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Dogs and Cold Weather |
People are not the only ones who can suffer from cold weather. Dogs and cold weather can also be a problem. Cold temperatures can bother us all! Plus, time spent outdoors in frigid weather can be exhausting. Most people are under the misguided idea that because dogs have fur coats, that cold temperatures do not bother them. There is some truth in that statement. Most dogs prefer a little bit of cold air over extreme heat. And their fur coats shield them from some of both heat and cold. Very few dogs are "built" for the cold weather anymore. Sure the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky were genetically bred to withstand even extreme drops in temperature, and many of them are still used in some parts of the country to drive sleds as part of their job. These dogs spend almost all of their time outside. When I was 18, I knew a couple that lived in a tiny cabin on the top of a mountain in Wyoming. They had about a dozen Alaskan Malamute/Husky mixes that lived outside all year