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    winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    so I need to start thinking about getting her a coat or sweater etc. What temp is considered cold for a dog? I have no idea. This will be her 1st winter. She is almost 6 months. thanks!

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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    I need to start doing this too because I noticed that some of Jaxx's XS shirts are a little bit snug when I tried them on him the other day.
    Last winter was Jaxx's first winter but he seemed to do better outside after it hit 40 degrees with at least a shirt on.
    I have read that if you do not start dogs wearing clothes that their temperature will automatically adjust to the cold but it made walks outside a lot easier with a shirt on him at least. He has a coat but honestly I think he has only wore it once or twice but in the winter he always has a shirt on of some type.

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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    what temp is cold for a dog depends entirely on what kind of dog it is. Northern breeds for example can handle extremely cold temps. I have coats for my little dogs but Lucifer is fine outside for at least a few hours ( he has a heated dog house he chooses to sleep on instead of IN ). Sophie, my Bichon/Poodle has a winter parka (69.99 plus shipping) made out of the same kind of material human parkas are made out of, she also has a pink suede coat lined with sheepskin. Guapo has several sweaters and one coat that reminds me of sherlock holmes. And if you are going to be out walking the dogs in the cold winter days you might check into booties for them also !

    Now remember peeps I live in ALASKA lol, when I say cold I mean like well below zero ! 30 degrees on a winter day is like a heatwave for us !

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    Omg how do u do it in Alaska lol...my dog is a Shihtzu so have no idea what is cold for her.

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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    Quote Originally Posted by Puppy0226 View Post
    Omg how do u do it in Alaska lol...my dog is a Shihtzu so have no idea what is cold for her.
    Just like people dogs get acclimated to the cold weather. It is actually against the law up here to leave a dog outside without somewhere to get out of the weather ! My little dogs don't stay outside much in the winter though Lucifer my lab doesnt seem to mind the cold at all ! Just like alot of people couldnt handle the cold in ALaska I could never handle living in a very hot climate. My daughter wants me to move to Vegas where they had to move for hubbies job, that one is a huge H##$ NO lol

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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    Quote Originally Posted by odiesmom View Post
    what temp is cold for a dog depends entirely on what kind of dog it is. Northern breeds for example can handle extremely cold temps. I have coats for my little dogs but Lucifer is fine outside for at least a few hours ( he has a heated dog house he chooses to sleep on instead of IN ). Sophie, my Bichon/Poodle has a winter parka (69.99 plus shipping) made out of the same kind of material human parkas are made out of, she also has a pink suede coat lined with sheepskin. Guapo has several sweaters and one coat that reminds me of sherlock holmes. And if you are going to be out walking the dogs in the cold winter days you might check into booties for them also !

    Now remember peeps I live in ALASKA lol, when I say cold I mean like well below zero ! 30 degrees on a winter day is like a heatwave for us !
    Lol, 30 degrees is spring weather here! It can get as cold as -50 celcius here, which I think is around -58 fahrenheit, although -15 - -25 is more normal. Winter clothing is a necessity for Kuma!

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    Lol, 30 degrees is spring weather here! It can get as cold as -50 celcius here, which I think is around -58 fahrenheit, although -15 - -25 is more normal. Winter clothing is a necessity for Kuma!
    LOL I feel your pain !! here is a fun fact at - 40 degrees fahrenheit and celcius are the same temp !! I want to see what you have for Kuma for winter wear. Sophies fav is made much like a Columbia or Northface parka> I do have a coat for Lucifer but not enough people to get it on him, stinker that he is ! my eldest daughter lives in Fairbanks where it is REALLY cold ( 47 days straight of -40 or colder last winter ) and she has coats and booties for her 3 dogs, 2 labs and a lab/great pyr mix !

    just a little FYI ...you dont want them to be tooo warm either !! unless its a short coated dog or small dog it can handle more cold than you might think !
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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    Sydney only wears her sweater if we're going for a walk when it's below freezing. She doesn't *really* need it, but a couple of times I've decided to stay out longer than originally intended and she starts to shiver. With a sweater I've never actually seen her get too cold. I never put it on her for potty breaks or anything like that because she just doesn't get cold enough in that amount of time.

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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    My Shiba doesn't need anything. It gets cold(ish) here, but not too cold. Wet mostly. Cold enough though, I'm a desert person so anything below 70 is freakish.

    If the dogs are kept inside all the time, their coats grow in for whatever that temperature is. So if it's 70 in the house but 40 outside, they will get cold after a while and have to go back inside. The Shiba and I live in a trailer that has no heating (right now) so his coat gets very thick in the winter and he actually begins to overheat if we go into the house for too long. The other two live in the house so they don't get real thick coats. They can, though. The furnace went out in the house last winter for a month right during the coldest cold we had, and I had to keep a fire going at night to keep everybody else warm (Me keeping them warm, while I live in a trailer with no heating.) and the dogs grew thick coats during that time. And, when the furnace was fixed, they shed out the extra stuff.

    Anyways, to answer your question, it entirely depends on the dog's coat type and what the temperature is where they spend most of their time if they need a jacket or not. The Shiba can, if he's in winter coat, go out in -30 weather and be just fine for a long long time. The other two, I dunno, but I bet they could do it if they were adapted to those temperatures.
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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    I've never really worried about the cold. My dog has a very short coat and it does get somewhat cold in the winters in Colorado though it's mostly around a low of about 10F during the coldest months. He's never had an need for a sweater for just general outside walks or whatever. If he's sleeping with me when we go camping, he's inside the tent and in a sleeping bag and we don't exactly go camping in the middle of January.

