Don your dog in cute apparel throughout the holiday season! Make sure you have space on your camera roll because you're going to want to capture every moment of your holiday hound in their new outfit. We've curated a Christmas-y list of sweater selections made from high quality materials, with festive patterns, and a generous range of sizes to fit any dog breed.
Our favorite is the Dog Threads Caribou Sweater which features a holiday-neutral pattern with colorful accents. The cotton and acrylic blend knit is available in six different dog sizes, with matching options for humans too.
But that's not the only holiday sweater we'd recommend. There are more wintertime classics and insulating knits ahead. Here are the best Christmas sweaters for dogs.
Dog Threads Caribou Sweater
Matching set for humans and hounds of all sizes
Neckline allows for collar access
Portion of profits benefits animal rescues
Limited availability for some sizes and patterns
If you feel the merriest when you are matching with your dog, then you'll love this coordinating sweater set. The Dog Threads Caribou Sweater has a chocolate and ivory fair isle pattern that's suitable for any winter-time event, with pine trees, marching caribou, and little pops of brighter colors: blue, burgundy, and gold. Both the dog and human sweater is available in six different sizes, suitable for most breeds and ranging from extra small to XXL. There's even six sizes for kids, fitting newborns to 5-year-olds. You can also mix and match holiday styles that coordinate with the Caribou sweater.
The Dog Threads Caribou Sweater is 60 percent cotton and 40 percent acrylic. It's machine washable—use a cold cycle, then hang dry. The dog version of Dog Threads sweaters are cut to ensure your dog won't self-soil, so they can pop out to relieve themselves without needing to take off their sweater.
Plus, with every purchase, Dog Thread gives back to local animal rescues with funds dedicated to helping out pets that are looking for their forever home.
Price at time of publish: $42
Frisco String Christmas Lights Dog Sweater
Tails will be wagging when you put this colorful holiday sweater on your dog. If you are a thirty shopper throughout the holiday season, then you'll like the modestly priced Frisco String Christmas Lights Dog Sweater that doesn't skimp on the merriment.
The red and white striped knit is decorated with embroidered metallic strings of Christmas lights, and your pup will absolutely shine wherever you go (step aside, Christmas Tree!). The pullover style has an opening at the neck so you can attach your dog's leash to their collar or harness and then head out into your neighborhood to spread holiday cheer. It's available in a wide range of sizes so you can find the perfect fit for your pupper.
Price at time of publish: $15
Best for Walks
More and Merrier Bone Sweater for Dogs
D-ring opening for attachment to leash
Coordinating human accessories available
Multiple holiday prints available in the "More and Merrier" line
Seven different sizes to fit a wide range of dogs
Pattern doesn't fully wraparound sweater, leaving a
Give your dog a bone... covered holiday sweater. The More and Merrier Bone Sweater for Dogs comes in a soft knit is covered in a whimsical pine tree and bone print.
The machine-washable sweater features a D-ring opening at the neck to attach a leash to their collar or harness, so you can hit the streets together for some spirited howling (that's dog-speak for caroling). There is even a coordinating beanie and scarf for human paw-rents available for a frame-worth photo opportunity.
Price at time of publish: $25
Maxbone Christian Cowan Holiday Glitz Jumper
Will soon be available at additional retailers
No opening for D-ring
If you could comfortably wrap a festive green garland with bits of tinsels all around your pup would you do it? If so, then the Holiday Glitz Jumper is the must-have sweater for you and your furry friend.
The highly coveted feathery seater from NYC-based pet brand, Maxbone, and fashion designer, Christian Cowan, has been doused in holiday cheer. The result is a soft and shimmery sweater for dogs. It's the perfect, eye-catching, sparkly piece for a glamorous pup to wear all season long while you share magical moments of merriment (and the spotlight) together.
Price at time of publish: $95
Best Holiday T-Shirt
Hanna Andersson Delightful Decorations Dog Top
Matching pajamas made for humans
Neckline allows for collar access
If this time of year still means fun in the sun for you and your pup, then this lightweight t-shirt style is the holiday top to get. From strutting and sunning to snacking and sleeping, the Delightful Decorations Dog Top is made for all of your dog's favorite activities.
The joyful, colorful print features ornaments on top of a pine tree-inspired green and is made with soft, organic cotton rib fabric. The t-shirt is machine washable and will look delightful on dogs of all shapes and sizes. Plus, you can find matching pajamas for humans of all ages in the same seasonal print. It's easy to put on and won't cover your dog's collar for connecting to their leash. If they prefer to wear a harness when walking, the slim t-shirt can fit underneath with minimal adjustment required.
Price at time of publish: $24
Mark & Graham Santa Knit Dog Sweater
Get personal with your pupper by adding their name to their holiday jumper.
The knit Santa Dog Sweater will make it look like your dog is in charge of the naughty or nice list, and may even have your Elf on the Shelf monetarily confused about their reporting structure. Fear not, once your dog wags their tail spotlighting their name embroidered on the cherry-colored sweater, all order will be restored throughout your home.
The sweater is available in sizes x-small to x-large, and features a conveniently located opening to access your dog's collar for walks—maybe even a sleigh ride! We also like the icy white with a carrot-noised Snowman that comes in the same shape as the Santa sweater and can also be personalized.
Price at time of publish: $42
Our overall favorite is the Dog Threads Caribou Sweater, thanks to its sophisticated pattern, wide range of sizes, and easy human matching. It comes in a variety of sizes and it's easy to clean in a washing machine. If you're looking for something a little lighter check out our Best T-Shirt pick, the Hanna Andersson Delightful Decorations Dog Top, because it's lightweight and can be worn inside and outdoors.
What To Consider When Selecting A Christmas Dog Sweater
Dogs come in a variety of incredible shapes and sizes. You should measure your dog from neck to tail, and, most importantly, around the fullest part of their chest and their neck—keeping the tape measure comfortably loose—to help you decide which size sweater will be the most comfortable. The neck and chest measurements should take priority over length. And always consult the size chart for the specific sweater you are considering. Sizes vary between brands, so your dog could be a size small for one manufacturer and a large for another.
Your Local Temperature
If you live in or plan to be in a warmer climate for the holidays, then you should consider a lightweight top, like our pick for Best T-Shirt the Hanna Andersson Delightful Decorations Dog Top, to make sure your dog doesn't get overwhelmed. Keep in mind that dogs regulate their body temperature by panting to help them cool off, so if you see that your put is panting more than usual while wearing their festive frock, take it off them and give some fresh water and a calm space to cool off.
Do dogs like wearing sweaters?
Your pup's preference for clothes is unique to them. Some dogs have no problem slipping in and out of sweaters, while others need to be coaxed in. If this is your first time putting a sweater on your dog, or if they don't normally wear clothing, be sure to leave plenty of time to get them dressed. Try to remain calm and be prepared to doll out treats for cooperation.
How do I measure my dog for a sweater?
Use a measuring tape to loosely wrap around your dog's neck and check at the fullest part. Then measure from the base of their neck to their tail to get their length. You can also use a piece a string and lay it against a ruler to find your dog's measurements.
Why Trust The Spruce Pets?
This roundup was written by Anna Mejorada, a writer for The Spruce Pets, who shares her home with a jolly pomeranian named Gidget. Before researching and writing about pet products for a living, Anna embarked on a self-mandated, ongoing quest to find the optimal items for her dog. She is now delightfully devoted to helping humans discover and select the most favorable products for their pets.