22 June, 2018

The Best Dog Costumes for Large Dogs and Small!

The Best Dog Costumes from Halloween Dog Costumes to Dog Party OutfitsGetting a great dog costume can be heaps of fun, whatever the occasion. Birthday parties, the festive season, Halloween, Thanksgiving, St Patrick’s Day: when it comes to dog costumes, there are so many to choose from!

You get that joy of being in character, the experience of pretending you are something different for a day. Then there is the attention! Oh yes, oh yes, the attention! Lap it up from everyone around you! Well, that much fun can be had if you are a human, imagine the thrill if you are a dog!

Are You Ready for It? Time to Think Pet Costumes as Halloween Approaches!

Yes, that’s right; it’s almost All Hallows Eve again! That time of the year when everyone gets the chance to get out-and-about in their spooky and most creative best.

For many people, this means including their pets in their annual Halloween costumes. You may be looking for costume ideas to twin with your pooch and make them your ‘mini-me’.

On the other hand, you might have a pet that is very much their own person, and you want pet Halloween costumes to bring out their own personality!

So, here are a few costume ideas, along with a few tips to dress-up your pet safely.

Halloween Dog Costumes Are a Ton of Fun!

Halloween dog costumes can be as much fun to decide on put together as taking it will be taking photos of them all decked out with their costume on! Make sure you read the safety stuff below before you try to fit clothing or accessorize your dog. In the meantime, here are a few ideas …

Grow Your Fandoms: From Pokémon Dogs to Star Wars Dog Costumes

It’s pretty much-guaranteed people feel like they belong together if they look similar! Do you want to pull your dog into your group of friends who are fans of a particular movie?

Gimilife PT Pikachu dog costume hits all the right categories for making a great Halloween or an epic Pokemon party!

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Gimilife PT Yellow Pet Dog Comic Pattern Party Costume Pajamas Hoodie Coat Warm Fleece Small Cute Pikachu Fancy Outfit (XL)
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What about Ewok costumes to R2D2 outfits for dogs? Count your pug in!

For younger Pokémon, Slinky Dog and Minion fans there are some super cute and cuddly dog outfits that double as hoodies and pajamas for your pet. Out to conquer the universe and explore the Star Wars galaxy?

There are plenty for of options for your own poochy Princess Leia, or doggie Darth Vader too!

Is Your Dog Already a Clown? The Best Funny Dog Costume Ideas for Funny Dogs!

Some pups have a big happy personality that just has to be brought out and enjoyed to its fullest! If you’ve got one of those happy go lucky kind of four-legged buddies, lucky you! They might look hilarious in the Mikayoo Cowboy Costume.

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Mikayoo Pet Dog Cat Halloween Costumes$34.99
"WOW!" What a little cute and adorable Uniform! Whether you walk your dogs/cats, or take them to the party, this is the best clothing for you, especially in such a season...

Did you have a chia pet when you were young? Add a bit of faux greenery to your pet, and relive the fun via funny dog costumes!

From Cute to Scary: The Best Halloween Costumes for Dogs!

Costumes are fun to dress up in, but the night gets a whole lot better when your dog joins the party!

From rockstar pugs to spiderdog, learn what the best (and cutest!) Halloween costumes for dogs! And even more so, you can find ones that best suit them, aka their comfortablity is key!

Cuteness Personified: Pugs in Costumes

pugs in costumes

Your face will definitely crinkle at the sight of your pug’s wrinkles set off with a Halloween costume! Their natural wizened can make witch or wizard gear the perfect costume! Pug faces also look pretty good with Yoda’s ears from Star Wars!

Warning All Arachnophobes: The Spider Dog Costume is Here to Stay

Crack out jokes on  “what has x legs and …”! The Pet Krewe Spider Dog Costumes are some of the funniest dog costumes.

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They create an extra set of legs sprouting from your already four-legged friend! For the best effect, pick your color combo to match an arachnophobe’s worst fear – tarantula black, camouflage browns. Alternatively, be safe, be seen, and go for fluoro orange!

Cute Pitbull Dog Costumes that Make a Big Pitbull Look Adorable

Pitbull’s can get a bit of a bad rap. So if you’re the loving companion of one of these proud pooches, think about attaching a faux fur mane to your pup. Then dress yourself as a witch with a hat, and all you’ll need is a closet to be the Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe! Pitbull’s can also look pretty cool wearing a batwing harness!

