Should your dog wear a kilt for Robbie Burns day?

If you want your Scottish Terrier (or any other breed of dog for that matter) to dress in a classic Scottish kilt for Robbie Burns day on January 25th, now is the time to spring into action. Dog kilts can be pricey and you don’t want to be stuck having to purchase the most expensive model because the bargains sold out earlier.

The Scottie Dog News has extensively researched dog kilts and is happy to present you with a number of options. Alas this Rrazzy Royal Stewart number worn by a handsome Wheaten Scottie and priced at a very reasonable $36 is no longer available.

There’s no denying that Royal Stewart works better with furry white dog legs — even if they’re short — than furry white human legs.

Man in a Kilt by Jason Webber at Flickr

Black Scottish Terriers don’t have to worry about pale legs, of course, but they have other issues. It’s a fashion myth that you can’t go wrong with black.


The Scottie above is wearing a classic black vested kilt with a $60 price tag, and yet, something is not quite right. More contrast is called for. He would look better in the $75 red outfit modelled uneasily by the West Highland Terrier below.

The Westie hasn’t yet learned that so much of looking good in a kilt depends on knowing how to work it, something the gentleman below has clearly mastered.

I say his kilt ‘outskirts’ hers by Canadian Pacific at Flickr

Finally, the Scottish Terrier and Dog News — despite its history of displaying topless photos — does not approve of kilts on their own. Be they on terriers


…or on men.

Guilty Kilts by Florent Leturmy at Flickr

Please, save your six packs for the beach. Robbie Burns day is about tradition and single malts.

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Update: Over the weekend a member of the kilted community, X Marks the Scot, discovered this post and brought it up in his group’s “General Kilt Talk” forum, leading to a heated discussion about the ethics of costuming dogs.
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See Scotties in other costumes than kilts or read about the best sweaters for Scottish Terriers.

15 thoughts on “Should your dog wear a kilt for Robbie Burns day?

  1. While kilts look cute on dogs, they are absolutely YUMMY on the 2-legs….. it should be noted that the two most feared fighting MEN wear ‘skirts’… the Scots and the Greek evzones…. even a guy with ‘dunlops’ can be more attractive in a kilt.

    But if you want a really cute and well made kilt for your terrier, try, DOGGIE DUDS…. These even include the traditional jabot and a wee bagpipe
    …check out the cutie pie ‘STARRY NIGHT’ as model on the opening
    page.
    http://www.doggyduds.com/index.php

  2. Oh lord in heaven, I go off to Martinique for a spot of sun and what do I find upon my return?

    Needless to say, there is only one true Scotsman or spiritual Scotsman among the lot of them.

    This fellow Florent Leturmy is about as Scottish as the MacDermotte clan. All that Beffroi gras has clearly gone to his head.

    The saving grace is that no one has to ask what he’s wearing under his kilt as it’s pretty damned clear.

  3. The black and tartin kilt that the scottie is wearing I brought for Kirk from ebay. It’s expensive, made of cheap felt and developed a hole on her second outing, (however she does tend to tear any clothes off the moment they go on and it took a beating!)
    AND … doesn’t matter where he was born, this Florent Leturmy fella looks beautiful 🙂

    Tegan

  4. You’re killin me:)))
    That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard:P I love dog clothing, but this is crazy. I love knitted dog sweaters, and my little Lolek feels very comfortable wearing them.

  5. You’re killin me:)))
    That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard:P I love dog clothing, but this is crazy. I love knitted dog sweaters, and my little Lolek feels very comfortable wearing them.

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