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Old 11-13-2012, 01:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone, i need to know if My Junior (Double Coat) can withstand -16 degrees of temp? will he be OK or i will haave to put him inside, i am quite worried if he is not feeling cold already n i am oblivious of the fact, its around 3 to 4 degrees now a days here n the temp would further drop to -16 in Dec-Jan. he sits outside (I have a covered place for him in his kennel) in open curled. plz reply soon. He is 9 Months.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yes,he can,but insulated doghouse is mandatory.

is there a problem with keeping him indoors?
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The dog house has to be sized properly so that he can maintain his body heat. If it is too large, he will not be able to manage it. Also, you should put some straw in the dog house. Straw is the best bedding as it will insulate even if it gets wet. If you cannot get straw, a wool blanket, like an old wool horse blanket will work nicely.

If it is too warm, the dog will drag it out of his house. Straw will be dragged out if the dog is on a chain. If the dog is not chained, he will make himself a nest in the straw, and it will help him use his body heat to stay warm.

What you need to do is go out there when he is in his house, and reach in and feel his belly. It should feel warm. He will draw his feet up on his belly. If that is nice and warm, and the air feels considerably warmer in the house than it does outside of it, you have it right.
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yes,he can,but insulated doghouse is mandatory.

is there a problem with keeping him indoors?
Yes i can get him in, but he doesnot like it much inside (Starts whining continuously scratching the door) i will get him a good insulated room in the kennel.
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Somone told me that Hay, particularly grass hay or brome hay is better than straw because straw is hollow and so doesn't retain the heat as well as the hay which is not hollow. Anybody else hear this?
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Thanx Selzer, i shall do what is to be done as i am well informed now
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-16 C should be piece of cake.
i've seen dogs living outside at over -30 C temperature
in doghouses without any extra heating.
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Somone told me that Hay, particularly grass hay or brome hay is better than straw because straw is hollow and so doesn't retain the heat as well as the hay which is not hollow. Anybody else hear this?
Straw being hollow is the reason it's a good insulator, in fact.
Rather like a down comforter, the reason it's so warm is all the air trapped in the feathers.
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Straw is also less likely to hold moisture, which makes it less likely to become moldy. Moldy hay can cause issues.
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thank you all, i am sure with all this help My Boy will be comfortable and i will b more comfortable
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