There are many ways you can keep your pup warm this winter. The key is to find a balance between too much warmth and not enough so that they don’t get overheated or shiver uncontrollably when they’re outside in the cold.
Short-haired dogs stay warm because their coats are smooth and close lying to one another. This lets the air be trapped between each individual hair and provides insulation for short-haired dogs.
Dogs with short hair usually don’t have an issue staying warm, but they may need more attention than their long-haired counterparts. Short-haired dogs, like Pomeranians or Shih Tzus, are often more susceptible to the cold because they lack the protective layer of fur other breeds have.
The density of short-haired dog fur also assists in keeping them warm. In addition to the warm air trapped between each individual hair, the sheer amount of hair follicles also provides insulation for short haired dogs.
This is why it’s so important to remember to put a sweater on your short haired dog in the winter. Sweaters and jackets specifically for dogs protect the skin from frigid winds and chilly temperatures.
How do you keep a short haired dog warm?
If you have a short haired dog, here are some tips on how to keep them from getting too cold.
- Make sure they have plenty of blankets or beds that will help trap their body heat in order to stay warmer.
- Try rubbing them down with oil before going outside so they don’t get wet when it’s snowing out.
- Provide your pup with an indoor sleeping space where they can sleep and feel cozy.
- Keep the room temperature at 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Avoid hot baths or showers if possible because this can lead to their body temperature dropping later on.
- Staying out of extremely cold weather is probably best if you’re walking a short haired dog. They have a more difficult time staying warm in the cold so try to avoid going on walks during times where it’s really cold outside. If you do go, make sure you bundle up and don’t stay out long because short haired dogs will get colder faster compared to other breeds.
- Get them a sweater or coat: This one should go without saying. You wouldn’t want your human wearing shorts in winter so why would you make your canine wear one? A good quality coat will provide plenty of protection from the elements as well as getting wet if they go outside for any amount of time.
How cold can short haired dogs tolerate?
Just like humans, different breeds have different tolerances to the cold. For example, Siberian Huskies are one of the most tolerant breeds because they have a double coat that traps air between it which acts as insulation against heat loss and frostbite. The American Eskimo breed is also very tolerant to cold weather due to the thick double-coat that protects them from harsh conditions.
The average temperature range for short haired dogs is 45°F – 75°F (7°C – 24°C). Any lower than this could be too much for your pup.
Short haired dogs are at much greater risk of getting hypothermia than their long-haired counterparts, so it’s important to make sure they can tolerate colder temperatures.
Here are some things to look out for when determining if your pup is ready for winter,
- Does he have dry skin or patches?
- Does his nose run at all times?
- Is he lethargic and struggling with breathing during outdoor activities like walks and playtime?
If these symptoms sound familiar, then don’t let your dog stay outside any longer than necessary and bring your dog in as soon as possible.
Do dogs get cold at night?
If you are a pet owner, you know how difficult it can be to make sure your pup is comfortable at night. Your dog may sleep all day but still get cold at night because they have no control over their body temperature.
Whether your dog gets cold at night will really depend on the breed and size of your pup. Some dogs, like Huskies and Retrievers, have thicker coats that help them stay warm in colder climates.
Other breeds such as Chihuahuas or Pugs can’t always regulate their body temperatures so it’s important to be mindful of when they need more warmth.
If you’re noticing your dog shivering during cold weather here are some tips for keeping him/her warm:
- Make sure there’s plenty of bedding or blankets around them.
- Add an extra comforter if needed.
- Safely place a hot water bottle near their bed so they can curl up with it.
Be mindful that some older dogs or those with breathing problems may not tolerate the heat so closely.
It’s important to note that short-haired dogs may get cold very quickly if their coats or beds become wet. If you’re noticing your dog shivering during walks outside, this could be a sign that his/her coat is damp and needs drying.
Also, make sure to keep yourself covered as well.
It’s probably not a good idea to go out in freezing temperatures without proper protection. Dogs are very intuitive and will feel the cold much faster than humans so take care of your pup just as you would a family member.