The weather outside is frightful, but canine outerwear is delightful!

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), there are several ways to tell if your dog even needs a sweater. Shivering is the most obvious outward sign, along with faster breathing and cold ears and feet. Short-haired dogs generally get colder than their long-haired buddies, so keep an eye on them if you're in doubt.

Here are some great examples of dog sweaters to keep your four-legged family members warm.

1. Knit Plaid Jacket ($39.93 | Land's End)

With its sherpa lining and faux fur collar, this jacket is all about the details. A Velcro strap makes getting it on and off a breeze and the overall design is cozy-chic.

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2. Convertible Waterproof Jacket ($59.27 | Amazon)

Yes, it's a bit pricey, but this waterproof jacket is actually a cozy fleece with a protective outer layer that can be worn three different ways. This would be ideal for rain, snow, or anything Mother Nature throws at you and your pooch.

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3. Wool Nordic Sweater ($29.99 |

If your buddy gets really cold in the winter, then this wool sweater may be your best bet. This natural fiber stays toasty warm and you can't beat this traditional Nordic design.

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4. FRISCO Reindeer Fair Isle Dog Sweater ($13.99 | Chewy)

This classic knit sweater is a great look for small and big dogs alike. It's light enough to be worn indoors for photos while still providing a warm layer for walks. 

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If you're in a particularly cold region, or are taking your dog out in the snow, you may want to pair any of these options with a pair of cold weather booties. You wouldn't walk around barefoot in the winter, and neither should they!

Does your dog rock a sweater when the temperature drops? Where did you get yours? Let us know in the comments!