In past years, our ugly Christmas sweaters for men and ugly Christmas sweaters for women posts have proven incredibly popular. They serve the dual purpose of being festive and humorous, making them fun for everyone.
But why should humans have all the fun? Dogs are just as able to get in on the festivities with their own Christmas sweaters. They don’t even have to be ugly (unless you happen to think Christmas sweaters are ugly by their nature). Tossing one of these on your pup is just another way to extend cheer this year.
Of my three dogs, two of them really don’t need sweaters. The third is a blue nose pittie and his super-thin coat isn’t enough once the weather turns cold. While we normally put him in something like this Gooby Every Day Fleece Vest, once Thanksgiving rolls around, he’s bombing around in a Christmas sweater full time. It keeps him warm and delights everyone, so I think it’s worth doing.
If your dog could use a healthy helping of holiday joy, here are the top ten best dog Christmas sweaters.
1. Lanyar Dog Reindeer Sweater
Staring simply, this red sweater has the vintage white patterning that’s so classic. Reindeer make an appearance on a lot of dog sweaters, for some reason. This is acrylic and can be machine washed. Six different sizes are available. Even better, V28 makes a sweater for humans that matches it pretty closely, if you want to go to the party as a pair.
Price: $9.98 to $15.98
2. V28 Ho Ho Ho Christmas Vintage Dog Sweater
Speaking of V28, they offer eight different Christmas dog sweater designs, including this blue option. Emblazoned with “Ho Ho Ho” across the shoulders and tree-topped stars, this adorable sweater comes in four different sizes. This one is also acrylic and machine washable and ships in a V28 bag to which you can add a gift message.
3. Blueberry Pet Vintage Christmas Themed Dog Sweater
This festive option goes for brown as the base color, which would match nicely with many dog coats. My husky mix is mostly brown and this gets pretty close to some of his coloring. Images of trees, candy canes, and holly, as well as traditional trimming complete the look. If you’re not sold on this one, Blueberry Pet offers five other designs, all in at least five sizes. Made of acrylic and machine washable.
Price: $12.99 to $18.99 (35 to 46 percent off MSRP)
4. Bobibi Reindeer Cartoon Christmas Dog Sweater
As I said, reindeer feature prominently in dog sweaters. This one goes the extra mile by including Rudolph’s red nose in pom-pom form. It’s definitely fun and goofy, though I can imagine that if your dog plays rough any amount, the nose might not be long for this world. If you’ve got a chill, smaller dog, this is perfect. Once again, acrylic, machine-washable fibers in this sweater. If the reindeer doesn’t cut it for you, check out the elf design.
Price: $7.50 to $9.90 (24 percent off MSRP)
5. Mixmax Reindeer Costume Coat
If you want to turn your dog into a reindeer, try this cute outfit. Okay, technically, it isn’t a sweater at all, but it is Christmas-themed outwear for your dog, so we’ll include it. This fleece jumper includes a hood with the antlers perched atop it. All of the five sizes are aimed at smaller breeds, so look elsewhere for your goldens and labs. If the reindeer doesn’t cut it, there’s also a Santa design.
6. Hapee Santa Christmas Dog Sweater
Perhaps your dog is more of a Santa fan. Here’s a cute, Waldo-esque sweater emblazoned with Santa’s jolly face on the back. All five sizes of this acrylic sweater are for toy breeds. Missing the reindeer already? Don’t worry, Hapee makes one of those, too.
Price: $6.90 to $9.99 (37 to 56 percent off MSRP)
7. Midlee Winter Snowman Dog Sweater
Naturally, a snowman is equally as festive as Santa or reindeer. Even better, you could probably get away with having your dog wear this long after Christmas to brighten up the harsher winter months. Unlike the last two, the six sizes of this sweater run the gamut, with the largest fitting up to 23 inch back length, which for reference is almost exactly the size of my 70+ pound husky.
Price: $9.99 to $19.99
8. Blueberry Pet Holiday Season Noric Fair Isle Dog Sweater
Here’s another option for Blueberry Pet that isn’t so specifically focused on one holiday or another. This Nordic-patterned sweater comes in four color ways, though the Sugar Coral style pictured here is probably most reminiscent of the Yuletide season. These are meant for small to medium sized dogs and are made of acrylic, each with a leash opening in the top. Very handsome.
Price: $14.99 to $20.99 (21 to 23 percent off MSRP)
9. New York Dog Ugly Holiday Sweater
Do you prefer more humor in your ugly Christmas sweaters? Try these options from New York Dog, which come in three sizes: up to 15 inches long, 16 to 20 inches long, and over 20 inches. First there’s this one, where an unlucky Frosty gets a warm visit from a dog. There’s also one with gingerbread men lamenting bites taken out of their bodies, a ninja Santa Claus, and a candy-pooping reindeer. All good for a laugh at the holiday party.
Price: $14.99 to $17.99
10. Christmas Ugly Sweater Co. Penguin Dog Sweater
Penguins, especially ones dressed up in winter garb, are another classic Christmas and winter image. For years, the only ornaments on my Christmas tree were penguin-themed. Get your dog outfitted with the latest in flightless bird designs with this sweater. The company also offers a gingerbread man version, if you prefer.
Price: $7.99 to $21.99