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Old 11-11-2012, 02:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Looking to buy a Winter coat/jacket and sweater for Basset please!

Hey all

We are over in the UK and winter is rapidly approaching, as our gorgeous Basset Derek is getting a bit older (he is 2 now) and his belly is hanging down a bit lower we want to get him a nice coat for winter time to keep him warm and dry in the rainy, snowy weather and also get him a couple of funky knitted sweaters for him when it is freezing cold but not wet. Can anyone recommend coats and sweaters that are specifically for bassets or that fit bassets well please?

Derek is 2 now, he is a big boy but still has a bit of growing to do but at the mo he measures 31" neck to backside and around his chest he is also approx 31".

We don't mind if we buy the clothes from the US or from UK so please any help or recommendations would be very much appreciated.

Many Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here in the states, petsmart and petco are the bigger petstore chains, you can try them.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I bought my last boy Spencer a coat from this site:

Howlin' Hounds Home Page

You provide the dog's measurements & the coat is custom-made. The coat fit him well & I was happy with the quality of it.

You can see a picture of Spencer wearing his coat on the site. Click on "Happy Customers" & scroll a little less than 1/2 way down. He's "Spencer of OH"

Edited to add: I just re-read your post about your baby's belly hanging low. These coats do not go all around the belly. They do have a band that goes under the belly & closes with velcro. Not sure if that would help your situation though!
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've just been over on another thread about putting coats on Bassets.

Don't The natural coat of the Basset should be more than enough to keep even the worst of Winter weather out - especially if he's only 2 and fit and not left standing around outside.

I've lived out in Canada with our Bassets, and even in the worst of a Canadian Winter (much as we rarely ventured out in a blizzard ) they had no coats. I'd be out there digging paths through the deepest of the snow, for the males (not being too graphic, but ouch) but otherwise coats were not necessary. And one of ours went up to Hudson Bay and he didn't have any extra coat other than the one he grew himself!! For sure Bassets can survive a British Winter. The trouble with coating a breed that doesn't need a coat, is they may not grow the natural coat they need - we've done horrible things with central heating/air conditioning as it is.

Yes, my Whippet has 3 coats for whatever the weather is doing, but there's no way I'd coat my now single Basset. No way! Another thing, although we can shed layers when we feel too hot, they can't.

Please don't do this - there is no need with a properly bred Basset, unless he's very old when it might just be necessary

Edit - Yes, the only thing that goes around the belly will be the 'girth strap'...... if he's that hanging - get some weight off him?

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Old 11-12-2012, 07:35 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm with Franksmum on this one. I DO live in frozen Canada, and my dogs don't wear coats.
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Frida is also fine in the snow;



Of course she is only outside for maybe 2-3 hours at a time in the winter, less when it's really biting cold, but she doesn't mind - and she wasn't born up here, so she only had snow first two years ago, when she was 3
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So what if the dog is shivering? Jackson is a rescue, and his breeding is questionable. His coat seems quite sparse, (finally starting to thicken up now) and while he's ok if he's running, as soon as he stops he starts shivering from the cold. This applies if we're going at a normal "walking" pace as well. Keep in mind, with the beagle in him, he's only about 25 lbs as well, and quite trim. We didn't coat Austin last winter b/c his coat was nice and thick and he was fine in all but the coldest weather.
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Don't judge - just because you don't agree with it, doesn't mean it's wrong for every dog. I'm normally not one to put clothes of any kind on dogs, but I think in certain situations, it's not only ok, but a good idea. I bought the coat for Spencer the last winter he was alive. He was 14 years old & suffered from dementia. He loved being outside & I worried about him, as he had several health issues going on, including skin issues due to allergies. For him, the coat was a good idea, & even recommended by his vet. It allowed him to be outside more, which he loved, but gave him a little extra protection.
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There are reasons to put a coat or sweater on a dog, I've done it myself, but under normal circumstances it's not necessary.
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When it's -40 here, Gandy wears one.


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