Whether you’re bringing home a new dog or you’ve been a loving dog owner your entire life, it’s essential that you know how to properly care for your four-legged friend during those cold winter months. Some dogs need coats in the winter, some don’t!
Some Dogs are NOT built for Snow!
In some parts of the country, winter seemingly lasts for an eternity, and that can cause some uncomfortable and serious health issues for pet dogs. Some dog breeds are lucky enough to have an undercoat that grows in cold temperatures, enabling them to feel warm and comfortable all year-round. Other dogs aren’t built for the snow and cold, however, and need your help during the winter.
The Cold can Make some Dogs Sick!
At roughly 45 degrees Fahrenheit, some cold-averse dogs start feeling uncomfortable, which could lead to anxious pups not sleeping well, not behaving, and regular chewing/barking. At 32 degrees Fahrenheit, puppies, smaller dogs, elderly dogs, or breeds with thin coats will not only be uncomfortable but in danger, as well. And anything under 20 degrees Fahrenheit could cause severe health problems for all kinds of breeds, including frostbite and hypothermia.
Check out Little Bit sporting her jacket!
Little Bit is happy the rain FINALLY stopped and she can enjoy the sunshine! The occasion calls for her famous eyeliner and a light jacket because, as we know, Chihuahuas are always cold! You can see more of Little Bit on Miss Molly Says. Be sure to read Winter Safety Tips for Dogs for more information!
These Dogs NEED Winter Coats!
Here are some dog breeds that need actual winter coats in order to keep them warm, comfortable, and happy during those long and cold winter days and nights:
- Corgis — This adorable breed of dog actually comes with a thicker coat, but that doesn’t protect them from colder temperatures too much. Since Corgis are short in stature, their bellies will regularly brush against the ice and snow whenever they’re outside.
- Chihuahuas — This breed originates from Mexico and is used to much warmer climates. Since they are smooth, short coated, and small, they are especially vulnerable to colder temperatures.
- Whippets and Greyhounds — Like the Chihuahua, this breed also originates in warmer climates — Ancient China. They have little body fat, meaning they don’t have much insulation or protection against the cold.
- Small-Bodied Terriers — This small breed of dog will greatly benefit from an extra layer of protection during the winter. Yorkshire and Skye Terriers especially require warmer coats because their hair is much longer than other breeds and needs to be kept dry during the winter.
- Poodles — This classic dog breed is known for its big, puffy coat, which might seem warm, but when sheared, they lose their natural protection from snow, wind, and colder temperatures.
You and your dog will have plenty of fun during both the warmer and summer months, as long as you’re taking care of them and giving them some extra protection during those colder periods.