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One of the biggest complaints I hear from Chihuahua pet parents is “Where can I find clothes for my 2-pound dog?” or some other variant of that.

2 tiny dogs wearing clothes

Chihuahuas are cute and tiny but part of the problem of being such small little dogs is finding clothes that fit them properly.

Some would wonder do chihuahuas even need to wear clothes. But chihuahuas being cold-natured, do need to wear them to keep warm; at least during the cold weather months.

I have found a few resources and have come across a few ideas over the years and will share them with you. But I also put out a call on our Facebook page and newsletter for ideas and got a plethora of places to go to get clothes for tiny dogs.

Make the Clothes Yourself

If you know how to sew, this would be a great option, but what about those of us who can’t sew?

There are still some simple things you can do such as making a sweater out of a sock:

photo tutorial of how to make a dog sweater from a sock

I got the above photo from Pinterest and it’s been floating around for years so I don’t know who originally came up with the idea.

Look how simple this is to do! And if you have a very tiny dog, just use a child’s sock.

Now you know what to do with all those orphaned socks that you have laying around.

I heard that some people do the same thing with old sweatshirt and sweater sleeves too, as shown here:

photo tutorial of how to make a dog shirt from sleeve

One reader told me they used kitten and guinea pig clothes. I didn’t know they had clothes for kittens or guinea pigs. I found some guinea pig clothes and kitten clothes on Amazon that you can check out.

fawn chihuahua in orange shirt

Chain Stores

Several people told me they bought doll and teddy bear clothes for their chi at places like:

  • Michael’s
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Build a Bear
  • AC Moore

Some major chain stores people have found extra small dog clothes are:

  • TJ Maxx-Their stock changes often so keep checking.
  • Ross-Their stock changes often too.
  • 5 Below-I never see them here although apparently other people have. They do have some great pet beds here though.
  • PetCo-The good thing about big box pet stores is that you can take your dog in with you and try on the out fit there
  • PetSmart
  • Pet Supermarket
  • Walmart-I haven’t found dog clothes at my Walmart but others have.
tri colored chihuahua in blue sweater

Small Online Businesses:

There are lots of little online boutiques that specialize in small dog clothes. Many of them have handcrafted clothing.

If you don’t see the size your dog needs, reach out to the owners of these shops and ask if they have the size you need.

fawn chihuahua in dress

Etsy Sellers

Etsy has some wonderful handmade dog clothes. Just go to and do a search for small dog clothes.

Below are some Etsy sellers readers told me they buy from:

long hair chihuahua wearing coat outside in snow

Online Stores

You can find very small dog clothes at some of the bigger online retailers too. Just do a search on them for small dog clothes.  A lot of people mentioned as being a great place to find very small dog clothing. The only issue is it takes a long time to get the items. The prices are really low here and the shipping is usually free. It can be a little confusing though and I know when I have ordered from them in the past, it took quite awhile to get to me. has quite a few options too. Be sure to check the size charts on the clothing because it’s different with different sellers.

Here are a few of my picks (just click on the image to be taken to the page to check it out or buy) :

3 striped small dog shirts
dog wearing cute sweater

Designers on Facebook

Facebook has some groups and pages where pet clothing designers will sell to you and often make custom clothing too.  I have used this business personally and highly recommend it. The prices are great for custom clothing and the clothes are very well made.

sleeping fawn chihuahua

Stores in the UK

Here are 2 stores in the UK that were mentioned. I think they also have brick and mortar stores too, not just online.

I’m sure there are a lot more places out there. And probably more cool ideas too on how to make or find cute, functional clothes for your tiny chi.

Be sure to check out our post on where to find sweaters for teacup chihuahuas.

If you have any ideas or resources not listed here, please let us know in the comments!

Terrie Williams

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

My chi hates to wear clothes except down jacket when it's cold and her raincoat from when its raining. I found them both reasonably some time ago on chewy but my chi is 7lbs and has longer legs, probably a mix of some kind.

Cathy Bendzunas

Wednesday 20th of September 2023

My chi hates clothes too but she's long haired and double coated so she really doesn't need clothes.


Saturday 5th of February 2022

Thank you for sharing God bless


Monday 7th of February 2022

You are very welcome!

Vicky Vierra

Wednesday 25th of March 2020

This is Baby. Her Birthday is on New Years Day. She is 5yrs old and weighs almost 2.5 pounds. I usually have to make her clothes or get them from dolls and teddybears and alter them. She was smaller than a mouse when she was born.


Thursday 26th of March 2020

Aww what an adorable tiny little nugget!

Linda Monforte

Thursday 12th of December 2019

I find small dog clothes everywhere! My little Lea (3.3lbs) has a full drawer full of clothes-I switch out her summer, fall and winter things every season, she has so many. I find them at petsmart, petco, some at a boutique that makes them near me, wallmart, everywhere i look i see more and more clothes for little Lea. I got her pirate socks in New Orleans, she has booties I got at a flea martket, she has 3 bathing suits and a life vest with pink flowers on it, she has hats, coats, dresses t-shirts. sunglasses, you name it, little lea has it


Thursday 12th of December 2019

That's great Linda! A lot of people seem to have trouble finding them. My smallest dogs are 5 pounds so I never have trouble finding clothes for them.

Sarah Ann Higgins

Monday 2nd of December 2019

Hey Kathy! I used to get so frustrated with tiny clothes bc when you DO find something, it was so expensive and then didn’t hold up good in the laundry. So... I noticed how cute some infant onesies and shirts were (cheap $3 and usually all cotton!) and took a few home. Made a few changes to arm position and viola! New shirt!

I got even smarter when I realized I could go to the thrift store and find great things for .99! I’m attaching a pic of ‘Tank’ in his Searsucker monogram t-shirt! So FUN!


Monday 2nd of December 2019

That's genius Sarah Ann!