It can be fun to dress your dog up for holidays like Halloween and Christmas, and if you want to bring the family pooch into the Easter festivities as well, there is little that is more appropriate and charming than a dog bunny costume. No matter what your dog's size, he or she will be the hit of an egg hunt or parade when dressed appropriately for the occasion.
The Simplest Dog Bunny Costume
Without question, the simplest way to get your dog in on the act for the day is with a pair of bunny ears. There are a variety of sizes of bunny ears for dogs - although not many colors, they are mostly only white or pink, as befits the Easter Bunny - and are lightweight and fairly secure. You can even make a pair yourself - if you are making some for your kids, why not make some for the dog too? In tough economic times, you may have some difficulty justifying a whole costume for the sake of a good laugh at your dog's expense, but ears won't set you back much at all and they are less likely to be damaged and so can be put to use again next year.
Shopping for Bunny Costumes
Dog bunny ears are readily available. One fun place to shop online is Schafer Kennel. The company sells bunny ears in small, medium and large and specify the size, in pounds, of the dog each set will fit. In addition to white and pink, black ears are also available. The ears are made of fake fur with a satin lining and fasten under the chin with Velcro and elastic.
Full Bunny Costumes
While ears are fun, many people want elaborate dog bunny costumes for their pooch. If that includes you, then one of your first ports of call should be Spoiled Rotten Doggies. The costume consists of a pink cotton jacket with white plush trim and what looks like three little bunny tails going down the back. The ears are on an attached hood and are lined in a darker pink fabric. The costume is only available for small dogs. At Dog Clothes, a fleece costume is available in pink or blue. It has just the one bunny tail and the ears are lined in white. It is available in small, medium or large and you have to measure your dog and consult the chart provided to determine your dog's size.
Glamour Dog has a similar jacket costume with large ears lined in darker pink fabric. An even more elaborate chart is provided to determine size, including a drawing of a dog showing where to measure. The company warns that the costume is not appropriate for large dogs.
Dressing Up Your Dog
Before you get excited and order up or try to make a dog bunny costume, you must be sure your pet will wear it, otherwise it's a waste of time and money. Test the waters by guiding your dog into an old t-shirt or something similar. If he doesn't seem anxious or unhappy, you will probably be safe getting him a costume. Most dogs love the extra attention they receive when dressed up, but others are resistant and might chew the costume or go wild trying to shake it off. Whatever you do, don't leave your dog in the costume all day, especially if the weather is warm. The costume may interfere with his or her body's natural ability to keep cool and this could be dangerous.