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Old 09-16-2008, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Anyting too hot or too cold for dogs. Since most dog basically have a fur coat I'm guessing 80s -90s maybe uncomfortable. 40s-60s perfect? Below 20 maybe too cold. So with fall coming up this should be my dog's favorite season. Am I right with my theories? Also my dog is a golden retriever so it has lots of fur.
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Crossville TN
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Well having a pretty fluffy / fury one on this end - For him 80's are def too hot and 40's he's happy to be back home from the walk & inside again.

Do yo leave yours permanently outside?
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Doesn't it depend on the breed? Example - I have had Greyhounds and now a Whippet both breeds are not outdoor dogs at all. My Whippet shivers in the 50's and has no desire to play outdoors when it's in the 90's. His ideal temparture is 60-70. :-)
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Crossville TN
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Definitely JHLCOMP, our lil girl would freeze her behind off outside while the big guy's still fine!
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Old 09-16-2008, 11:50 AM
 
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Every dog needs to come in out of the cold. Period. Fur coat or not. Every dog needs to have shelter.

In addition, particularly for the brachycephalic breeds (pugs, Boston terriers, bulldogs, French bulldogs), heat can be deadly. When it's 80 or above my dog needs to have A/C.
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I leave my dog permanently outside. Unless its below 20 degrees. Than I bring her inside.
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:52 PM
 
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Dogs can tolerate a wide range of temperatures but a dog acclimated to inside A/C is going to suffer when put out side. And, of course breed variations .......
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Blackwater Park
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Just depends on the dog.

Too cold for mine is probably below 40? He doesn't enjoy the heat, be can stay out in the 90s for hours without adverse effects. He has enough common sense to know just to chill out in the shade if it's that hot.

Ideal for him? Probably low 50s.
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:10 PM
 
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Since our dogs are bred as independent working livestock guardian dogs, they're outside full time with the sheep herd. They are never allowed into the house, but do have access to the same shelters as the sheep and horses. It's got to be well below freezing temps before the sheep are brought into the barns, and many will stay outside if given the choice until the temps drop into the single digits.

Coyotes don't have the luxury of A/C in the summer or shelter with heat in the winter, but they still have to eat. So our dogs have to protect our livestock from them all year around, and they love to frolic around in the snow and almost frozen streams in our pastures where the coyotes tend to den up. Our dogs do have substantial coats which really get thick in the cold weather and shed out during the warmer months.

OTOH, if you have a non-working dog breed or one that can't take climate extremes, then you should take the appropriate measures for it's comfort and health. I used to own dachshunds, and they got fitted for winter coats made out of wetsuit foam so that they could go out in cold weather with their thin fur and still be comfortable for hours at a time and run off the excess energy they always seemed to have.
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Old 09-16-2008, 04:18 PM
 
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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According to the Humane Society which I agree with. Dogs should be brought it at 40 degrees and below. Also 80 degrees and above. This is what the HS guy in Jersey told me.....however if a dog house if provided....I hate dog houses.....they cannot do anything about the situation.
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