Does your Morkie need a winter dog coat?

Does your Morkie need a winter dog coat?

If you live in a colder part of the world, it’s likely your Morkie DOES need a dog coat or heavy sweater. That’s because Morkies have HAIR, not fur. Most dogs have FUR, which  has a fluffy undercoat that provides excellent insulation.

Here’s some info about dog coats and dog sweaters for your Morkie.

Do dogs like coats?

Probably not. Some will even strike a freeze-frame and refuse to walk.

Loosen the coat off if you can, or better still, be sure and order the right size. Most manufacturers ask you to measure neck-to-tail and then the girth of your dog, at the chest and around the belly.

If in doubt, go a size bigger since you can always make adjustments, thanks to safety pins, sewing tape, etc. Too tight is not good.

How to keep your Morkie warm

raincoat for dog
Pick a raincoat that’s lined and waterproof.


windbreaker for dog
Windbreaker fabric makes for a good light coat.


Or a full-out SNOWSUIT for your Morkie!



dog sweater
A sweater for your Morkie can take the chill off. 


hoodie for dog
Fleece comes in lots of styles for dogs.


Or how about going glam, with a faux fur coat?


lined sweater for dogs
A lined sweater, or heavy sweater, is even better.


For heavy-duty winters, you can’t beat a parka.


Genuine Carhartt coats come in Morkie size!


The extra tough Carhartt brand has been popular since 1889. Made from heavy canvas, Carhartt gear is almost indestructible. Manufactured 100% in the USA, Carhartt made its name on blue collar uniform-type clothes. But today, Carhartt is hipster wear… even for dogs.

Got any spare Carhartt around the house?

Then why not make your own Carhartt Dog Coat.

There are several sites that show you how to make a Canine Carhartt Coat… You’ll need to adjust of course, for size.

where's the dogDog coats for your Morkie – for when the snow blows!

Check out the big selection of dog coats on or at your local pet store.

Don’t forget your Morkie’s delicate paws in the winter

Tiny paw pads are easily frozen, and road salt can make your dog sick if he licks it later… one solution is Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax, or any similar product made for dogs.

You can use this natural moisturizer on your Morkie’s nose too.

Book about dog care and Morkies

Should dogs wear clothes???

Should dogs wear clothes???

It’s a good question. If you’ve got a Morkie, Yorkie or Maltese, chances are your little buddy has at least a sweater or coat or two. Most toy dogs need some kind of protection against cold and wet weather. Even in warmer climates, they sometimes need protection from sunburn since their hair along the spine is thinner.

But what about dresses? Pajamas? Ballerina outfits?

Bella-in-bee-suitCrazy? Definitely.

Fun? Maybe. If your dog doesn’t mind and is comfortable wearing T-shirts, a sweater or something fancier, why not.

I joke with my friends that my little dog with no clothes is “naked” and that’s “very inappropriate.” And yeah, she has clothes. A lot of clothes. She has a Burberry coat. I shop at Target.

What do you think? Should small dogs wear clothes? Am I totally insane or am I just enjoying my toy dog to the max?

bad-to-the-bone  American Flag Dog Shirt_small



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