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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-16-2013, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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German Shepherd - How cold is to cold?

Hi all! Im a newcomer to this forum but not to new to German Shepherd Dogs. My question is about my 1 year old full bred German Shepherd Male. We live in Miami, Florida and he absolutely LOVES the outdoors. So much so that we made him a 10x10 kennel outside. We live on about 2 acres of property and he usually stays outdoors because he just refuses to come inside. My question is how cold is too cold for him? In Miami the coldest it'll probably get is 40 degrees Fahrenheit... Is that to cold for him? Ive read around but haven't landed on any helpful responses yet. I know they can withstand harsh colds but I heard it depends on where they are bred and how they are brought up. Im one of those paranoid mama's and I just want to make sure he doesn't get sick or anything. Thanks for any help!!!
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40 F is a mild cold - GSDs have double coats - he won't even know it's cold outside.


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i live in jersey and have had my gsd playing in 10 degree weather with out issue. you might need to be more concerned with heat in the summer. as for not coming in because he doesn't want to..... need some training.
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My puppy doesnt mind cold for short bursts, but she hates wet and cold.
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Don't forget to take the wind chill into account. It's going down to 30 here in north central fl but wind chill will be in the teens. He should have some kind of protection from the wind, even at 40 degrees.
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Thanks all! We just bought him a thermal sweater and he seems to be enjoying the weather... ALOT. And as for not wanting to come inside, he's got a little crush on our neighbors husky. They give each other eskimo kisses through the shrubs.
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also, if you not have a dog house, might i suggest the "igloo" dog house. got ours at true value hardware.
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Those of us who live in the North can attest that GSDs LOVE the cold weather. Remember that they have a fur coat. Also, they don't feel the wind the same way we do. Humans sweat over their entire skin, even in cold weather, there is always a very small amount of moisture being secreted by our skin. The increase rate of evaporation when out in the wind is what gives us the wind-chill effect.

Dogs do not sweat from their bodies (only from the paw pads), and cool themselves off by panting. So the wind will not cool them as quickly and dramatically as it cools us. So a bit of wind won't be an issue.

People tend to project their own sense of hot/cold onto their dogs. Those who live in warmer climates are not used to the cold, and worry that their canine friends will feel the cold the same as themselves. Chances are, your pup will love the cooler weather, and prefer it to the warmer seasons of the year.

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Those of us who live in the North can attest that GSDs LOVE the cold weather. Remember that they have a fur coat. Also, they don't feel the wind the same way we do. Humans sweat over their entire skin, even in cold weather, there is always a very small amount of moisture being secreted by our skin. The increase rate of evaporation when out in the wind is what gives us the wind-chill effect.

Dogs do not sweat from their bodies (only from the paw pads), and cool themselves off by panting. So the wind will not cool them as quickly and dramatically as it cools us. So a bit of wind won't be an issue.

People tend to project their own sense of hot/cold onto their dogs. Those who live in warmer climates are not used to the cold, and worry that their canine friends will feel the cold the same as themselves. Chances are, your pup will love the cooler weather, and prefer it to the warmer seasons of the year.
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I live in South Texas and have yet to see weather too cold for Hondo. In fact, he'll come in for a while, start panting and want to go back outside. Even when I'm all cuddled up in a blanket.

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