Your Dog’s Fashion Sense

These days, there are literally hundreds of high-end dog product companies on the market to choose from. Selecting the right clothes and collar & leash sets can be overwhelming. Just like us, dogs know when they look good. A well outfitted pooch will bounce around with pride if given the right gear. There are 4 major themes to consider before you drop the big bucks on your doggie wardrobe.

BREED & ENVIRONMENT
Before you buy any clothes or collar & leashes sets, first think about the environment you live in and the origins of your dog breed. If your dog is a Chihuahua, (originating in the hot climate of Mexico) and you live in a cold climate like Vermont, your dog will need a few tightly knit, warm sweaters and a coats just to feel comfortable in the fall and winter. Whereas if your Chihuahua lives in Miami year round, sweaters are overkill (kinda like Uggs in LA) and cute T-shirts and crop tops will do just fine. At the other end of the doggie spectrum an Alaskan Malamute that lives in Arizona would do best to skip clothes entirely and invest in good shave job or a dog pool instead.

CITY VS. COUNTRY
Also consider whether or not your dog is a city or country dog. If you have a Lab and live in the country, you wouldn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a leather dog collar that is going to get trashed the moment he plunges into a lake. It makes sense for you to only buy sturdy, sporty water resistant collars and skip the finery of cashmere sweaters all together. More and more dog fashion designers like Wagwear.com are offering sporty coats for larger country dogs that won’t get ruined when you go hiking in the woods.

If you live in New York City and carry a Yorkie around, definitely seek out the sassiest dog bag and hand-made, leather collar & leash sets you can find; as your dog’s rep is on the line. Think about investing in some Alpaca sweaters for winter and dog bag that works with your own personal style and wardrobe as well. If you cruise SoHo in pink high heels, find a collar and leash that work with that without going over board. Avoid biting the Legally Blonde, Elle Woods look or you’re likely to get mocked and your dog will be shunned at the run. Don’t forget, if your dog turns heads, people will notice YOU too!

FUR COLOR
It’s reckless to choose accessories for your dog without factoring in fur color. What season is your dog?? Fall, Spring, Summer or Winter? You will want to choose colors that enhance your dogs natural good looks. Oranges look amazing against beige and grey fur colors and blues complement red coloring quite well. Keep a swatch of your dog’s fur with you at all times (just kidding – sort of).

BODY SHAPE
Is your dog pear shaped like a Pug? Or short and round all over like a Basset Hound? Or skinny, sleek and slender like an Italian Greyhound? If your baby is pear shaped, avoid V-necks because they will only enhance the uneven body shape. Think turtle and crew neck lines. If your dog is a little on the short and round side, stay away from horizontal stripes and busy patterns, they will only make him look sloppy (sometimes a little dash of Rambo Camo can go a long way). If you have a thin, slender dog avoid overpowering your dog with a sweater that’s to chunky, we want to see the dog too. Almost any pattern or neck line will look great with this body type.

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Super cute FETCH ball from Planet Dog

Planet Dog a Portland, Maine based company not only makes Pupstyle worthy dog toys, but also gives a portion of their profits to dog charities. One thing we always look for in a dog product is a design style that is equally pleasing to my peeps as it is to my dawgs. This Orbee-Turff ball clocks in at a 5 out of 5 on the Chewometer scale. Plus it is decked out in this season’s hottest color, lime green. It gracefully covers the bases of “ball-hood” in that it is durable, bouncy and even mint scented to ward off toxic dog breath. $9.95

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Creature Couture Dog carrier for el Hombre muy Macho

Manly Muttsack. If you’re a dude who has ever tried to find a straight-forward carrier for your dog, no doubt you were left puking over the abundance of pink fluffy sissy sacks at the pet store. Well Mister Macho, now you can dismiss any fear of being “Puppy-Purse Punked” at the dog run . CreatureCouture.com has the best in butch bags for both men and women to carry their dog in style. They have two fabulous “man bags” to check out, but our favorite is the “Hemmingway”. It’s a leather bag with a messenger style flap and roll up doors on both ends. Plus, it has pockets for a cell phone, business cards and a pen (essential for high level dog run schmoozing and play date networking). It comes in Noir and Chestnut and carries up to 12 lbs. of hound hunkiness. It’s hot diggity!!!

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The Opus Canine Lilium Aurora Dog Blanket

If you want real, honest luxury for your dog, here is the Must-Have for the chilly holidays; The Opus Canine Lilium Aurora Dog Blanket. Opvs Canis is one of the rare designer dog product companies that actually understands the meaning of “true” dog luxury. They have skillfully designed the most decadent and elegant dog blanket we’ve ever seen. This Lodice (fancy Roman term for a villa blanket, who knew?) features two-plys of top grade satin with a Fleur-de-lys pattern woven in the Jacquard technique and is lined with 100% pure cashmere on the other side. Each piece is hand crafted and meant to be treated like a fine household heirloom and generally takes about 6 weeks to be made. Luxury at this level has it’s price and for this piece of luxe-living it is $600.00 USD. Due to their delicate nature the 30″ x 36″ blanket should be dry cleaned only. So no muddy feet on this one!

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Wag Wear Dog Food Placemat – now 100% Cheese-Free!

Chic Chow Spot. It took a lot digging around for us to find a place mat that didn’t have tacky little dog bones or the words “woof” painted on it, but we finally found it. The folks at Wag Wear designed a sophisticated and modern canvas place mat to catch all the drops and spills from your hungry muncher while allowing enough space to fully accommodate two 7″ bowls. It is available in 6 colors to choose from $32.

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Mick Jagger mauls and kills local sheep in Ibiza

Sick Mick goes on a bloodthirsty rampage on the Balearic Islands. Being cooped up in a luxury party destination, such as the coastal Spanish island of Ibiza can drive you to kill in cold blood. And that is exactly what happened when Jade Jagger left her rustic farm villa to go out to the island’s famous club scene, and left Mick at the house unattended. Later that night Mick snuck out under the cover of darkness to the neighboring farm lands, cornered and then killed two sheep with his bare teeth. Jade settled with the farmers over their loss and promised to keep Mick chained up for the remainder of her visit. Her father, the dog’s namesake, was unavailable for comment.

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NYC Rapper DMX’s street tough dog wear line

Get at me dog. Boomer 129 named after hardcore rapper DMX’s late pitbull Boomer (who he commemorated permanently on his back) is a new”exclusive urban dogwear” line replete with leather bomber jackets, bubble down coats, throwback jerseys and more for that street hardened dog in your hood. The only problem is the lingering 13 counts of animal cruelty against Mr. DMX. and with his recent drug addled attempted car-jacking at New York’s JFK airport. All this adds up to an uphill battle for Boomer 129 and the rightful question posed by it’s spokesperson “Where ARE my dogs at?”

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