Does your dog feel the cold?

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  1. Dizzy

    Dizzy Sit! Good dog.

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    Bodhi can swim in the river in winter and still want more. Fred has to wee in the rain and he's shivering. He's such a pansy!!!

    Will he man up as he grows? Or will he always need special treatment. He is much happier going out in his coat.
     
  2. AdrianneIsabel

    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    Pit bulls melt in the rain, it's a sad epidemic that has been around for years. :(

    My pit bulls wear coats and jammies and other silly things traditionally reserved for toy dogs.

    My malinois will swim in icewater and then fall over walking from cramps because they pushed themselves too far. Some dogs have better self preservation than others. LOL
     
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    Bodhi could teach Fred a thing or two... but she's too busy being hardcore. I have seriously thinking of getting him an 'indoor coat' (aka PJS!!). He got a bath last night (another thing I never have to do to Bodhi - Fred mings), and he was all sappy and whiney and sorry for himself after. I wrapped him in a towel and sat him in front of the fire and he was still being a diva and shivering.....
     
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    smkie pointer/labrador/terrier Staff Member

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    For an all purpose hunting dog my gs pointer, Mary's DAd was the biggest cold foot weenie in the whole world. I swear he would practically walk on his toenails to avoid stepping on cold ground. Pepper and Victor are not much better. If they can stand on the side of the street and urinate over the curb into the grass, when there is ice and snow, they will.

    Mary never cared..snow was a whaahooo race about celebration.
     
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    I swear Pip has a furnace where his liver should be. That dog gets overheated in a coat when it's single digits out. He swims right up until when the edges of the river freeze and he can't get in the water easily. I just don't bother with a coat for him anymore, ever. I've never seen him not get overheated in one. The only thing that bothers him about winter is when he gets snow toeballs, but between foot hair trimming and Musher's Secret we can avoid those.

    Maisy gets chilled fairly easily. I've been running her in her lighter coat these last few weeks when it's been 30s-ish. She also gets major princess paws in the snow.

    Squash doesn't seem to get chilled very easily, although we haven't really been through a hard winter with him yet. I have a feeling he's going to be pretty cold-durable, though.
     
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    I bought Nova from North Carolina. When she got here to Oregon it was May, she was 8 weeks old and very small. She was always cold.

    So i put Pix's sweater on her
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    Now that she's grown she doesn't need sweaters (as much ;) )
     
  7. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

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    This! And something terrible is bound to happen if their little hineys touch wet ground. :rofl1:

    Tallulah doesn't like the cold. She wears size 6 or 6X in a child's sweatshirt quite nicely, although I really should knuckle down and make her some jackets.

    Bimmer's pretty cold proof, and the only times I've seen Kharma look uncomfortable were once when we'd gone for a night walk and the temps were in the low 20s, she was perfectly happy until we started up the last hill toward home and the wind cranked up; the other time was when we had no heat at the house in February and she was thrilled to get under the covers and sleep.
     
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    Bin was still like that at 14, he never manned up. He hated the cold.
     
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    Kailey gets cold at night. She cuddles under the covers and presses her trembling body against mine so hard I feel like we'll end up fusing together.
    But if there are squirrels or birds to chase, she completely forgets about the cold and snow. She'll come to me after a good run with icicles of drool hanging from her face, tail wagging and lips twisted into an idiotic grin.

    Schaffer has so much fur that I doubt he even knows what "cold" is.
     
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    The Dobermans are super lame in the winter. Unless we drive them to the park which is 10x more exciting than anything else and therefore worthy of running around and burning off energy, they refuse to do anything outside. They act all hyper in the house and then I let them out on the yard to play and all they do is stand there and shiver, lifting all their feet while eating snow/leaves/berries/whatever they can find. It sucks.

    They shiver the whole time on leashed walks. I walk them to the park near my house and they just stand there, shivering, lifting feet. It's virtually impossible to exercise these two when it's cold.

