(Closed) Question for dog-owners who live in cold climates…

posted 8 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Do you put a jacket, sweater, etc. on your dog(s) when you let/take them out in the cold?
    Yes : (18 votes)
    17 %
    No : (62 votes)
    60 %
    Only sometimes : (23 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 3
    467 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    i’ve tried to put sweaters on her, but she will have none of it

    if we’re outside for a while, i normally keep a feel on her belly to see just how cold she’s getting and bring her in when she gets to the “too cold” point

    but, she’s a princess too – so unless there’s snow to play in, she kind of avoids outside in the cold

    Post # 4
    81 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    we haven’t even had our dog for a week, So i havent tried to see if she will even wear a coat. But right now we are only going out side to go to the washroom, since it is -12 and about -20 with the windchill.

    Post # 5
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    unless your dog is toy-sized, very skinny (like a greyhound) or is visibly uncomfortable in the cold, a sweater isn’t needed. dogs have fur to keep them warm! if your dog hates the sweater, it’s not worth it.

    Post # 6
    14183 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I always figured this was why dogs had fur…Wink. But nobody I know ever puts clothes on their dogs. I can’t imagine a big 120+lb rottweiler in a pink furry sweater, though.

    Post # 7
    1807 posts
    Buzzing bee

    We have a couple sweaters we’ll use on her, especially since she doesn’t have any fur on her belly (she’s a miniature pinscher). She’ll fight like crazy when I put it on her but as soon as its on she’s fine with it.

    Post # 8
    11325 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I put “only sometimes.” I think that our dog is fine in the cold because we don’t take him out except when necessary. But, sometimes i put sweaters on him to be funny.

    Post # 9
    3871 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    The only reason I put outfits on my dog is because it looks cute. I think dogs coats gets thicker as it gets colder. Which is why in the spring time, my dog sheds like crazy.  My dog is also about 48 lbs so she’s a larger dog.  If you had a small toy dog, then I would give it a sweater. Since I have seen smaller dogs shiver.

    ETA: Oh, I do need to get dog booties for my dog.  Her paws either cramp up from the snow being too cold or it might be from the salt.  I felt so bad for her the last time it snowed.  I took her out to go to the bathroom and she couldn’t even make it back to the apartment.  She just sat up in the middle of the parking lot with her front paws in the air and wouldn’t move. It was the first time where she actually let me carry her back to the apartment. She hates being carried.

    Post # 10
    404 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    It is 7 degrees here today— burrrr, so cold!  My dog does not wear a sweater but when it is freezing like this we only go outside long enough for her to do her business and come right back in.

    Post # 11
    13096 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I grew up in northern IN and we had dogs my entire life and never once put clothes on them.  Dogs have fur for a reason! 🙂  Actually, our dogs loved being outside whenever there was snow so it was pretty obvious that they didn’t mind the cold too much.

    ETA: Our dogs have included labs, shepards, dauchsands, shitzhus, and basset hounds and none have ever needed clothes.

    Post # 12
    3941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    It depends on what kind of dog you have.  I’ve had a dog with a lot of hair before that was fine in the cold weather.  Right now I have a french bulldog and she gets VERY cold outside and needs a sweater.

    Post # 13
    4693 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I don’t have any dogs, but my mom does.  She puts a sweater on the scottie when she’s going out in the snow, but not on the bernese!

    Post # 14
    1537 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I think it depends on the breed of dog. For smaller dogs (yorkie, pug, pom etc.) I think you should definitely put a sweater of some sort on them for walks or if they’ll be outside for long periods of time.

    Our dog, however, never wears a sweater. He’s a Boarder Collie/Husky mix, but only about 45-50lbs and he always seems to be fine. We live in one of the coldest regions in North America, yet the -40 temperatures don’t seem to get to him unless he’s outside for too long. Then again our dog was born outside in the winter…

    Post # 15
    1251 posts
    Bumble bee

    Not a jacket or a sweater, but winter boots were a must for our dog when he went outside in the snow. Otherwise the snow would get between his toes and cause him lots of pain.

    Post # 16
    5797 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I wish I could find sweaters that would fit my dog. He seems to love snow though so I figure he’s ok.

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