The first, and most practical, reason behind the doggie clothing is for the dog’s protection. During the winter months Chinese people are generally very conscious of the cold, (just look at the way in which children are bundled up when the weather starts to get a little chilly). It is therefore no surprise that doggie owners in China also worry about their little companions getting cold and therefore deck them out in thick sweaters and the occasional hat. It doesn’t always look very stylish, but at the very least I’m sure the dog is appreciative for the extra layer of warmth. On the other hand, we all know how hot it can get in Shanghai during the summer months. The heat often seems unbearable and it is literally possible to cook an egg on the sidewalk. So keep this in mind when thinking about the feet of our fellow canine companions. Protection from the scorching sidewalk is the main reason for doggie shoes in the summer heat wave, and while it may look more than a little silly, this is compassionate doggie consideration at its best. Another reason is a sanitary reason. We have all experienced the less than hygienic qualities of Shanghai and understand why it’s necessary to remove your shoes before walking around in your house. The same idea applies to the dogs. Dogs don’t really care about what they are walking in, and who wants their dog to drag in the filth of Shanghai streets into their house? So, why not dress your dog up and give their feet and bodies that extra sanitary protection?