    Before a sweater, I would be more interested in getting boots since his paw seem to get cold when it's cold and there's ice on the ground. Could also be the fur freezing to the ground. In any case I usually adjust his walking schedule on days like those to avoid it.

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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    When I had my big, black lab, we had a couple of record cold winters. I would spend 20 minutes getting myself bundled up for a six mile walk and that dog would romp around like it was a lovely spring day. In fact, as he got older, I started to look forward to winter because my dog would start acting like a pup in the cold and snow.

    Not everyone appreciated his enthusiasm, though. People driving past us would glare at me and give me the finger. Some wrote letters to the editor. Nobody could recognize me with the gear I was wearing, but lots of people recognized my dog.

    The only issue I ever encountered was salted streets and sidewalks, which are nasty on dogs' pads. I would avoid them when possible and wash his feet when we returned, then treat them with a farm product called Udder Guard.

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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    Quote Originally Posted by odiesmom View Post
    LOL I feel your pain !! here is a fun fact at - 40 degrees fahrenheit and celcius are the same temp !! I want to see what you have for Kuma for winter wear. Sophies fav is made much like a Columbia or Northface parka> I do have a coat for Lucifer but not enough people to get it on him, stinker that he is ! my eldest daughter lives in Fairbanks where it is REALLY cold ( 47 days straight of -40 or colder last winter ) and she has coats and booties for her 3 dogs, 2 labs and a lab/great pyr mix !

    just a little FYI ...you dont want them to be tooo warm either !! unless its a short coated dog or small dog it can handle more cold than you might think !
    Yep, good old Winterpeg, coldest city with a population of over 600,000 in the world! Why do I live here again? LOL

    Kuma refuses to walk without his sweater, parka and booties when it's cold out, I'll have to try to track down a pic when I'm at my computer. The clothing is a necessity though, Kuma's a Pug, no where near enough fur to keep him warm in our winters!

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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    oh all this winter talk makes me miss my home...not. *lol* we never had any kind of winter clothes for the dogs. in winter it was usually between 35 and 5 degrees F. our dogs were outside in day time, but inside at night. we had a lab and a bernese mountain dog. both were fine. guess they just got used to it.

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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    What kind of dog? We have an ACD mix who grows a very heavy undercoat, she's never needed anything, no matter how cold. In fact, she overheats easily and has a hard time in warmer weather. I did have a coat for the young BC mix for the few very cold days (like less than 10 degrees F) we had last winter, as she was young, thin and hadn't grown any undercoat yet. She won't need one this winter as she's mostly grown her adult coat and is starting to accumulate some undercoat for winter already. I had this coat last year, she's outgrown it anyway .

    http://www.smartpakequine.com/newmar...x?cm_vc=Search

    It looked nice on the mostly black dog and she's not the type for frou frou stuff.

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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    We got Hamilton in February - we live in upstate NY. He hated the snow a lot, and hated it even more when I made him wear a sweater. I'm hoping this year he'll be more amenable to a sweater. He loved laying in front of the space heater in the house. This year he's already shivering when it's 60 in the house in the morning, so I guess we'll see how he does this year!

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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    Your dog will let you know if she is too cold. Watch for shivering (obviously) and sitting/laying down as it can indicate cold paws or snow/ice balls between toes.

    I keep a close eye on Buster but its the weather he was meant to live in, Saints were built for snow and cold. He's indicated once in 3 1/2 years that he was too cold (I was trying to get him to pose in a huge snow drift bigger than him, he sat down because his paws were just too cold so I took him back inside). We walk in all but the absolute worst weather (and thats because Im a wimp, not him!). About the only thing I do is I'll pull my hand out of my glove from time to time to check his ears and I check & rinse & dry his paws, legs and belly when we're done outside.

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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    It is starting to feel like winter here already. From 30-35 degree weather, we are down to zero and five above at night, 13 during the day. There was even some snow not much higher than what I am, on Sunday night. That is Celsius so 30-40 at night, less than 60 during the day F.

    I have sweaters for my little dogs when it gets really cold out and they love them.

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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    I don't usually take Buffy out for walks when it dips below freezing. Maybe high 20s(F) but anything else seems just too cold for her. She doesn't like to wear coats, but will tolerate them in colder temps. It's her paws that I worry about more, and I can't get her to wear booties.

    Here's her coat, but she likes the snow.



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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    Jubel seems to enjoy the cold, LOVES the snow. The only time I've seen him cold was more due to his actions than the actual temperature outside. We'd just had some freezing rain overnight and EVERYTHING was coated with about half an inch of ice when we went for our walk in the morning. When we ran into friends in the park and stopped to chat Jubel started eating the ice on the ground. Absolutely wouldn't stop even when he started shivering. I had to literally drag him out of the park and home because he still wanted to eat more ice.

    We've spent hours out in the cold and snow playing and he never acted cold as far as I could tell. Of course I live just outside DC and we don't really get the extreme cold temperatures here, really cold wind chill sometimes but still nothing compared to those of you in Canada.

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    He has no coat and I don't think he'd be agreeable to wearing one if he did.

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    Re: winter gear...what temp is cold for a dog?

    ok ya all jinxed me ! Woke up today to a chilly 28 degrees, I guess summer is officially OVER !!

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