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Does your pooch need winter wear?

Many animal experts agree that while some bigger, furrier breeds are able to romp around in the snow in just their collar, other pooches may need a little extra protection during the winter seasons. According to the Wall Street Journal, some pet parents may want to make sure their four-footed friend dons a jacket during walks on blustery days.

Breeds such as German shepherds, Labrador retrievers and Siberian huskies are likely able to stand cold weather in just their natural coat, smaller breeds may not be able to cope as well outside. Breeds that may benefit from a jacket or sweater include bichon frises, Chihuahuas, dachshunds, Boston terriers, miniature pinschers and other animals. Additionally, it may be wise to give older dogs an extra layer of protection no matter what their breed.

"When we think of the working and sporting dogs, these are the ones less likely to need protection," Stephen Zawistowski, science adviser to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), told the news source. "Lap dogs need it the most."

The ASPCA reminds pet guardians that dogs who don't like cold temperatures still need plenty exercise. Canines may prefer to walk in wooded areas this time of year where they will be sheltered from the wind.
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