Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Do Dogs Get Cold?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Melbourne, VIC
    Posts
    425

    Default Do Dogs Get Cold?

    I have just been reading the thread about dressing dogs up etc & some people have said that their dog only wears a coat in the winter to stop it getting cold. I am just wondering if dogs do get cold & how do you know this? I know when they are hot because they pant but I have never seen a dog shivvering because it is cold, don't their natural coats keep them warm? Apart from dogs with no fur of course

    www.healthy4paws.com.au
    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Queensland
    Posts
    1,822

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Healthy4Paws View Post
    I have just been reading the thread about dressing dogs up etc & some people have said that their dog only wears a coat in the winter to stop it getting cold. I am just wondering if dogs do get cold & how do you know this? I know when they are hot because they pant but I have never seen a dog shivvering because it is cold, don't their natural coats keep them warm? Apart from dogs with no fur of course
    Batty shivers and gets very lethargic when he is cold. I had the air con on a bit too long yesterday and turned it off when I spotted him shivering.

    Yep they do get cold, particularly puppies and breeds with very short hair.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Victoria
    Posts
    4,241

    Default

    You've never seen a dog shiver!!????
    Roly shivers uncontrollably.

    ETA: Roly is quite lean and his fur doesn't adapt to the weather like Lady's does. Its stays the same all year round, short and thin.
    Last edited by aussiemyf7; 01-13-2010 at 10:59 AM.
    Education not Legislation

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Near Newcastle, NSW
    Posts
    4,215

    Default

    Staffies definitely get cold...and hot! They only have one layer of coat...no protective undercoat for winter or summer. So they can overheat easily in summer and freeze easily in winter.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Melbourne, VIC
    Posts
    425

    Default

    Yeh Blue gets really hot easily.
    I know she loves the heat that comes out of the floor in the winter but I just never see her actually shivvering. And my previous dog I had was a Weimerarner & we lived in England then, which is VERY cold & she never shivvered either.
    Strange.

    www.healthy4paws.com.au
    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Victoria
    Posts
    2,960

    Default

    Terry didn't seem to get hot nor cold...Freak dog.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Adelaide
    Posts
    12,581

    Default

    Frosty gets cold, and occasionally shivers. She also shivers when she's very frightened or doesn't want to do something.

    She's into the ice/sauna swap too - ie come in the a/c cold bit of house then go out and sunbake on the concrete. In winter she definitely seeks out warm sunny places to sit/lie/sleep.

    And both her and my brother's dog prefer the heated floor to the cold floor in my mum's house in winter.

    She does warm up very quickly when she exercises, and gets a second wind if I hose her off or she goes swimming but gets very unwilling to move from the shade otherwise in summer.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Adelaide SA
    Posts
    199

    Default

    our dog has a wooly coat that we have clipped a few times a year, so she goes from thick wool to almost nothing, so she has a coat when she goes out!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    2,561

    Default

    Boofy shivers even with a jumper on in Winter the poor bugger. He has a really, really fine coat and he feels the cold. He curls himself into the tightest ball in Winter to sleep too. Monte is on pretty heavy meds for epilepsy so he doesn't feel the cold normally, but even then, I have seen him shiver once or twice on freezings mornings when we are up getting breakfast. As Livvy has only been with us since August, I haven't seen her in Winter as yet.
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •