Post # 1
Hi! My dog is a 1.5 year old 65 pound Goldendoodle who LOVES the snow and cold weather. It’s currently 40-50 degrees here where I live in New England, so not cold for here! He has more of a Golden Retriever look, with straight and THICK golden hair.
We have a dog walker come by on our long days at work. Yesterday she drops him off with a thick fleece jacket on with fur lining around the neck. I really appreciate that she got that for him, but I don’t put coats on my dog to go outside because he is bred for cold weather and absolutely loves it (except for when it is below freezing or way too cold….then I try to not even have him outside too much!). Yesterday it was 52 degrees out.
This morning I get a text that says “It’s 50 degrees out, I cannot find his coat!!” I don’t want my poor dog sweating in this thick fur and fleece coat! Is this a little crazy or do you normally bundle your dogs up? This is more of a rant lol.
Post # 2
star282: Big dogs can handle the cold, especially if they aren’t left out for a long time. I can’t speak to a Goldendoodle, but most dogs grow a thick winter coat. I have a Saint Bernard, and I think he’d hate me if I tried putting him in a sweater. He was bred for winter!
Post # 3
star282: hahaha aww lol your dog walker has good intentions. this made me laugh she sounds like the concerned grandmother who shoves a coat on you when its 70 degrees out 🙂
Just tell her to only use the coat when its below zero. Dogs already have coats!
I have a boxer with short fur and he hates coats, but I have put a sweater thing on him when its below zero degrees bc I think its too cold for him. He doesnt like to go out anyway in that weather so its really not an issue.
Post # 4
star282: Haha, I’m picturing her wrapping the dog up in a puffer coat so big that can barely walk and just has little leg nubs coming out. Goldens have pretty long fur, they should be fine even at very low temperatures. If it is really cold and snowy/icy, maybe he would need some foot protection to protect his pads from the snow and the salt that can dry them out and cause them to crack.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2016 - Hunting Hill Mansion
This thread made me giggle. The text and the grandmother comment are hilarious! I have a very small dog — a mini daschund — and I do not put him in a coat, no matter the temp. He doesn’t spend too much time out in the Pennsylvania winter if he doesn’t have to, but he survives. He is a short haired breed as well and he doesn’t have an issue in the snow.
SO and I plan on getting a pair of plush-coat GSDs and he would never let them be caught dead in a coat 😛
Post # 6
Haha aww this was cute! We live in Southern California so have no real need to bundle our dogs up, except for my puggle who gets a little shivery once it hits the 50s. He’s got a little hoodie. But my shepherd girl is fine. We usually only put their rain jackets on if it’s coming down hard and we have to take them out.
Post # 7
star282: I myself have a big ol’ goldendoodle that’s more golden than poodle. 50 degrees sure is silly for a jacket. They love that temp. Now, that being said…. we live in Chicago, where last winter it was consistently 0-20 degrees. His fur on his belly seems a little scarce, so I might consider a sweater or something if we go to the dog park for a decent amount of time.
Let’s see a pic of that beautiful hound! Here’s Bob 🙂
Post # 8
star282: I have a Great Dane and I actually put a coat on her in the winter when it’s under 20 degrees(I live in the mountains too). She loves being outside but she has a really short coat and shivers quite a bit. So, contrary to popular belief certain not all breeds of big dogs can not handle the cold it really depends on their coat and if their breed has an undercoat. But, I think your pal should be ok sans coat haha.
Post # 9
Aww your dog walker sounds so concerned. That’s precious! But yes a coat in 50 degrees is a little ridiculous. I have a Pom/shih tzu mix with a very thick coat and 50 degrees is her favorite temperature! However sometimes in the winter (in PA so it gets cold) we will put a sweater on her when she has to go outside.
Post # 10
Awww. Just explain to her that his coat protects him very well from mild weather. I do think it’s very sweet she cares about him enough to buy him a coat.
Post # 11
Thanks for your comments everyone! She is a bit older so I feel bad telling her, but it is ridiculous to have my long haired dog in a coat in 50 degree weather when we live in the northeast! I’ll try uploading a picture of him in it when I get home … it is too cute 🙂
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast
Our dog only wears a sweater if it’s below freezing.
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2014 - Restaurant
Yeah, show us a pic!! From my experience dogs like a goldendoodle don’t really need coats. I would make sure his paws are nicely trimmed so the snow doesnt get stuck between his paw pads. This is the biggest issue we have with our dogs.
Here is me and my 105 pound Newfie Lucy. She LOVES the cold!
Post # 14
That’s adorable. But yeah, silly. Our Golden doesn’t get a coat, she grows her own. When it’s -20 I can only let her out for long enough to use the bathroom, but that’s extreme. And it’s worst on her feet, she’d stay out for hours if her feet didn’t get so cold. I know a lot of people use doggie boots for walking dogs in the winter, the salt can really sting and when it’s cold they’re barefoot! Other than that though, a dog with that much hair… I’d laugh if I saw one in a coat without a big shaved patch or something.
Post # 15
- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
star282: We live in California, so “cold” here is pretty wimpy. We never put sweaters on or labs, even on early morning winter walks.
Our beagle, however, is almost 15 and gets to wear a sweater during the day in the winter because we don’t heat the house when no one is home. She shivers and it’s pathetic and she loves her sweaters.
My cousins took their vizla snowshoeing. He had a really high end thermal coat from REI, and shoes. Vizlas are very skinny, and very short haired, so he needed it.
Basically, it all depends on the dog. A fairly young goldendoodle does not need a coat unless it is below zero.