Keeping warm - Coats

Keeping warm - Coats

Postby John » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:20 am

I have just returned from walking Kyla. It was very cold. :smiley-sad055.gif: So much so that I will buy her a coat to keep her warm (I had 4 layers on!).
I was wondering how much dogs feel the cold. Does it depend on the breed? the age? short coated dogs? Some people say dogs are very hardy and don’t need anything etc. Other people put a coat on their dog at the drop of a hat.
Any thoughts please.
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Re: Keeping warm

Postby Fred R » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:23 pm

Hi John - I'd definitely recommend a coat for Kyla. All whippets and greyhounds should have a winter coat as did all my foster staffies. See attached photo.
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Re: Keeping warm

Postby sweetpea » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:48 pm

Having four lurchers of all different hair types. ..a rough coat ,long coat ,wire coat and smooth coat i used to put coats on them whilst road walking but never offlead as they can overheat or become caught whilst running ....Now we only go up the woods offlead so they dont wear coats anymore even in the rain ......
Dogs that remain onlead may need a coat when the temperature drops can buy lots of varietys of coats now ...if you can affordone equafleece are brilliant. friend uses these in all weather's for her working dogs ....
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Re: Keeping warm - Coats

Postby Wander Woman » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:23 am

I think It depends on the dog. Old and infirm dogs will feel the cold more, so could be more comfortable in a coat, fleece or knit jumper - even indoors. Single coated dogs will feel the cold more than double coated dogs, which tend not to need coats at all, since their fur is so thick. Think Huskies, Akitas and Border Collies. But even some other dogs have double coats.

I think smooth, single coated dogs need coats outdoors. Think Staffies, Whippets and Greyhounds. Personally, my own rule of thumb is that if the temperature is below 0 or if there is a cold wind and my dogs won't be running off-lead and playing, then they wear a coat or fleece. Ben has decided he doesn't like his coat now, so he never wears one. :smiley-rolleyes010.gif: Jess loves being snug and warm in her coats and fleeces. Ben is a short coated Lurcher and Jess is a Staffie cross. Jess's fur is so short that it is non-existent in some places - particularly her belly. She feels the cold quite easily, and even indoors she prefers to be very warm. I belong to a Lurcher group on facebook and many members have coats and even indoor pajamas for their short coated Lurchers! thumbs.gif
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