    Same goes for when it's raining. Except instead of feet lifting they stand there wincing and blinking and shivering like it's the worst thing in the world.

    I do put coats on them, but they still hate the cold. And they sometimes have to wear PJs in the house if it's cold.

    I really wouldn't mind their aversion to cold if not for the fact that they are high energy dogs and sometimes it's not very much fun living with them through the winter/rainy spring weather. They make it nearly impossible to drain their energy when it's cold.

    Dance, OTOH, is an all season dog. She doesn't care if it's cold at all. And if it's hot, she's good as long as there is water to cool off in. She couldn't care less about the rain either. The only problem I have with her in the winter is that her poor feet get snowballs in them and they get cold quickly, but boots solve that problem.
     
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    Wilson shivers in the house--and outdoors. He burrows under the blankets at night.
    Baxter--if he is out for a run in the woods (i.e. letting his nose get a good sniff on...) he doesn't feel the cold. If he is just going out to pee--he prances like a little girl. But he never shivers like Wilson does. I leave throw blankets around for the poor boy! :p
     
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    Murphy's view on cold weather...
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    Riley's view...
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    Meg hates the cold. She has many different coats, because I still spend a fair amount of time outside in the winter, and she gets by fine, but she'd be happy hibernating any time it got below 30 or so.

    Gusto's an idiot. He has far less coat than Meg and zero body fat, but he *adores* being out in the snow. I have no idea how he manages it. He's less impressed with rain however.
     
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    Definitely...especially Chulita. They both get the shivers when it's particularly cold. Chulita always burrows under blankets, even in the summer. LOL.
     
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    Basenjis are from the Congo...so that pretty much sums up how Watson feels about cold, snow, and rain.

    Menchi is more cavalier about it all, but she does not like getting her toes wet or cold.

    Watson wears a coat if we are out for longer than 10 or so minutes in temperatures below freezing.
     
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    elegy overdogged

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    The pit bulls are wearing fleece in the house these days and Mushroom is sleeping under a blanket at night (in his fleece).

    Steve I do put a coat on when he's going to be sitting for a long time somewhere cold (Crated at flyball tournaments, crated in my car, etc) but otherwise he doesn't wear one. He'll swim when there's snow on the ground and not think anything of it, though I do slap a coat on him right afterward.
     
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    This is so cute. :)

    Sally has never really felt the cold. When she was younger we'd be out for hours in sub-zero temperatures playing in the snow (I was like eight when we got her). The only thing that ever bugged her was when the snow would clump in her feet.

    Seamus shivers occasionally but not all that much. I think I'm going to invest in some fleece for him this year.
     
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    Kim and Mira both love the snow. Kim's coat is this insane teflon impervious super-insulated body armor and she loves nothing more than a good roll in snow and burrowing into a snowbank. Mira doesn't have an undercoat but she is some sort of thermal reactor and stays warm out of sheer enthusiasm. She thinks breaking a layer of ice on water is invigorating.

    Webster doesn't get cold, exactly, so much as he believes he can never be too warm. He will sun himself on a 100 degree day. So in his mind, winter is evil.

    I don't know about Cookie...hasn't gotten cold enough to find out. I suspect she'll have the same approach as Mira.
     
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    Mine don't really seem to feel the cold much (well, Newton does a bit, but he's still a baby with no fluff). They looove winter and have way more energy than in the summer. Cricket in particular is a snow dog - she loves going cross-country skiing with me and happily splashes through icy streams, despite my best attempts to keep her out of them. All of them, however, are big babies when it comes to getting ice in their paws; they will pitifully limp along on three legs until I come fix it. They do have coats but only seem to need them when it's very cold out (when the temperature dips to around zero) or if they're going to be standing around in the cold for long periods of time. They are less impressed by rain.

    Skiing (the big red beast is my friend's dog)
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    Milo loves to run around and play in the snow, but he is sensitive to the cold, he shivers if he's out for very long.

    My fosters were kind of the same way...loved to play in the snow, but they'd be shivering, and HATED the rain.
     

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