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Americans are passionate about their pet dogs and Bay Area folks are no exception to this rule. Many dog owners spend massive amounts of money on their beloved family members, whether on food, toys or supplies. For those looking to pamper their pooch with the latest fashions, or perhaps to protect them from the elements, San Francisco is home to several stores that stock a great selection of doggy apparel. Here are five top spots to check out when in the market for dog clothes.

Yap Store
Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point St. E204A
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 346-8878

Located in Ghirardelli Square, Yap Store sells house brand dog harnesses, apparel and accessories. Doggie apparel offerings range from the functional to fashionably indulgent. Owners looking to protect Fido from the elements will enjoy perusing the wide selection of coats made in every type of material from suede and leather to waterproofed fabric and fur. Yap also carries hoodies, dresses and doggy formal wear including wedding dresses, tuxedos and ties. Many items are available in all sizes from teacup to extra-extra-large.

Furry Tales
255 King St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 618-0275

Furry Tales is a combination grooming spa and pet boutique located in SoMa. Open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday, the boutique carries a variety of cute apparel for dogs. Selections range from fleece sweaters and fur-lined coats to fashion bandanas and Halloween costumes. Most apparel is tailored to smaller sized dogs.

Best In Show
545 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 864-7387

Another upscale pet boutique, Best In Show stocks apparel, gifts and supplies for both dogs and cats. There are a number of fashionable choices for those in the market for dog apparel. Selections range from cute coats and snuggly sweaters to hoodies and cheeky tank tops and bandanas. Most clothing is available in a broad range of sizes from extra small to extra large. The shop also stocks several patterned body harnesses and collars, as well as a few select snappy collars with ties.

Bow Wow Meow
2150 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 440-2845

Bow Wow Meow is a one-stop shop for any dog or cat owner. The store does everything from grooming and teeth cleaning to pet training, while also selling all manner of items from standard pet foods to luxury products. Those in the market for doggy clothing will find an extensive selection of both fashionable and functional wear. Options range from snuggly warm and washable sweaters to frivolous items such as designer doggy dresses. Clothing is stocked in a wide range of sizes to accommodate most dogs.

Bernal Beast
509 Cortland Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 643-7800

Located in the Bernal Heights neighborhood, Bernal Beast is local spot catering to owners looking for natural and organic pet foods. The shop not only stocks a large selection of foods, but also offers grooming services and carries plenty of doggy supplies. Shoppers will find a variety of dog apparel, including cute and functional raincoats as well as sweet T-shirts. Clothes are stocked in a range of sizes, and well-behaved dogs are always welcome to accompany their owners.

Joanna Metheny is a freelance writer covering all things South Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.