Dressing Up Your Dog: The Fasion Controversy in Poland

As I used to have two dogs in my life, I know for a fact that clothing for dogs is not a new trend, it has been around for a long time. In colder seasons like fall and winter, I saw especially smaller dogs provided with some extra insulation. Have you ever wondered where this trend of dressing up pets came from? And why is it that we sometimes see people carrying their furry friends around in baby carriages?

Poland, especially Warsaw has a strong love for animals, and the city is filled with events dedicated to dogs and cats. For years, there have been French Bulldog Congresses, Mongrel Marches, dog competitions and cat exhibitions, all of which include areas where you can buy accessories and clothing for your pets.

Pet shows are becoming increasingly popular, where animal lovers can chat with dog clothing designers and even shop for unique toys and accessories.

The History of the Pet Fasion

The origins of dog clothing can be traced back to the Eskimos. They created special shoes to protect the paws of their sled dogs. They also used blankets to protect the dogs from the rain and cold. I believe this was similar to the way horses were protected. Believe it or not but it was this practical approach that sparked a growing trend to create fashionable and distinctive clothing for dogs.

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Today, owners of small dogs with short hair who are accustomed to living in warm climates, are more likely to dress their pets for cold weather. This is especially true in the fall and winter months when the temperature can drop significantly.

Purebred dogs such as the Chinese Crested, Yorkie, West Highland White Terrier, Pug, Mexican Hairless Dog, American Hairless Terrier, Maltese, Chichuachua, and Shih Tzu are among those who enjoy wearing clothing because it provides them with extra protection and warmth.

How Much Does Dog Clothing Cost in Poland?

As I browse the internet, I can tell you that dog clothes come in a range of prices, from a few zlotys to several hundred zlotys for a designer down dog suit or dog suit with fur, which costs PLN 399. However, pet clothing is not limited to jackets and sweaters. There are also dresses with lace ruffles, diamond-studded collars, cozy bathrobes, and even skirts and pants.

I read the interview with a shop owner, from which I learned that the interest in pet clothing is growing every year. The biggest increase is in the section for large dogs, as customers are becoming more aware that clothing is not only for small breeds such as Yorkies. This trend is confirmed by Agnieszka Jaboska from the „Happy Puppy” store in Poland, which specializes in the sale of pet accessories.

Believe it or not, car seats for dogs are also trendy, but when it comes to clothing, the most popular items are sweatshirts, sweaters, and jackets, including winter or fall rain jackets. Clothing for pets costs on average between PLN 20 and PLN 120, depending on the type and size you choose. She also adds that whether a dog needs clothes or not is determined by its hair, not its size. Dogs with short hair, such as Dobermans, Weimaraners, and Boxers, get just as cold as smaller breeds such as Yorkies.

Globally Growing Trend

The popularity of clothing and accessories for pets is not only a trend in Poland, but also a global phenomenon. Major brands such as H&M are introducing clothing for dogs and cats. H&M collaborated with American designer Jeremy Scott to create an entire animal collection of clothes signed with the Moschino x H&M logo. A few years ago, H&M released clothes signed with Pringle of Scotland’s logo, showcasing new recycled polyester, organic cotton, and viscose products in a virtual catalog featuring stylist and fashion editor Julia Sarr-Jamois posing with a dog.

H&M is also one of the few major stores to have pet accessories as part of its permanent range of products. Their collection of dog clothes and accessories includes jackets and raincoats to protect the dog from the cold and rain. Disguises and other fun accessories will help express the unique personality of your pet. You can also buy women’s accessories such as hats and scarves. You can be the most stylish couple while walking your furry friend.

Not Only Clothes, But Also Strollers

While Varsovians are eager to spend a fortune on colorful harnesses, designer leashes and unique collars for their dogs, they still tend to be hesitant when it comes to transporting their furry friends. In Japan or the United States, it may be a common sight to see women strolling around with pink baby stroller with their little dogs inside, but not so much in Warsaw.

I started wondering why do people make such things? According to an article on natemat.pl titled „Why do I need a child? I have a dog,” those who are less likely to have children frequently turn to animals to fill the void left by caring for someone.

„There are more and more Poles who treat animals as family members,” says R. Cichon, a veterinary lecturer in „Animal Psychology” at SWPS, adding that not much has changed since he made this statement five years ago. Owning a dog or a cat means less expenses, less responsibility, and a lot of joy.

What Styles Are Trendy?

While fashion can be fun, the primary purpose of clothing for dogs should be to protect them from the elements and keep them comfortable. So when choosing clothing for your furry friend, it’s important to consider factors such as the weather, their size and shape, and their individual needs and preferences.

It’s also important to make sure the clothing is made from high-quality materials. It should be safe for your pet to wear and easy to clean. Finally, it’s always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian or professional dog trainer to ensure that the clothing you choose is appropriate for your dog’s specific needs and lifestyle.

Winter Fashion Accessories for Dogs

In addition to collars and leashes, scarves and ties are becoming popular accessories for dogs. They add a touch of style and can be combined with the owner’s outfit or the dog’s coat or sweater. You can also consider practical accessories such as a water bottle or collapsible bowl for outdoor adventures with your pet.

What to Look for When Shopping for Dog Clothing?

When choosing clothing and accessories for our pets, it’s important to keep their comfort and safety in mind. Proper sizing is key, and if we can’t try the item on in the store, it’s necessary to measure our pet beforehand. It’s also important to check for potential discomfort, such as rubbing or digging into the body. This can make walking uncomfortable or even painful. This applies not only to clothing. It also applies to shoes and other accessories.

Make sure that that clothing is made of durable, breathable, and safe materials, and that there are no uncomfortable seams. Choosing protective colors can also help us avoid washing clothes too often.

While it’s fun to dress our pets in fashionable and warm clothing, we should avoid going overboard with too many layers. This can make our pets uncomfortable. It’s also important to avoid decorations and gadgets that stick out, make strange noises, or flash, as these can make our pets nervous. Finally, we should avoid materials that rustle or squeak, as these can also cause discomfort.


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