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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-20-2013, 08:49 AM
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My dogs are alright until about -30 Celsius and then the foot dance begins after about 10-15 minutes so that's how long we stay out for. The good news is that the colder it is the harder they seem to play. They really enjoy the cold! When it's that cold out we will go out more often but for shorter periods of time.

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-15-2018, 08:45 PM
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Will an adult GSD, about 6 years old, with a good coat of hair (short haired) be ok in the weather here in the Southern U.S?

The average day time temp is about 50 - 60 degrees Fahrenheit but can go to the 40s on some days and nights?

Of course, these temperatures are not consistently low throughout the winter, they can be in the 70s as well.

The home is a small farm so the dog mostly walks on grass, soil, and just some concrete pathways.

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-16-2018, 01:57 AM
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-27 degrees F is Fffflipping cold. We had that a few years ago. I had my nieces over and the furnace ran out of fuel at 11pm. Lovely. I had no idea it would be that cold, but I couldn't open and shut the door a bajillion times to let everyone in, with some of them going in and out of doggy doors. So I left most of them out. I slept with Babsy and the kids slept with Cujo2. I put an electric radiator next to the toilet and by the kitchen sink in hopes that the pipes wouldn't freeze. We all went to bed.

The next day the news said it went down to -27 F. The dogs all have appropriately sized houses with straw in them. And they were all fine. The kids survived too. The idea of GSDs not being able to take 40-50 degree temperatures, I don't know. What concerns me with the southern US, is that the dog might have trouble with the warm temperatures. I generally bring my dogs in and crate them at night when it is below 0 degrees F. While I am at work though, they are out there, thus the dog houses and straw.
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In the summer, we often get temperature of 90 and above and I worry more about that than the cold weather. We occasionally get single digit temperature in the winter, but more often it is in the 20's or 30's, and my dogs, who have thick coats, have had no issues with it. I have often found them laying outside on their bellies in the snow. When it is above 90 degrees or below 10 degrees, I make a point to call them in periodically so they can cool/warm up. They are house dogs, though, and used to central air and heat so they have never had to become acclimatized to the weather.
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