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

posted 10 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

    No

    Only sometimes

  • Post # 17
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    When it’s super cold (as it’s been lately) I do put coats on them for walks.  We do a super early walk (5:20am) each morning, so it’s brutally cold out.  Both of our dogs have short hair and the one has really short hair.  We find him laying against our heat vent therefore blocking the heat for the rest of us.  At those moments, I do put a sweater on him for indoors but only for a little while. 

    Post # 18
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I have a Bernese Mountain Dog.  The only time he isn’t panting is when it’s 20 degrees or less out.  He’d be pissed if I put a sweater on him!

    Post # 19
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @Mrs. DG: My mom has a bernese too!  She thinks she’s the same size as the terrier though… It certainly keeps things interesting!

    ETA: Sorry I just got way too excited about that! I think I’m just missing that silly dog!

    Post # 20
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I don’t live in a normally cold environment, but it does get chilly in winter. I do put jackets on my dogs if they go to the park. They’re both less than 10lbs and look SO cute! Plus, because they’re so small they’ll sit there and shake from being cold. One doesn’t mind it. The other one, Kona, does this number because she HATES her jacket:

    Post # 21
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    We occaisionally use a field coat/jacket instead of a sweater since our Springers would not appreciate anything on their legs getting in the way of running.  They don’t mind that kind of coat but we rarely need to put it on them – only if it will be very cold (quite rare in Houston) and they’ve just been groomed so they don’t have their usual amount of fur to keep them warm.

    Post # 22
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We have a chihuahua in a cold climate (yesterday was negative 10F), she is litter trained (she won’t even walk outside if it is cooler than 75F) and still wears sweaters in the house. Chihuahua’s were breed to be warm climate dogs, she has low body fat and short hair. Growing up we had a terrier, we wouldn’t put a coat on her because she was breed to be a cold weather dog and wasn’t phased by the chill.

    Post # 22
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We have a chihuahua in a cold climate (yesterday was negative 10F), she is litter trained (she won’t even walk outside if it is cooler than 75F) and still wears sweaters in the house. Chihuahua’s were breed to be warm climate dogs, she has low body fat and short hair. Growing up we had a terrier, we wouldn’t put a coat on her because she was breed to be a cold weather dog and wasn’t phased by the chill.

    Post # 23
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I grew up with Labs and we never put clothes on them.

    My little baby is a yorkie and her hair is like human hair so it def does not keep her warm. Yorkies are not tolerant of cold weather. She usually always has a T-shirt in the on in the house in the winter and when we go out she always has a jacket, sweater or vest. Plus it looks so cute on a 4 lb dog. lol

    Lucy is also litter trained so she dosent go out side if its too super cold like today.

    Post # 24
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    My dogs have always loved the cold.  (Labs, Springer Spaniels.)  However, my German Shorthair gets cold eventually unless she is running free.  She would kill me if I tried to put clothing on her.  (She’d be embarassed, I think she considers herself a serious bird dog.)

    Post # 25
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Nah, he doesn’t wear anything but his own winter coat.  He would be bothered by a shirt or sweater and wouldn’t go to the bathroom because he’d be distracted (my dog can be SO ADD!)

    Post # 26
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I agree with the dogs have fur to keep them warm. We have a mastiff german shepard cross but I dont know if its because she just got out of a shelter and hasnt been outside much, but she races back towards the house after we have only been out for a little while. I think its just too cold for her right now. Hopefully she will get used to it.

    Post # 27
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I have a pomeranian, and as soon as it gets cold he is in some sort of jacket or sweater or something.  He gets cold so quickly, to the point of him shivering.  I feel so bad for him, right now hes been wearing his dog snuggie, its embarrasing though to admit it!

     

    Post # 28
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I think it depends on the breed. Certain breeds do NOT have enough fur to keep them warm and need jackets. Most dogs don’t, though. We have a coat for our Cocker Spaniel, but that is only for when it is snowing to keep him dry. When it is just cold, we don’t use a coat. He doesn’t mind the cold!

    Chihuahua’s are a great example of a dog that does NOT do well in cold temperatures. They need jackets if it is super cold.

    Post # 29
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    Helper bee

    My dog is half Great Pyrenees so needless to say, she LOVES the cold and doesn’t not need a sweater.  In our area it is currently -10ish for a wind chill and she is as happy as can be play outside.  I just make sure I watch for her and as soon as she is ready to come in, I let her in.  Otherwise, she is a happy girl.

    Post # 30
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    We have two dogs.  Mine is a border collie/spaniel of some sort mix.  She LOVES snow, has no problems with the cold and does not need a coat.  Fiance’s is a boston terrier.  He’s a little guy and he does not care for the cold.  He has a snuggie and a few shirts that we put on him in the winter, but mostly we just don’t make him stay out long.  He will hang out in the dog house if he can’t handle the weather, meanwhile Noodles will just be running around like it’s 80* outside.

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