Pet clothes are wearable items designed for pets. Pet clothes sold today are made mostly for small dogs, but some items are made for larger dogs and even cats. While some garments are completely frivolous and fashionable such as a pet tuxedo or a Halloween costume, other pieces are more practical such as raincoats and sweaters.
Some dogs have very thin coats naturally and tend to get cold easily in cooler temperatures and/or rainy weather. Pet clothes such as a raincoat, jacket or sweater can add enough warmth to keep the dog from shivering during walks. Coats and sweaters are available to fit all sizes of dogs and some crafters like to hand-knit dog sweaters. Sweaters and coats are especially popular for short-haired smaller dog breeds such as chihuahuas and dachshunds.
Dog boots and shoes are also sold in the category of pet clothes, or apparel for pets. They can help keep the dog's feet warm and dry as well as keep dirt from tracking into the home from the animal's paws. Life vests are available for dogs who go boating with their human companions. Reflective vests are also available so that dogs can be seen on the sides of roads by motorists at night.
Pet clothing for both dogs and cats is often sold in small, medium and large sizes. The weight range of pet that the clothes are made for is often helpful information when buying pet clothes. When buying dog sweaters, jackets and coats, consider the measurement from your dog's neck to the base, not tip, of the tail. When purchasing dog boots or shoes, you should measure the dog's foot just past the longest toenail.
Some pet clothes are designed mainly to provide a fashionable look. Celebrities such as Paris Hilton are known for dressing their small dogs in cute designer pet clothes to compliment their own outfit. Even hats and caps are available for dogs today. Some people like to buy or make pet costumes for their dog and/or cat on Halloween.