B's and Cold…

Do they mind the cold weather? Do they hate snow?

They do tend to not like the cold weather – With no undercoat, they physically can't take it for long. Most seem to do okay with a good coat.

Jazzy likes the snow. Can't say about Keoki as he's only a puppy and hasn't "met" snow yet.
Still, it's not something you want them spending a lot of time in, even w/a good coat.

I would say they don't like cold weather….but it would depend on what they were doing. If you put them out in the yard with cold and snow, and just left them out there, they would hate it. But if you are on a walk, or doing something fun in the cold, they enjoy it okay....but they will get cold before a dog with a thicker hair coat.

They DEFINTELY HATE RAIN! My dogs would far rather go outside to potty if 20 degrees below with falling snow, than a seventy degree rainy day.

We did buy Abby a coat….so she will be ready for cold weather. Thank you for your answers. I'll let you know how she does in it. It was 46 degrees here this morning...but she and the other 2 dogs I have played outside a lot, so she didn't have time to get very chilled..LOL

Tayda hates the snow. Lenny tolerates it. I basically have to drag Tayda outside though. And when she's had enough, she has been known to start screaming until I pick her up and run her back inside.

Abby has watched my other two dogs stick theirs heads out the doggie door…and now she has started doing it too...:D She picks up a lot from them.

@OzzieMcMutt:

Abby has watched my other two dogs stick theirs heads out the doggie door…and now she has started doing it too...:D She picks up a lot from them.

Mine stick their heads just to the doggy door and "snif" and they can "smell" the rain… and totally back run backwards into the house.. 😃

Mine don't mind snow, rain …...no way.

A vid from this past winter. Football in the snow. Crafty Willy.

With me having the other 2 dogs…that love snow by the way...I'm waiting to see if Abby will join right in with them. She is not found of rain.

Lexi hates the snow too. She will go out, start shivering, then cry until I pick her up– or she'll just try to jump into my arms... I think her feet just get too cold and it starts to hurt her-- even though she has a big furry coat I bought her.

Miles doesn't seem to mind at all. But he was a rescue and on the run for quite a while in the Penn winter... so maybe he's just used to it. I want to get him a jacket for this winter though.

Samantha is fine being out in the snow, until some cold, slushy snow gets between her toes, then she starts shrieking and wants to be picked up. I have to get it out and hold per paws in my hand a bit to warm them up. I also tried making some little doggie shoes out of some elk hide scraps that I had laying around. Total failure! She wouldn't have any of that.

I saw some pink dog booties yesterday at Pet Club–I think Lexi would look real cute in those 🙂 Here in the CA Bay Area, I've never had a need for booties. But Max did have quite a collection of coats, sweaters, rain coats because he never did get a thicker coat during the winter. I got a cute little sun dress for Zoey at Target a few weeks ago, but I haven't shopped for their winter clothes yet. Zoey does not even like to walk on the grass in my backyard when it's wet in the a.m. from the sprinkler system, so I have a feeling she's not going to like the rain....Max hated the rain. He would get all excited to go on his walk, and I would tell him--it's raining out Max, you're not going to like that. But I'd have to take him out to see for himself--he would walk about a hundred feet, feel the rain, and turn around and head back to the house.....

Senji loves the snow, as long as it's not the slushy kind. He loves sticking his nose in EVERY single rabbit footprint that he comes across. He'll want to stay outside until his feet get so cold that he starts limping, and then he actually lets me pick him up. (He hates getting picked up!)

Being in the PNW, our b's have to go outside in the rain. I put rain coats with a warm lining, on them and we MAKE them walk.
I am always suprised how they treat snow so much differently…they will run in the snow until their toes are frozen...but rain,
not so much.

We put a coat on our B. When it gets really cold, we add a sweater underneath. She doesn't complain too much unless she gets road salt between her pads. Then we have to pick her up and carry her. If the salt trucks have been out, I pick her up before crossing the road.

My husband says he wouldn't want another basenji because of the WI winters making her so miserable. I say "It's only 3 months and they are such a joy"

During the damp winters here, my dogs live in the Sally Wallis sweaters I have.
They demand these sweaters go on before hubby and I leave the house for work.
We keep the house at 62 when we are gone, the b's have tons of beds including mine to get under the covers…but they still want the sweaters.
If you want something nice to keep the dogs warm in, I would be happy to share her info.

  • I don't have hand made sweaters from England!* but my dogs do. LOL

Abby does like to "burrow" down in the covers…and doesn't mind being covered up.

My dogs get up for walking with Lou, 400am, then come back to the warm bed and are 2 mounds under the covers, until breakfast is served.
Who can blame them!

@sharronhurlbut:

During the damp winters here, my dogs live in the Sally Wallis sweaters I have.
They demand these sweaters go on before hubby and I leave the house for work.
We keep the house at 62 when we are gone, the b's have tons of beds including mine to get under the covers…but they still want the sweaters.
If you want something nice to keep the dogs warm in, I would be happy to share her info.

  • I don't have hand made sweaters from England!* but my dogs do. LOL

62???? My goodness that is cold. I thought I was bad at 67.

Our dont mind snow but they tend to want to stay out too long and can easily get frost bite on their ears & feet, they don't realize it.

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