Nothing Says Sweet and Gentle More Than an Eeyore Costume

Eeyore is one of those characters you just want to always reach out to and hug! He’s also an animal of compassion, as your furry friend most likely is to you. Any of the animal costumes from the Pooh story are cute. Just as Winnie the Pooh said, “It’s so much more friendly with two”!

Planning Dog Outfits for a Dog Party? Look No Further!

Whether you’re having a costume party for your pet or with your pet, everyone needs to glam up once in a while! Here are some ideas for costumes for dogs if you are partying with your pooch, or strutting your stuff at a Tompkins Square Park style Halloween dog parade!

Puppy Costumes That Will Melt the Coldest Heart of Stone

Pandaloon Panda Puppy Dog Pet Costume (Size 2 (15-17 in total height), Panda)
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Off to a teddy bear’s picnic?

There are some very adorable pet teddy bear suits. You could style your pup with the Pandaloon Puppy Costume or a big soft brown stuffed animal teddy bear!

Or maybe you are getting married, or going to a wedding with your dog?

Kit them out with a fancy bowtie collar, tuxedo breast, and buttoned cuffs! It’s not unheard of for a man or woman’s dog to be a ring bearer or the best man or woman!

Dog Costume Ideas for Cute Small Dogs

If you have a small dog such as a Chihuahua or similar, you’ll want to make sure they aren’t overwhelmed by a costume that’s larger than they are! Maybe make the most of the petite features by turning them into a pixie, or strap a cowboy on the back of corgi! That, or go all out and dress them up as dinosaurs!

The Best Dog Costumes for Large Dogs

For big dog breeds, such as the Great Dane, who seem to already believe they are a king or queen – top them with a crown or a tiara and a regal robe! Or another idea for big dog costumes is to dress them in the TOMSENN Dog Lion Mane!

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Dog Halloween Costumes Might Hurt Their Pride, But Don’t Let Them Hurt your Dog!

pet costumes for bulldogs

Yes, this is the pet owners’ serious stuff! We’re not party poopers, but there can be some pet Halloween costumes that are dangerous for pets or cause them distress. Here are some step-by-step instructions to check with your dog or cat costumes:

  • Have they been dressed in a costume before? If your pet has never been dressed up before, see how they react first. Some love the fun of it getting dolled up, others do not!
  • Can they see, breathe, and hear? The headgear can look adorable but if it is too big or ill-fitting and blocks their breathing, vision or hearing, again, it’s no good.
  • Can they move normally? Make sure your pet can move freely, and like they normally would in their costume. If they can’t, it’s no good for them.
  • Are there any hazards and risks? Dangling bells and whistles may look cute, but dogs being dogs, they are likely to chew it off and may choke. Also, steer clear of applying any makeup to dogs and pets, if they like it off and ingest it they may get sick. Likewise, if you’re getting out the sewing machine and making a DIY costume, be careful with a hot glue gun.
  • Will you be with them at all times? While your pet is in their costume, make sure you are with them at all times so if they do become upset or stressed in their costume you can remove it quickly.

Safety First!

Other things to keep in mind to make sure your pet is safe, especially on Halloween, include:

  • Wearing a reflective collar with their Halloween costume if they are out after dark. Keep them secure at all times in case they get excited or slip away. Make sure they have their ID tags on in case they do.
  • Treats can be tricky – much of the Halloween candy is not safe for your pet to eat. Foods that are toxic for pets include chocolate and artificial sweeteners. Even pumpkin and corn can give them a tummy ache!
  • Decorations and lights make the world sparkle, but candles, electrical wires and cords in fairy lights, and tinsel are dangerous to pets.

6 Signs That Dogs in Costumes Are Not Having a Good Time

Keep alert to any signs that your dog is becoming anxious in a costume, or at an event such as trick and treating or Halloween party. Their body language will tell you if they are distressed. Signs to look for include:

  • Scratching or clawing at the costume
  • Rolling their eyes back or to the side
  • Refusing to move
  • Tucked tail
  • Hunched back
  • Slinking or hiding away.

Hopefully, your dog does not show any of these.

From little city dogs to big country hounds, doggos that love to dress up should never be deprived to strut their stuff!

Common Questions on Dog Costumes

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