Dog sun hats are the fashionable, functional piece you never knew your dog needed until now. Dog breeds handle heat and sunlight differently, but all dogs can benefit from the shade and protection that one provides. Our experts have done the legwork for you; here are some of our favourite sun hats for dogs!
It comes in beautiful floral and striped options, which are great for special events and doggy photoshoots. You can soak the hat in cold water on hot days before placing it on your dog’s head.
This full-brim hat keeps the sun out of dogs’ eyes without impeding vision. There are two fabric options, durable cotton canvas and breathable mesh, which are easy to clean. It comes in bright, patterned and solid colours. It’s an excellent fit for small to medium-sized dogs. There is an adjustable chin strap, so the hat stays in place.
The hat comes in two sizes. The dog goggles have an adjustable strap but do not fit tiny dogs.
This dog baseball cap comprises durable fabric with comfortable ear holes. It has a robust, flexible brim and an adjustable buckle to secure the hat to your dog during outdoor adventures. As a bonus, you get a pair of dog sunglasses, more aptly known as dog goggles or “doogles”, which provide added protection for your dog’s eyes.
Cater for a 1-3cm error in size between your dog’s head measurements and the dimensions of the cap you choose. The cap colour you select may also look slightly different in person than in photos.
This cap is polyethene terephthalate, a lightweight, breathable, comfortable material that absorbs moisture well. It has a reliable chin strap that keeps the hat steadied. The cap’s brim is long enough to prevent direct sunlight from reaching your pet’s eyes. It has four sizes, catering to a wide range of dog breeds.
Leave 1-2cm of space in the cap to avoid an overly tight fit on your dog. This cap is not water resistant.
This two-toned cap has a charming, classic sports look, with stitched lettering at the front and a handsome corduroy brim that provides ample shade. The back of it is a breathable mesh that will keep your dog cool and comfortable during walks and exercise. An adjustable buckle holds the hat in place.
There are three colour options. These matching hats are ideal for dog-parent-and-child photoshoots.
These caps are premium cotton, comfy and breathable. They have a sturdy construction, with flexible brims that can mould to better shade your dog’s eyes. The dog cap has a non-stretch, adjustable chin strap. It includes a matching owner’s hat that adjusts in the back. The dog caps come in four different sizes to suit most dogs.
Choosing a sun hat for your dog may seem silly at first. Here are some important considerations to help guide your purchase.
A: Unlike other dog garments that are mainly fashionable, sun hats also serve a practical purpose. Dogs’ eyes are sensitive to sunlight. A sun hat blocks direct sunlight from reaching their eyes, allowing dogs to see and manoeuvre better in extremely bright conditions. If your dog’s face lacks protection, harmful UV rays can cause sunburn and contribute to eye conditions like cataracts and pannus. A sun hat reduces the risk of such medical conditions and helps preserve the health of their eyes in the long run.
A: Hats are not familiar objects to dogs, so if your dog doesn’t seem keen on wearing them, don’t get upset. Instead, show your dog that the hat is a positive thing. Place the hat near your dog and reward your dog for interacting with it. Repeat this for a few days, then try it on your dog’s head. If he keeps it on, reward him; if not, continue to repeat this action. Positive reinforcement is the best technique for getting your dog to warm up to the hat. It also helps if you previously trained your dog in basic commands like “sit” and “stay”. If you want your dog to keep the hat on for long periods, ensure that the hat is lightweight and fits comfortably. An adjustable chin strap will also prove helpful.