or Care-A-Lot. I buy them sweatshirts which are great for that in between weather. My girls get cold pretty easy so I have a bunch of sweaters and fleeces. Another benefit: People seem to be more accepting of pits when they have cloths on! :)

Dec 10, 2010
Jacket Solution
by: Cait

My Pittie is a pretty petite one, we rescued her from a warmer climate and she has not wanted to go outside. We searched around and I honestly think that this coat is one of the best brands going : http://www.ruffwear.com/Cloud-Chaser-Soft-Shell-Jacket?sc=2&category=12

Its simple to measure, just measure the chest girth. We have the cloud chaser but we're also interested in getting the fleece. The cloud chaser fits her perfectly, is easy to put on and is durable. The underside is made out of a stretchy spandex which keeps her warm and allows her to run after her Frisbee without restricted movement. The top part is water proof and has a thin layer of fleeece. It fits snuggly and keeps her body heat from escaping, without overheating her.

They are however a bit pricey, but I was able to shop around online and got mine for about $50...its worth every penny though. She now doesn't mind going outside and we can actually go for long walks and hikes. (We live in New England and it has kept her warm on 10 degree days and doesn't over heat her even in 50 degree weather). I took an old sweatshirt of mine and cut it and sewed it to fit her, but it fits awkwardly and restricts her movement. I feel like this product is worth the money for its functionality and ease of use.

Sorry for the lengthy response, just so happy with this product I had to share!
Best of luck, stay warm!

Dec 10, 2010
Old Navy
by: Rebecca M.

Of all places, the best coat I ever got for my pit bull is from Old Navy. I apprrciate that they sell coats and clothes for dogs that are bigger than 20 lbs, and it was around $15.

Dec 10, 2010
by: Patricia

Thank you for the advice! I'm going to check out all these sites. :) My pit is 54lbs, I don't think he's going to get much bigger than that. Hopefully I'll be able to find something for him with your help.

I appreciate it!


Dec 10, 2010
One more thing!
by: Patricia

I just realized most of these coats are for dogs on a leash that attaches to the collar. I put a harness on my dog Bowser. Does anyone know of any coats that will work for dogs on a harness?

Dec 10, 2010
Lands' End
by: Crissy

Ok... don't judge... we just bought our Puck the hoodie jacket & rain jacket from Lands' End... LOL... we don't even shop there... If he could, he would spend everyday, all day inside during the winter!

Anyways, it came in the mail today & fit our 56lb pit like a glove! Who would have thought these big ol' tough dogs were really just sensitive beasts!


Good luck!

Dec 10, 2010
by: Patricia

Haha Crissy I can't judge! I'm trying to dress my dog too. ;)

Thanks for that site! The hoodie looks adorable. :) Thanks!

Dec 11, 2010
Dog Harness Coat
by: Gale

Hey Patricia: There are actually dog harness coats that have the harness built in. I've never used one myself. Perhaps someone else has though.

Dec 14, 2010
by: Patricia

I will look into that. Thanks again!

Dec 16, 2010
fido fleece
by: Anonymous

Fido fleece is really nice on the premeier website.

Dec 19, 2010
by: Patricia

I ended up buying a hoodie from Lands End and it fits him great! Thanks for the advice! He's snuggling in it now. :)

I will probably end up buying more of these hoodies since he really enjoys this one so much. :) I thought he would fight to get it off but he really enjoys it.

Dec 21, 2010
clothes don't fit right
by: Anonymous

I've been looking for a winter jacket (something that is waterproof) for my pit bull since last winter! She needs one that covers most of her belly (not just a strap underneath that holds it on). However, I've had the hardest time finding anything that fits her properly because her chest is wider than most dogs. I do have 2 hoodies for her which take the chill off but get soaking wet in the snow... Anyone know a brand that would make something to fit my girl and keep her dry?

Dec 22, 2010
Did you check this out?
by: Anonymous

In the second comment it had this link:


It seems to cover all of the belly and protects against water.

Jan 06, 2011
Glad I can sew!
by: Nancy

My Lacey was a rescue and after being abused in her other life, she minds the cold terribly. We are on a limited income and can't afford to buy a winter coat for our dog, but thankfully I can sew, knit, and crochet! So far she has a knitted fall/spring sweater, a fleece winter coat, a pair of waterproof booties that she despises, and a pair of fleece booties that she loves, and I am planning a sheepskin-lined imitation leather coat with front legs and a hood, and a hoodie made from fleece and airbag fabric (for the rubberized backing, which will make the hoodie waterproof and wind-proof.

Jan 06, 2011
Custom Dog Sweaters
by: Anonymous

I had a custom fleece sweater made for our pit bull, Gremlin. The shop name is Hoverfly on Etsy. This one is similar to the one I bought: http://www.etsy.com/listing/65038991/black-and-grey-leopard-print-dog-sweater
They are reasonably priced and well made.

Feb 22, 2011
by: Anonymous

The best way to make sure you're buying the right clothes is to ask someone from a pet shop, or maybe contact the on-line providers. I had some questions too when I started buying dog clothes, but I was lucky: I found this site: http://www.lolaandrocky.com and emailed them my questions. I was very surprised to see that they sent me a very quick answer for all my questions so i decided to buy dog clothes from them, and it proved to be a good choice.
Good luck with your search

Mar 25, 2011
cold weather clothing
by: Rivka

This stuff is cheap so don't read this if you like to spend money.

Go to the second hand store and pick up some pullover hoodies or sweatshirts - usually two year old size is fine. Cut off the sleeves at an appropriate length for your dog. Gather it up, pull it over your head then tell your dog to 'shake'. Place your hand around the claws and pull through the sleeve. Ta-da! Warm clothing! Roll the hoodie section up so that you have a neck muffler to keep the wind from blowing through.

Alternatively, you could take a tuck with the sewing machine in the sleeve so you can leave the stretch knit cuff on.

For a full body snowsuit, buy a 6X sleeper with feet. Cut out the crotch and the feet just below the elastic. Put it on backwards to the zipper goes up the back. You can roll the legs up but if it is too long for the back legs you can always sew over the zipper a few times and then cut to fit. I would recommend some elastic around the bottom of the back legs to help tighten the legs a bit to prevent a cold breeze.

Boom! you are done. The hoodie cost me a dollar and the sleeper was $4.99 at Savers.

I also found a fleece coat at Ross for $5.00.

My dog has arthritis in her spine and the combination of the snowsuit and fleece coat make the weather tolerable for my senior pit girl.

Three items for $11.00. Not bad

Nov 21, 2011
Sweaters for Pit Bulls
by: Hoverfly

Hi, I am the owner of the shop mentioned above (hoverfly.etsy.com)--Did a Google search for my shop name today and ran across this message thread. BTW: love your adorable dogs in the top hats!)

I make custom fit sweaters for Pit Bulls (about $25). My vet owns a lovely little girl who is therapy dog trained and such a wonderful little dog, but when my vet takes her out to play at off-leash parks, other dog owners sometimes yell at her for bringing a "pit bull" (as if their dogs are even half as well-mannered as her dog.)

Anyway, we're doing an experiment. I gave her a pink plaid and a pink polka dot sweater for her girl to wear while at work (since she's a vet, the dog comes to work and meets all the other "clients", both the 2-legged and 4-legged kind.) She told me that the reaction has been great--people are much less fearful of her dog when she's wearing her pink sweater.

Pictures of her in her pink sweater are on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hoverflyshop

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